The song and particularly its music video have been widely parodied and imitated.
The dance routine incorporates many styles, including jazz, tap, and hip hop, and is credited with popularizing J-Setting, a flamboyant lead and follow dance style prominent in many African American gay clubs across Atlanta and used by the all-female Prancing J-Settes dance troupe of Jackson State University.
The video features Beyoncé and her two companions dancing inside an infinity cove, which alternates between black and white and places the focus on the complex choreography.
According to the sheet music published at by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, "Single Ladies" is written in the key of E major and played in a moderate groove of 96.901 beats per minute.
Beyoncé's vocals range from the note of F Ann Powers of the Los Angeles Times was also impressed with the overall production of the song, specifically the chorus, adding "More than most female singers, Beyoncé understands the funky art of singing rhythmically, and this is a prime example." Fraser Mc Alpine of BBC Online considered "Single Ladies" to be the best song Beyoncé has attempted since "Ring the Alarm" (2006) and complimented the former's refrain, describing it as "so amazingly catchy that it provides a surprisingly solid foundation for the entire song".
The glove consists of several pieces, including a ring and a separate component that covers Beyoncé's upper arm.