BEYONCÉ: the discography rate ~ WINNER revealed!

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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is one of the greatest pop stars to have ever existed. That's just facts and we are all mighty blessed to have been witness to her entire 20+ year career. A few short months after Beyoncé stopped the world again and dropped her 6th studio album Lemonade in April 2016, many Popjustice members took part in an epic rate which was ran by two iconic members of the forum (@beyoncésweave & @RJF). That rate consisted of 113 songs and while Beyoncé may not have released her 7th solo studio album just yet (the rumours are swirling!), one of, if not THE hardest working artist in the industry has still managed to keep the Beyhive fed. With a collab, live and soundtrack album all under her belt since 2016, it only feels right that we debate, discuss and more importantly, celebrate Beyoncé’s legacy and ever expanding discography once again. Will Formation and Lemonade dominate like they did back in 2016 or will a new supreme rise? So…

Yes, there are 161 songs to be rated.. I think dd (not including optionals).
Yes, this will be one of the most comprehensive Beyoncé rates on the internet, and..
Yes, this is ultimately going to be a huge, sexy celebration of everything Beyoncé!!

But before we get into it, let’s just take a moment and get to grips with who we are dealing with here:

OVER 230M RECORDS SOLD
10 BILLION STREAMS ON SPOTIFY
MOST AWARDED LIVING ARTIST IN HISTORY WITH OVER 600 AWARDS
6 CONSECUTIVE #1 ALBUMS ON THE BILLBOARD 200
THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO HEADLINE COACHELLA
EARNED OVER 1 BILLION DOLLARS FROM 8 TOURS
A CULTURAL FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH
A MOTHER OF THREE FUTURE STARS

Wow. Imagine not stanning this woman. And she’s only just turning 41 this year!
Beyoncé didn’t become a behemoth in the industry by accident. Her drive stemmed from constantly seeking approval from her father who taught Beyoncé that she could always do better. And better she became. But after being in one of the most successful girl groups of all time, making platinum selling albums, putting on huge world tours and having Grammys falling out of her ears, it was in 2011 that Beyoncé decided to take her career into her own hands as she fired her father as manager. From that point onwards, Beyoncé grew into a creative force, often detouring from the mainstream and setting new lanes all for herself. She is an album artist, a visual artist, a vocal artist and the list could go on and on. Beyoncé once said how she sees herself as a ‘legend in the making’ and I think considering some of the power moves and risks she’s made since 2011, there’s no doubt, she has reached LEGEND status.

Back in 2016, she launched her sportswear line, Ivy Park and with each drop she continues to model every item of clothing (like only a true workaholic), and in doing so, she has given me plenty of content to make all my graphics for this rate with. Plus, there is going to be hexagons used throughout, because you know... bees.


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Beyoncé does not come to play with you hoes. And neither do I.

So here are the rules, please read carefully:

1. RATE ALL MANDATORY SONGS BETWEEN 0 - 10.
AWARD YOUR FAVOURITE SONG WITH AN 11.

Please go through each of these songs and give a score between 0 and 10. As always, you are allowed to give your favourite song of the rate the all important 11. Decimal points are allowed. If songs are tied, the song with the most high scores will break the tie.

2. IF SONG VERSIONS HAVE BEEN COMBINED, RATE THE ONE YOU PREFER.
To use Video Phone as an example, it doesn’t really make sense to have to rate the original AND the remix. They both share a similar energy overall. In cases like these, score the version you prefer. Both versions will be acknowledged in my write ups. Also, I’ve kept a couple of song versions separate where it has felt justified, like with Sorry and the Original Demo.

3. SOME SONGS ARE OPTIONAL.
To state the obvious we have an Extras section which is mandatory and a Bonus section which is optional. The latter includes lesser known or unpopular collaborations, covers, soundtrack songs and others which don’t feel relevant to present day Beyoncé. I will see how many scores I get in for these and include them in the rate accordingly.

4. SEND COMMENTARY FOR YOUR 11 AND 10s,
OTHERWISE LET YOUR THOUGHTS LOOSE AS THE RATE DEVELOPS.

Following suit from other rates, I believe that it’s better to leave most of your commentary for the main thread. However, I will happily accept commentary for your 11 or even 10s. Otherwise, leave your comments in the thread and be showered with likes or alternatively get dragged for my entertainment.

5. TO THE LEFT, TO THE LEFT.
Don’t be a dick and troll with your scoring. These ballots will be thrown out. This is Beyoncé for god's sake. Have some respect!

6. PM ME YOUR SCORES BY MAY 26


Finally, this is all meant to be a joyous experience. As I’ve mentioned, the song list is huge, however Beyoncé deserves your time and dedication - she has been giving us so much over the years. So spend your time with these songs, make sure your scoring is the most accurate to you and enjoy listening to one of the greatest.


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1. Crazy In Love (with Jay-Z)
2. Naughty Girl
3. Baby Boy (with Sean Paul)
4. Hip Hop Star (with Big Boi & Sleepy Brown)
5. Be With You
6. Me, Myself and I
7. Yes
8. Signs (with Missy Elliott)
9. Speechless
10. That’s How You Like It (with Jay-Z)
11. The Closer I Get To You (with Luther Vandross)
12. Dangerously In Love 2
13. Gift From Virgo
14. Daddy
15. Work It Out
16. ’03 Bonnie & Clyde (with Jay-Z)
17. What’s It Gonna Be
18. I Can’t Take No More
19. Bienvenue (with IAM)
20. My First Time



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1. Deja Vu (with Jay-Z)
2. Get Me Bodied
3. Suga Mama
4. Upgrade U (with Jay-Z)
5. Ring The Alarm
6. Kitty Kat
7. Freakum Dress
8. Green Light
9. Irreplaceable
10. Resentment
11. Beautiful Liar (with Shakira)
12. Lost Yo Mind
13. Creole
14. Back Up
15. Welcome To Hollywood
16. Flaws And All
17. World Wide Woman
18. If
19. Still In Love (Kissing You)
20. Listen
21. Check On It (with Bun B & Slim Thug)
22. Amor Gitano (with Alejandro Fernandez)



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1. If I Were A Boy
2. Halo
3. Disappear
4. Broken-Hearted Girl
5. Ave Maria
6. Smash Into You
7. Satellites
8. That’s Why You’re Beautiful
9. Save The Hero
10. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
11. Radio
12. Diva
13. Sweet Dreams
14. Video Phone / Video Phone (Remix) [with Lady Gaga]
15. Hello
16. Ego / Ego (Remix) [with Kanye West]
17. Scared Of Lonely
18. Why Don’t You Love Me
19. Poison
20. Honesty



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1. 1+1
2. I Care
3. I Miss You
4. Best Thing I Never Had
5. Party (with André 3000)
6. Rather Die Young
7. Start Over
8. Love On Top
9. Countdown
10. End Of Time
11. I Was Here
12. Run The World (Girls)
13. Lay Up Under Me
14. Schoolin’ Life
15. Dance For You
16. Dreaming



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1. Pretty Hurts
2. Haunted
3. Drunk In Love (with Jay-Z)
4. Blow
5. No Angel
6. Partition
7. Jealous
8. Rocket
9. Mine (with Drake)
10. XO
11. ***Flawless (with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
12. Superpower (with Frank Ocean)
13. Heaven
14. Blue (with Blue Ivy)
15. Grown Woman
16. 7/11
17. Flawless Remix (with Nicki Minaj)
18. Ring Off
19. Standing On The Sun / Standing On The Sun Remix (with Mr Vegas)



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1. Pray You Catch Me
2. Hold Up
3. Don’t Hurt Yourself (with Jack White)
4. Sorry
5. 6 Inch (with The Weeknd)
6. Daddy Lessons / Daddy Lessons (with The Chicks)
7. Love Drought
8. Sandcastles
9. Forward (with James Blake)
10. Freedom (with Kendrick Lamar)
11. All Night
12. Formation
13. Sorry (Original Demo)



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1. SUMMER
2. APESHIT
3. BOSS
4. NICE
5. 713
6. FRIENDS
7. HEARD ABOUT US
8. BLACK EFFECT
9. LOVEHAPPY
10. SALUD!*
*This is the only place where I could find the song easily in the UK




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1. Top Off (Live)
2. Before I Let Go
3. I Been On



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1. BIGGER
2. FIND YOUR WAY BACK
3. NILE (with Kendrick Lamar)
4. MOOD 4 EVA (with Jay-Z, Childish Gambino) [ft. Oumou Sangaré]
5. WATER (with Salatiel & Pharrell Williams)
6. BROWN SKIN GIRL (with Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN & WizKid)
7. ALREADY (with Shatta Wale & Major Laser)
8. OTHERSIDE
9. MY POWER (with Nija, Busiswa, Yemi Alade, Tierra Whack, Moonchild Sanelly & DJ Lag)
10. SPIRIT
11. BLACK PARADE


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6. BREAK MY SOUL



EXTRAS (27)

At Last
A Woman Like Me
Be Alive
Die With You
Feeling Myself (with Nicki Minaj)
Fighting Temptation (with Missy Elliott, MC Lyte & Free)
God Made You Beautiful
Keep Giving Your Love To Me
Love In This Club Part II (with Usher & Lil Wayne)
Mi Gente (Remix) [with J Balvin & Willy William]
My Heart Still Beats
My Man
Naive (with Solange)
Part II (On The Run) [with Jay-Z]
Put It In A Love Song (with Alicia Keys)
Rise Up
Runnin' (Lose It All) [with Naughty Boy & Arrow Benjamin]
Savage (Remix) [with Megan Thee Stallion]
Say Yes (with Michelle Williams & Kelly Rowland)
Sexy Lil' Thug
Shining (with DJ Khaled & Jay-Z)
Summertime (with Diddy)
Telephone (with Lady Gaga)
Until The End Of Time (with Justin Timberlake)

UNRELEASED

I'm Leaving
Sexuality
Wake Up (R.E.M)


BONUS (OPTIONAL) [26]

After All Is Said And Done (with Marc Nelson)
All I Could Do Was Cry
Back To Black (with André 3000)
Crazy Feelings (with Missy Elliott)
Crazy In Love (Remix)
Dreams (with Boots)
Family Feud (with Jay-Z)
Fever
Have Your Way (with Kelly Rowland)
Hey Goldmember
Hymn For The Weekend (with Coldplay)
I Got That (with Amil)
I'd Rather Go Blind
Lift Off (with Jay-Z & Kanye West)
Love A Woman (with Mary J Blige)
Nothing Out There For Me (with Missy Elliott)
Once In A Lifetime
Perfect Duet (with Ed Sh666ran)
Proud To Be An American
See Me Now (with Kanye West, Charlie Wilson & Big Sean)
So Amazing (with Stevie Wonder)
Turnt (with The Dream & 2 Chainz)
Walk On Water (with Eminem)
We Will Rock You (with Britney Spears & Pink)
Wishing On A Star
You Changed (with Kelly Rowland & Michelle Williams)

PM LIST:

Crazy In Love
Naughty Girl
Baby Boy
Hip Hop Star
Be With You
Me, Myself and I
Yes
Signs
Speechless
That’s How You Like It
The Closer I Get To You
Dangerously In Love 2
Gift From Virgo
Daddy
Work It Out
’03 Bonnie & Clyde
What’s It Gonna Be
I Can’t Take No More
Bienvenue
My First Time

Deja Vu
Get Me Bodied
Suga Mama
Upgrade U
Ring The Alarm
Kitty Kat
Freakum Dress
Green Light
Irreplaceable
Resentment
Beautiful Liar
Lost Yo Mind
Creole
Back Up
Welcome To Hollywood
Flaws And All
World Wide Woman
If
Still In Love (Kissing You)
Listen
Check On It
Amor Gitano

If I Were A Boy
Halo
Disappear
Broken-Hearted Girl
Ave Maria
Smash Into You
Satellites
That’s Why You’re Beautiful
Save The Hero
Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)
Radio
Diva
Sweet Dreams
Video Phone / Video Phone (Remix)
Hello
Ego / Ego (Remix)
Scared Of Lonely
Why Don’t You Love Me
Poison
Honesty

1+1
I Care
I Miss You
Best Thing I Never Had
Party
Rather Die Young
Start Over
Love On Top
Countdown
End Of Time
I Was Here
Run The World (Girls)
Lay Up Under Me
Schoolin’ Life
Dance For You
Dreaming

Pretty Hurts
Haunted
Drunk In Love
Blow
No Angel
Partition
Jealous
Rocket
Mine
XO
***Flawless
Superpower
Heaven
Blue
Grown Woman
7/11
Flawless Remix
Ring Off
Standing On The Sun / Standing On The Sun (Remix)

Pray You Catch Me
Hold Up
Don’t Hurt Yourself
Sorry
6 Inch
Daddy Lessons / Daddy Lessons (with The Chicks)
Love Drought
Sandcastles
Forward
Freedom
All Night
Formation
Sorry (Original Demo)

SUMMER
APESHIT
BOSS
NICE
713
FRIENDS
HEARD ABOUT US
BLACK EFFECT
LOVEHAPPY
SALUD!

Top Off (Live)
Before I Let Go
I Been On

BIGGER
FIND YOUR WAY BACK
NILE
MOOD 4 EVA
WATER
BROWN SKIN GIRL
ALREADY
OTHERSIDE
MY POWER
SPIRIT
BLACK PARADE

BREAK MY SOUL

At Last
A Woman Like Me
Be Alive
Die With You
Feeling Myself
Fighting Temptation
God Made You Beautiful
Keep Giving Your Love To Me
Love In This Club Part II
Mi Gente (Remix)
My Heart Still Beats
My Man
Naive
Part II (On The Run)
Put It In A Love Song
Rise Up
Runnin’ (Lose It All)
Savage (Remix)
Say Yes
Sexy Lil’ Thug
Shining
Summertime
Telephone
Until The End Of Time

I’m Leaving
Sexuality
Wake Up (R.E.M)

BONUS (OPTIONAL)

After All Is Said And Done
All I Could Do Was Cry
Back To Black
Crazy Feelings
Crazy In Love (Remix)
Dreams
Family Feud
Fever
Have Your Way
Hey Goldmember
Hymn For The Weeknd
I Got That
I’d Rather Go Blind
Lift Off
Love A Woman
Nothing Out There For Me
Once In A Lifetime
Perfect Duet
Proud To Be An American
See Me Now
So Amazing
Turnt
Walk On Water
We Will Rock You
Wishing On A Star
You Changed
YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
(this is the best way to get the full collection of songs, however some may still be blocked in certain countries.
If you can't find a song easily then let me know!)



(I created a Spotify playlist but so many songs are blocked or not even on there,
but you can use it for the majority of the song list.)

 
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Excited and ready to join this rate. I can low key do a rating of every song without needing to even relisten. That’s how deeply engrained her discography is for me.

A sidenote—I’m not sure how I feel about The Carters being in this rate. While I love the Everything Is Love album, if we are going to add The Carters then shouldn’t we be adding Destiny’s Child
 
A sidenote—I’m not sure how I feel about The Carters being in this rate. While I love the Everything Is Love album, if we are going to add The Carters then shouldn’t we be adding Destiny’s Child

Okay, yes technically. However, I didn’t want to exclude Everything Is Love for 3 reasons:

1. It doesn’t deserve to be removed over the creative choice to go by “The Carters”. I get why, but Everything Is Love should be on Beyoncé’s Spotify homepage(!!)
2. The album is so connected to Lemonade and provides a lot of closure to those storylines.
3. We needed more new music to rate!
 
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