Crazy In Love

Beyonce featuring Jay-Z

Dangerously In Love (2003)

Although her underrated Austin Powers soundtrack song “Work It Out” was technically Beyonce’s first solo single, it was “Crazy In Love” that immediately turned Beyonce into BEYONCE. That frantic drum loop, sick horn sample, and killer rap from Jay-Z all served as the perfect supporting cast to the newly crowned queen bee of R&B. The lyrics speak of reckless abandon in love, and the colorful video meshed well with the song’s vibe of structured pop chaos. She may have had the better part of a decade to practice for the role of lead diva, but Beyonce launched her solo career with a flawless song choice.

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