Ariana Grande is 30 today, so it’s time to “Focus” on some of her best collaborations. When Grande entered the music industry in 2013 at the age of 20, she had already gained popularity for her acting work in the early 2010s. She soon established a reputation for her bouncy bops, carefree lyrics, and sing-along anthems by continuously releasing hits.
Check out how Ariana herself celebrated her big day on social media before we take a look back at some of her best songs from the past that included other superstars.
She captioned the picture, “hbd, tiny!” I have never been more proud of you and I have complete trust in you.
Best Collaborations by Ariana Grande
Her long list of number-one singles and albums includes collaborations with some very renowned musicians. We’re now reviewing Ariana’s illustrious musical collaborations from her early career to spotlight a handful of them in honour of her special day.
Mac Miller’s “The Way”
This popular collaboration with rapper Mac Miller was the lead single off Ariana Grande’s 2013 debut album, Yours Truly, and it peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The wildly popular song “The Way” demonstrated that Grande was serious about her music career. When fans learned that the couple had begun dating, the cheerful love song’s hype lasted long into 2016, with lines like “I don’t wanna hide the way I feel when you’re next to me” becoming more poignant than ever. Ten years later, this timeless song continues to hold up while simultaneously paying moving respect to the late Mac Miller.
Iggy Azalea’s “Problem”
Iggy Azalea of Australia is featured on this absolutely banging tune that was made public before Ariana Grande’s second album, My Everything.
With that iconic saxophone beat and Azalea’s fashionable R&B vibes, Grande’s pop vocals and the song’s pop vibes came together flawlessly. It swiftly overtook “The Way” as her highest-charting song after peaking at No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100. It’s not surprising that it also took home the Best Song honour at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards with mic-drop lyrics like “I got 99 problems, but you won’t be one.”
“Bang Bang” featuring Nicki Minaj and Jessie J
What do you get when you combine the tremendous vocal ranges of Ariana Grande and Jessie J with Nicki Minaj’s rap prowess? The perfect collaborative track.
Providing unrivalled intensity, “Bang Bang” shot to the top of the charts after its 2014 release. It was nearly impossible not to sing along to the song because of its sarcastic lyrics and extremely famous rap stanza, which made it a terrific summer anthem. The GRAMMY-nominated song has made its way onto several nostalgia playlists almost ten years later. Mention “girl power” here.
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