19 “Free yourself” (my everything, 2014): Imagine being somewhere in the public eye, listening to “Break Free” and not absolutely losing your mind. Could never be me!
18 “peter davidson” (sweetener2018): The fact that Ariana named an entire song—a song that will outlive us all—after it Peter Davidson, only makes me harder. She loves love, folks! And “pete davidson” is an AMAZING love song. Eventually, in an ideal world, we’d get a 10-minute version of the song à la T. Swift’s “All Too Well.”
17 “needy” (thanks, continue, 2019): Ariana started teasing “needy” well before the track made its way to Thank u, next, but thankfully, that didn’t stop her at all. Instead, the track is one of the best on the album.
16 “Good night and go” (sweetener2018): Ariana put on her own spin Imogen Bunch‘s song of the same name, and the result was a dreamy tune that combines her best qualities with those of Heap, who happens to be one of Ariana’s all-time favorite artists.
fifteen. “One last time” (my everything2014): Following the 2017 Manchester attacks — it was re-released to raise money for those affected by the tragedy — “One Last Time” has a deeper meaning for many of their fans, but even on its own, the track blurts out at the seams with sincerity and emotion, making the listening experience quite cathartic.
14 “The Way” (feat. Mac Miller, Kind regards2013): “The Way” shouldn’t have worked like that Kind regards‘s first single, but it did. The song debuted at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, later peaked at number 9, and was both Ariana’s and Mac Miller’s first Hot 100 top 10 hit. But commercial success aside, The Way is infectiously good and still fun to this day.
13. “Be all right” (Dangerous woman2016): Are you even a true Ariana fan if you haven’t memorized the “Be Alright” choreography?
12. “to breathe” (sweetener2018): Ariana gets candid about her struggles with anxiety and mental health on “Breathin,” but the song is relatively comforting and, at best, a reminder to keep going no matter what.
11. “Avenue of Honeymoons” (Kind regards, 2013): A timeless bop that incorporates many of the elements that would go on to define her musical style – R&B, doo-wop and, of course, big vocals – there couldn’t be more Ariana Grande than “Honeymoon Avenue”. Rarely is the opener of a debut album so impressive.