With a devotion to music that started she was just five years old, Beyoncé has been never missed a step. Once she reached her teens, Queen B has dominated the Billboard charts for the entire span of thirteen-years-and-counting career, first as part of '90s R&B group Destiny's Child, later with her husband Jay-Z, as a duet partner (with Justin Timberlake, Shakira and Lady Gaga), and most especially as a solo leading lady. And Beyonce is barely in her 30s. (Do the math and you realize she was on the charts at an age when most kids were going to the high school prom.)
In celebration of her 32nd birthday, we've ranked Queen Bey's top 30 Billboard hits. The chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100. Songs are ranked using an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least.
Hot 100 Peak Position: 23, Peak Date: May 28, 2005
"Girl" will be remembered as one of Destiny's Child's minor singles, but its soulful melody, pitch-perfect harmonies and adorable, "Sex & the City"-riffing music video encapsulated the reason the R&B trio gelled so effortlessly. The "Destiny Fulfilled" highlight spent 19 weeks on the Hot 100 as one of the group's final singles in 2005.
"Ring The Alarm"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 11, Peak Date: September 30, 2006
With Swizz Beatz and Sean Garrett providing the urgent backing beats and Beyonce showcasing her most dangerous snarl, "Ring the Alarm" stands as the most intense breakup song of Beyonce's solo career. Audiences clearly enjoyed the drama -- the "B'Day" single peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100.
Hot 100 Peak Position: 19, Peak Date: March 7, 2009
"Diva is a female version of a hustler," Beyonce informs her listeners at the beginning of the song, her third and sassiest single from "I Am… Sasha Fierce." Marked by a minimalist beat and featuring an ultra-stylish music video, the track climbed into the top 20 of the Hot 100 in 2009.
"Until The End Of Time"
Justin Timberlake feat. Beyoncé
Hot 100 Peak Position: 17, Peak Date: December 15, 2007
Originally a solo song that appeared on Justin Timberlake's blockbuster 2006 album "FutureSex/LoveSounds," "Until the End of Time" received a Beyonce-assisted makeover in 2007 when it was released as a single. With Bey's vocals pumping up the slow jam, Timberlake notched his sixth top 40 hit from "LoveSounds."
"Best Thing I Never Had"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 16, Peak Date: August 13, 2011
"4," Bey's fourth album, makes an appearance in her top thirty Hot 100 hits list thanks to her second single "Best Thing I Never Had." Reminiscent of "Irreplaceable," Babyface has penned King B a mid-tempo ballad of a bad-break-up-turned-good.
"Cater 2 U"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 14, Peak Date: August 13, 2005
Destiny's Child seductively serve their man's every want and need on the fourth single off their fourth and final album. "Cater 2 U" continued the "Destiny Fulfilled" streak of Billboard hits as it peaked at No. 14 on the Hot 100 and also reached No. 3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Hot 100 Peak Position: 10, Peak Date: December 1, 2001
Destiny's Child continued its chart domination with the third and final single from "Survivor." For their take, the trio put a spin on Samantha Sang's pop song, "Emotion," and managed to grab the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for "Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo" with it.
Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
Hot 100 Peak Position: 4, Peak Date: August 12, 2006
The happy couple and now soon-to-be parents teamed up for their third collaboration on the first single off Beyoncé's second studio album, '"B'Day." Bey fuses '70s funk, soul and hip-hop, with the help of Jay-Z, in her fifth consecutive top five hit as a lead artist.
Beyonce & Shakira
Hot 100 Peak Position: 3, Peak Date: April 7, 2007
Two worlds collided when Beyoncé and Shakira teamed up for international hit "Beautiful Liar." The dance masters shimmied their way to the No. 3 slot on the Hot 100 and won the Most Earthshattering Collaboration at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.
Hot 100 Peak Position: 10, Peak Date: November 7, 2009
Although it leaked months before its slated release as "Beautiful Nightmare," Beyonce's single off "I Am… Sasha Fierce" managed to peak at No. 10 on the Hot 100 and No. 2 on the Radio Songs chart in 2009. The electro-pop soundscapes on "Sweet Dreams," in contrast to her previous singles, showcased Bey's range of talent.
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (two weeks), Peak Date: August 4, 2001
Destiny's Child showed love to lady lumps and curves long before Fergie did, with the second single off "Survivor." The groovy "Bootylicious," which samples Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen" (1981) marked DC's fourth Hot 100 No. 1.
"If I Were A Boy"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 3, Peak Date: November 8, 2008
Released alongside "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," "If I Were a Boy," found Beyoncé at her most honest, drawing in both women and men. The single off "I Am… Sasha Fierce" skyrocketed on the Hot 100 because it grabbed so many ears.
Hot 100 Peak Position: 5, Peak Date: May 23, 2009
Within three hours in the studio with Ryan Tedder and Evan Bogart, Beyonce composed her third huge Billboard hit from "I Am… Sasha Fierce." The power ballad peaked at No. 5 on the Hot 100.
Lady Gaga feat. Beyoncé
Hot 100 Peak Position: 3, Peak Date: April 3, 2010
Beyoncé becomes Honey Bee on Lady Gaga's second single off "Fame Monster." After Britney Spears rejected Gaga-co-penned "Telephone," the fashionable divas took it and ran with it, driving it up the charts and inspiring many Halloween costumes with the colorful cinematic video.
"Me, Myself And I"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 4, Peak Date: February 21, 2004
The third single off Bey's first solo studio album proves a woman scorned sill posses the power to win. "Me, Myself, and I," different from her previous Billboard hits, peaked at No. 4 on the Hot 100 and earned Beyonce the Songwriter of the Year honor at the 2005 ASCAP Pop Music Awards.
Destiny's Child feat. T.I. & Lil Wayne
Hot 100 Peak Position: 3, Peak Date: February 12, 2005
The trio cemented their street and chart credibility by recruiting hip-hop heavyweights T.I. and Lil Wayne for the second single of "Destiny's Child Fulfilled." "Soldier" peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100 as did DC's previous single, "Lose My Breath."
"'03 Bonnie & Clyde"
Jay-Z feat. Beyoncé Knowles
Hot 100 Peak Position: 4, Peak Date: December 28, 2002
Before the success of "Dangerously in Love," Bey' notched herself another Hot 100 top five, without the ladies, by joining her man for their first song together, "'03 Bonnie & Clyde," on his "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & Curse."
"No, No, No"
Destiny's Child Hot 100 Peak Position: 3 Peak Date: March 28, 1998
Destiny's Child debuted impressively on the Billboard charts with their first single, creating a ripple affect of top fives for Beyoncé. "No, No, No" showcased the four ladies vocal prowess, catching the eyes and ears of many with both part one and part two of the single.
Hot 100 Peak Position: 3, Peak Date: June 4, 2004
Beyonce's disco-flavored fourth single from "Dangerously in Love" also marked the singer's fourth top five Hot 100 hit. Although it didn't reach No. 1 as previous songs had, "Naughty Girl," did take the bronze on the Hot 100.
"Bills, Bills, Bills"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (one week), Peak Date: July 17, 1999
Destiny's Child made its presence known with its second studio album, "The Writings on the Wall," and especially with with the first single. The female-empowered "Bills, Bills, Bills" became the ladies' first No. 1.
Hot 100 Peak Position: 2, Peak Date: April 14, 2001
Newly reformed as a trio at this time, Destiny's Child fought negativity with this triumphant anthem. Beyoncé penned the smash song after hearing jokes on the radio of the groups internal changes. Not only did she sing, "I'm not gonna give up" - she prvoed the opposite when "Survivor" climbed all the way to No. 2.
"Lose My Breath"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 3, Peak Date: October 30, 2004
Destiny's Child came back strong after a three-year hiatus, showing off their dance skills in the video for this hard hitting Grammy nominated song. The first single from fourth studio album, "Destiny Fulfilled," "Breath" peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100.
"Say My Name"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (three weeks), Peak Date: March 18, 2000
Destiny's Child third single from "The Writing's on the Wall" introduced the two new members, Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. "Say My Name," recently covered by Drake at OVO Fest, showed the new ladies were welcome: the song was DC's second Hot 100 No. 1 from their second album.
Hot 100 Peak Position: 3, Peak Date:August 19, 2000
The quartet version of Destiny's Child conquered the club scene, if they hadn't already, with the fourth and final single from the group's second album, "The Writing's on the Wall." "Jumpin' Jumpin'" peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100.
"Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (four weeks), Peak Date: December 13, 2008
Though she already had nearly a decade of hits under her belt, Beyonce took the world by storm when she transformedinto Sasha Fierce on her third solo studio album, "I Am… Sasha Fierce." "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and its oft-paroodied video found the leotard-and-heels-clad B literally dancing into a huge four-week run at No. 1 on the Hot 100.
"Check On It"
Beyoncé feat. Slim Thug
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (five weeks), Peak Date: February 4, 2006
A little rap never hurt anybody, especially not Beyoncé. Three of Beyoncé's Hot 100 No. 1s feature rappers, including fifth longest-running No. 1, "Check On It," featuring Slim Thug (and Bun B on the remix).
"Crazy In Love"
Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (eight weeks), Peak Date: July 12, 2003
Beyoncé proved naysayers wrong in a huge way with the blockbuster success of her first solo project, starting with the first No. 1 off the album, "Crazy in Love," featuring her guy, Jay-Z. It's one thing to nab the top spot, it's a whole other echelon when you can park your song there for eight weeks.
Beyoncé feat. Sean Paul
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (nine weeks), Peak Date: October 4, 2003
Did you think "Crazy in Love" was a huge hit? Well, B topped that tune's two-month run at No. 1 with "Baby Boy" just a few months later. The Sean Paul collab hit the chart hard, hanging out at the top for nine weeks. The song is Beyonce's second longest running No. 1 as a lead artist.
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (10 weeks), Peak Date: December 16, 2006
The Ne-Yo-co-penned, mid-tempo ballad struck a chord with many with its female resilience. "Irreplaceable" marks Beyonce's longest-running No. 1 as a lead artist on the Hot 100 (with an astounding 10 weeks there) and charting for 30 weeks total.
"Independent Women Part I"
Hot 100 Peak Position: 1 (11 weeks), Peak Date: November 18, 2000
Following the massive success of "The Writing's on the Wall," Destiny's Child could have easily phoned in a track for the "Charlie's Angels" film soundtrack. Instead, the then-newly-reconstituted trio released one of its electric singles, an ode to "all the mommas who profit dollas" that topped the Hot 100 for an amazing 11 weeks - when B was just 19!
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