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BEYONCÉ: the discography rate ~ WINNER revealed!

Discussion in 'Charts, rates etc' started by allyshone, Apr 25, 2022.

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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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  3. This is the most important rate of all time.
     
  4. I just know she's gonna drop the new album the day after this rate begins.

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  5. I'm ready! Beyoncé is not exactly my go-to big pop girl, but is too much of a legend and her extensive discography has a lot of hidden gems that I hope will not be done wrong here.

    Love this.
     
  6. Scream! Yes I did, yes I did.

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  7. For the littleamount of eliminations you did, they still had me howling reading them back.
     
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  8. RMK

    RMK

    Me: voluntarily going out of my way to give Perfect with Ed Sheeran a zero.
     
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  9. Wait did this not make the cut dddd
     
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  10. ok, ok. I'm in
     
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  11. Here for it.
     
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    So ready to rate motha.
     
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  13. Been looking forward to this!!
     
  14. my 9,5+ B'Day average will be coming!!!!
     
  15. This will be incredibly difficult not to just 10 across full albums
     
  16. 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
     
  17. 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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  18. I'm ready to shake my derrière in them Deréons.

    I'm ready to do the scissor leg. Touch my heels and even my toes.

    I'm ready to do the Naomi Campbell walk. Naomi Campbell walk.

    I'm willing to go the distance and snap in a circle three times.


    People (me) will die on this rate.
     
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