It’s hard to believe that Beyonce didn’t actually release an album this year. Which means there was no comeback single. No shaking her bum whilst Jay-Z raps about chinchillas. No looking lost and wistful in a field. No army of women in the desert. :(. It’s times like these that fans of Beyonce may feel like giving up. Fear not, here are five songs that we can pretend were the Beyonce comeback single and not just a song off an advert.
Celine Dion – Loved Me Back To Life
This Sia-penned ballad helped Celine Dion get her best selling album in a decade. However, the song itself flatlined chart-wise though, peaking at fourteen in the UK. This would have been an incredible Beyonce single; it can be filed next to If I Were A Boy and Halo easily, but equally sounds like neither. Given that Beyonce and Sia worked together on advert jingle Standing On The Sun, it’s sad that Beyonce didn’t hear this, take it and make it the Number 1 smash it could’ve been. You can’t really go wrong with a Sia-ballad anyway.
Mapei – Don’t Wait
4 is probably Beyonce’s favourite Beyonce album. It was her first away from manager/father Matthew Knowles, and is her most personal album. If she continued the sound from 4, this song by Mapei would’ve been a good Beyonce single. The song would fit nicely alongside Rather Die Young and I Miss You, which were two highlights from her last album. It’d be interesting to see what would happen if she didn’t lead with a ‘slap-in-the-face’ female empowerment anthem.
Justin Timberlake – Mirrors
Yes, this is one of 2013’s defining songs and Justin Timberlake does it well. But imagine if this was a Beyonce ballad. Imagine the middle-eight in the hands of Beyonce. Imagine all eight minutes in the hands of Beyonce (she probably would cut it down a bit but the end would be quite ‘the moment’ post-childbirth). Imagine if rather than Halo at the end of the Superbowl, Beyonce debuted this. Would’ve been Number 1 everywhere and would probably still be there now.
Little Mix – Salute
This would’ve been a good Beyonce comeback song. Admittedly, it wouldn’t have reinvented to Beyonce ‘female-empowerment first single’ formula, but it would’ve been nonetheless great. Plus, it sounds a bit like Pepsi jingle Grown Woman (although about 7x better). The video probably would’ve been quite good too (Survivor meets Part of Me by Katy Perry). Oh well, Little Mix still do an incredible job.
Cassie – King of Hearts
Imagine if Beyonce woke up one morning, thought ‘fuck it’ and just recorded an amazing song and it went to Number 1 everywhere because it sounds completely unlike Beyonce. This is an amazing song that should’ve gone to Number 1 everywhere and sounds nothing like Beyonce.