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If anyone knows how to make a hit it's Beyoncé, but some of her best songs are the ones that barely saw the light of day and had the potential to be huge hits. Why weren't these songs released as singles?
This song is interesting, as not only was it not released as a single, but it wasn't even released on an album. The song is from Beyoncé's 'B'Day' era, and sounds remarkably similar to 'Irreplaceable.' Some say it was the original version before being modified and eventually becoming 'Irreplaceable' and some say it acts as a 'Irreplaceable Part two' - either way it is just as infectious as the hit single. Picture: Tumblr/i.am.Beyonce
Beyoncé's 'Standing On The Sun' has number one hit single written all over it. The track is the definition of a summer jam and first featured in an H&M ad with Bey modelling their bikini range. But unfortunately, not only did Bey decide not to release it, but it seems everything is being done to keep it off the internet.
'Resentment' is one of the most powerful songs on Beyoncé's 2006 'B'Day' album, it hears Bey emotionally admit she is finding it hard to forgive her partner after cheating - and is still "full of resentment." A little known fact is that the song was originally recorded by Victoria Beckham but not released, then modified by Beyoncé who added original lyrics for her own album. Tumblr/iam.beyonce.com.
The last track on Beyoncé's '4' album is a ballad that features all of the emotion that Beyoncé's Dream Girls song 'Listen' has. It hears Beyoncé sing about the impact she wants to make on the world, and what memories she wants to leave behind.
First previewed in a Pepsi ad that saw Beyoncé relive all of her past iconic dance moves and outfits, 'Grown Woman' eventually ended up being a bonus track on Bey's latest album 'Beyoncé.' The Timbaland-produced song is accompanied by what is probably one of Bey's coolest videos ever - featuring home movies edited to show a young Beyoncé singing along to the song.
Another 'Beyoncé' album-track, this Drake assisted song hears Beyoncé pour her heart out on her feelings towards marriage and motherhood. Drizzy + Bey = an undeniably great track, but 'Partition,' 'Drunk In Love' and 'XO' were chosen as the albums singles instead.
'Daddy' was made as a tribute to Beyoncé's father Matthew Knowles. As her manager, he knew every track going on her 'Dangerously In Love' album, but Beyoncé secretly planted the song on the album as a gift to her father for his support. In an interview with Billboard Daddy Knowles said: "My favourite songs is... 'Daddy'... It basically says 'Thank you for all you've given me and when I marry a man, it will be like my daddy'".
Fitting in perfectly with the theme of her self-titled album, 'Jealous' hears Beyoncé express the jealously she feels when her partner is with other women. She gets her own back though as she sings about running into her ex and reminiscing about the days they "use to flex in Texas - don't be jealous." It has a similar tempo to 'Irreplaceable' and would have made a great radio tune. Picture: Tumblr/I.am.Beyonce
'Broken Hearted Girl' was initially announced as the sixth single from 'I Am... Sasha Fierce' in the United States and the fourth elsewhere, but was replaced with 'Sweet Dreams' - the single charted in the top 20 in several European countries regardless. Picture: Tumblr/I.am.Beyonce
'Freakum Dress' was almost released as the second single off of 'B'Day,' but was bounced for 'Ring The Alarm' instead. When Tamara Coniff from Billboard visited Beyoncé in a New York recording studio, Bey told her the track was one of her favourite songs ever - and yet, it was never released as a single.