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

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Ariana Grande has had an unbelievable 12 months. Between dropping her third Billboard 200 chart-topping album, scoring her first Hot 100 chief, changing into Spotify’s most streamed artist and being honored as Billboard’s Woman of the Year this Thursday (Dec. 6), she reveals no indicators of slowing down any time quickly.

While Grande has all the time 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 12 months. With 5 new visuals, certainly one of which was her most-hyped clip but, launched in 2018 alone, we’re looking on the spectacular catalog of movies Ariana Grande has constructed through the years.

Below, Billboard shouts out 10 of Grande's finest music movies to this point. 

10. "Break Free" 

Fans step out of 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 fun 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 off her sultry aspect within the video for “Love Me Harder.” With storm clouds brewing and lightning hanging, the visuals painting the tumultuous components of 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 tune to No. 2 on the Hot 100, changing into her highest-charting hit till as of just lately and shaping her profession into superstardom.

7. "One Last Time" 

Full of explosions, frantic first-responders, vivid lights and a meteor headed straight in the direction of Earth, the apocalyptic “One Last Time” music video is a slightly literal reflection of the tune’s title. Grande will preserve you on the sting of 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 cross by Grande at what looks like the velocity of sunshine, 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 of 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” provides followers a fly-on-the-wall take 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 stuffed with 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 of 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 accountable 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 seemed really easy. Ariana and her crew cycle via their session in excellent sync with out breaking a single bead of sweat. Joining Grande, visitor rapper Nicki Minaj makes an look within the sauna, delivering her verse in fierce trend. This dynamic duo brings the warmth, and whereas we is probably not on the health club (or within the sauna) with them, we’re positively 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 delicate (and never so delicate) celebrations of womanhood, Grande begins the video within the heart of 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 of Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam.

1. "Thank U, Next" 

Ariana places her personal twist on 4 well-liked rom-coms as she recreates a few of 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 many others.) and a stamp of approval from the flicks’ authentic actors, the extremely anticipated music video nonetheless managed to exceed all expectations.