"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
I Am... Sasha Fierce
Released October 12, 2008
Recorded April 2008;
The Boom Boom (Burbank, California)
Format CD single, digital download
Genre R&B, dance-pop
Length 3:13
Label Columbia
Writer Beyoncé Knowles, Thaddis Harrel, Christopher Stewart, Terius Nash
Producer Tricky Stewart, The-Dream
Singles chronology
"If I Were a Boy" "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" "At Last"
(October 12, 2008) (October 12, 2008) (December 9, 2008)

"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" is a song by American recording artist Beyoncé Knowles from her third studio album, I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008). It was released by Columbia Records on October 12, 2008, as the album's lead single alongside "If I Were a Boy", showcasing the contrast between Knowles' persona as herself and her agressive onstage alter ego Sasha Fierce. Inspired by her secret marriage to Jay-Z in April 2008, the song explores men's unwillingness to commit, a topic that motivated Knowles to write "Single Ladies", "the only public statement [Knowles and Jay-Z] ever made about marriage".

Composed by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Terius "The-Dream" Nash, Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell and Knowles, "Single Ladies" is a dance-pop song with R&B, dancehall, disco and bounce influences. According to the lyrics, the female protagonist is in a club to celebrate after a recent end to a poor relationship; her former lover is also present. The song and the repeated refrain, "If you like it then you should have put a ring on it", are directed to him. Critics praised the song for its smooth production and noted its similarity to Knowles' 2007 single "Get Me Bodied". "Single Ladies" won the Grammy Awards for the Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. It received many other awards and nominations between 2008 and 2010, and was named one of the best songs of 2008 by media outlets including MTV News, Rolling Stone, and Time magazine. It was also included on many critics' list of the best songs of the 2000s.

"Single Ladies" peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and has been certified quadruple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), having sold more that 5 million paid digital downloads as of October 2012. The song reached the top ten on the singles charts of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom, and achieved multi-platinum certifications in many of these countries. As of November 2009, "Single Ladies" has sold more than 6.1 million digital copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time worldwide.

Directed by Jake Nava, the single's accompanying music video was shot in black-and-white. It features the J-Setting dance coreography that was inspired by "Mexican Breakfast", a 1969 routine coreographed by Bob Fosse. The music video has been parodied and imitated around the world, spawning the "first major dance craze" of the Internet age. The dance routine was first parodied on the November 15, 2008, episode of Saturday Night Live (SNL). The clip has won several awards, including Video of the Year at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Knowles performed the song live on televised shows, at awards ceremonies, and during her worldwide I Am... Tour. Artists including Alan Pownall, Katy Perry, Liza Minnelli and Sara Bareilles have covered "Single Ladies", and it has been featured in television shows and other media.

Destiny's Child versionEdit

"Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)"
Features Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams
Released February 3, 2013
Format Live performance
Genre R&B, dance-pop
Length 1:33
Writer Beyoncé Knowles, Thaddis Harrel, Christopher Stewart, Terius Nash
Producer Tricky Stewart, The-Dream
The song was covered live by Destiny's Child at the 47th Super Bowl's halftime show as part of Beyoncé's medley. The song was well received by critics and by fans awaiting the Destiny's Child reunion.

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