Flawless: The essential Beyoncé playlist
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Flawless: The essential Beyoncé playlist

Sept. 4 could easily be a national holiday since it's the day BeyHive members celebrate the born day of their queen, Beyoncé. It's hard to believe Beyoncé has been gracing the music industry for the past two decades with not only establishing longevity and relevance but by also becoming one of the biggest musicians of all time. From her Destiny's Child days to blockbuster soundtracks to high-profile collaborations to coining mantras for women everywhere, Beyoncé has accomplished what many artists dream of. To celebrate the singer's birthday, here's a number of tracks to add to the ultimate Beyoncé playlist. Bow down to the queen of H-Town! 

 
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"Crazy In Love" feat. Jay Z

"Crazy In Love" feat. Jay Z
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At the time when Destiny’s Child announced the group members would focus on solo efforts, Beyoncé came through swinging on her first solo track, “Crazy In Love.” She recruited Jay-Z for a verse, and producer Rich Harrison gifted Beyoncé with a go-go sound that was new for her. It’s a song that will get anyone to the dance floor.

 
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"Irreplaceable"

"Irreplaceable"
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Singer and songwriter Ne-Yo assisted Beyoncé with one of her most standout tracks “Irreplaceable.” The song is about feeling empowered after dealing with infidelity, and the singer gave fans lyrics that stick to this day, as she says, “To the left, to the left, everything you own in the box to the left.”

 
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"Single Ladies"

"Single Ladies"
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Beyoncé has been able to create mantras, but her main line from “Single Ladies” is still famously quoted. “If you liked it, then you should’ve put a ring on it,” had everyone waving their left hand in the air like Beyoncé and her dancers.

 
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"Party" feat. Andre 3000

"Party" feat. Andre 3000
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If fans are looking for a song that’s all about living life unapologetically and lavishly, then “Party” needs to be in rotation. Beyoncé recruits Andre 3000 on this mid-tempo R&B track, as the two sing about celebrating life.

 
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"7/11"

"7/11"
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Besides the trap-infused beat, the other thing that stands out about Beyoncé’s “7/11” is the music video, which shows the singer and dancers being their true selves. From dance battles to drinking games, "7/11" is the song people want to play when they're partying with their true friends. 

 
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"Bills, Bills, Bills"

"Bills, Bills, Bills"
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Beyoncé was giving anthems since her Destiny’s Child days, with one of the most popular songs being “Bills, Bills, Bills.” The song encourages a woman to tell her man to step up his game or the relationship is bound to be doomed.

 
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"Mood 4 Eva" feat. Jay-Z and Childish Gambino

"Mood 4 Eva" feat. Jay-Z and Childish Gambino
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Beyoncé recently voiced the character of Nala in the live-action remake of Disney's "The Lion King." After working on the film, she was inspired to create a soundtrack as a gift to fans. One of the album's songs is "Mood 4 Eva," featuring Jay-Z and Childish Gambino. 

 
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"Naughty Girl"

"Naughty Girl"
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Beyoncé can make music for any mood. On “Naughty Girl,” she emphasizes being liberated and sexy for a potential lover. The video also showed a sensual side, as she flirts and dances with R&B singer Usher. 

 
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"Beautiful Liar" with Shakira

"Beautiful Liar" with Shakira
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When two firehouse performers come together, fans are gifted with a sweet collaboration like “Beautiful Liar.” Beyoncé and Shakira trade verses and bring their best belly dance moves, as they blend the worlds of Latin, Arabic and R&B influence.

 
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"Drunk In Love" feat. Jay Z

"Drunk In Love" feat. Jay Z
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Beyoncé shows her sensual side in the most confident way on “Drunk In Love.” There's no better way to display her sexiness than next to her husband and frequent collaborator, Jay-Z. 

 
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"Love On Top"

"Love On Top"
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Her single “Love On Top” showcases how much she was inspired by musicians who came before her. The single is reminiscent of throwback ‘80s R&B made popular by musicians such as Whitney Houston and New Edition. She was also inspired to do her own version of a popular New Edition music video for the song's visual. 

 
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"Baby Boy" feat. Sean Paul

"Baby Boy" feat. Sean Paul
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In the early 2000s, Sean Paul was putting his stamp on reggae and dancehall music. Paul brought his island influence to Beyoncé’s second single “Baby Boy” that encouraged many fans to do their best dance moves to the Scott Storch beat.

 
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"Green Light"

"Green Light"
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It always seems like Beyoncé is never afraid to experiment with different sounds, and her second album, “B’Day,” showcased just that. On “Green Light,” she worked with The Neptunes and Sean Garrett to give her fans a funkier tune. 

 
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"Me, Myself and I"

"Me, Myself and I"
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Beyoncé is a master at making an anthem, even if the song emphasizes a relationship going sour. She did just that on “Me, Myself and I,” as she stressed how love can be so blind, but she learned from a bad relationship and is moving on to bigger and better things.

 
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"Upgrade U" feat. Jay Z

"Upgrade U" feat. Jay Z
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Beyoncé and Jay Z have a perfect score when it comes to their joint collaborations. They worked with producer Swizz Beatz on this bass-heavy track to trade verses about showing each other the finer things in life.

 
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"Freedom" feat. Kendrick Lamar

"Freedom" feat. Kendrick Lamar
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Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar have both used their craft as platforms to highlight messages. They released “Freedom” at a prime time when more people were speaking out on the political state and the importance of Black Lives.

 
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"Get Me Bodied"

"Get Me Bodied"
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One of Beyoncé’s best dance tracks is the 2007 song “Get Me Bodied.” She worked with Sean Garrett and Swizz Beatz to bring the dance-heavy song to airwaves. Throughout the song and video, Beyoncé is telling listeners how to do each dance, making fans feel part of it.

 
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"Run The World (Girls)"

"Run The World (Girls)"
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Beyoncé has always emphasized how important women are to society. In 2011 she dropped the female empowerment track “Run The World (Girls)” to show how dominant women can be in the world.

 
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"If I Were A Boy"

"If I Were A Boy"
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“If I Were A Boy” is one of her most standout singles, since it doesn’t sound like anything she’s ever released. The acoustic guitar-driven track has Beyoncé singing about gender biases in relationships.

 
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"Partition"

"Partition"
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The singer’s self-titled album showed more of her sexual side, and “Partition” was at the forefront of it. Beyoncé knows how to get a party started, as “Partition” was all about being intimate in the back of a limousine.

 
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"Freakum Dress"

"Freakum Dress"
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If fans need a weekend club anthem, “Freakum Dress” is the perfect song to add to the party playlist. In addition to being a party track, Beyoncé encourages women to always have a sexy dress in their wardrobe to spice up their lives.

 
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"Sorry"

"Sorry"
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On Beyoncé’s most personal album to date, “Lemonade,” she was unafraid to be as vulnerable as ever. On “Sorry," she tells the song from a woman's perspective on dealing with infidelity.

 
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"Diva"

"Diva"
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If there was a playlist for people making boss moves, “Diva” would be at the top. The song was coined the female version of the Lil Wayne's “A Milli,” as both songs were produced by hitmaker Bangladesh.

 
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"Apes**t"

"Apes**t"
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Jay-Z and Beyoncé have collaborated quite a bit throughout their careers, and in 2018, the two finally decided to release a joint album. The album’s first single, “Apes**t,” was a smash hit.

 
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"Sweet Dreams"

"Sweet Dreams"
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One of the singles from “I Am… Sasha Fierce” is the electropop track “Sweet Dreams.” The track was different from the typical Bey sound of R&B and soul, but it’s a dance track that her fans love.

 
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"Formation"

"Formation"
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On “Formation,” Beyoncé is unafraid to bask in her Blackness. She mentions her roots and upbringing, and she addresses career rumors.

 
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"Best Thing I Never Had"

"Best Thing I Never Had"
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Fans can always count on Beyoncé to release a breakup anthem to fill people with empowerment. The piano-driven single “Best Thing I Never Had” is all about learning from past relationships, as one of the main lyrics emphasizes, “I bet it sucks to be you right now.”

 
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"Flawless"

"Flawless"
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“Flawless” is all about being confident and unapologetically true to self. Not only does the singer stress the importance of feminism, but she also coined the popular line, "I woke up like this."

 
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"World Wide Woman"

"World Wide Woman"
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Although “World Wide Woman” wasn’t an official single, it was an anthem that showcased female empowerment. She's international and can take people anywhere they want to go. 

 
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"Déjà Vu" feat. Jay-Z

"Déjà Vu" feat. Jay-Z
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The first single from her second album, “B’Day,” is the Jay-Z-assisted track “Déjà Vu.” Beyoncé worked with producer Rodney Jerkins on the track to give fans a funkier vibe that was reminiscent of ‘70s elements mixed with today’s R&B.

Mya Singleton is a freelance writer and photographer based in Los Angeles. Her work has also been featured on The Sports Fan Journal and AXS. Feel free to follow her talking all things music on Twitter @MyaMelody7

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