Today is Ariana Grande’s 22nd birthday and what better way to celebrate than to listen to her music on repeat ALL. DAY. LONG. Although Ariana can sing a song like no other, she has also had some spectacular moments in collaboration with other artists.
From a diva-charged anthem to sexy love songs, we picked our top five fave Ariana Grande collaborations. Check ’em out below and share your favourite Ariana Grande songs with us in the comment section below!
Happy birthday, Ariana!
5. Break Free
Teaming up with one of dance music’s biggest hit-makers, Zedd, Break Free is one of our fave Ariana Grande singles to date. In contrast to Ariana’s gorgeous ballads and flirty pop melodies, this track is energetic, empowering and Ariana’s larger-than-life voice is perfectly suited for a bombastic dance number like this. Plus, the music video is just one big intergalactic dance party and we absolutely love it!
4. Be My Baby
Collaborator: Cashmere Cat
Cashmere Cat is one of Ariana’s lower profile collabs, but Be My Baby was definitely a highlight on Ariana’s latest album, My Everything. The Norwegian DJ/producer adds his own electronic touches to the track which, much like Ariana’s collab with Zedd, never overpower Ariana’s flawless vocals, instead complimenting and highlighting the pop star’s insane ability to sing and carry an undeniably catchy melody. We’re still praying for this song to be released as a single one day.
3. Bang Bang
Collaborators: Jessie J and Nicki Minaj
The great diva-off of 2014. The Billboard charts were dominated by women by the end of 2014 and Bang Bang served as the hottest all-female collab of the summer/year. Featuring the vocal acrobatics of Jessie J and Ariana Grande (with a knockout verse by Nicki Minaj), the track now belongs in the canon of great female collabs alongside Lady Marmalade and The Boy Is Mine.
2. Get On Your Knees
Collaborator: Nicki Minaj
Ariana and Nicki continued their mighty partnership on Nicki’s new album, The Pinkprint. We’re just going to get straight to the point here: Get On Your Knees is an effing anthem about women receiving oral sex. There are literally not enough songs about this and to have it delivered by two of the most powerful women in music right now is all the more mind-blowing.
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1. Love Me Harder
Collaborator: The Weeknd
Ariana’s latest album My Everything signaled a growth and maturity in her music, both in subject matter and artistry. That notable shift can be seen in her choice of collaborators: A$AP Ferg, Childish Gambino, Big Sean and The Weeknd. That last one, The Weeknd, is featured on one of the album’s singles, Love Me Harder, a powerful and sexy ballad where Ariana doesn’t hide exactly what she wants (its song title is pretty straightforward). Ariana is an outspoken feminist who isn’t afraid to address things like misogyny and sex and it’s best when represented in her music. Love Me Harder is an incredible track that, above all, is just damn catchy and almost a year later, we’re still happily playing this track on repeat.
Bonus: Don’t Dream It’s Over
Our hearts almost exploded when we saw Ariana team up with pop star Miley Cyrus for this special Happy Hippie session. The two, dressed up in animal onesies (!) covered this classic Crowded House hit while sitting on an inflatable chair and it is truly magical. They even mess up halfway through because Miley was busy flirting with Ariana, but it just adds to the charm of this collab.