Beyoncé’s 10 Most Influential Songs
By Stacy Lambe
2. "Crazy in Love"
The lead single from Bey’s first solo album not became the song of the summer of 2003 but easily became one of her best records to date. “Crazy in Love” arrived with so much fevered energy that there was no looking back on Destiny’s Child. The singer’s solo career was here and it was going to be big. It also marked Jay Z’s first appearance on a Bey track (she had previously appeared on his single “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”). The guest spot on this song and Pharrell Williams' "Frontin'" injected new life into Jay's sagging career. (The Blueprint 2 did no favors for anyone.) While it wasn’t confirmed they were dating at the time, the song marked the beginning of their relationship with their other collaborations (“Déjà Vu,” “Upgrade U,” “Drunk in Love”) serving as markers of their personal life.