SONG: 13. “Heaven”
KEY LYRICS: “Heaven couldn’t wait for you”
Beyoncé has obviously lost someone very close to her in this song, presumably her best friend. The video features shots of Beyoncé’s somber moments at church and a cemetery. Those sad scenes are juxtaposed with happier times, showing Bey hanging with her bestie at a tattoo parlor, hiking, and skinny dipping. Though Bey may be experiencing loss, she feels there’s something bigger at work and that her pal is at peace.
Though it’s a touching track, the ballad probably wouldn’t work as a single. Its heavy vocals are amazing, but the lyrics aren’t particularly varied or strong. The video’s imagery provides a major boost to the song, but anyone who’s had to suddenly say goodbye to a loved one this year will feel it’s a standout track.—Rasheeda Ali