Song of the Day #4,513: ‘Naughty Girl’ – Beyoncé

The same year Jay-Z released what he called his “retirement” album, his new girlfriend and future wife, Beyoncé Knowles, released her debut, Dangerously in Love.

Beyoncé had a successful career already as part of Destiny’s Child, but the trio had begun releasing solo material in order to boost the band’s profile. The move wound up boosting Beyoncé’s profile, no doubt, but Destiny’s Child released only one more album and Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams had less illustrious solo careers.

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Song of the Day #139: ‘Crazy in Love’ – Beyoncé

beyonceI don’t listen to much of what makes it on the Top 40 these days. Those Now That’s What I Call Music! CDs that are into their 78th volume by now… they’re generally all Greek to me.

I’m not necessarily proud of that fact. In a way, it makes me feel like the clichéd grumpy old man who doesn’t understand what the kids are listening to. But, true to the spirit of that grumpy old man, I really do find it hard to believe people actually like some of those songs.

But occasionally a song breaks through, and I get what they hype is about. Which brings me to Beyoncé, and today’s Song of the Day, ‘Crazy in Love.’

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