# Beyoncé’s Best: Top 12 Songs That Made Her a Legend

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, known simply as Beyoncé, is one of the most iconic and influential artists of our time. From her time in Destiny’s Child to her solo career, she has consistently pushed boundaries and redefined what it means to be a pop superstar. With an illustrious discography spanning over two decades, it’s challenging to choose Beyoncé’s best songs. However, here is a list of 12 songs that not only catapulted her to superstardom but also left a lasting impact on the music industry.

## 1. “Crazy in Love” (featuring Jay-Z) – 2003

Reason for Success:

“Crazy in Love” marked Beyoncé’s solo debut and instantly became a massive hit. The infectious beat, coupled with Beyoncé’s sizzling vocals, coalesced to create a timeless anthem. The song’s fusion of R&B, hip-hop, and pop elements showcased Beyoncé’s versatility and established her as a formidable force in the music industry.

Impact:

Not only did “Crazy in Love” dominate the charts upon its release, but it also introduced the world to Beyoncé as a solo artist. With the song’s success, Beyoncé created a blueprint for her future music, showcasing her ability to seamlessly blend genres and capture the listener’s attention with her magnetic presence. “Crazy in Love” set the tone for her solo career and solidified Beyoncé’s position as a musical powerhouse.

Sources:
– [Complex: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy in Love’](https://www.complex.com/music/2013/04/15-things-you-didnt-know-about-beyonce-crazy-in-love)
– [Rolling Stone: ‘Crazy in Love’: The Song That Changed Beyoncé’s Career](https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/beyonce-crazy-in-love-song-1179554/)

## 2. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” – 2008

Reason for Success:

“Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” became an instant cultural phenomenon upon its release. Its infectious chorus, catchy dance routine, and empowering lyrics resonated with listeners all around the globe. Beyoncé’s powerful vocals and captivating choreography further elevated the song’s impact, solidifying it as a feminist anthem.

Impact:

“Single Ladies” not only became Beyoncé’s most successful solo single at that time but also became a viral sensation, thanks to its iconic black-and-white music video. The song’s global popularity cemented Beyoncé’s status as a trendsetter and showcased her ability to create catchy, memorable hits that resonate with diverse audiences. “Single Ladies” has since become a staple at weddings, dance parties, and karaoke nights, further solidifying its iconic status.

Sources:
– [The Guardian: How ‘Single Ladies’ Became a Cultural Phenomenon](https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/nov/26/beyonce-single-ladies-song-that-ignited-a-cultural-phenomenon)
– [MTV: ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’: How Beyoncé Made a ‘Joke’ Into an Epic Video](http://www.mtv.com/news/1605752/single-ladies-put-a-ring-on-it-how-beyonce-made-a-joke-into-an-epic-video/)

## 3. “Formation” – 2016

Reason for Success:

“Formation” showcased Beyoncé’s social and political activism alongside her artistry. With its bold lyrics addressing police brutality, black culture, and black empowerment, the song ignited conversations and compelled listeners to confront societal issues. Its powerful imagery and unapologetic celebration of blackness made it a standout track.

Impact:

As the lead single from her critically acclaimed album “Lemonade,” “Formation” marked a significant turning point in Beyoncé’s career. With the song’s release, she sparked a cultural discussion on race and feminism and used her platform to shed light on the struggles faced by the black community. “Formation” served as a rallying cry, inspiring people to embrace their identity and demand social justice. The song’s impact extends far beyond the music industry, solidifying Beyoncé’s status as an influential figure in advocating for change.

Sources:
– [The Atlantic: ‘Formation’ Isn’t Just About Beyoncé](https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/02/beyonce-formation-blacklivesmatter/463138/)
– [Rolling Stone: ‘Formation’: Beyoncé’s Most Stylish Musical Moment](https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/formation-beyonces-most-stylish-musical-moment-42672/)

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