In the song, Beyonce sings about a failed attempt at love that she feels lucky to have missed out on. She thinks she's "dodged a bullet" because the man has shown his true colors, and the R&B star has managed to avoid heartbreak.
"I wanted you bad / I'm so through with that / Cause honestly you turned out to be the best thing I never had / And I'm gonna always be the best thing you never had / I bet it sucks to be you right now."
Beyonce showcases her vocal strength in this song, ripping through the scorn verses with grit, but treating the confessional chorus and bridge with restraint.
The song follows the release of Beyonce's first two singles, 'Run the World (Girls)' and '1+1.' Each song has shown a different side of the chart-topping diva, implying that '4' will offer fans an exciting potpourri of music.
Listen to 'Best Thing I Never Had' on AOL Music's New Pop First station.