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The Best of Ariana Grande

Updated on July 14, 2019

Ariana's music has always been enjoyable, even through all the changes. But there are some that deserve more praise than others. If for some reason you haven't heard one of Ariana's songs (not very likely), you should check these out first.

The Best Ariana Grande Songs

  1. "break your heart right back" (ft. childish gambino)
  2. "thank u, next"
  3. "no tears left to cry"
  4. "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored"
  5. "ghostin'"

1. "break your heart right back" (ft. childish gambino)

Album: My Everything

Release Year: 2014

Most people would agree that pop artists early work isn't always the best. That isn't the case with song. Being one of the best songs on My Everything, it makes you want to get up and dance and it never gets boring (I'm listening to it on repeat as I write this). It has Childish Gambino as a feature and it fits perfectly. Overall, it's a hit and will definitely make you a fan.

What goes around comes around

And if it goes up, it comes down

I know you mad 'cause I found out

Want you to feel what I feel right now

— Lyrics from 'Break Your Heart Right Back'.

2. "thank u, next"

Album: thank u, next

Release Year: 2018

I know I know, "really? thank u, next?". Yes. A million times yes. Being a breakup song that isn't bitter or hateful makes it different for our time ("our time" is filled with hatefulness and spite). It also names all her exes so there is no confusion on who she's singing about. The poppy upbeat sound uplifts you and the positive message that accompanies it makes it an even better break-up anthem.

Thought I'd end up with Sean

But he wasn't a match

Wrote some songs about Ricky

Now I listen and laugh

Even almost got married

And for Pete, I'm so thankful

Wish I could say, "Thank you" to Malcolm

'Cause he was an angel

— Lyrics from 'thank u, next'.

3. "no tears left to cry"

Album: Sweetener

Release Year: 2018

After twenty-two people were killed during a bombing at Ariana's Manchester show in 2017, she postponed the rest of her Dangerous Woman tour. In 2018, she released 'no tears left to cry'. An upbeat and uplifting pop hit that debuted at number three on the US charts. The video is 'gravity-less' and trippy, but at the same time gives off an aura of hope and peace. A bee can be seen in the video, one of Manchester's symbols.

They point out the colors in you, I see 'em too

And, boy, I like 'em, I like 'em, I like 'em

We're way too fly to partake in all this hate

We out here vibin', we vibin', we vibin'

— Lyrics from 'no tears left to cry'.

4. "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored"

Album: thank u, next

Release Year: 2019

Don't deny it, this came as a shock to everyone. In a display of total badassery, this song (and it's accompanying video) show off Ariana's new found confidence.

The meaning behind the lyrics is debatable but some think it's about stealing someone else's boyfriend (very evident). Some theorize that the song, specifically the video (she kisses the "girlfriend" at the end and the "girlfriend" purposefully looks like her), is displaying Ariana's self-love over loving a man.

Her singing about telling a man to break up with his girlfriend cause she's bored can be interpreted as her being the girlfriend and that she's bored with the relationship and that she wants to focus on herself.

You can say I'm hatin' if you want to

But I only hate on her 'cause I want you

Say I'm trippin' if you feel that

But you without me ain't right (Ain't right)

You can call me crazy 'cause I want you

And I never even never fuckin' met you

Say I'm trippin' and it ain't right

But you without me ain't nice (Ain't nice, yeah)

— Lyrics from 'break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored'.

5. "ghostin"

Album: thank u, next

Release Year: 2019

Ghostin' is an emotional ballad that heavily contrasts from the upbeat trap songs on the rest of thank u, next. Essentially, the song is about her struggle with dealing with the death of her ex, Mac Miller. He died on September 7, 2018, while she was dating Pete Davidson. She sings about how Mac's death put a strain on her relationship with Pete as she would cry over him constantly. Mac and Ariana were very close and still cared for each other after their break up. Pete did his best to support her (as the song says) but sadly they broke up in late 2018.

Though I wish he was here instead

Don't want that living in your head

He just comes to visit me

When I'm dreaming every now and then

(And then)

— Lyrics from 'ghostin'.


Ariana's music has most definitely changed over the years but no matter what she's always provided hits. Even through tough times, she's found ways to write about and share her pain while still giving us songs we can relate too (and even dance around our room too).

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