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Beyoncé arrives. On Thursday, June 16, the living legend announced his upcoming seventh studio album, Renaissance, after a week of clues and rumors. A few days later, she subtly revealed via social media that the album’s lead single, titled “Break My Soul,” would be released at midnight.

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As the Beyhive prepares for the return of its queen in a few hours, here at Billboard, we look back at the songs that launched each era of Beyoncé’s nearly 20-year solo career. And we want to know: which hit from the band is your favorite?

Across six albums and a soundtrack, Queen Bey has graced the masses with a total of nine lead singles to choose from, starting with the irresistible honks of 2003’s “Crazy in Love” as the youthful breakout of Destiny’s Child strutted down concrete pavement wearing her now-iconic white tank top, denim shorts and bright red heels.

Beyoncé’s future husband Jay-Z memorably featured her on the No. 1 hit, but three years later the superstar flipped the script. B’Day first single “Déjà Vu” by giving him the green light to launch their swaggering back and forth – but only after taking the lead in bass, hi-hat and 808 one by one.

In 2008 I am… Sasha Fierce, Beyoncé had moved beyond the industry status quo of only releasing a single lead single, opting instead to show off the ambitious double album dichotomy with both “If I Were a Boy” and “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”. (While reverse sex I am… ballad peaked at No. 3, that is Sasha Fierce his counterpart exploded to No. 1 thanks to his instantly viral dance and took Bey’s fame to another stratosphere level.)

In 2011, the superstar boldly declared her dominance, as well as all of women’s ability to be “smart enough to make those millions / Strong enough to bear the kids / Then get back to work” on 4the feminist anthem of “Run the World (Girls)”. But upon the release of her self-titled fifth studio just two and a half years later, the very idea of ​​a debut single had become tricky in the groundbreaking world of Queen Bey.

The visual album Beyonce arrived as a complete surprise on December 13, 2013, without the traditional fanfare and rollout of a regular album release. Which meant there was no official single to precede his unexpected numerical downfall. However, days after the project all but broke the internet, Bey sent both “XO” and Jay-Z assisted “Drunk in Love” to radio as his first two official singles.

Lemonade was also a surprise in 2016, except this time Beyoncé gave the world a taste with “Formation,” the music video she dropped out of without warning for at the start of Black History Month. And we can’t forget the bombastic “Spirit,” which doubled as the lead single from Disney’s 2019 remake. The Lion King (in which the icon voiced Nala) and also featured her companion album The Lion King: The Gift and accompanying musical film black is king.

Before you hear “Broke My Soul” for the first time, vote Billboardbelow and choose the Beyoncé single you like the most!

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