Chart Rewind [Hot 100]: Beyoncé’s ‘Irreplaceable’ Rocketed to #1 This Week in 2006

Published: Friday 11th Dec 2020 by Rashad

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective segments, ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay,’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our latest feature –  Chart Rewind – serves as a variation of our Retro Rewind assay to salute an entire era of music history.

This week, we’re rewinding ‘Irreplaceable’ – the longest-running #1 single of Beyoncé’s career to date.

Join us inside:

Despite delivering nearly double the first-week sales of 2003’s ‘Dangerously in Love,’ Beyonce’s 2006’s ‘B’Day’ was not the out-of-the-gate critical success or Hot 100 hit factory its predecessor was.

**Related:  Click here to read our TGJ REPLAY tribute to ‘B’DAY’**

Well on its way to being branded a sophomore slump, the cavalry came via the Ne-Yo-penned mid-tempo cut, ‘Irreplaceable.’

Kicked off by the chant-like “to the left, to the left,” the song’s lyrics stand as some of the sassiest breakup offerings of modern music history while sonically ‘Irreplaceable’ served as one of few on ‘B’Day’ that deviated from the set’s uptempo theme.  By the time the tune’s Anthony Mandler-directed visual depicted Bey giving her ex-bae the boot, interest in its parent project was being rebooted and helped send ‘Irreplaceable’ to the top of charts. Landing there this week in 2006, the song stayed put for a whopping 10 weeks – besting her previous longest stay, 2003’s ‘Baby Boy,’ by one week.

When the dust settled, the Stargate-produced bop went on to 2x Platinum status in the U.S., nabbed a ‘Record of the Year’ nod at the 2008 GRAMMYs, and became a fan favorite from the diva’s prized discography along the way.

Look below to see who joined Bey in the top 25 on this week’s ‘Chart Rewind.’

 

Hot 100 This Week in 2006

 

 

Hot 100 This Week

Click here to see this week’s full ‘TGJ Chart Check: Hot 100.’

 

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  1. Beylover December 11, 2020

    B-Day…… The album the cemented Beyoncé as THE STANDARD! After this people stop questioning if she could survive on her own without Destiny’s Child. She had a lot to prove to herselr, fans, record label, and HATERS with this album but, she shut a lot of girls down and practically ended a few careers during this era 2003-2010. The is will always be my favorite Beyoncé album! 👑🐝

    • Diabetes UNBOTHERED December 11, 2020

      To this day there’s something really special/poetic/nostalgic about B’day only having 10 Tracks in a climate that had and still does try to push 17+, most being filler

      • Beylover December 11, 2020

        Very nostalgic! I was a Senior in high when this album came out. I remember everyone being TORN over the album. It was until “Irreplaceable & Get Me Bobied” came out that I remember people starting like it. Also when she Re-released with 7 more videos I remember everyone being geeked over her and Shakira’s “Beautiful Liar”. Good memories ❤️

  2. Xavier December 11, 2020

    I think b-day was a good album. Nothing extraordinary. Irreplaceable for sure came at the right time. If not for this single, Beyonce would have been branded a “flop”.

  3. Diabetes UNBOTHERED December 11, 2020

    B’day was an extremely smart career move. it was essentially CRAZY IN LOVE THE ALBUM. B’day is one of few albums that actually sounds like it’s OWN GENRE. Survivor did also and so did 4. IRREPLACEABLE follows suit for sounding Like Nothing I heard before it, same goes for GET ME BODIED, Ring tge alarm, Kitty Kat and Resentment really the whole album. On B’day Every song was a 3rd or 4th SINGLE (quality wise) which is better than an album filled with FILLER.

    It sadly almost Flopped. Irreplaceable and Beautiful Liar & the Re-release saved this record bigtime.

    • I hate blaccc n whyyyte December 11, 2020

      She stole all of them videos B-Day was before she was exposed as a thief. Copycat

  4. IKNOWTHETRUTH December 11, 2020

    AN ALBUM FULL OF AMERIE’S SOUND BY THEIFYONCE….WHOOPS. GREEN LIGHT IS A 1 THING KNOCK OFF.

    • Beylover December 11, 2020

      Who? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  5. Pat December 11, 2020

    Ne-Yo saves this album as far as sales even though I personally like the tracks on it. The first album and I am Sasha still appear to be her most impactful overall to me Even with lemonades hype

  6. Bl0wMyBu$$y 🤑 December 12, 2020

    Beyonce has ALWAYS been a force to be reckoned with. Her beauty, grace, voice, and talent all around is what’s kept her here, and got her where she’s at now. Beyonce is so critically acclaimed that sales and hit records mean nothing to her. Been there, done that and those achievements don’t fade away. She’s phucking rich with a family and a brand. Name a more consistent/power artist in the game… 🦗 🦗 🦗

    • Bl0wMyBu$$y 🤑 December 12, 2020

      the legacy that bey and her husband Jay has established for themselves cannot be recreated, it’s an impossible task. Although I would genuinely love to see someone attempt. Even their infidelities got them paid 🤑🤑🤑 now all they do is make babies and travel the world. The LIFE

      • Truth Teller December 12, 2020

        And you’re still a BROKE stan doing nothing with your life but stan for a rich woman who dgaf about her stans

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