Ok, so this pretty much breaks every rule in the “Music List” book, but these are clearly extreme circumstances. Had anyone known that Beyoncé would be releasing a new album this year, we all would have held off on our year-end lists, but the sneaky little minx decided to put out one of the most well-crafted and compelling records of the year with just a little over 2 weeks to go before 2013 is history! Not to mention, she gave us all literally no warning! This is one of these anomalies that we’re just going to have to bend the rules for. No self-respecting music fan is going to be able to simply let their “Best Of 2013” list just sit there and exclude Bey, so I decided to build a little appendix to my 100 Best Songs Of 2013 list just for her. I’m not going to cut anything out of my original list, or even change the numbering, but there are two particular cuts from the Beyoncé album that deserve to be highlighted. Fittingly, they’re the first two tracks apparently being lifted as singles from the record.
Easily the most accessible cut from Beyoncé’s surprise self-titled LP, “Blow” is the kind of moment so many artists attempt to pull off, but very few can. Bey is able to take the sleazy and sexy tune and turn it into something completely fun and funky. The fact that Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, and the unstoppable Pharrell all helped craft the song certainly helps.
B1. “Drunk In Love”
Beyoncé featuring Jay-Z
There’s really no way to properly put into words just how well the chemistry between Beyoncé and Jay-Z translates in their music. The married couple cranked out yet another noteworthy collaboration for the album, this time in the form of “Drunk In Love.” The urban-focused track is an intricately laid-back, soulful journey that stands out as the best cut off Beyoncé.