8 Ariana Grande Songs to Celebrate Pride Month: Listen
Ariana Grande has been an avid ally since day one, supporting LGBTQ-rights initiatives and sincerely cherishing the relationships with her LGBTQ fans as well as that with her gay brother and media personality, Frankie Grande.
In her love letter to the LGBTQ community for Billboard, she writes, "I hope to create anthems for you that wrap you up with comfort and make you get your best life for as long as I live."
And, girl, has she delivered, laying out powerful ballads and meditative hymns across all three of her studio albums, which have been sanctified by many in the queer community.
Following last year's tragedy in Manchester and the singer's highly supportive benefit concert, One Love Manchester, Grande's stardom has further transformed her into an ascending leader for social change, particularly among younger generations.
Now, on the verge of her fourth studio album Sweetener, we have cataloged the best of these anthems to get you feeling like "that bitch" this Pride Month.
"Break Free" (feat. Zedd)
Though Grande has always been a supporter of the LGBTQ community, “Break Free” secured her spot as one of the biggest allies in pop music. Singing about finding the strength to let go has deeply resonated with queer fans and also called attention to the pop star’s undeniable vocal prowess.
"No Tears Left to Cry"
The lead single for her forthcoming album Sweetener is an anthem about brushing off haters and loving and living and turnin’ it up. According to her Fader cover story, she wrote the second verse specifically about her LGBTQ fans -- she calls them her “sweet babies” -- who have come out to her during her shows and meet-and-greets.
"Break Your Heart Right Back" (feat. Childish Gambino)
This playful My Everything B-side may have the most LGBTQ connections of any of the singer’s tracks. Sampling Pride playlist staple “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross, Grande talks about her fictional ex who, to her surprise, left her for a boy. Childish Gambino literally spells it out, rapping “I’m a G, from the A, and they ask Y.”
"Side to Side" (feat. Nicki Minaj)
Partnering again with “big sister” Nicki Minaj, this catchy sex-positive track mixes cheeky lyricism and a bouncy chord progression, a perfect match to its glitzy neon-filled music video.
Grande recites a mantra of resilience across a bubbly, buoyant beat sure to remedy any drab mood. “All them tears gon’ come and go/ Baby you just gotta make up your mind/ That every little thing is gonna be alright.”
Yet another defiantly uplifting tune, this stand-alone single showcases both the singer’s vocal talent and her unstoppable courage, pledging to “find the light” in life as she refuses to let others hold her down along the way.
“I’m so into you/ I can barely breathe,” and suddenly everyone’s hit the dance floor. Considered pop perfection by the likes of Lorde and Jack Antonoff, the song’s alluring hook and bombastic bridge have won its deserved spot as the anthem of just about any club in the West Village.
"You Don’t Know Me"
On the final bonus track on My Everything, Grande dismisses her critics, promising that she will never be pinned down by those who mistakenly claim to understand what she has gone through. “I don’t need to live by your rules/ Until you’ve walked a mile in my shoes.”