On the reworked version of her Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single, Beyoncé incorporates elements of Madonna’s “Vogue” — a 1990 Hot 100 No. 1 hit that helped signal the earliest mainstream embrace of ballroom culture. Madonna’s track featured a roll call of exclusively white silver-screen legends despite the song owing its existence to the Black and Latinx queer artists who pioneered voguing and ballroom culture.
In line with her recent efforts to re-center Black artists in histories where their contributions have been erased, Beyoncé revises Madonna’s original roll call and instead gives shout-outs to 29 legendary Black women in music (plus Madonna herself), as well as a slew of iconic ballroom houses. From Diana Ross and Whitney Houston, to the House of Aviance and the House of Balenciaga, the “Queens Remix” of “Break My Soul” is a rich capsule of music and pop culture history.
Queen Bey unleashed “Break My Soul” on June 20, 2022, as the lead single from Renaissance, her seventh solo studio album. The track, which blends elements of Robin S.’ “Show Me Love” and Big Freedia’s “Explode,” has since spent two weeks atop the Hot 100 — Beyoncé’s first solo song to achieve such a feat since “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” in 2008. Renaissance launched atop the Billboard 200 with 2022’s largest first-week sales total for a female artist, and the second-largest first-week sales total overall.
Check out every iconic woman Beyoncé showed love to on “Break My Soul (The Queens Remix).”