You have worked hard this week, haven't you? To reward your efforts, it's time to shed the stresses of yesterday (or today, if you just got home) and get ready for a night out. If you want to get properly pumped for a night of fun, you need some killer tracks to accompany your preparation. Who better to provide a soundtrack to your readying rituals than Beyoncé? While the singer has bestowed us with a bevy of poignant ballads that could make even the most stoic of fans bury their eyes in a mountain of Kleenex, Mrs. Knowles-Carter is arguably unmatched in her ability to deliver an energizing jam. Hey, the woman knows how to work a dance floor like no other, so she needs a little pulsing accompaniment to show off that on fleek choreography.
Energy is only one facet that threads Beyoncé's party-ready tracks together. If you listen closely, the songs are peppered with sage advice on getting yourself prepped. Case in point: "Freakum Dress" reminded me that I should no longer sequester that tight skirt and crop top to the back of my closet. It was 90 degrees out, darn it, and there is no such thing as a dress code on Saturday nights! Moreover, the extended version of "Get Me Bodied" basically gives you a tutorial on every dance move you can pull off at the club.
Let's check our bank accounts, make sure that new hot spot doesn't have too hefty of a cover charge, and take a gander at seven Beyoncé songs that are sure to get you ready for a night out.
1. "Freakum Dress"
Even if it's not "short and backless," pull out that special outfit you've been dying to strut your stuff in before going out to wow a crowd.
2. "Get Me Bodied"
Few songs can get you more amped than this track from 2009. Grab your "three best friends," get your inner sass going, and strut your way toward a night of fun.
3. "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)"
YAS! An anthem for single people everywhere, this is the ultimate track to pump you up for a night out sans bae. Don't let the woes that sometimes accompany modern dating hamper your good time.
Whether you work a standard nine-to-five, or enjoy the hustle of freelance (work it!), take you well-earned paycheck to a destination of your choosing, divas!
5. "Video Phone"
Not only will this track aptly pump you up — it reminds us all to not miss out on a good Snapchat opportunity. Did Derrick just walk out of the bathroom wearing a sombrero?! Snap that hilarity ASAP.
For those times that you're struggling with a hair straightener (hi, me pretty much every day), can't figure out the perfect outfit, or simply aren't feeling party-ready — relax. You can slay without the help of killer attire or makeup. We all look flawless, considering we "woke up like this" — amiright??
I honestly hope in my heart of hearts that the actions depicted in Beyoncé's video for "7/11" are based on everything she actually does before getting ready for a night out. The song actually gives some great party tips, like being careful to not spill your drink, keeping your hands in the air and clapping when in doubt of what dance moves to display, and the like.
Do you feel prepared? Of course you do! Get out there, strut your "flawless" stuff, and stay safe. Oh yeah, and don't forget to have fun.