By Patrick Hester
From what we can tell of Beyoncé's upcoming single, reportedly called "Girls (Who Run the World)," based on the version that leaked this week, it's quite the female-empowerment track. With B chanting, "I'm repping for the girls who taking over the world/ Have me raise a glass for the college grads," the thumping, Caribbean-flavored song seems bound to be a club banger this year. But it also inspired us to compare it to her earlier songs that encourage women to stand up for themselves and never take second best.
"Why Don't You Love Me": This late I Am ... Sasha Fierce single sees Beyoncé questioning her lover for not appreciating her assets. In each verse, she boasts about her beauty, brains, moves and more. Despite the lament, the song implies that it's the man's problem if he doesn't realize the value of his woman.
"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)": "If you liked it, then you should've put a ring on it." B doesn't want women to settle for being a girlfriend or fling, and if men won't step up and commit, the single ladies are free to move on to the next one.
"Diva": In one of the most hip-hop-tinged songs ever recorded by Beyoncé, Ms. Knowles tackles the word "diva" making it a positive word as opposed to the negative connotation behind it. Similar to her Destiny's Child single, "Independent Women Pt. 1," B challenges women to be their own bosses, "talk back" and be hustlers.
"Irreplaceable": This sultry, 2006 R&B track was #1 for 10 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, and we think that's partly because it told women that not only can they leave a relationship successfully, they can find a better one easily.
"Me, Myself and I": Definitely one of Ms. Knowles most personal songs, this Dangerously in Love cut said that at the end of the day, a woman can look in the mirror and realize that all she really needs to be happy is herself. "From now on, i'mma be my own best friend," she sings. OK, Beyoncé, but can we be your friend too?