A Definitive Ranking Of Beyoncé And Jay Z Collaborations

Because we weren’t already excited enough for the upcoming tour.

Songs featured include CREDITED verses to either Beyoncé or Jay Z.

Thus, songs excluded from this list are: “Venus vs. Mars,” “Pray” and “Tom Ford.”

9. “Lift Off” (2011)

Album: Jay Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne
Why: “Lift Off” by Jay Z and Kanye West featuring Beyoncé, is not heavy on the Bey and Jay vibes, especially since Beyoncé is only offered the chorus. So, in light, it would only cause minimal tears if performed live.
Most Awe-Worthy Line: None because this song isn’t about them.

Listen to the song: here.

8. “Hollywood” (2006)

Roc-a-Fella and Def Jam / Via beyonceknowlesgifs.tumblr.com

Album: Jay Z’s Kingdom Come
Why: Beyoncé followed up Jay Z’s “Hollywood” with her own solo-version entitled “Welcome to Hollywood” in 2007, so both versions will count as one in this case. While the two songs are good, the chorus would be the only truly worthwhile part if performed live by both of them.
Most Awe-Worthy Line(s): “It’s kinda sexy to me how you watchin’” - Beyoncé
“I love it” -Jay Z

Listen to Jay Z’s “Hollywood”: here.
Listen to Beyoncé’s “Welcome to Hollywood”: here.

7. “That’s How You Like It” (2003)

Columbia Records / Via beyonceknowlesgifs.tumblr.com

Album: Beyoncé’s Dangerously in Love
Why: The song is cute with a slow tempo, that emphasizes what Bey and Jay love about each other. Because of the song’s old-school ode to young-Bey and Jay, tears could potentially shed if it were performed live.
Most Awe-Worthy Line: “Young Hovah & the Letter B. How you like that, huh?” - Jay

Listen to the song: here.

6. “Part II (On the Run)” (2013)

Album: Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail
Why: “Part II (On the Run)” is a follow-up to “‘03 Bonnie and Clyde”, featuring the now married power-couple. The song is a nice testament to their limitless love for each other with great verses and chorus, but not a stand-alone hit.
Most Awe-Worthy Line: “I don’t care if we on the run. Baby, as long as I’m next to you.” - Beyoncé

Listen to the song: here.

5. “Upgrade U” (2006)

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Album: Beyoncé’s B’Day
Why: Not going to lie, some lines in this song would make feminist-Beyoncé cringe, but thankfully seven years later we have the powerhouse of equality she is today. Other than that, this song is a classic for the duo, with a great beat and beloved by many.
Most Awe-Worthy Line: When she starts naming off designer labels and you sing along, as if you had the slightest chance to afford them.

Watch the music video: here.

4. “Déjà Vu” (2006)

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Album: Beyoncé’s B’Day
Why: I dare you to find one person who doesn’t get hyped when this song comes on. Not only is it one of Beyoncé’s best music videos, but the verses by both Bey and Jay are flawless.
Most Awe-Worthy Line: “‘Cause in my mind I want you here. Get on the next plane, I don’t care. Is it because I’m missing you, that I’m having Deja Vu.” - Beyoncé

Watch the music video: here.

3. “‘03 Bonnie and Clyde” (2002)

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Album: Jay Z’s The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
Why: This song was Beyoncé and Jay Z’s first song collaboration and the beginning of many great duets to come. Performing this song live would capture the essence of young-Beyoncé and Jay Z nostalgia; plus, would be the best opening song to a set-list dedicated to their duets, during the tour.
Most Awe-Worthy Line(s): “All I need in this life of sin, is me and my girlfriend.” - Jay
“Down to ride ‘til the very end, it’s me and my boyfriend.” - Bey

Watch the music video: here

2. “Drunk in Love” (2013)

Album: Beyoncé’s Beyoncé
Why: The Grammy performance of “Drunk in Love” (probably) almost killed half of the world by sheer sexual frustration alone; imagine watching it live. That is all.
Most Awe-Worthy Line: “SURFBOART” - Beyoncé (just kidding)

Watch the music video again for the 1,000 time: here.

1. “Crazy in Love” (2003)

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Album: Beyoncé’s Dangerously in Love
Why: Arguably, “Crazy in Love” is not only the best Bey and Jay collaboration, but also one of the best songs of the entire ‘00 decade. Now more than 10 years old, “Crazy in Love” has become a classic with the power of making a room full of people in any country fail miserably at trying to dance like Beyoncé. It is actually everything.
Most Awe-Worthy Line: ALL OF THEM.

Watch the music video: here.

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