BSBB Round 5: Beyonce feat. Jay Z, 'Drunk In Love' vs. Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, 'Fancy'

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Drunk In Love

Beyonce feat. Jay Z

Fancy

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX



HARLEY BROWN: This is a very interesting pair-up because of its arguable inversions: Jay Z's verse on "Drunk In Love" is phoned in, while Iggy Azalea's whole career is, even if she has spawned some true bangers. The heart wants what it wants, and I want to pick "Fancy" because, quite honestly, I would rather listen to that on repeat than "Drunk In Love," but I have to choose the latter because, at the end of the day, it is a more artful game-changer than the former (and Iggy Azalea can't even, I mean, I… they can't even go in the same sentence. It's Beyonce. No one can touch her). Also, it's just more charming: Bey singing about how she can be drunk and want to have sex with her husband is more relatable than Igloo Australia's braggadocio.
My Vote: “Drunk In Love”

CHRIS PAYNE: Beyonce is quite fancy, she don’t need an Iggy Azalea song to remind her. She’s already known for a while, long before her surprise album vaulted her into the cultural stratosphere. But the expirementally-inclined self-titled album needed a true pop single for it to fully take over, and “Drunk in Love” gloriously fit the bill, majestic and show-stopping enough to best even 2014’s catchiest hit.
My Vote: “Drunk In Love”

STEVEN HOROWITZ: “Fancy” was undeniably the Song of the Summer, a strong showing from two badass artists on the rise. But like the season it came to soundtrack, it didn’t maintain its reign for long. Today, it feels more like a song suited to soundtrack a Bar Mitzvah or graduation party — you can even picture your grandma rapping “I-G-G-Y,” can’t you? The thing about “Drunk in Love” is that it transcended its moment. It was almost instantly canonized as 2014’s surefire turn-up anthem, short on gimmicks. Charli may have had teens naughtily chanting “let’s get drunk on the minibar,” but Beyonce basically invented “surfboardt.” Four artists, and only two of them are icons. There’s a reason.
My Vote: "Drunk In Love"

JILLIAN MAPES: I know "Drunk In Love" is a better song because I've heard it more than "Fancy" and I'm definitely not as sick of it as I am of "Fancy."
My Vote: “Drunk In Love”

CAITLIN WHITE: This matchup seems portentous, as though orchestrated to reveal the tension between Iggy Azalea's aping of hip-hop culture and Beyonce and Jay's flesh-and-blood life that embodies it. "Drunk In Love" is one of those songs that indicates how sometimes the chart system fails us—it never fared very well as far as numbers go, but in terms of cultural impact, it left a meteor-like crater. From SURFBOARDT to "we be all night" to the speculation over "cigars on ice," Beyonce gave the turn up generation an anthem for every goofy-eyed phase of our tempestuous nights. Meanwhile, Iggy had to revamp a '90s flick-cum-Shakespeare-play to get a video that stuck and leaned on Charli for the hook that nearly redeems the song's glitzy bulldozing. Married sex on the beach versus teenage boasting? Any grown woman knoooooows better than to pretend Iggy is even in the same galaxy as Beyonce.
My Vote: “Drunk In Love”

MYLES TANZER: Charli XCX's chorus on "Fancy" is really fun to sing. It's slow and deliberate and anyone could memorize the words with two listens. But "Drunk In Love" is fun to sing. Like, every line of the entire song. The word “infectious” is overused, and "Drunk In Love" is beyond that — it's viral. Every line is your best tweet and you want to scream it at the highest volume possible. It's group karaoke every time it comes on. "Fancy" may have been the song of the summer, but "Drunk In Love" knows no season.
My Vote: “Drunk In Love”

CRAIG JENKINS: First thing's first: I'm a realist, and there isn't anything Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" does better than "Drunk in Love." The rapping is tighter. The singing is brighter, more emotive. But beyond that, "Drunk in Love" radiates a genuineness that Iggy Azalea is, by construction, incapable of delivering. She name-checks songs referencing years she wasn't alive for in an accent unheard of by human ears prior. "Drunk in Love" is really just a cheeky bedroom romp, but the performance is more accomplished and leagues more convincing.
My Vote: “Drunk In Love”

ERIN STRECKER: No Song of the Year Grammy nomination? Travesty! “Drunk in Love” is a perfect ode to marital sexy times, and is solely responsible for introducing “Surfboart” into the lexicon. You just can’t top that, Clueless-inspired music video or not. Bonus: Who among us hasn’t broken out an “I’ve been drinkin’” at the bar, only to have their friends give the requisite follow-up “I’ve been drinkin’.” This song unites us all!
My Vote: “Drunk In Love”

MEAGHAN GARVEY: I'll say this for "Fancy": irrepressible talent Charli XCX played a better understudy than Beyonce's husband, who I can only assume was allowed to litter "Drunk In Love" with his schoolboy tittering about — I can't even type it straight-faced — "breasteses" out of sheer pity. But who are we kidding? You come at the queen, you best not miss, and though Igloo Australia's "Fancy" had this summer in a chokehold, Beyonce redefined marital relations, "WTF happened last night?" survival stories, and an entire water sport for 2014 and beyond.
My Vote: “Drunk In Love”


OVERALL WINNER: “Drunk In Love”

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