First Hit #1: December 13, 2008
Beyonce ends 2008 the way she began 2007, with a repetitive song that has its own sort of weird appeal. Of course, most people are familiar with the first lines and the chorus. The first lines especially if you’ve been to a wedding within the past four years, where it has become a call to the dance floor for the bouquet toss. The chorus is also catchy enough, but it’s just one line.
So it’s interesting that a staple of every wedding dance from the past five years is really a breakup song, all about taunting a man who couldn’t commit by picking up a different, potentially better man at a club. It’s fast paced, but the pace is seemingly meant to disguise the fact that it’s just hand claps and a fairly rote premise. It’s a song that only really works in snippets, a line here or there for a commercial or event and then just throw the rest out, because it quickly becomes less than the sum of its parts.