Honestly, it’s probably not fair to compare an arrangement for a Disney movie and a pop/R&B/hip-hop hit from an album that was released with no marketing whatsoever, but as far as what I’ve seen on social media in terms of people still talking about the songs and the various iterations that have been coming out, I thought they’d be prime candidates for a “which song is better?” piece. Also, both songs are pretty popular, so it will spark some debate. .But it’s not just song itself that matters. You have to take in all possible factors. Let’s get to it.
The Original Performance
Listening to the songs back to back, I initially lean towards “Drunk In Love”. The beat’s deep bass hits and the flow of Bey’s verses gets me moving more, and with no idea what is going on “Let it Go”, it just seems too clean, despite it being more complex and technically satisfying. Ultimately, I think “Drunk In Love” stands alone a lot better and I would probably listen to it spare the moment more often, so Queen B gets the edge here.
The Music Videos
Once I watched the videos, I started to like “Let It Go” a lot more. When you’re talking about a Disney song, you need the context of the film to appropriately appreciate the music, and that’s what this video did for me. If you compare YouTube views, “Drunk In Love” dwarfs anything Frozen can bring together (unless you include Demi Lovato’s subpar rendition). In the end, with Jay Z being more “dazed and confused on the beach” than “drunk in love” and the visuals from Frozen adding so much more to the song, “Let it Go” wins this point.
Charts and Awards
“Drunk In Love” has the luxury of belonging to a popular genre, so it has done considerably better on the Billboard. Number two on the Hot 100 is nothing to sneeze at. On the contrary, “Let it Go” has the luxury of being a song for film, and is validated as a composition by its six nominations (two pending) and three wins for best original song this awards season. Personally, I think the Oscar should go to “Happy” by Pharrell, but I wouldn’t be surprised if U2 came in and stole the award form both of them, because hey, it’s U2. Regardless of the power couple’s opening performance at the most recent Grammys, Beyonce and Jay Z did not receive any nominations this year for “Drunk in Love”, because it wasn’t released within the period of eligibility. I’d suspect it gets nominated for a collab award and a song category, but speculation is not certainty. Frozen wins this section because Oscars.
Social Media Factor
#serfbort. ‘Nuff said.
You can listen to the majority of “Drunk In Love” Remixes here. After looking through countless YouTube covers of both songs, it is apparent that it is much easier to perform an iteration of “Let It Go” than “Drunk In Love”. As mentioned before, I did not appreciate Demi Lovato’s version of the song (it does not deserve to be posted here), but when it comes to “Drunk In Love”, it seems as though The Weeknd is the only one who got it right. The fact that “Let It Go” can be iterated time and time again and still sound good whereas “Drunk In Love” can pretty much only be done by one of the best performers of this generation says a lot. Remember, this is about the song, not its performance. Match point goes to Elsa. Frozen wins. You go girl.
Oh and by the way, “a kingdom of ice-olation” gets me every time.