Top 10 Ariana Grande Songs

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10. "Focus" (2015)

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Ariana Grande - "Focus". Courtesy Republic

Released in October 2015, "Focus" was originally planned as the lead single from the album Dangerous Woman. Ultimately, it was not included on the album. "Focus" was co-produced by Max Martin and Ilya, who earlier worked on Ariana Grande's "Problem." Some complained that "Focus" was a rehash of "Problem." The song debuted at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 but failed to climb any higher. It reached #13 at mainstream pop radio.

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9. "Santa Tell Me" (2014)

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Ariana Grande - "Santa Tell Me". Courtesy Republic

In 2013 Ariana Grande released her first Christmas EP Christmas Kisses. She followed it up with the 2014 Christmas single "Santa Tell Me." It is an R&B laced upbeat pop holiday song. Many observers recognized a similarity in sound to Amy Grant's pop hit "Baby Baby." "Santa Tell Me" hit #1 on the US holiday chart, and, in unusual fashion, reached the top 40 at mainstream and adult pop radio. 

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8. "Baby I" (2013)

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Ariana Grande - "Baby I". Courtesy Republic

"Baby I" was originally written by R&B songwriter, singer and producer Babyface for Beyonce. However, Ariana Grande recorded it after it was rejected. The song received acclaim for spotlighting Ariana Grande's big voice. "Baby I" became Ariana Grande's second top 40 pop hit and is included on her debut album Yours Truly.

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7. "Dangerous Woman" (2016)

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Ariana Grande - "Dangerous Woman". Courtesy Republic

"Dangerous Woman" is the lead single and title song from Ariana Grande's third studio album. Max Martin co-wrote the song with American songwriter Ross Golan who also worked on Selena Gomez' "Same Old Love." "Dangerous Woman" is a swaying, slowly building ballad that showcases Ariana Grande's powerful vocals. It debuted at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming Ariana Grande's second consecutive solo effort to debut inside the top ten. "Dangerous Woman" climbed to #4 at mainstream pop radio. The album reached #2 on the album chart.

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6. "Break Free" featuring Zedd (2014)

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Ariana Grande - "Break Free" feat. Zedd. Courtesy Republic

Ariana Grande collaborated with hot rising dance music star Zedd for "Break Free." Max Martin also co-wrote and co-produced the song. Ariana Grande expressed excitement about venturing into electronic dance music. "Break Free" was released as the second single from the album My Everything. The accompanying music video took on a science fiction theme with nods to classic science fiction films. "Break Free" peaked at #4 on the US pop chart while topping the dance songs chart. 

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5. "The Way" featuring Mac Miller (2013)

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Ariana Grande - "The Way" feat. Mac Miller. Courtesy Republic

"The Way" was released as the first single from Ariana Grande's debut studio album Yours Truly. It was written by a team that included former American Idol champion Jordin Sparks. The backing melody is built around Brenda Russell's 1979 song "A Little Bit Of Love." Ariana Grande asked Mac Miller to appear on the song. Debuting at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, "The Way" became the first top 10 pop hit for both Ariana Grande and Mac Miller. Ultimately, the song reached #12 at mainstream pop radio. 

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4. "Bang Bang" with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj (2014)

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Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj - "Bang Bang". Courtesy Repubic

British singer-songwriter Jessie J first  began working on "Bang Bang" with Max Martin. When Ariana Grande heard it, she asked to be included on the recording. Nicki Minaj later happily jumped into the project and "Bang Bang" became a female empowerment anthem. The song was an instant success. It debuted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and ultimately climbed to #3. "Bang Bang" reached the top ten at both mainstream top 40 and adult pop radio. The song was included on both Ariana Grande's album My Everything and Jessie J's album Sweet Talker. "Bang Bang" earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo or Group Performance.

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3. "Into You" (2016)

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Ariana Grande - "Into You". Courtesy Republic

"Into You" was released as the second single from Ariana Grande's third studio album Dangerous Woman. It was co-written by Ariana Grande with Max Martin and his songwriting team. The song incorporates influences of classic disco. The lyrics make reference to Elvis Presley's "A Little Less Conversation." Ariana Grande performed "Into You" live at the Billboard Music Awards. The accompanying music video earned four MTV Video Music Award nominations including for Best Pop Video. "Into You" climbed into the top 20 at mainstream pop radio and on the dance chart.

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2. "Love Me Harder" featuring The Weeknd (2014)

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Ariana Grande - "Love Me Harder" feat. The Weeknd. Courtesy Republic

"Love Me Harder" was released as a single from Ariana Grande's second studio album My Everything. It was co-written by Max Martin and The Weeknd along with their teams of songwriters. Both Ariana Grande and The Weeknd record for Republic Records, and the label was interested in a collaboration between the rising stars. "Love Me Harder" is a smoothly soulful dance song. The song reached the top 10 on the US pop chart and climbed to #3 at mainstream pop radio. It was also a hit on the dance chart and Latin songs chart.

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1. "Problem" featuring Iggy Azalea (2014)

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Ariana Grande - "Problem" feat. Iggy Azalea. Courtesy Republic

The single "Problem" launched Ariana Grande to the upper reaches of pop stardom. Written and produced by Max Martin's Swedish pop team, it is a bracing uptemp dance-pop song that references classic R&B and 90s pop. It also features raps from then rising star Iggy Azalea. "Problem" roared on to the US pop chart with a #3 debut. It peaked at #2 for five weeks kept out of the top spot by Iggy Azalea's own #1 smash "Fancy." "Problem" hit #1 at mainstream pop radio and #2 on dance radio. The acclaimed music video for "Problem" won Best Pop Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. Rapper Big Sean has a crucial uncredited vocal role on "Problem" and appears in the music video.