Beyoncé is the greatest pop star of our generation. This is fact. To celebrate her all around Beyoncé-ness we have decided to officially rank her albums thus far.
It’s hard to believe an artist as seasoned and celebrated as Beyoncé is only six albums into her career. With an impressive record collection it is difficult to order the varied offerings but we have broken it down.
6. Dangerously In Love
Her first solo outing, Dangerously in Love was a stellar record, but when held up to the rest of her discography it falls short. She transitions between R&B and pop, while starting to form her own voice but many of the tacks sound like they were taken from the Destiny’s Child cutting room floor. Crazy In Love is an iconic record of course, but there are unfortunately a few duds among the bunch. While this marks the genesis of Bey it was only a taste of what was to come.
Highlights: Crazy In Love, Naughty Girl, Signs, Baby Boy
Often cast aside as her weak album, 4 is nothing short of brilliant. While it lacked alot of the spunk she is known for the more mellow and R&B samples were a transition point in her career from singer to artist. Here she displayed her killer vocals, radiating emotion, and proving she is not to be underestimated. Though it divided fans and critics alike, the album is full of girl-power anthems, emotive ballads, and upbeat hits that force you to dance.
Highlights: Love On Top, Countdown, Best Thing I Never Had, Schoolin’ Life
4. I Am Sasha Fierce
Another divisive album, people were put off by Bey’s disjointed alter ego. One disc of upbeat jams, and another of more adult pop ballads, she focused more on crafting songs here rather than singles. It is choked full of necessary hits that make up much of her set lists, but there was little excitement outside of the smash Single Ladies. Some of her best work is on here, but it is not quite her crowning glory.
Highlights: Satellites, Diva, Single Ladies, Radio
This was the era Beyoncé truly found herself. From the tracks alone you can feel she is more confident, self-assured, and full of sass. With not one dud on the tracklist she experiments in more sounds, and different production which pay off tenfold as it stack up over a decade later as one of her most cohesive collections. Here the songs are better, the choreography is better, the vocals were better, Beyoncé was just better! You can tell that she was pushing herself to be the best, and master her craft.
Highlights: Ring The Alarm, Get Me Bodied, Irreplaceable, Déjà Vu, Upgrade U, Freakum Dress
This visual album was the stamp of Beyoncé being an icon. It landed with such meteoric might that it felt as though the world actually did stop for Queen Bey.Motherhood did her well as she explored a range of distinct themes, and emotions in a collective yet cohesive style. While some of the tracks were better than others, the collection of both were necessary in the overall experience of the project. It immediately became the quintessential Bey album with its platinum edition only furthering the greatness.
Highlights: No Angel, Flawless***, Pretty Hurts, XO, Partition
For a while Lemonade ranked lower on this list, but with time to digest its magnitude it became clear this is Bey’s current finest. Stepping things up from her visual album, she crafted a movie with cinematic visuals and creative tracks. She demonstrated her master of music by sampling elements of rock, pop, country, and hip-hop among many other genres and influences. In this cut she is unapologetically black, female, and political. The album encapsules perfectly the journey of a scorned woman through a mix of emotions and sounds in a true masterpiece.
Highlights: Don’t Hurt Yourself, Sorry, Formation, Sandcastles, Hold Up, All Night