Ariana Grande’s must-have playlist

From starring on the Disney Channel to recording some of pop music’s biggest hits, Ariana Grande has already had a successful career. She became a true pop icon, with legions of fans known as “Arianators”.

Browse the gallery for 20 essential songs to include in your Ariana Grande playlist, from “Dangerous Woman” to “Just Look Up,” the song she recorded for the acclaimed Adam McKay film “Don’t t Look Up”.

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“Dangerous Woman”

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The title track from Ariana Grande’s 2016 album, “Dangerous Woman,” cemented Grande’s transformation from Disney star to true pop artist. It’s sultry, seriously catchy, and shows off Grande’s incredible pipes.


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Co-written by Grande for the 2019 blockbuster “Thank U, Next,” “Needy” is sultry, vulnerable, and a bit quieter than some of her bolder ballads. This is Ariana Grande at her coldest sound.

"god is a woman"

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Grande’s version of a women’s anthem, “God is a Woman,” features soaring vocals, a very catchy trap-pop beat, and a killer music video that features Grande sitting on top of the world — literally.

"7 rings"

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Marking Grande’s second No. 1 hit, “7 Rings” was a staple after its release in 2019. Along with being a commercial success, the song also earned Grande multiple Grammy nominations.

"thank you, next"

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On the heels of her split from comedian Pete Davison, Ariana Grande gave all her exes a shoutout to “thank u, next,” a song that flips the traditional breakup tune. Instead of being bitter or lovesick, Grande simply offers thanks for the lessons she’s learned in every relationship.

"side by side"

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Ariana Grande tapped rap powerhouse Nicki Minaj for “Side to Side,” which appears on her 2016 album “Dangerous Woman,” and the result was an instant bang. Minaj’s verse is solid and paired with Grande’s vocals, the song has since been certified sixfold platinum for selling over 6 million copies by the Recording Industry Academy of America.

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“Break up with your girlfriend, I’m bored”

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The lyrical content of this sexy and sassy track may have caused some controversy, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a massive hit. The song reached number one in eight different countries and sold over 3 million copies in the United States alone.

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“The Way”, with Mac Miller

"The path," with Mac Miller

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Released in 2013 on Ariana Grande’s debut album, “The Way” featured a guest appearance from her boyfriend and rapper Mac Miller. It was the first top ten hit for both artists and paved the way for Grande’s massive pop success in the following years.


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Ariana Grande and producer Pharrell Williams have teamed up for “Sweetener,” a totally modern love song that sounds sweet without being too sappy.

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“No Tears Left to Cry”

"No tears left to cry"

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Despite its mid-tempo melody, “No Tears Left To Cry” is a song steeped in tragedy. It was Ariana Grande’s first single released after the 2017 bombing at a Manchester venue while she was performing, which killed 23 people and injured a thousand others. The song is ultimately a beacon of hope and a reminder that it is possible to overcome even the worst tragedies.

"Be well"

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Backed by an irresistible house beat and infused with contagious optimism, “Be Alright” brought a strong dose of positivity to “Dangerous Woman,” Ariana Grande’s third album. “Baby, you just gotta make up your own mind,” she sings. “That every little thing will be fine. Wise words.

"In you"

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“Into You” exemplifies Ariana Grande’s unparalleled ability to create the perfect dance bop. It’s catchy, sexy, and perfect for listening in a dimly lit club.

"bang bang"

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Uniting Ariana Grande with rap powerhouse Nicki Minaj and British pop star Jessie J, “Bang Bang” was an absolute phenomenon after its release in 2013. Since its release, it has been certified more than 8 times platinum by the Recording Industry Academy. of America, selling over 3.5 million copies.

"One last time"

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It’s a bit deeper track, but “One Last Time” is a song that the most dedicated Arianators will certainly recognize. Appearing on Grande’s second album, the song was co-written by David Guetta and was an early sign that Ariana Grande was destined to become one of the biggest names in pop music.

"Just look"


Even if it’s a little silly, this song recorded by Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi for Adam McKay’s movie “Don’t Look Up” is still very catchy. It’s also very much a love song, and the lyrics have little to do with the film’s apocalyptic message.

"Shut your mouth"

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In the opening track of her 2020 album “Positions,” Ariana Grande tells people who are obsessed with her life and her decisions quite frankly to, well, shut up. It sets the tone for an album that shows Grande at her most unapologetic.


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You’ll have to do a bit of math to figure out the significance of this cheeky, racy hit. Co-written by Grande, it’s absolutely filled with naughty sexual innuendo that, for adults, is actually charming.


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Appearing on “Sweetener,” “Successful” is Ariana Grande reveling in the glamorous life she’s created for herself, unapologetically. “It’s so good to be so young, to have fun and to be successful,” she sings. “I’m so successful.” That might sound a bit boastful – okay, it definitely is – but she’s not wrong.

"pete davidson"

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Even though their love didn’t last forever, Ariana Grande forever immortalized her brief engagement with comedian Pete Davidson on “Sweetener” in 2018. Sonically, it’s beautifully ethereal, and even though it’s a relationship that is over is always a sweet song.


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On “NASA,” Ariana Grande needs space…lots of space. It might sound a bit harsh, but this song about needing to get away from the person you love will resonate with almost anyone who’s been in a relationship.