In February 2013, Beyoncé's Life Is But a Dream documentary aired on HBO. It was one of the first times in her entire career that Beyoncé let her guard down—albeit briefly and entirely on her own terms—to show the world what a day in the life of the Queen was like. It was an incredible experience for any fan, it showed the amount of emotion and effort Bey dedicates to her career while balancing her family life. It was also an eye-opening look at one of the greatest artists of the past 15 years.
We first got to know Bey in the late '90s. In 1997, her group Destiny's Child released their major label debut song, "Killing Time." That song wasn't a huge smash, but Destiny's Child would go on to create hit after hit in the late '90s and early 2000s to become one of the most successful female groups ever. They parted ways in 2001 to pursue solo careers (they reunited in 2004 for their final album, Destiny Fulfilled) and that's when we really saw what Bey could do.
Beyoncé has had one of most successful solo careers ever. So far, she's dropped four huge albums, Dangerously in Love, B'Day, I Am... Sasha Fierce, and 4. She has also starred in major films like Dreamgirls, The Pink Panther, and Obsessed. Oh, and along the way, she married one of the greatest rappers of all time, became a pop culture icon, and made gobs of money.
We've spent all year anticipating her still untitled fifth album. We haven't heard too much from it—besides "Bow Down/I Been On," "Standing On The Sun," and "Grown Woman." But it's mostly just snippets and some live performances from her Mrs. Carter World Tour. So we're excited to hear her new album, but until she releases some new material, here are The 25 Best Beyoncé Songs