Ariana Grande's 10 Best Music Videos: Critic's Picks

Ariana Grande has had an unimaginable yr. Between dropping her third Billboard 200 chart-topping album, scoring her first Hot 100 chief, turning into Spotify’s most streamed artist and being honored as Billboard’s Woman the Year this Thursday (Dec. 6), she reveals no indicators slowing down any time quickly.

While Grande has at all times been a powerhouse presence within the pop world, she has taken main strides in the direction of establishing herself as an iconic music video artist this yr. With 5 new visuals, one which was her most-hyped clip but, launched in 2018 alone, we’re having a look on the spectacular catalog movies Ariana Grande has constructed through the years.

Below, Billboard shouts out 10 Grande's greatest music movies so far. 

10. "Break Free" 

Fans step out their worlds and into one other galaxy for “Break Free.” The action-packed video follows Grande on a mission to save lots of the planet from aliens. Eventually, she breaks free and meets up with producer collaborator Zedd to have a good time at a much-deserved dance celebration. 

9. "Love Me Harder"

Ariana sports activities her signature cat ears and joins forces with The Weeknd whereas displaying f her sultry aspect within the video for “Love Me Harder.” With storm clouds brewing and lightning hanging, the visuals painting the tumultuous parts romantic relationships.

eight. "Problem"

From hypnotic spinning backgrounds to show-stopping choreography, Grande pulls out all of the stops for this retro-themed video. The iconic visible for “Problem” helped drive the music to No. 2 on the Hot 100, turning into her highest-charting hit till as not too long ago and shaping her profession into superstardom.

7. "One Last Time" 

Full explosions, frantic first-responders, shiny lights and a meteor headed straight in the direction of Earth, the apocalyptic “One Last Time” music video is a moderately literal reflection the music’s title. Grande will maintain you on the sting your seat as she takes followers via the final moments earlier than catastrophe strikes.

6. "Breathin'"

Anxiety will get a surprising visible interpretation on this November’s “Breathin’” music video. Crowds go by Grande at what looks as if the pace gentle, and smoke surrounds her as she sings, making a foggy environment that clouds her world. She additionally manages to incorporate what's rumored to be a sneak peek her upcoming album’s tracklist, as scrambled phrases seem on a board with three legible phrases: “Needy,” “Imagine” and “Remember.”

5. "Into You"

A glimpse into the “Honeymoon Inn” offers followers a fly-on-the-wall have a look at the key love between Ariana and her safety guard, performed by America’s Next Top Model winner Don Benjamin. Things warmth up quick because the flirty couple enjoys a personal getaway full romance, laughter and pure bliss.

four. "No Tears Left to Cry"

Have you ever casually taken a seat on the ceiling or walked up the aspect a skyscraper? Well, Ariana Grande has, and she or he’s taking us on her whirlwind journey to try to discover the bottom once more. The video, directed by Dave Meyers (additionally chargeable for smash clips like Camila Cabello’s “Havana” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble"), makes use of mind-boggling particular results and optical illusions that ought to have followers’ heads reeling for some time, because the gravity-defying visible turns their worlds the other way up.

three. "Side to Side" 

Exercise has by no means appeared really easy. Ariana and her crew cycle via their session in excellent sync with out breaking a single bead sweat. Joining Grande, visitor rapper Nicki Minaj makes an look within the sauna, delivering her verse in fierce vogue. This dynamic duo brings the warmth, and whereas we might not be on the gymnasium (or within the sauna) with them, we’re undoubtedly sweating whereas watching.

2. "God Is A Woman" 

“God Is a Woman” is a feminist anthem that’s accompanied by an equally highly effective music video. With some refined (and never so refined) celebrations womanhood, Grande begins the video within the middle the universe, recruits Madonna to recite Samuel L. Jackson’s Bible-quoting  speech from the 1994 movie Pulp Fiction, and finishes it up with an all-female emulation Michelangelo’s The Creation Adam.

1. "Thank U, Next" 

Ariana places her personal twist on 4 fashionable rom-coms as she recreates some probably the most iconic scenes from Mean Girls, 13 Going on 30, Bring It On and Legally Blonde within the record-breaking “thank u, subsequent” video. Complete with a “Burn Book,” the “bend and snap,” a number of celeb cameos (Troye Sivan, Kris Jenner, and so on.) and a stamp approval from the flicks’ authentic actors, the extremely anticipated music video nonetheless managed to exceed all expectations.