We’re putting out a stack of maxi singles into our ‘Dance Singles: 70s, 80s, 90s, & 2000s’ collection; and who better to represent this deposit than the Empress of Pop herself Beyonce’ with her 2004 release of Naughty Girl from her 2003 solo debut album Dangerous In Love (Columbia Records).  The track was written by Beyoncé, her cousin Angela Beyince, the Roots’ Scott Storch, and Robert Waller.

Naughty Girl was produced by Storch and Beyonce and features a mix of Donna Summer’s Love To Love You Baby as well as an influence of middle eastern and Arabic themes – the Phrygian mode (named after the ancient Anatolian kingdom) – that were popular at the time (think Panjabi MC).  It is standard 4/4 time which means there are four beats per measure with the quarter note receiving the beat, emphasized beats 1 and 3 with 2 and 4 being weaker in pronouncement.  Naughty Girl is also a little slower than the average dance tune with clocks in at 120 beats per minute by having only 100 bpm.

Due to Beyoncé’s convincing Donna Summer imitation, the influence of the Phryigian mode, and reggae and dancehall sensibilities, Naughty Girl was an appealing discoesque hit. It reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and gave Beyonce’ her fourth consecutive single to be in the top five on that chart.  Beyoncé also made it into the top ten in Australia, the UK, the Netherlands, and New Zealand and was certified gold in the US and Australia while reaching platinum in New Zealand.

Enjoy with a Reserve Merlot by Angeline.