Beyonce and Jay Z are no doubt the biggest musicians of their respective genres, and when they come together in the studio the result is pure magic. When the duo finally announced their joint ‘On The Run’ tour (which will hit stadiums starting on June 25), fans of both artists rejoiced with a long-awaited anticipation. So in celebration of their upcoming tour, here is a ranking of the power couple’s best musical collaborations.
While it may be one of the couple’s lesser-known songs, it definitely deserves a spot on the list. Taken from Jay Z’s 2006 album Kingdom Come, “Hollywood” tells a crippling tale of the life behind the silver screen. Yet the somber tone is masked by sparkling percussion and funky horns. A solo version of the tune can also be found on the 2007 deluxe edition of B’Day.
7. “That’s How You Like It”
One of the more overlooked collaborations in the couple’s catalog due to monster of “Crazy In Love,” this cut from Beyonce’s 2003 debut Dangerously In Love is an underrated gem. The song’s topic about young love may be a bit cliche, but one cannot deny how charmingly sweet it is. Beyonce’s laidback ode to her gangsta boo serves as the perfect soundtrack for the upcoming summer months! “Young Hova & the Letter B. How you like that, huh?”
6. “Upgrade U”
Taken from her 2006 sophomore album B’Day (which is also a fan favorite), Beyonce holds nothing back as she boasts about taking her man from the blocks in the hood to flying first class. From the stomping beat and King Bey’s growls, to Jay Z’s braggadocio swag, “Upgrade U” is one of the duo’s best songs.
5. “Deja Vu”
This stunner also comes from B’Day – and there is no surprise that it was chosen as the album’s lead single. The combination of hard-hitting hi-hats and snares, Beyonce’s soaring is downright flawless – not to mention the steamy video that highlight’s the couple’s adoration for each other.
4. “Drunk In Love”
From radios, clubs and even your personal iPod playlists, this inescapable tune has unofficially become this year’s summer anthem. “Drunk In Love” (from the singer’s self-titled fifth album) is a sultrier and more mature sister to its younger predecessor “Crazy In Love,” and perfectly highlights the couple’s seamless connection. The song is also incredibly catchy. Let’s be honest, we’ve all belted out “SURFBOART” at one point!
3. “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde”
This is the collaboration that started it all! Before they even publicly acknowledged their relationship, the release of “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” from Jay Z’s 2002 album The Blueprint 2 created an intense wave of speculation. This ride or die anthem samples Tupac’s 1996 song “Me & My Girlfriend,” and helped Jay Z cross over to R&B territory while Beyonce benefited from a new-found bad girl swag.
2. “Part II (On The Run)”
A deep cut off Jay Z’s 2013 Magna Carta Holy Grail, this track serves as the 11-year follow-up to “’03 Bonnie & Clyde.” It has become a testament to their strong bond as a married couple, as well as transforming into musical royalty. After all their struggles over the years and with a young daughter by their side (Princess Blue Ivy Carter), the duo is now unstoppable. As Beyonce claims, who wants that perfect love story anyway?
1. “Crazy In Love”
This dynamite song is without question the best duet from Beyonce & Jay Z, and it’s also one of the best songs from its era. The song, from her debut album Dangerously In Love, introduced the singer to the world as a solo artist – and of course, her man was by her side along the way. Thanks to its funk-inspired rhythms, 1970’s horn sample from the Chi-Lites and stadium-worthy energy, “Crazy In Love” sounds just as fresh now as it did 11 years ago. It will forever remain a classic for both artists.