100 songs of the decade: Love On Top – Beyoncé

 100 songs of the decade: Love On Top – Beyoncé

Written by: Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash and Shea Taylor
Produced by: Beyoncé Knowles and Shea Taylor
Album: 4
UK release: January 2012
UK chart peak: 13

How, in the name of all that is holy, can a song with four key changes – FOUR! KEY! CHANGES! – not make the cut?

Beyoncé is energetic and effortlessly cool in this light-as-a-feather bop, which feels like it could feasibly have been released in any one of the last five decades and had just as much success. It’s the stuff of fun first dances, of exciting car journeys, of dancing in the shower the morning after a cracking night.

It also has the masterful music video that it deserves, and is proof that the oft-underrated 4 era is much stronger than anyone seems to remember. And again – FOUR KEY CHANGES!

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
  • See the full list so far here.
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Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.