This upbeat dance track features a beat provided by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, the duo behind Rihanna's "Umbrella
." They wrote the song along with their associate Kuk Harrell and Beyoncé.
The-Dream told The Boombox that when writing for women, he likes to tap into their personal stories. "The topics change based on what you're going through in your life," he said. "Beyoncé was going through marriage for the first time in her life when I wrote 'Single Ladies,' but the blessing is in how I was raised and my principal of it, and how I feel about [marriage]. I wrote a song about a relationship that's starting but sings, 'If you like it then you should've put a ring on it,' meaning a lot. [Meaning] that, 'I'm OK with being this type of girl,' which men want to hear, and women want to say."