Beyoncé’s 10 Most Influential Songs

4.8.2014

By Stacy Lambe

From 'Crazy in Love' to 'Drunk in Love'

9. "Flawless"

One of the most surprising tracks from Bey’s fifth album was “Flawless.” First released as a teaser, the full-length version combined trap music, rap and a speech delivered by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie’s speech about feminism exemplified Bey’s transformation as a representative of female empowerment. As an artist, Bey has pushed that message on stage and off but never more so completely than on that record. But Adichie’s speech was not just a message to women, it’s a message to anyone “who believes in the social, political and economic equality.”

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