What do you get when you mix an iconic voice and an even more remarkable career? Well, you get Ariana Grande.
With a music career nearly spanning a decade now, Grande has released countless hits and has garnered several signature songs. However, what happened to those songs that could have been hits?
This time, we stroll down the lane of what could’ve been had those tunes been released.
Join us below as we countdown That Grape Juice’s Top 5: Ariana Grande Songs That Should Have Been Singles…
As each Ariana Grande album has been released, she has defined herself more as an artist. One of those notable qualities is sass. Case in point, ‘Bloodline’ from her ‘Thank U, Next’ album, which is an ode to wanting someone in your bed, but nothing more. A missed contender for song of the summer, ‘Bloodline’ has all qualities of a smash hit – horns and a reggae beat lay the groundwork for Grande to set her boundaries. With this song, Ari has created something as essential as the very blood in our veins, something we cannot live without.
There’s no denying the absolute pop mastery that is Grande’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ album. At its very core lies tight rhythms, funky grooves, and ear-worm lyrics. This is most evident on ‘Greedy,’ a synth-funk track that would give the likes of Prince a run for his money. Her no-apologies singing lyrics, paired with the key change on the final chorus result in one feeling and one feeling alone, pure euphoria.
3. Safety Net
The pairing of Ariana Grande and Ty Dolla Sign resulted in the best combinations since peanut butter and jelly. Ty Dolla Signs brings his chilled, reverb drenched beats and pairs it with Grande’s sultry delivery for a song that is equal parts sexy and dangerous. Will she give in? Will she back out at the last minute? Grande leaves these questions unanswered. However, in the absence of answers she gave us a radio-ready tune that stands among some of her best work to date.
2. Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart
There is an undeniable pop sensibility that is spread across Grande’s ‘My Everything’ album. It is packed to the brim with heart racing beats and over the top production. Nevertheless, the true strength of the album lies within the quieter moments. Case in point, ‘Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart.’ This Harry Styles-penned tune puts the breaks on a string of pop bangers and reflects a more personal side to the project. While the words barely scratch the surface to her pain, her voice lifts the heartbreak to new heights, heights she has rarely seen since.
With the huge success of ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ and ‘God Is A Woman,’ Grande could have kept the string of hits alive with this radio-ready and fan favorite tune. The track offers no answers, only the repeated behavior of returning to a toxic relationship. Anchored by a skittering trap instrumental, a pounding backbeat, and warbling synths, this Max Martin-produced cut could have been her first chart-topper. While it never happened, the track nonetheless stands among ‘Sweetener’s most savory offerings.
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