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Survivor

Destiny's Child

2001

Survivor

Album Summary

Survivor is the third studio album by American girl group Destiny's Child. It was released on May 1st, 2001, by Columbia Records. The album features production by lead singer Beyoncé Knowles and J.R. Rotem, with additional production from Poke & Tone, Cory Rooney and Mark J. Feist. Four singles were released from the album: "Survivor", "Bootylicious", a cover of Samantha Sang's "Emotion", and "Nasty Girl". The album was a massive commercial success, debuting at number one in over fifteen countries across Europe, North America and other continents. In the United States, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 663,000 copies, the highest first-week sales figures of any female group in the SoundScan era, and stayed at number one for two consecutive weeks. It earned Destiny's Child two Grammy Award nominations for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Best R&B Album. Survivor was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on January 7, 2002. Billboard ranked Survivor at number 70 on the magazine's Top 200 Albums of the Decade. The album has sold over 4.7 million copies in the United States[*] and over 10 million copies worldwide.

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Rating

2.9

Votes

4033

Genres

  • Pop
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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Like the missy elliott album I got, survivor is very emblematic of it’s time but it’s definitely much less dated than that album. Survivor still makes me feel like a bad bitch even though I’m a straight white man

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

More sure of themselves than of their material, hence the frontloading. After the three hits, a pleasant ramble through vocal wham-bam more fleshed-out than the ideas.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
1

I know Beyonce is a big deal but I never actually heard her music. I guess it's the generation gap or maybe the younger generation has been dumbed down by technology, but there is not a lot of depth here. Apparently many people feel encouraged by the song Survivor, cancer survivors, etc. I am glad they have found some comfort with this. But the video is appalling, using sex to sell music. I wish that would go away!

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Wed Jun 15 2022
5

i'm survivor too

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Pretty good.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

yea

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Sat Jun 11 2022
4

Great and enjoyable pop/r&b album. Couple of big hits, couple of other higher tempo songs, albeit a bit too long

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Sat Jun 11 2022
4

The entire album is produced to perfection, the best sounding R&B with infectious rhythms and top class vocal performances by Beyonce and the entire group’s harmonies. The quality of the songs significantly dips in the second half, but overall, great album!

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Fri Jul 01 2022
4

Now here are the kind of albums I’m wanting to see on this list! Three bangers right out the gate and then a bunch of R/B greatness. Awesome album.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Iconic.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Bangers off the top. The later songs get a bit much but still a great listen

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

First 3 songs are all A* pop songs. Expected the rest of the album to drop off a cliff but surprisingly it didn't and had some actually good tunes. It's a collection of individual songs rather than an album but on the other hand I feel this is where Beyonce's superstardom started and it does have a star is born feeling. I'm waffling as i'm hesitant to give this a 4 but on the power of the first 3 songs I'm gonna do it.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Snitched idyls to make an album with powerful track, and the music is pretty good too

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

An R&B classic

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Some hits. Some cheesys. Fairly good. Would listen again

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Pretty middle of the road, nice if you like this kind of pop

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Sun Sep 25 2022
4

Iconic

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Pretty classic album with some bangers from the 00s - most of album isn't my flavour but can't deny they are excellent

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

Good album, famous tracks, nothing quite like it. Very typical late 90s, early noughties R&B partly because it's so influential. Loose in some areas and very much targeted towards a listener other than myself but nevertheless an icon of the genre.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

What a lot of fun. Hit after hit

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Some real chart topping bangers. What a fun time for early 2000s pop & interesting to see the start of Beyoncé & Kelly's career. And let's not forget Charlie's Angels - good times.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

Muy bonico cantan.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

Ehh it's pretty generic pop RnB. You get the gist pretty much halfway through. Probably about 20 minutes too long. 2.5/5

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

Turn of the century pop classic this has one of the best three song starts of any pop album. Obviously the trio of ladies are fantastic singers belting out iconic track after iconic track.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
3

This was everywhere when it came out, I guess it was the beginning of the Cult of Beyonce. But it's just rnb pop music. It's not bad, not really that good either. Goes too long. 3/5.

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Tue Jun 14 2022
3

I was excited for this one. Then Nasty Girl came on and I was like woah. No. Not ok Bey. The singles were a bop though.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

No point after the first 3 songs

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

There are a fair few undisputed bangers on here. The opening 15 mins is relentless pop gold. The warbling gets a bit much after that, but they keep it interesting with actual melodies. All goes a bit "Disney Movie Credits" at the end. Like a lot of these, could have done with being 15 mins shorter.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

3.25

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Sun Jun 26 2022
3

3.2

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Whoa, can't say I was expecting to see Destiny's Child on the list! Where it all started for Beyonce, her trio with Kelly Rowland and....that other girl (Michelle Williams, but I had to look it up). This is very definitely early '00s R&B/pop music, a style that's obviously dated, but there are some classic gems on here that still hit. And the rendition of the "Tarzan Boy" whooping on "Nasty Girl" was a pleasant surprise! Album started strong, but fizzled out for me. I had no idea, all these years, that Beyonce herself is involved in production on pretty much everything she does, including this album. Considering she's also a credited writer on every song, while Kelly and Michelle do not appear in many of the credits, it's no surprise she would eventually fly solo and become the superstar that she is today. Consider Destiny's Child to be her incubator. Favorite tracks: Independent Women Pt. 1, Survivor, Nasty Girl, Sexy Daddy (hilarious two titles there). Album art: Damn, this is also so dated to that era. The type of shot you'd see in a Backstreet Boys video or something. Undeniably goofy, but you can't be too surprised for what it is. 3/5

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Was ok

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Opens with some bangers but really the later half of this album doesn't offer much to me. 3.5

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Sun Jul 03 2022
3

First few tracks are great, but a lot of the rest of the album feels flat.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Some absolute icons in here

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

"Yes! I'm George, George McFly. You're my density..." Did you know this group's name came from the Lorraine and George (Leah Thompson and Crispin Glover) characters from in Back to the Future? The group, and Beyonce in particular, were big fans of the original Back to the Future film. The three original members (Beyoncé, Gina and Kelly) had intended to call themselves "Density's Child" but management decided against it. Infighting and disagreements with management eventually led to the group's breakup to get out of their contract. Efforts for the three to reform under the name 'The Flux Capacitors' faltered when it was discovered the name was already taken by a band in Sheboygan. This album was fine, best song by far is Beyonce's 'My Heard Still Beats' the thinly veiled ode the brief, but passionate love affair she had with Thomas F. Wilson, better known to some as Biff Tannen in the BTF trilogy.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

i also survived

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Tue Aug 23 2022
3

It's ok, way too overproduced.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Starts out powerful and quickly delutes into standardized songs

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Not my favorite but definitely some bops in there

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Pop comvocais envolventes e hits da mtv

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

Solid pop.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

3.3 - Uplifting messages of female empowerment. Impressive vocal gymnastics. I like the a cappella “Gospel Medley.” It doesn’t speak to me directly but it’s a good album especially for those struggling with finding self-worth.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Hmm.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

First couple of songs are absolute bangers. Kinda loses its edge after that

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Album starts very strong, Survivor is a banger. The ending is a bit boring

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

This album might have hit better if they had spread the hits out instead of front-loading them. As it is, you get 45 minutes of filler at the end and it leaves a sour taste. Best track: Survivor

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

Rekla bi da je album ostario dosta graciozno i ne zvuči loše u ovim ušima iz 2022. ALI je jednostavno predug. Druga polovica albuma se čini ko jedan ogroman filler cak i za nekog ko zna vecinu pjesama.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

Better than I thought it was going to be. This type of music is definitely not my thing but there are some good tracks here, even outside of the mega hits that really frontload the album. After the midpoint, the songs get steadily worse culminating in the second last song being a straight-up Christian song, and last song having some Christian elements but is mostly just some kind of childish listing of all the reasons why each of the 3 members are friends, which I found very strange.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

A fair number of good singles but there's not really an album feeling to the whole thing.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

Classic millennial R&B. Vocals are lovely. Arrangements are very much of that era, but excellent. Starts really strong, but overall it gets old pretty quick. Fave Songs: Independent Women Part I, Survivor, Emotion, Dangerously in Love, Bootylicious, The Story of Beauty

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

it's OK, fun songs, although a bit repetitive. I don't like Beyonce.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Not my thing but it’s an excellent example of its genre at the time.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

Not my thing. Too poppy.

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Sun Nov 13 2022
3

Beyoncé carrys long album tho

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Fine for what it is. Not really my bag at all, but it was nice to listen to during the work day. Change of pace.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

There are some classic tracks here, most notably "Independent Women Part I," "Survivor," and "Bootylicious." That said, those are the first three tracks, and there's a LOT of filler after that. And does anyone else find it mildly ironic that "Nasty Girl" is the track after "Bootylicious," or is it just me?

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

Great pop, catchy and straight into the three mega hit singles. Drifts off into weak slushiness towards the end, but the majority is good upbeat pop. 3.5

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

Pop comercial. Ni fu ni fa.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
2

Oh please. Can't I listen to pop after I die? Not before. I can't bear this . It's music for simpletons.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
2

Three great singles, followed by 50 minutes of filler, including four minutes of a "thank you" track that ends up coming across as self-congratulatory. The filler wasn't terrible, but I was glad when it was over. I can understand why this album was eventually taken off the list. While it might have been successful at the time, there's nothing influential past track 3.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
2

2000-luvun naisten voimaannuttamisanthem, ihan hyvä, mut en saanu välttämättä yhtä paljon ku muut

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Fri Jul 08 2022
2

Joskus 20v sitten osa biiseistä "kosketti" jollain tavalla, mutta syy lienee ollut musavideoissa? Tällä kuuntelulla tuli kohtuullissen hämmentynyt olo, vaikka osassa biisesistä oli kyllä ihan menevät biitit. Ei ihan paskaa mutta ei kyllä jatkoonkaan mennä.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

Boring R&B for people whose only personality trait is saying "I'm not like the other girls" and then failing chemistry class. Did they sample Toad from Mario Kart 64 hitting a banana peel at around 3:50 in the song "Happy Face"?

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

The opening trio of songs are nothing short of iconic. "Question" in the style of Independent Women has entered our everyday parlance. The first half is bold, confident, and uncompromising. This is great for a time, but grates quite quickly. Too loud, too verbose, too aggressive and too much wailing to be enjoyable. The mellower second half is much more listenable and provides a welcome break from the aural assault of the first half, but by that stage you're already defeated. A more varied track listing may have vastly improved this record. As individual tracks the main singles are classics and a lot of the other songs are reasonably good, but as an album it's all just a bit much. Rating: 2/5 Playlist track: Independent Women Pt. 1 Date listened: 21/07/22

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

Independent Women, Pt. 1 is good. I expected to think similarly of Survivor and Bootylicious, but they are all chorus. The rest of the album is forgettable pop.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

Why did Charlie have three angels? Why not four, or even five? Is three the magic number, both in girl-powered detective agencies with mysterious benefactors as well as in R&B girl groups? Maybe more than three leads to instability or competition or something? But with every iteration of Charlie's Angels and most girl group trios, it seems they eventually go their separate ways and one member goes on to more success than the other two. Hopefully they always remember the role their two former partners had in their future success. With "Survivor" that even extends to Beyonce re-using "Dangerously in Love" in her solo career. Destiny's Child may have launched Beyonce into mega-stardom, but "Survivor" is a fairly unexceptional album. "Independent Women Part I" and "Survivor" get things off to a strong start, but the body positivity of "Bootylicious" is squandered by the super-judgey "Nasty Girl." So the messaging is a bit all over the place, but that's probably to be expected with over 20 credited songwriters. Alas, music made by committee is probably always going to be simultaneously formulaic and all-over-the-place. And when the committee churns out duds like "Apple Pie la Mode" and "Sexy Daddy," you imagine that Beyonce must be pretty glad she escaped the machine and got big enough to do what she wants, not what the Charlie-like voice on the other side of the speaker is telling her to.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
2

Wanted to like this one, but repetitive song structures, clunky lyrics, and an overall feeling of sameness (especially on the vocals) between the tracks made that difficult.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
2

There's definitely music in there (not something to be taken for granted, given some of the atrocities sent my way by this list). At the same time, it's clear I'm not this album's target audience.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
2

Well put together. Not for me though

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

Jangly. Repetitive. Showcasing

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Fri Sep 23 2022
2

Production sounds very dated, made it hard for me to fully immerse myself in the album. On some deep tracks it sounded more timeless, like it could be an R&B song that had recently come out. On the hits though it was very late 90's/early 00's sounding, which is somewhat nostalgic but hard to take seriously as a whole album to play.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

Iskreno mi se nije dalo previše ovo slušati, razumljivo, ima ponekih hitova kao što je Survivor. Predugo traje tho.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
2

Alf Garnett

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

Yet another ex-1001 album! http://1001albumsyoumusthearbeforeyoudie.wikidot.com/album-artists-a-z-ex The popular tracks are catchy enough, feels that the whole album exists to showcase their vocal range and harmonies, which I'm sure is a great talent, but feels all over the place to me.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

Started off thinking this was enjoyable enough pop. But it wore thin very quickly.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

Wooooo (shivers)

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

First 3 songs are bangers, rest of the album very average.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
2

I guess I'm not ready for this jelly.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
2

Did not finish. Gets tiresome fast

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Fri Nov 25 2022
2

Bootylicious but not filling

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Thu Jun 30 2022
1

Even as I come over to country a tiny bit, I think pop r&b will remain a genre I just have zero interest in unfortunately. This just does nothing for me.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
1

Best part is the guitar homage to Eye of the Tiger on Bootylicious. Other than that just wracked my brain to determine which auto-tuned keyboard song hurt my ears most. Brown Eyes was the one I finally landed on. That song seems like the soundtrack I would need if I took up full time inspiration porn on my Pinterest board. Happy Face was a very close second. I struggled to dislike one more than the other. The spoken word xian gospel lyrics were just salt in the wound.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
1

Sorry, not a fan

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Wed Oct 26 2022
1

Just stop

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