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Top 10 Destiny’s Child Songs

VO: Tiffany Ezuma
Script written by Tiffany Ezuma. Formed in 1990 in Houston, Texas, Destiny’s Child was an R&B girl group who found maintream success in the late 1990s with their sophomore effort. Though they’ve had a few lineup changes, their most recognizable and popular members are Beyonce Knowles, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. For this list, we’ve chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist’s fan favorites and their most commercially successful songs. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Destiny’s Child songs. Special thanks to our users Philip Folta and Aaron N. Thompson for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Script written by Tiffany Ezuma.

Top 10 Destiny’s Child Songs

Before Queen B struck out by on her own, there was a group of three – or four, depending on the year – women that wanted you to say their name. Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 Destiny’s Child songs.

For this list, we’ve chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist’s fan favorites and their most commercially successful songs.

#10: “Get on the Bus” feat. Timbaland
“Why Do Fools Fall in Love” soundtrack (1998)

Though it was never a single in the U.S., this song got around! Featuring Timabaland, it’s sketched as a conversation between the girls and unfaithful spouses. Its sound was rife with early Timbaland flavor and it featured the unorthodox sound of birds in the background to simulate gossip. The music video was just as memorable as the girls danced around in all white outfits in an all white room. R&B singer Aaliyah helped to choreograph the dance and her personal style can be seen in the video.

#9: “Bug a Boo”
The Writing’s on the Wall (1999)

Written by all the members of the group, the girls had a knack for choosing sassy slang words and turning them into vocabulary staples. Sampling from the 1978 song by Toto, “Child’s Anthem,” this was the second single from Destiny’s Child’s sophomore album. However, it didn’t do as well as the previous single, and was actually one of their lowest charting singles of the time. In spite of the fact that it didn’t crack the top 10, the music video was played frequently on MTV and BET, and was their first to earn a spot on the top 10 on MTV’s Total Request Live.

#8: “Soldier” feat. Lil’ Wayne & T.I.
Destiny Fulfilled (2004)

Take the hottest girl group and some equally hot rappers and you get one of the coolest R&B collaborations of recent times. The song gives each girl a chance to shine as they describe what kind of guy they want. It was hailed by critics for its composition and vocal performances, though the lyrical content was criticized: people had a hard time believing that these former church girls truly desired the violent, thug-like boyfriend described in the song.

#7: “Bills, Bills, Bills”
The Writing’s on the Wall (1999)

This song was in the same vein as TLC’s megahit “No Scrubs,” as it described wanting a lover who could care for them both emotionally and financially. It tells the tale of a relationship with a man that started out well but soured as he increasingly became a good for nuthin’ type-a brother. Sung over a bouncy beat, the song’s chorus is a call to action for guys to step up their game. It became one of the group’s most successful tracks and was nominated for two Grammys.

#6: “Lose My Breath”
Destiny Fulfilled (2004)

This song is definitely one of the most fun singles the group released. It’s beat melds R&B with percussion built around a marching band drum line and a piercing two-note synth line rounds out the sound. Lyrically, the song is about keeping one’s sexual partner satisfied and the Jay-Z-penned chorus asked whether the men in Destiny’s Child’s life could keep up. The song came after a three-year hiatus and was seen as a comeback single for the group.

#5: “Independent Woman Pt. 1”
Survivor (2001)

First appearing in the 2000 film adaptation of “Charlie’s Angels,” this song later became a track on the group’s third album. Destiny’s Child was the perfect choice to sing about feminine power, but it was later revealed that Knowles’ father sent it to the movie’s producers without the group’s knowledge. The song celebrates women being able to do whatever they want without a man’s help. But not only that, it became a megahit and was one of the most successful tunes of the early 2000s, being nominated for a Grammy and becoming the group’s best performing single.

#4: “Survivor” feat. DaBrat
Survivor (2001)

Written during a time when the group’s members were changing almost overnight, this song was a clever spin on what the media was saying at the time: being in Destiny’s Child was like being on the reality show “Survivor.” It’s their ultimate song for getting rid of the haters, asserting the belief that the group had the tenacity to survive despite turmoil with past members. The song snagged the group a Grammy as well as Best R&B video at the VMAs, proving all the haters wrong.

#3: “Jumpin’ Jumpin’”
The Writing’s on the Wall (1999)

This song was one of the group’s best club bangers. An ode to going out, the then-quartet sang about leaving their men at home to go have the ultimate girl’s night at a club, which just happens to be jumpin’. Their last video with band mate Farrah Franklin, who only lasted five months in the group, the track has many remixes, all of which are perfect getting ready songs.

#2: “Bootylicious”
Survivor (2001)

Snoop Dogg first mentioned the term in a 1992 track but Destiny’s Child was responsible for popularizing the word. In fact, the word made such a statement that it was even added to the Oxford English dictionary. For the song’s sound, Knowles was inspired by the Stevie Nicks’ track “Edge of Seventeen,” as the guitar riff reminded her of a voluptuous woman. With that as their muse, the band created the last song by a girl group to reach the top of the U.S. charts.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

- “Cater 2 U”
Destiny Fulfilled (2004)

- “Nuclear”
Love Songs (2013)

- “No, No, No Part 2” feat. Wyclef Jean
Destiny’s Child (1998)

- “Nasty Girl”
Survivor (2001)

- “Emotion”
Survivor (2001)

#1: “Say My Name”
The Writing’s on the Wall (1999)

Our number one pick finds the girls getting tired of the games men play. This song is the ultimate anthem against being someone’s side chick and getting cheated on. Its production is some of the best as 808 drums, guitar, and synthesizers are employed to give it its addictive backing track. All members of the group bring their sassiest delivery while keeping the song smooth and grounded, making for a tremendous performance all round that won the group two Grammys and a VMA.

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