The Playlist: Lemonade by Beyoncé

Bey serves up an ice-cold glass of awesome, in time for the hot summer months.

Think of The Playlist as your source to the music everyone’s talking about, including some hidden gems stuck on repeat at the Topgolf headquarters. Our goal is to make sure you have a few ideas for what to load up on your phone for your workout, long drive, or when you just have to press pause on a busy work week.

This week, we encourage you to try some of the best lemonade you’ll have all summer long.

Album of the Week

Lemonade, an album by Beyoncé

Download on iTunes

Beyoncé achieved incredible growth throughout the years as an accomplished artist. From her first solo album, Dangerously in Love, all the way to her self titled record, Beyoncé, she continues to prove that she’s capable of anything. Famously known for her flawless public persona and million-dollar smile, Lemonade shows us more of Beyoncé than we’ve ever seen. She’s a mother, a wife, and most of all a strong woman of many facets, unafraid to speak about the struggles that people face.

Lemonade is sweet, and at times sour and bitter. Much like the drink, this album’s track progression begins on a more unsavory note, and then slowly brings us to the saccharine side of things. It’s a story of betrayal, empowerment, and the stages of emotional turmoil and growth. There’s a certain kind of finesse in which Beyoncé hits rock bottom, finds her strength, drags Becky with the good hair, and then finds it in her heart to let go of this resentment with the disclaimer, “If you try this sh** again, you gon’ lose your wife.”

Hold Up speaks of women’s intuition and how easy it is to cross the line between jealousy and crazy. The song itself has an upbeat, 1950’s family sitcom vibe that feels almost ironic paired with lyrics that confess mad love and question fidelity.

6 Inch Heels featuring The Weeknd has a sexy, dark tone that is all about a woman’s grind. There’s ferocity in her voice, as she makes sure you know that every dollar and minute of a woman’s time is worth it. The song is wonderful and empowering.

Sorry is quite possibly the best break up anthem of 2016. Far from sappy, this track is all about flipping the finger to the past and being unapologetic. Sorry, not sorry.

Lemonade from start to finish includes catchy hit songs and unforgettable hip-hop anthems, but it offers a glimpse into Beyoncé’s soul. It’s an ode to people everywhere. Heal, forgive, and move on.

Must Listen Track: Don’t Hurt Yourself featuring Jack White is our favorite song on the album. It’s way out of Beyoncé’s comfort zone in terms of sound, and we attribute that to a culmination of Jack White and B’s musical genius put into one room. It has this 1970’s experimental rock sound that screams Jimi Hendrix, or better yet, Led Zeppelin. In fact, Beyoncé sampled Zeppelin’s When The Levee Breaks for this song.

Playlist for July 6th

“Middle” by DJ Snake, Bipolar Sunshine

Download on iTunes

DJ Snake returns with another hit, guaranteed to kick off your next party the best way possible.

“Ride” by Twenty One Pilots

Download on iTunes

This Twenty One Pilots’ song has a ska vibe that’s perfect for any summer get together.

“Never Forget You” by Zara Larsson, MNEK

Download on iTunes

Zara and MNEK’s voices make this song an instant pick-me-up after a long day at the 9 to 5.

“WILD” by Troye Sivan, Alessia Cara

Download on iTunes

Serene vocals and a chill atmosphere make this the perfect song for long drives into the sunset.

“Girls Like” by Tinie Tempah, Zara Larsson

Download on iTunes

This club banger will get you in the mood for drinks and dancing.

“Jumpman” by Drake, Future

Download on iTunes

Play this song as loud as possible whenever it comes on.

“Exchange” by Bryson Tiller

Download on iTunes

Put on this track when you’re with that special someone.

“Bury it” by CHVRCHES, Hayley Williams

Download on iTunes

Lauren and Hayley are some of the most iconic voices in indie pop, and when they’re together it’s magic!