Album: 4 (2011)
Producer: Beyoncé, Kanye West, Jeff Bhasker
There is no doubt that "Party" was the summer cookout anthem of 2011. Featuring a guest verses from André 3000, and later, a remix from labelmate J.Cole, "Party" is one of Beyoncé's best "feel good" records to date. The track combines '80s funk and soul music-thanks to production from Kanye West and Jeff Bhasker-while also sampling "La Di Da Di."
The Kanye intro kicks off the sensual beat paired with synth-pop melodies-and of course, that "swagu" lyric. Add it to the list of sexually empowering Bey songs, with some very NSFW metaphors from Andre on his verse, and "Party" is one of her top party anthems. Even when Bey wants to create a slow-jam, she still lets her vocals take the spotlight over any production-even by Kanye. —Heather Haynes