Writers: Rich Harrison, Beyonce, Jay-Z
Producers: Harrison, Beyonce
Released: May '03, Columbia
27 weeks; No. 1
Those horns weren't a hook; they were a herald: Pop's new queen had arrived. Beyoncé's debut solo smash, powered by a brass blast sampled from the Chi-Lites' "Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)," announced her liberation from Destiny's Child and firmly established her MO: She'd best the competition by doing everything sassier, bigger, crazier. Her future husband, Jay-Z, stepped up, too — it took him just 10 minutes to create (he writes nothing down) and record his typically braggadocious cameo.
Appears on: Dangerously in Love (Columbia)