Although their magic number is four, Jay Z and Beyoncé are celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary Tuesday (April 4). Long before the couple became a married duo, they had an extended courtship that’s resulted in some of hip-hop and R&B’s best collabs. The soon-to-be parents of three first started their union with “’03 Bonnie and Clyde,” setting the tone for their joint artistry. Here are all of the pair’s collabs ranked from least favorite to most.
11. “Hollywood”/”Welcome To Hollywood” (2006/2007)
On Jay Z’s Kingdom Come, the pair talks about flashing lights and the glamor of Hollywood — a nice parallel to mega-wattage of their own star relationship. There’s even a breakdown name-dropping some of the city’s most infamous legends who have OD’ed, perhaps suggesting how the duo’s own union can be dangerously intoxicating at times. Bey would end up reusing the song in a solo edit for the deluxe edition of B’Day.
Lyrics that celebrates their love the most: “I see your jealousy as your watching/ Your watching/ It’s kinda sexy to me how you watching”
10. “Lift Off” (2011)
Beyoncé joined her top two fans — The Throne — to highlight their success. The song doesn’t discuss love like the pair’s other duets, but it’s still nice to see Bey backing her husband’s endeavors.
Lyrics that celebrates their love the most: “We gonna take it to the moon, take it to the stars/ How many people you know can take it this far?”
9. “Tom Ford” (2013)
Although Beyoncé isn’t credited as a listed artist on the title, she’s clearly putting her two cents on her husband’s record, providing uncredited backing vocals. The song also pays homage to the designer that has dressed the pair for multiple red carpets and events.
Lyrics that celebrates their love the most: “Bad b—h, H town/ Keep it trill, y’all know y’all can’t f–k around”
8. “Upgrade U” (2006)
The song that makes it clear how their relationship is luxurious in all ways possible — so much label bragging in one jam, it’s a materialistic overload.
Lyrics that celebrates their love the most: “I can do for you, what Martin did for the people/ Ran by the men, but the women keep the tempo/ It’s very seldom, that you’re blessed to find your equal”
7. “That’s How You Like It” (2003)
Aside from their most famous duet on Dangerously In Love — higher to come on this list, of course — Bey Z do no wrong in this confession of love. It’s an early peek into how strong their bond is, as their backing vocals almost seem like an encouragement to one another.
Lyrics that celebrates their love the most:“I need a thug that’ll have my back/ Do-rag, Nike Airs to match/ Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that”
6. “’03 Bonnie and Clyde” (2002)
With this collab off Jay Z’s The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, the rumors started to spark about the couple’s courtship. Ultimately, they would fulfill the promise of this song’s title, becoming hip hop’s latest Bonnie and Clyde in 2003.
Lyrics that celebrates their love the most: “All I need in this life of sin is me and my girlfriend/ Down to ride ’til the very end; just me and my boyfriend”
5. “Shining” (2017)
Although this was a premature Grammy celebration (not really, but still), the couple remains “winning” in their latest collab. On the DJ Khaled trap&B track, the item works past all the purported Lemonade allegations and shows that Bey Z is still going strong.
Lyrics that celebrates their love the most: “We smilin’ for a whole ‘nother reason (whole ‘nother reason)/ It’s all smiles through all four seasons/ Shinin’, shinin’, shinin’, shinin’, yeah (shinin’, yeah)”
4. “Déjà Vu” (2006)
The steamy video shows off their chemistry just as much as the lyrics. The love on B’Day‘s first single is too much to resist.
Lyrics that celebrates their love the most: “I used to bag girls like Birkin Bags/Now I bag B. (Boy you hurtin that)”
3. “Part II (On The Run)” (2013)
In what is seemingly an appropriate retrospective follow up to “’03 Bonnie and Clyde,” the pair flirts with the idea of being outlaws. This song would go on to be the inspiration for their joint On The Run tour in 2014.
Lyrics that celebrates their love the most: “Who wants that perfect love story anyway, anyway?/ Cliché, cliché, cliché, cliché/ Who wants that hero love that saves the day, anyway?/ Cliché, cliché, cliché, cliché”
2. “Crazy in Love” (2003)
The duet that made their relationship official is still a classic to this very date. Like Jay Z’s introduction promised, “Crazy in Love” became “history in the making”. The Billboard Hot 100 certainly approved the union, as it became the pair’s first and (to date) only No. 1 together.
Lyrics that celebrates their love the most: “Got me looking, so crazy, my baby/ I’m not myself lately, I’m foolish, I don’t do this”
1. “Drunk in Love” (2013)
How did Beyoncé and Jay Z choose to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Crazy in Love”? Their most explicit and best duet to date, “Drunk in Love”. Pop Culture has the Carters to thank for “drankin’ watermelon” and “surfbort.”
Lyrics that celebrates their love the most: “We be all night, love, love/ We be all night, love, love”