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post Apr 2 2021, 05:35 PM
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After the fun I had re-exploring Ariana’s back catalogue- I thought why not get started on another fantastic artist- and in this case- artists. So I have re-listened back to all of Destiny’s Child and Beyonce’s material and explored some new gems from Kelly and Michelle- who sadly won’t be making an appearance in this list- and here are what I believe to be Beyonce, Kelly and Destiny’s Child 20 Greatest songs:

So we have the following amount of appearances per artist-

Beyonce- 13
Destiny’s Child- 4
Kelly Rowland- 3

Any guesses or hopes for that top spot- or a top ten placing!?
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post Apr 2 2021, 06:01 PM
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20. What A Feeling- Kelly Rowland


We open our top twenty with a gem that is SO OFTEN forgotten but is such a fantastic and optimistic summer song I couldn’t doubt it’s position in this list. The opening piano riff that continues throughout and explodes during the choruses is an immediate uplifting rush and once backed against Rowland’s powerhouse of a vocal performance they sound even more fun! The bridge with Kelly’s building vocal into the ad-libs she sings over the final choruses are POP 101 and I expected nothing less from a song with such a classic pop title! Does it reach the eighties classic with the same name by Irena Cara- not quite- is it one of the most fun and happy dance tracks of the early 2010s- ABSOLUTELY!
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19. End of Time- Beyonce


Our first visit to Beyonce’s catalogue is another fantastic dance-pop track that had me gripped from the first time I heard that extended intro. This is one of Bey’s tracks that sounds like it could have come straight off one of Destiny’s Childs albums- Destiny Fulfilled in particular. The military percussion and vocal delivery work so well with the dance production backing it and Bey’s huge vocals and iconic build-up before the final chorus as she roars over the snare drums and horns are peak Beyonce campery.
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18. Irreplaceable- Beyonce


Without a doubt, one of the defining 00s R&B tracks and rightfully. Her vocal delivery is delicate whilst seething with anger over the guitar accompanied drums. The amount of iconic lyrics in this song is uncountable- she possesses this cold sneer whilst singing them showing no sympathy in the matter but it’s the bridge where she sounds most defiant before heading back into the “to the left” refrain which will forever be a part of pop culture history. It’s no surprise why this song is one of her most successful as every element is quintessential Beyonce and has such perfect 2007 production.

17. Bug A Boo (H-Town Screwed Mix)- Destiny’s Child)


Another track where Beyonce, as well as the rest of the girls, sound cold as ice. The verses are essentially rapped in their quickness as the girls list off every negative trait of the said Bug A Boo. Bey’s vocals over the choruses are as usual, over the top, and brilliant for that reason. “Even if the Pope said he liked you too, I don’t give a damn cos you’re a bug-a-boo” is a perfect example of stupidly genius pop/R&B lyrics of the nineties. Shoutout of course to the Bug A Boo rollcall moment on the Beychella recordings!
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Great songs to start this! What a great idea too cheer.gif

What A Feeling is an all time banger tbh I never get sick of it dance.gif Likewise for Irreplaceable which would certainly be in my Top 20 as well if not Top 10. It’s such an iconic anthem that everyone knows
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16. Listen- Beyonce


Dreamgirls is without a doubt, in my top three movies of all time- I’ve been obsessed with sixties girlgroups as long as I can remember and the storytelling is immaculate- as well as the soundtrack. It was about time Beyonce went full Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey with a massive power-ballad and this has all the extraness of some of their greats whilst also having the added emotion that can only be felt if you are watching it as part of Dinah’s performance in the film. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it is quite honestly a carbon copy of all the huge nineties and noughties power-ballads but if it ain’t broke- and it most certainly in this because this is one of her most breath-taking vocal performances of her career.


15. Drunk In Love- Beyonce


Next up is a song that could not be more different than Listen, sensual, trap, R&B number, Drunk In Love taken from self-titled, Beyonce is one of the songs that is undeniable fantastic and everyone seemed to agree upon release I remember this hanging around in the charts for quite a while and critics being in adoration. She switches from this soaring vocal in the choruses to spitting raps in verses and down to a lower register over other parts. This was a huge moment for Bey as it felt like this was the album where the whole world fully accepted her status as one of the greatest to ever do it. Gonna try and forget that Shawn Mendes cover of this though.
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14. XO- Beyonce


This might be my first hugely unpopular opinion placing this above Drunk In Love. This is one of my favourites from her purely for her ethereal and romantically fairy-tale-like it feels in its lyrics as well as the claps and glitchy electronic production. The music video will always have a special place to me as she just comes across like she’s having the most fun and the time of her life. In a parallel universe this could have been a Lana Del Rey song as the lyrics and the melodies just have this cinematic other-worldly feel I’d love to hear again from Bey- in fact she did outdo this kind of vibe on another track that is still to come.

13. Déjà vu- Beyonce


BASE! This seems to always perform lukewarmly in the rates and eliminators which is such a shame as this is one of her most playful vocal performances and she sounds second to none over that base guitar and the horns (Beyonce and horns is just the greatest combo isn’t it?). Reading the Wikipedia page for this track is so wild- how did I not know there was a petition for this to get a new music video as fans hated the “lack of theme, wardrobe choices and sexual interactions between the pair”. This is Bey at her highest level of Tina Turner-diva and it’s a sound I’d adore to hear from her again!
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