The Fantasy Setlist for Ariana Grande's Sweetener World Tour

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Ariana Grande attends the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20, 2018 in New York City. 

Ariana Grande’s long-awaited world tour in support of her Billboard 200-topping fourth album Sweetener has finally been announced.

The Sweetener World Tour announcement arrives at an especially bittersweet time for Grande and Arianators alike, with the untimely death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller last month and Grande’s recent called-off engagement from Pete Davidson. But even amid heartbreak, Grande declared that she’s emotionally “ready” to tour again, and she proved that Thursday (Oct. 25) with a list of 42 North American dates set for March through June of next year.

It’ll be interesting to witness how a tour that accompanies her most personal album yet -- and a year that has put the pop star under microscopic levels of public examination -- will play out. Chances are slim that she would slot Sweetener track “Pete Davidson” into her set, or even play much of the devotional songs off the LP.

But Grande loves surprises, and frankly, she may even have another album’s worth of music to perform by the time she hits the road. The 25-year-old singer has been sporadically issuing details about another new album on Twitter, which she teases could very well be out before the time the Sweetener Tour begins -- thus making it even more difficult to predict what songs she’ll belt out onstage this time around.

In any case, here are the Sweetener cuts and fan favorites that would hopefully make their way on to the Sweetener World Tour set list.

"Raindrops (An Angel Cried)"

The emotional, a cappella intro to the album was the first taste of the Sweetener era. “When you left me, an angel cried,” she sighed a week before “No Tears Left to Cry” dropped. Given that Grande’s had to deal with a lot of personal grief these past few months, the night -- like the album -- will likely kick off on a bittersweet note.

“God Is a Woman”

After the touching intro, Ariana would rightfully kick off her set with the second Sweetener single. A track about the divine power of womanhood would be a fitting start for the evening.

“R.E.M”

Grande tweeted leading up to the Sweetener Tour announcement that her three favorite tracks from Sweetener right now are “r.e.m., r.e.m., r.e.m.” Balancing out the heavier intro and divalicious opening number, “R.E.M.” would ease Grande and the crowd into the bop-filled evening ahead.

“Everytime”

An easy contender for her next single, the Max Martin-produced bop “Everytime” would keep the ball rolling on Sweetener-era Ari -- while affirming that her own passionate romances can be (and have been) complicated.

“Dangerous Woman”

The strutting, bluesy guitar riff would rev up the intensity of the night and allow Grande to start channeling her full-on “Dangerous Woman” mode.

“Problem”

The My Everything single -- and Ari's biggest Hot 100 hit to date -- would bump up the intensity levels, and remind us of the pop star's independence.

“Side to Side” / “The Light Is Coming” / “Bang Bang”

Our kingdom for a whole reunion medley with Nicki Minaj -- which, given that Grande’s tour begins and ends in New York, wouldn’t be wholly out of the question. Regardless, an ode to their run of power-packing collaborations is necessary.

“Into You”

The criminally underrated Dangerous Woman cut. There’s no guarantee that it’ll make the cut for the Sweetener Tour, but an Arianator can dream.

“Break Free”

Between all the EDM-infused dance-pop bops Grande has done solo, this Zedd-produced track will likely make an appearance. “I’m stronger than I’ve been before” is a rallying cry that continues to hold true for Grande in the Sweetener era.

“Be Alright”

“Break Free” would go even better followed up by the house-pop number “Be Alright,” which kicked off her encore in the Sweetener Sessions -- and also carries a motivational mantra worth repeating again and again.

“Honeymoon Avenue” / “Goodnight n Go”

During her Sweetener Sessions, she sequenced her lovely Imogen Heap cover next to perennial fan favorite “Honeymoon Avenue.” Considering the Sweetener cut is a flat-out tribute to Imogen Heap’s "Goodnight and Go," the songs pair perfectly -- and would segue to the final, most intimate section of the night.

“Better Off” / “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart” / “Best Mistake”

A medley of these piano-led ballads spanning My Everything and Sweetener would put Grande’s goosebump-inducing vocals on full display, and continue the subdued mood of final performances of the night.

“Sweetener”

It wouldn’t be the Sweetener Tour without the self-titled song, after all. And not for nothing, the bouncy beat will make for one hell of a dance party.

“Breathin’”

“Breathin” is the most reflective song -- and an instant fan favorite -- off Sweetener, which would make it an absolute necessity to round out her main set. On a lighter note, it would be incredible to see a portion of the show dedicated to Piggy Smalls, the “love of her life” and the subject of the “Breathin” music video.

“Get Well Soon”

Sweetener’s disorienting closing track would, naturally, taper off the evening, an acknowledgement of her struggles with anxiety, and a very humanizing way to end off the superstar’s tour -- that is, until the encore.

ENCORE

“The Way”

When Grande performed “The Way” on her Dangerous Woman tour, it was a joyous celebration of her then-relationship with Mac Miller. Slotting it in to start the encore would honor and cherish the late rapper in an uplifting way, and judging by her recent heartfelt tributes to Miller, his contribution to the song won’t go unnoticed.

“One Last Time”

“One Last Time” can either be a sad song -- a reminder of the goodbyes that are soon to come -- or a moment of relief that the night’s not going to end just yet. Besides, she slotted this as the penultimate song of the encore round of her Sweetener Sessions.

“No Tears Left to Cry”

It’d be a bit of a shock if Ariana didn’t end her set with the sweeping anthem that kicked off the Sweetener cycle. The cathartic song rang true as a tribute to the Manchester bombings, but now, amid the events of the past few weeks, it feels a lot more personal than that.


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