Our Top 10 Ariana Grande songs list takes a look at one of the most successful pop singers of the past ten years. Ariana Grande was born Ariana Grande Butera on June 26, 1993. She is an actress and a singer. She started her career in the entertainment business at 15 years old. She starred in a Broadway musical 13. She became a household name when she portrayed the character of Cat Valentine on Victorious from 2010 – 2013. She also starred on the TV show Sam & Cat from 2013 – 2014. She got her chance to become a singer when she was discovered singing cover songs in her YouTube videos. The record executive who discovered her was so impressed she was signed to Republic Records in 2011.
Grande released her debut cd Yours Truly in 2013. The cd debuted at number one on the charts. It was the start of a great run for the entertainer. When her debut cd was released she was often compared to Mariah Carey because of her similar vocal style. Her music style is best described as pop and r&b. She released her second and third CDs within two years of each other. My Everything was released in 2014 and Dangerous Woman was released in 2016. These CDs were hits in the UK as well as in the US. Grande was dealing with a lot of personal issues when she recorded her next two CDs. She allowed her music to be her therapy. She discussed her personal issues on the CDs.
Sweetener came out in 2018 and she won a Grammy award for the cd. Thank U Next was released in 2019. She shattered records by having the largest streaming week for a pop cd. The cd was also nominated for a Grammy award. Three singles on this cd went to number one on the charts at the same time. “Thank U Next,” “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” and “7 Rings,” made Grande’s star even brighter.
Positions is the singer’s sixth cd. The cd debuted at number one on the charts. The lead single, “Positions,” debuted at number one on the charts. The song became her fifth number one single. She has received quite a few awards throughout her singing career. This is a compiled list of Grande’s songs. Most of the songs were released, but there are a few on the list that weren’t singles. The songs are great and should have been released as singles.
# 10 – Blazed – Featuring Pharrell Williams
This song was featured on her Sweetener CD. The song is one of the many tracks Grande collaborated on with Pharrell Williams. He wrote and produced the majority of the cd. This track is a mix of funk and r&b, which was a different genre for her because she was known for her pop/r&b music. The song is about loving someone and being with the person you love. The song wasn’t released as a single, but it’s just as good as her other material.
The hook is harmonious. The harmonies in the hook work brilliantly. The song works well for her vocal range. She sings the song in a lower key, which is much better for her vocal range. She usually sings in a high octave so it was a nice change to hear her using her lower register. There are points where she uses her upper register, but she mostly stays in a lower octave. Grande and Williams worked well together on this track.
# 9 – The Way – Featuring Mac Miller
Continuing with our top 10 Ariana Grande songs list we turn to the song “The Way,” which is on the Yours Truly CD. This song was originally supposed to be on singer Jordin Sparks‘ cd. She wrote the song for her cd, but her record label gave it away. Jordin Sparks‘ bad luck turned out to be a good thing for Ariana Grande. This song debuted in the top 10 of the charts. It was the first top 10 hit for Grande and Miller. The mid-tempo beat is a sample of Big Pun’s “Still Not a Playa.” The sample works for the song. It gives the song a hip-hop edge to it as well as a pop/r&b sound.
Ariana Grande blended her upper and lower registers throughout the song. She’s utilizing a vocal double in the song. This could have been a disaster because the doubles are in different keys, but it works here. Ariana Grande does the whistle at the end reminiscent of Mariah Carey. She also sounds similar to Jordin Sparks in the song. She may have done that because the song was meant for Jordin Sparks and not her. She would go on to work with Mac Miller on another track. They also ended dating for a little while after they did this track.
# 8 – Tattooed Heart
The track is from Yours Truly. The song wasn’t released as a single. The song has an old-school feel to it. She does doo-wop in the background of the song. She also mentions love back in the day. She does vocal gymnastics in the song which could have been a disaster for her, but it turned out to be a good call. She sings the song with some soul. It was good to hear her belt and showcase her vocal range. She’s channeling her inner Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds did a great job bringing out the best of her vocals.
The song doesn’t sound like the other tracks Babyface has written for other artists, but it’s equally good. She did runs in the song and they worked. She didn’t overdo it with the belting and that was a good thing because she would have sounded sharp in the song. This is an underrated song. It should have been released as a single so fans could get an idea of how capable she is at singing soulful music. She proved that she wasn’t just a pop star who could sing up-tempo tracks. This ballad was great for her voice.
# 7 – 7 Rings
“7 Rings,” is on Grande’s Thank U Next CD. The song debuted at number one on the charts. It’s one of the best-selling singles in 2019. The song was co-written by Victoria Monet. This song is a mix of genres. It combines trap-pop, r&b, and hip-hop music. This ballad is the most urban song Grande has released. It’s about friendship and it’s a companion for the single, “Thank U Next.”
Ariana Grande takes the melody for the verse from The Sound Of Music’s legendary piece “My Favorite Things.” An incredible piece of music that has been reworked so many times from John Coltrane’s stunning jazz version to Arian Grande’s use in “7 Rings.” She sings in a lower key, which was perfect for the music. She didn’t need to sing in her upper register because it might not have worked. She doesn’t do any runs or hold any notes and it’s fine since it didn’t require it.
# 6 – God Is A Woman
This is the second single from the Sweetener CD. The song peaked at number eight on the charts. It’s a mid-tempo pop song about women’s empowerment and bracing your sexuality. Max Martin wrote this song with Ariana Grande. They wanted to talk about women being sexually liberated. It’s an anthem for women everywhere. The producers layered her voice to make it sound like she was singing in a choir.
This was a different touch for the track. You would never know that there are only two people singing the hook of the song because it sounds like a big choir. Ariana Grande pours her heart out in the anthem. She utilizes her upper register and she belts towards the end of it. The notes she chose were risky because it’s a little above her range of singing. She almost sang out of the key, but she managed to control it. She sounds similar to Mariah Carey on this track.
# 5 – Thank U Next
This is the first single from her cd Thank U Next. The song debuted at number one on the charts. This is probably one of her most personal songs. The mid-tempo track is clearly a song dedicated to the men who did her wrong in the past. She wants to thank her ex-boyfriend for teaching her the wrong things in relationships so she would know how to do the right things in the next relationship. She mentions a few of her ex-boyfriends by name in the song.
This was a bold choice for her to name the guys she dated in the song. One of the guys (Mac Miller) passed away so it’s a touchy subject to mention him in the track. She is basically inviting her fans into her personal life by discussing what each man taught her in their relationships. It’s surprising that she didn’t face any backlash for naming some of the people she dated. She sings this anthem in a low key. She doesn’t try to do any runs or vocal gymnastics. The music’s soft so it works with the key she chose.
# 4 – Baby I
This is the second single off of Yours Truly. The song debuted in the top 40 of the charts. This was supposed to go to Beyonce, but she didn’t want to record it. This is another track that worked out for Grande. The song is about having trouble telling the person you love how you feel. It’s an uptempo beat that is reminiscent of 90s music. The music fuses pop and r&b very well. This was a collaboration with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.
Critics loved this track when it was released. Naturally, the singer was compared to Mariah Carey when it came out. Her runs were similar to Mariah Carey’s. She sings this in her upper register. The catchy beat compliments her voice. She does have a problem with enunciation, but it doesn’t hurt the song. The music can distract you from the fact that it’s hard to understand what she’s saying just before the hook. Arianna Grande was a new artist when this song was released, but she sounded as if she were singing for a while.
# 3 – No Tears Left To Cry
The song is from the Sweetener CD. This is the biggest single from this cd. It’s not a surprise the song had massive radio airplay. The catchy beat is a combination of pop, r&b, dance, and disco. Grande made the creative choice to start the song as a ballad and then it becomes an up-tempo song. She wanted it to be similar to Gloria Gaynor’s, “I Will Survive.” She sings the songs in both registers. She sings the beginning and the verses in her lower register and the hook in her upper register. She showcases her versatility in the song. She’s in time with all of the beat changes and that really makes the song pop. She belts after the bridge and towards the fade out of the song. The song has a lot going on with different chord changes and everything works.
# 2 – Breathin’
The track is from the Sweetener CD. It’s the third single from the cd. The song received a lot of radio airplay on pop/dance stations. The title tells you what you need to know about the song. It’s about taking a moment to catch your breath. It’s a dance/pop song. The song is personal for the singer because she was dealing with her emotions during a terrible time in her life. She performed a concert in Manchester when someone was setting off bombs. A lot of her fans were hurt during the bombings.
Ariana Grande wanted to dedicate a song to her fans to help them deal with the anxiety of the tragedy. She starts the song softly and then starts belting toward the hook. She also sings in a high key. She switches keys throughout the song. She uses a vocal double during the second verse of the song. At one point, she’s singing acapella and then the drumbeat starts. It’s an excellent touch to the song. She combines two verses for ad-libs when she fades out and it’s very catchy. She sounds similar to Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey in this song.
# 1 – Honeymoon Avenue
This track is from Yours Truly. This song wasn’t released as a single. It has an old-school feel to it. It sounds like something that could have been released back in the day. It combines old-school and new music beautifully. This track was proof Grande could switch things up and sing a ballad. She didn’t record too many ballads, but this one is excellent. The song is a mix of pop and doo-wop. The music is perfect for her voice. She sings in her normal key. She does little runs in the song.
The song is about not wanting a relationship to end. It has an unusual title, but she makes it work. This was on her debut cd, but she sounds like she’s been singing for years. Her voice is reminiscent of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston in this song. This isn’t one of her big hits, but it deserved this spot because it’s an amazingly underrated song.
Updated June 6, 2023
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