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Rank It: “Renaissance” - Beyoncé

Story posted January 9, 2023 in Arts & Entertainment by Sophia D’Ovidio.

Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” is seemingly a front-runner for Album of the Year at the Grammys. Sophia D’Ovidio ranks this cultural reset from great to even greater.

16. “I’M THAT GIRL”

Serves as a prologue to the album more so than a song on its own. Still slaps though.

15. “ENERGY” (feat. BEAM)

Again, serves more as an interlude than a full song.

14. “HEATED”

A good song on its own, but somewhat forgettable in the album as a whole.

13. “ALIEN SUPERSTAR”

A fun track early on to hint at what excellence is to come.

12. “PLASTIC OFF THE SOFA”

Great vocals and a groovy instrumental on this ballad, the only time the album slows down.

11. “BREAK MY SOUL”

A much better song when listening to the album rather than the lead single on its own.

10. “COZY”

A self-love anthem with an addicting beat.

9. “THIQUE”

A banger with a sick outro.

8. “ALL UP IN YOUR MIND”

The growl vocals from Beyoncé on this song are perfect. This hyperpop track is phenomenal.

7. “AMERICA HAS A PROBLEM”

Not what anyone would guess this song is about, but America probably has less problems since this song came out, it’s that good.

6. “SUMMER RENAISSANCE”

A perfect closer for the moment that is this album.

5. “CUFF IT”

Just a perfect hit from Beyoncé. Maybe a better choice for the lead single but whatever.

4. “MOVE” (feat. Grace Jones & Tems)

It’s not the kind of song expected from a mainstream artist. The uniqueness of it is so captivating.

3. “CHURCH GIRL”

Impossible to not want to bust a move during this song.

2. “VIRGO’S GROOVE”

6-minutes of funk excellence. So captivating it’s easy to forget how long this track is.

1. “PURE/HONEY”

This album is filled with transitions from song to song. But the seamless change in this track from club banger to R&B excellence is what puts this song at the top.