Beyoncé was already renowned for her incredible work ethic in the beginning of her solo career, but she really pushed what it means to be a true artist with B'Day. Instead of enjoying a vacation after filming 2006's Dreamgirls, the singer decided to hit the studio hard to record, in three mere weeks, 10 empowering tracks flooded with funky sounds from the '70s and '80s. Don't let its brevity fool you: B'Day is a compact adventure that remains one of Beyoncé's most fun projects to date—and she has the Best Contemporary R&B Album GRAMMY to prove it.
Let's get into our personal rankings of every song on the album.
Bianca Gracie, Associate Writer: "Irreplaceable" dominating the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 consecutive weeks, its GRAMMY nod—neither was enough to make me fall in love with this song. Despite it being one of Bey's signature tour tracks, the mid-tempo ballad is one of her weaker singles in an extensive discography. It's probably because, like "Halo," she's run it into the ground so hard that I've gotten bored with it. But I do love the message of "Boy, bye" even before Lemonade's "Sorry" existed. Rating: 5.5/10
Zach Dionne, News Editor: 4/10
Mark Sundstrom, Senior Web Producer: 8.5/10
Amissa Pitter, Content Manager: 9/10