Beyoncé’s 10 Most Influential Songs
By Stacy Lambe
3. "Run the World (Girls)"
While it became the most divisive of Bey’s singles, it did more to show where the singer was going rather than please her fans at large. By hijacking Major Lazer’s “Pon de Floor,” she bluntly announced that she doesn’t care what people. She was a defiant R&B fashionista that was focused on taking women to the top and shoving her Gareth Pugh heels in the face of whoever got her way. The risks that she took here would later lead to tracks like “Flawless” and the Arabic arpeggios in “Drunk in Love” as well bolster the career of Diplo. The producer (and one-half of Major Lazer) went from producing indie darlings, M.I.A. and Santigold, to mainstream juggernauts, such as Justin Bieber, Usher, Bruno Mars, and Britney Spears.