Ranking Ari’s ‘thank u, next’ album tracks from good to great

February 21, 2019 – Diane Gundaya

Ariana’s fifth studio album “thank u, next is one of her greatest works ever. This album is full of her experiences, heartaches, growth, and healing. The artist really opened up in each featured track and it made her listers understand all the trauma and struggle she’s been through at a whole other level. 

Truly, Ariana continues to be an inspiration for all of us. This female icon reminds us to keep on moving forward amidst the harsh realities we face. Her songs remind us that while a handful of people may come and go, the true ones always end up staying by our side no matter what.

This is a work of art that we’re going to listen to again and again because there is just no way we’re clicking next. Ari is also giving The Beatles' record a run for its money as three of her songs currently lead Billboard's Top 100 list. No other artist holds that record since the Fab Four in 1964. That just proves something we already know—all the album’s songs are awesome, but there are still some that really stand out.

We rated 12 tracks from good to great because there simply is no “bad” in Ariana:


Ariana dropped her music video for this song at the same time she released her “thank u, next” album. The public response for this track release wasn’t that well compared to “thank u, next” and “7 Rings.” This track is quite controversial because it’s about her being bored and trying to find someone to hook up. She tries to convince a guy to break up with his girlfriend, only for it turn out the singer’s actually hitting on the girl. The music video made a bit of buzz, but the track is a little bit bland compared to the rest of the album.


The song opens with a monologue. It’s actually Doug Middlebrook talking. If you are following Ari on Instagram, you have probably seen him a couple of times. Doug is Ari’s best friend and after listening to what he just said in this song, I think we need this kind of friend in our lives.

He opens the song with an advice that he gave to Ari saying: “Here’s the thing: 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. Uh, the only thing you can fix is yourself. I love you, this has gone on way too long. Enough is enough. I’m two blocks away—I’m coming over.”

Apart from Doug’s wise words, this track is quite shady—listen when Ari sings: “Look at you, boy, I invented you.” The social media world is buzzing about who is this guy and the only clue we have is he eventually gets to own Gucci tennis shoes. Is it Mac or Pete? Well, we ought to know.


It’s a bit darker and it seems like it came out from a Lady Gaga album. It’s a song about her wanting to look for a temporary escape from all the chaos and pain by trying to hang out with someone whom she shouldn’t be with. (Uh-oh! Doug might get angry at you, Ari.)


This upbeat track is about how people eventually enjoy getting into arguments with their lover. Ari sings that she loves the thrill of arguing and making up which leads to…ya know! She sings, I like to fuck with you just to make up with you, 'cause the way you be screamin’ my name makes me wanna make love to you.” She seems to have a weird fetish, but who cares?

It also seems like Ari is loving Riri’s makeup line. Ari sings “highlight of my life, just like that Fenty Beauty Kit” in the song.


This slinky melancholic song from Ariana is so pure and honest. As you listen to the song, whether or not you know Ari’s story, this song would probably make you cry and realize where she’s coming from and how she feels after all the trauma.

Listen when she says, “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. We’ll get through this, we’ll get past this, I’m a girl with a whole lot of baggage”

We understand Ari, you need time to heal—and it’s okay.


Give way for this new hoe anthem on your night-out playlist! If you think Ari’s done with her sassy track’s after “thank u, next” and “7 rings,” well, you should give this a listen. Try playing this while putting your makeup or while zipping on that party dress while looking at the mirror before you head out. Call all your friends and just sing “Don’t want you in my bloodline” to all your haters and just have a good time!


This is definitely one of Ariana’s most honest tracks which says a lot about how she dealt with everything that happened to her. There’s the bombing in her Manchester concert to her almost wedding that was held off because her fiancé cheated. She sure is strong because she handled everything well—judging from watching her on TV and on her social media accounts. But now, Ari’s saying that, “I can’t fake another smile, and I can’t fake like I’m alright. And I won’t say I’m feeling fine after what I been through, I can’t lie.” We all need to fake a smile sometimes just to stop people from asking. Hugs for you Ari! 


This brings fans back to “Honeymoon Avenue” and “Sweetener” but an updated version of the two. This song is quite relatable to all of us, who, at some point, became needy. I love how she confessed her issues—from overthinking relationships to having her trust broken. This track just shows that Ari is also human—she gets hurt and becomes paranoid sometimes. 


After all the heartaches and struggles that she has been through, our girl Ari requests for some space. It’s a witty track about her wanting to be alone as she journeys to self-discovery and healing. This medley of an R&B and Pop type of song will probably be on loop on your playlist because of its catchy tone. You’ll probably even join Ariana in chanting “N.A.S.A.”


This track may sound like it’s not that emotional but if you pay attention on every word she says, you can really feel the frustration from Ari’s voice. This song is dreamy and melancholic, which is undeniably beautiful (together with Ari’s angelic voice). When this song was released last year, people assumed that this track is for her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller who has an “imagine” tattoo. Mac Miller died September last year due to drug overdose. When a fan asked Ari on Twitter about “imagine,” she answered that it is “a simple, beautiful love that is now (and forever) unattainable.” Please hand us some tissues!

2. 7 RINGS

Ariana just started the song with a bitchy-fied version of “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music” and everyone’s loving it! This is a powerful song that will probably boost the confidence level of people out there! Another hoe anthem to be added on your playlist for the next girls’ night out! Yes, the song may be great (not for the sole reason that Ari is rapping) but the story behind this song is more epic! 

Here is Ariana’s tweet just to give you the backstory from her own words:

“My friends took me to Tiffany’s. We had too much champagne. I bought us all rings. It was very insane and funny. And on the way back to the Stu Njomza was like ‘Bitch, this gotta be a song lol.’ So we wrote it that afternoon.” 


For the number one spot, we have *drum rolls* of course, the album track, “thank u, next!”

For the record, this was not chosen as number one because it is the title of the album. Ariana released the lyric video of this track around November last year and everyone was raving about it because she just named her exes in the song! The internet exploded when she later released her official music video for this song which features 4 of our all-time favorite rom-com films namely: “Mean Girls,” “13 Going 30,” “Legally Blonde,” and “Bring It On!” Not to mention all the special participation of some of the iconic characters from the movies and cameos from our favorite momager Kris Jenner who played the role of Regina/Ariana’s mom! 

There’s so much to love about this song because it just shows how mature she is now as a person. We all know that most of the artists gets inspired by the heartbreak and bad memories they have with their exes. However, this song is different. Ariana thanked each one of them for teaching her some aspects of life which eventually made her better as a person and made her realize to love herself more.