The 5 Best Remixes & Covers of Ariana Grande's 'Thank U, Next'

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Ariana Grande onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

When you truly love a musician, you'll grasp at anything to learn more about their personal lives. Lyrics become hidden messages, windows into the souls of those who inspire us. Ariana Grande has millions of fans around the world. She's certainly proven herself to be an inspiring figure in modern music, and if we're talking about hidden messages, her single "Thank U, Next" is full of them.

The ode to boyfriends passed is Grande's first No. 1 on the Hot 100. It's a bright bit of future R&B in its own right, but there are a few producers and cover singers who listened to "Thank U, Next" and heard limitless potential. Today, we celebrate Grande's achievement with a round up of our favorite "Thank U, Next" remixes and covers. Which one will you keep around?

Ariana Grande - "thank u, next" (RudeLies Remix)

This take bumps up the bpm and injects the introspective tune with some shiny club rhythms. It's an energetic dose of electro-pop, perfect for getting in the mood for a wild night on the town. It could alsowork as a soundtrack to dancing with your next ex on deck.

Ariana Grande - "thank u, next" (Bohkeh Remix)

If you're looking for a chiller house take, give Bohkeh's rework a rinse. It's still a bit brighter than the original with a boppin' beat, but it keeps the lights set to pastel moods and keeps that future R&B vibe intact. This one is as sweet as the sentiment and the woman behind it.

Ariana Grande - "thank u, next" (Emma Heesters Cover)

YouTube's Emma Heesters lets rip a beautiful, emotional cover of "thank u, next." Her clear, throaty vocals are poignant over a simple piano melody. She turns the pop hit into an arresting ballad, and for that, we are also thankful.

Ariana Grande - "thank u, next" (J. Fla Cover)

Seoul singer J. Fla gives a perfectly coy performance for her cover. Try not to be distracted with all the cuteness in the background and focus on the fact that this talented woman is singing in a second language - unless there are other languages she's got under her belt tha we don't know about.

Ariana Grande - "thank u, next," Lil BabyGunna - "Drip Too Hard," Post Malone & Swae Lee - "Sunflower" (Alex Aiono Mashup​)

First of all, Aiono's Drake-like tone has us in love. Second of all, we're loving the creativity involved in this hip-hop and R&B megamix. It's all presented over a self-produced beat that gives the song its own melodic flavor. Which part is your favorite?

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