Beyoncé stated that as the song had a "Southern feel" and beat, they wanted to collaborate with Lil Wayne and T. who according to her added "rawness, realness and edge to the song".During an interview in 2014, Lil Wayne discussed his contribution in the song, "That set me off.It further spent the following four weeks in the top ten of the chart and fell off on May 23, 2005.
The vocal elements span from the low note of G Lyrically, "Soldier" is a continuation of the previous song on Destiny Fulfilled, "Lose My Breath".
The black-and-white music video directed by Ray Kay featured cameo appearances by several rappers and singers.
It was nominated at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards under the category of Best Group Video.
A commercial success, "Soldier" peaked within the top-five in six European countries and in Australia, further being certified Gold in the latter region.
In the United States, it peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topped the Dance Club Songs chart, further receiving a Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.