Destiny’s Child’s ‘Survivor’ Turns 20! TGJ’s Top 5 Songs…

Published: Saturday 1st May 2021 by Sam

Today brings with it the 20th anniversary of Destiny’s Child‘s blockbuster third studio album ‘Survivor.’

And its title couldn’t be any more apt.

Arriving on May 1 2001, the LP celebrated triumph after the rocky run that preceded it.

The group’s seemingly unstoppable trajectory encountered quite the hurdle when two of its founding members abruptly departed and were replaced at the height of the ensemble’s sophomore cycle with ‘The Writings On The Wall.’

And the musical chairs didn’t stop there because one of said replacements packed her luggage never to return shortly after.

For many, it looked like the end could be nigh for the rising stars amid undeniable chaos.

As history would have it, the drama formed the foundation for what would be the cementing of one of the greatest groups of all time.

‘Survivor,’ which went on to sell 12 million copies worldwide, cannonballed the collective of Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams to seismic heights. It also added a number of classics to their repertoire and the music history books more broadly.

In salute, we’ve tallied That Grape Juice’s Top 5 ‘Surivor’ Songs

5. Gospel Medley

For all the gloss, glamor, funk, and fierceness that defined the album, DC3 was keen to remind that they were a vocal harmony group first and foremost.

Drawing on their church roots, the ladies took harmonious flight together and delivered with this musical ministry.


4) Fancy

While some of DC’s most notable songs aimed the lyrical lashings at the opposite sex, this dramatic production saw the ladies vent their vexedness at a female friend turned foe.

Arguably a little elementary in hindsight, it’s of note that each member had just turned 20 around the release of the album. So, the narrative was age-apt. As for the song, it’s a bouncy bop with appeal for all.



3) Independent Women

More than a song, this was emblematic of a movement.

After decades upon decades of women being presented as genteel and submissive, objectified and minified, the 2000s saw a boom of females in the mediascape taking the control of their narratives and celebrating their agency.

This rousing jam, which was actually first issued as the lead single from the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ movie soundtrack in 2000, became an anthem for women worldwide and a cultural signifier of changing times. Its 11 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 were oh so deserved.


2) Bootylicious

Built around a Stevie Nicks guitar riff, this addictive, infectious ode to the love of one’s curves is a bonafide classic; one that bumps just as hard today as it did upon its release.

It successfully strikes the elusive balance of being a bodacious feel-good bop, while also packing authentic empowerment value – without ever sounding Pop-star preachy.

Instead, Beyonce, Kelly, and Michelle sing of their jelly in a way that encourages the masses to embrace theirs.


1) Survivor

Engineered empowerment anthems have a penchant for skewing cheesy and preachy. They often age poorly too.

Yet, ‘Survivor’ functions as the exact opposite.

At the heart of this high-octane juggernaut is the true-life overcoming narrative the ladies experienced as they powered out of the pandemonium that preceded the era.

And while this personalization works brilliantly, the song’s core potency lay in its universal reliability.

Its lyrics tell of weathering the storm, rebounding to higher heights, and being better not bitter. All of which renders the song a magnet to the masses – one that will continue to resonate for generations to come.




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  1. Ugghh May 1, 2021

    I love nasty girl and s e x y daddy as well

    • Alex May 1, 2021

      Happy face is the best song

    • Clayne May 1, 2021

      Yesssss! S*** daddy was my iiiish haha

  2. CodyS May 1, 2021

    No other group can touch what they’ve done or will ever do what they have done. Multiple solo projects, Broadway, movies, etc. they are untouchable. DC3 for life.

    • What it is May 2, 2021

      NO ONE! Legendary women and won’t ever be another!

  3. Miss Thang 💅🏽 (Shayla Queen 👑) May 1, 2021

    I was so disappointed with this album upon release after how much I’d loved The Writing’s on the Wall. Plus Independent Women and Survivor probably set my expectations way too high as the rest of the album fell flat after that with silly song after silly song including Bootylicious which I absolutely hated and still do to this day. Followed by Nasty Girl which is even worse than Bootylicious.

    • What it is May 2, 2021

      I loved it cuz I was 11. Buuuuut I will have to agree DF was sooo much better as a cohesive R&B album and just flowed and felt like a more admirable follow up to writings on the wall. But survivor served it’s purpose for the gaining of the popular audience to ride into the next album which still sold even tho it left pop in rearview!

  4. Miss Thang 💅🏽 (Shayla Queen 👑) May 1, 2021

    Destiny Fulfilled was so much better.

  5. Roberta FlackSabbath May 1, 2021

    I’m a survivor
    I didn’t write it
    but I’ma take all the credit

    I’m a survivor
    but not a writa
    My dad found all my hits….

    • Josh L May 1, 2021

      You’re just a hater
      And a bit bitter
      Cause you’re on TGJ
      As a commenter

      Nothing more than a straight up bullshitter
      You should just try again
      You are a loser

    • Diabetes UNBOTHERED May 1, 2021

      Bey wrote every song including title track. You sound better cuz DC is regarded as being the better group when compared to TLC. Tidbit, Mathew Knowles Co wrote Survivor

    • Diabetes UNBOTHERED May 1, 2021

      Tidbit, Mathew Knowles Co wrote Survivor. I guess he also stole his credit

  6. Diabetes UNBOTHERED May 1, 2021

    The Survivor album is a pop CLASSIC and it’s serves as proof that bey is a real writer and composer, the credits list for this album is Extremely short compared to EVERYTHING IS LOVE with like 100 diff writer’s

    Bey claims to have wrote EVERY song and won Ascap. Yet haters claim she steals credits which she probably does today but not in her youth

    im still having a hard time understanding how Chili from TLC can claim they sold signifucatly more than DC. They’re album to album Sale count looks exactly the same. Both of their Sophomores for instance sold 12,000,000 verified copies. While Fanmail matches the sales of survivor and Tlcs debut album matches the sales of DCs final/4th Album etc.

    Whether or not DC is really bigger selling R&B group (as said by world music awards) is still up for debate sense record labels lie and inflation is real even MJ s Thriller numbers are inflated

  7. city girl May 1, 2021

    their worst album but girl “happy face” + “emotions” are TEA

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