Ariana Grande's thank u, next Album: Track By Track Review

Less than six months after sweetener was released, Ari's gone and dropped another epic album…

Ariana Grande’s thank u, next album has arrived, less than six months after her previousrecord, sweetener, was released. Landing onFriday 8th February, the 12 tracks were accompanied by a brand new video for break up with your girlfriend, I’m bored, with fans watching live on YouTube as the club jam's visuals were unveiled.

Writing on Twitter shortly after her fifth studio album dropped atmidnight EST, Ariana said, "i’m sorry my posts were late. scooter allison my mom and wendy made speeches and i cant stop crying. i love y’all. i hope u enjoy this album. this music, you guys and my friends saved my life. love u. sry. iight bye."

Check out MTV UK's track by track review below and stream or download thank u, next, now!


Already-released track imagine is first up on thank u, next, all Mariah Carey-esque whistle notes and sad-but-dreamy lyrics about the denial that comes with the end of a relationship. When Ari unveiled imagine back in December, fans and critics alike speculated that it was about her late ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, who had an 'imagine' tattoo. When asked on Twitter what imagine is about, Ariana responded, "a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable." Brb, crying.


"If you take too long to hit me back, I can't promise you how I'll react," sings Ari on this confessionaltrack about her recent emotional rollercoaster, overthinking relationships and the kind of neediness we've all experienced when we're not getting back everything we put into a relationship. If you loved the sweetener album, this is about to be your jam.


Ari allowed for one capitalised track title on thank u, next, and that's NASA. This perfect R&B-infused songsees Ari chant about needing space – that explains the title – and going on a mission of self-discovery. It's impossible not to sing along.


On bloodline, Ariana sings about just wanting to have a good time with someone, while they're looking to get serious with her. We've all been there… err… right? Either way it's a bop.

fake smile

"Another night, another party, saying hi to everybody," fake smile is Ari's commentary on life in the public eye, having to show up and appear fine even when you're anything but. Given everything she's been through in the past two years, between her Manchester concert being bombed in 2017 and ex-boyfriend Mac Miller passing away in 2018, fake smile isone of the most honest tracks on the album.

bad idea

With a darker vibe than the other songs on thank u, next, bad idea could almost be a Rihanna track – and RiRi, if you're reading, we'd love a new one of those. The track explores aneed to numb and temporarily escape pain by hanging out with someone you know you shouldn't. Who's it about? We're not sure, but those violins are fire.

make up

Speaking of Rihanna, our favourite line on make up is, "highlight of my life just like that Fenty Beauty kit." make up was madefor making out to and, although it's the shortest track on thank u, next, it's one of our faves.


Presumed to be about Ariana's exes Pete Davidson and Mac Miller, tear-jerker ghostin has some very telling lyrics:"I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again, over him. I know that it breaks your heart when I cry again, 'stead of ghostin him." Admitting to her baggage, Ari sings about how good a current love has been while she grieves for a past one, and seems hopeful that they'll get through her trauma. However, she also sings about wishing "he were here instead". More tears.

in my head

The opening monologue of in my head, spoken by Ari's BFF Doug Middlebrook,is telling: "you're in love with a version of a person that you've created in your head, that you are trying to but cannot fix. The only person you can fix is yourself." Singing about people seeing a demon in someone while she saw an angel, this is another track that's widely thought to be about Mac Miller, with Arianna frequently calling him an angel in her songs (including thank u, next) and Mac dealing with his fair share of personal demons.

7 rings

Released as the second single from thank u, next, 7 rings' distinctive use of the melody from Rodgers and Hammerstein's My Favorite Things ensures it stays stuck in your head for days at a time. It debuted to mixed reviews back in January, but topped charts around the globe, including the Official Singles Chart in the UK and the Billboard Hot 100 stateside.

thank u, next

The single that spawned a thousand memes, thank u, next taught us even more love for Ariana, patience while we waited for the incredible 00s movie-filled videoand pain while we held on for the album. And here we are!

break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored

Accompanied by a brand new video, break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored sees Riverdale's Charles Melton star as Ariana's love interest, while her lookalike rival is played by modelAriel Yasmine. Directed by Hannah Lux Davis – the same super talented lady behind the thank u, next and 7 rings videos – the love triangle ends unexpectedly when Ariana doesn't actually end up with Charles… rather she seduces him and then takes his girlfriend for herself.

Fans on Twitter are speculating that break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored, is about Ari's ex-boyfriend, Big Sean – who has been dating fellow musician Jhene Aiko.

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