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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter fondly called Beyoncé  is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She was born September 4, 1981 and raised in Houston, Texas. She performed in various singing and dancing competitions as a child and rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny's Child. Managed by her father, Mathew Knowles, the group became one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. Their hiatus saw the release of Beyoncé's debut album, Dangerously in Love in 2003, which established her as a solo artist worldwide, earned five Grammy Awards and featured the Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy".

Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in June 2005, she released her second solo album, B'Day in 2006, which contained hits "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable", and "Beautiful Liar". 

Her marriage to rapper Jay Z and portrayal of Etta James in Cadillac Records (2008) influenced her third album, I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), which saw the birth of her alter-ego Sasha Fierce and earned a record-setting six Grammy Awards in 2010, including Song of the Year for "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)". Beyoncé took a hiatus from music in 2010 and took over management of her career; her fourth album 4 (2011) was subsequently mellower in tone, exploring 1970s funk, 1980s pop, and 1990s soul.Her critically acclaimed fifth album, Beyoncé (2013), was distinguished from previous releases by its experimental production and exploration of darker themes. Her sixth album, Lemonade (2016), was released in conjunction with a short film of the same name. The album became her most critically acclaimed work to date.

Throughout a career spanning 19 years, she has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist, and a further 60 million with Destiny's Child,making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She has won 20 Grammy Awards and is the most nominated woman in the award's history. She is the most awarded artist at the MTV Video Music Awards, with 24 wins. presents to you ten most successful Beyoncé songs:

Halo is a song from  her third studio album I Am... Sasha Fierce  released in 2008. It was intended to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Beyoncé's life, stripped of her make-up and celebrity trappings. 
"Halo" is a contemporary R&B power balladwhose lyrics describe a sublime love. It features drum, piano, keyboard, string,synthesizer, and percussion instrumentation.
"Halo" was nominated for Record of the Year and wonBest Female Pop Vocal Performance at the52nd Grammy Awards. It won Best Song at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. "Halo" topped the singles charts of Brazil, Norway and Slovakia, and reached the top five on the singles chart of Australia, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the US. It was certified quintuple-platinum in Australia, and double-platinum in New Zealand, Spain and the US.

"Crazy in Love" is the debut single from her 2003 debut solo album, Dangerously in Love
It is an R&B and pop love song that incorporates elements of hip hop, soul, and 1970s-style funk music. Its lyrics describe a romantic obsession that causes the protagonist to act out of character. 
It was a number-one hit in the United States and United Kingdom, and achieved top-ten peaks on several other countries's record charts. With global sales of over 8.5 million, including 2 million from the U.S., it is one of the best-selling singles of all time.
At the 46th Grammy Awards, "Crazy in Love" won Best R&B Songand Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Irreplaceable" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her second studio album, B'Day (2006). 
It was originally a country record; it was re-arranged as a mid-tempo ballad with pop and R&B influences by modifying the vocal arrangements and instrumentation. 
The song's lyrics are about the breakdown of a relationship with an unfaithful man and the song contains a message about female empowerment.
"Irreplaceable" won several awards, including Best R&B/Soul Single at the 2007 Soul Train Music Awards. It was nominated for the Record of the Yearaward at the 50th Grammy Awards.
The single became Beyoncé's fourth number-one in the U.S., was B'Day's most successful release, and remained at the top of the U.S.Billboard Hot 100 chart for ten consecutive weeks. "Irreplaceable" was the best-selling U.S. single of 2007, the twenty-fifth most successful song of the 2000s (decade) in the U.S. 
It became Beyoncé's second single to achieve 200 million audience impressions in 2006.

"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" is a song from her third studio album, I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008). 
It explores men's unwillingness to propose or commit. In the song, the female protagonist is in a club to celebrate her single status.

"Single Ladies" won three Grammy Awards in 2010, including Song of the Year, among other accolades. Several news media sources named it as one of the best songs of 2008, while some considered it one of the best songs of the decade. It topped the USBillboard Hot 100 chart .
Globally, it was 2009's seventh best-selling digital single with 6.1 million units sold and is one of the best-selling singles of all time.

"If I Were a Boy" is a song from her third studio album I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008). 
Inspired by the difficult break-up of a romantic relationship, the song's lyrics lament the misunderstandings between the genders and indict the male side of relationships. 
The single was a commercial success as it placed in the top ten on twenty-five different singles charts. It topped the charts in more than eight European countries, including the United Kingdom, where it is Beyoncé's best-selling single. "If I Were a Boy" peaked at number three on the US Billboard chart and earned multi-platinum certifications in Australia, Canada, and the US.

"Best Thing I Never Had" is a song  from her fourth studio album, 4 (2011). A pop and R&B ballad, the subjects of "Best Thing I Never Had" are revenge and karma. Not wanting to feel broken-hearted, the female protagonist sings that she feels happy to have left her lover, who did not recognize the potential for a happy life with her. "Best Thing I Never Had" peaked at number 16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number four on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It rose to number three on theUK Singles Chart and number two on the Irish Singles Chart among others. The song reached number one on the South Korea Gaon International Chart, the UK R&B Chart, and the US Hot Dance Club Play chart, and the top 30 in mainland Europe, Oceania, and Canada. It was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and gold by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ).

"Love On Top" is a song from her fourth studio album 4 (2011). 
A throw-back to 1980s music, the uptempo R&B song exhibits style.
Beyoncé sang "Love On Top" live at 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, announcing her pregnancy at the end of her performance. This caused the upsurge of the song on several charts worldwide. It reached the top ten in Hungary and South Korea, and the top twenty in Australia, Italy, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It also debuted at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the second highest debut of Beyoncé's career as a solo artist. "Love On Top" remained at number one on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for seven consecutive weeks, and has sold over one million copies. At the 55th Grammy Awards, Beyoncé won her 17th Grammy Award withBest Traditional R&B Performance for "Love On Top".

"Sweet Dreams" is a song from her third studio album I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008). 
Sweet Dreams" gained popularity for its electro music style, which contrasts Knowles' earlier R&B, urban, and funk-tinged releases. The song was nominated for the Viewers Choice Award at the 2010 BET Awards. It topped the New Zealand Singles Chart, peaked at number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and reached the top five on singles charts in Australia, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom among others. "Sweet Dreams" was certified platinum in Australia, New Zealand and the US.

"Listen" is a soul-R&B song; its lyrics make reference to tenacity, love, the refusal to defer dreams and finally rise towards fame. Its instrumentation includes bass, drums, guitars, keyboards, percussion, and violins, among others. 
"Listen" won Best Original Song at the 2007 Critics' Choice Awards. It was nominated in the same category at the 2006 International Press Academy Satellite Award, at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards, and at the 2007 Academy Awards.
"Listen" peaked at number 61 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and generally peaked inside the top 20 positions in European countries. It fared better in the United Kingdom where it reached number eight thanks to a live duet performance of Beyoncé and Alexandra Burke at The X Factor, where Burke emerged as the winner after singing "Listen" during the finale. 

"Run the World (Girls)" is a song from her fourth studio album 4 (2011).
"Run the World" is a electropop and R&B song that heavily samples "Pon de Floor" by Major Lazer. The song's title and lyrics comprise an unapologetically aggressive message promoting female empowerment. 
The single peaked at number 29 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and reached the top 10 in Australia, Belgium, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland and South Korea. "Run the World" was a top 20 hit in Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom. 
The video won Best Choreography at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and Best Dance Performance at the 2011 Soul Train Music Awards.

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