It’s time to “Focus” on pop princess Ariana Grande’s best collabs — because today marks her 30th birthday!
Already loved for her acting roles in the early 2010s, Grande was an instant sensation when she broke into the music scene in 2013 at only 20 years old. Releasing hit after hit, she quickly became known for her upbeat bops, carefree lyrics, and scream-along anthems.
Before we look back at her top songs featuring other superstars, check out how Ariana herself celebrated her big day on social media — with this adorable childhood photo:
“hbd, tiny !” she wrote in the caption. “I trust you implicitly & have never been prouder of you.”
Ariana grande’s Best Collabs
Among her impressive list of chart-topping singles and albums are collaborations with some pretty legendary artists. Now, in honor of Ariana’s special day, we’re looking back on her career so far to highlight a few of these iconic musical collabs.
“The Way” with Mac Miller
Peaking at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, this catchy collab with rapper Mac Miller was the first single from Ariana Grande’s 2013 debut album, Yours Truly.
A hugely successful track, “The Way” proved Grande was not messing around when it came to her music career. The upbeat love song continued its hype well into 2016 when fans discovered the pair had started dating — with lyrics like “I don’t wanna hide the way I feel when you’re next to me” becoming more relevant than ever. This classic still stands the test of time 10 years later and also serves as a heartfelt tribute to the late Mac Miller.
“Problem” with Iggy Azalea
This absolute banger of a single featuring Australian rapper Iggy Azalea was released ahead of Ariana Grande’s second album, My Everything.
The song perfectly combined Grande’s pop vocals with Azalea’s trendy R&B vibes — not to mention that unforgettable saxophone beat. Hitting No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100, it quickly beat out “The Way” as her highest-charting track. With mic-drop lyrics like “I got 99 problems, but you won’t be one,” it’s no surprise it also won Best Song at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.
“Bang Bang” with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj
What do you get when you mix Ariana Grande and Jessie J’s incredible vocal ranges with Nicki Minaj’s rap skills? The ultimate collab track.
Serving unmatched energy, “Bang Bang” catapulted to the top of the charts after its release in 2014. The single’s sassy lyrics and absolutely iconic rap verse made it a great summer anthem that was near impossible not to sing along to. Almost a decade later, the GRAMMY-nominated jam has found its way onto throwback playlists everywhere. Talk about girl power.
“Love Me Harder” with The Weeknd
Both up-and-coming artists at the time, Ariana Grande and Canadian singer The Weeknd were quite the power duo when they came together for this pop ballad.
The song’s double-entendre lyrics and synth beat, while on brand for The Weeknd, showcased a darker, more seductive vibe for Grande. Coupled with a catchy upbeat chorus and super smooth vocals, it was hard to resist this fiery duet. Fans and critics certainly agreed as the track topped the charts yet again, giving Grande her fourth consecutive top-10 single. The music video for “Love Me Harder” was also nominated for an MTV Video Music Award for Best Collaboration.
“Faith” with Stevie Wonder
We got to see Ariana Grande’s bluesy side when she teamed up with the legendary Stevie Wonder for this toe-tapping hit.
Released as the first single from the soundtrack of the 2016 animated film Sing, it featured the pair’s incredible vocal skills and some serious soul. The joyful vibes of the tune were a perfect accompaniment to the original motion picture. So much so that it was nominated for Best Original Song at the 74th Golden Globe Awards.
“Don’t Call Me Angel” with Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey
Good morning, angels! Taking a hard left from her collaboration with Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande teamed up with Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Ray in 2019 for another film soundtrack single.
“Don’t Call Me Angel” added a little attitude to the Charlie’s Angels reboot, featuring punchy lyrics like, “I make my money and I write the checks, so say my name with a little respect.” All three artists had quite different vibes at the time, but the song impressively combines them all together into one moody hit. Fun fact: Earlier this same year, Grande became the youngest artist at the time to ever headline Coachella.
“Rain on Me” with Lady Gaga
Both Grande and Gaga have been open about facing hardships while in the public eye, and this single boldly celebrates embracing your tears.
While the lyrics could have led this song down the route of an emotional ballad, the electronic dance-pop beat is what makes it so great. Resilience and self-love are common themes for each of the two artists, so this anthem was the perfect addition to both their repertoires. Plus, it’s always a hit on the dance floor. This chart-topping banger made history at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards as the first all-female collaboration to win the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category.
Ariana Grande might have “No Tears Left To Cry,” but at only 30 years old she’s certainly got plenty of talent still to give. Celebrate her birthday by listening to more of her well-known songs and other pop hits on SiriusXM Hits1 (Ch. 2).
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