With the release this week of Ariana Grande‘s music video for lead single “Dangerous Woman” off her forthcoming album, the singer has racked up quite a list of music videos over her career.
Below, our 10 favorites.
10. Baby I
Back in 2013, Grande described her video for “Baby I” as a “90’s throwback-type vibe”. Though the singer was only in diapers in the 90’s, the block party style of the “Baby I” music video – equip with overalls and graffiti walls — compliments the light R&B stylings of the song itself.
9. Right There
Though few would associate Ariana Grande with William Shakespeare, Grande’s music video for “Right There” is a well-structured spin-off of Romeo and Juliet — though in this tale, the priest raps, and Romeo is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son. “Right There”, more a short film than a music video, flaunts the former Nickelodeon star’s acting skills, reminding us that Grande, like Shakespeare, truly is a renaissance woman.
8. Love Me Harder
Lightning, rain, storm clouds: nature’s elements perfectly reflect the turbulence of a passionate relationship in the music video for “Love Me Harder”. Though the Weeknd co-stars in both the video and the song, Grande takes the reigns in this music video as a woman demanding the love she deserves, cat ears and all.
The music video for “Focus” is out-of-this-world, quite literally: with star-emblazoned jumpsuits and neon wigs, the video looks like a clip straight out of Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. With several dark-lit choreographed dances, Grande’s moves pay homage to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”, and it works.
6. Dangerous Woman
In Grande’s most recent music video, her transformation from Nickelodeon star to dangerous woman is officially complete. Clad in lingerie and a 90’s tattoo choker, Grande has abandoned her signature up-do and perkiness for sensuality and seductiveness.
5. Bang Bang
Powerful ladies joined forces for this all-star music video, with each of them getting their moment in the spotlight. Taking on a very “hot child in the city” vibe, Grande rocks out in a white booty shorts while having some fun with the dancers.
4. One Last Time
Ariana sure loves space! Following “Break Free,” Grande is back on Earth — but this time, it’s about to be destroyed by a meteor. In the chaos of Earth’s last moments, a stripped-down Grande is remembering her last love. The world is burning, but Grande soars.
3. Break Free
It was another installment of Pop Stars Go To Mars — and fans certainly weren’t complaining about the intergalactic space jam. Donning futuristic outfits while still managing to rock out, the video was a perfect pop clip: aspirational, fun, and glam all at once.
2. Santa Tell Me
This certainly isn’t her most complicated video, but it might just be the most fun. Grande — who has got a real knack for Christmas tunes — cuts loose with friends and silly animal ears while singing about a Christmas love. For a singer that often shows off her sultry side, this peek at her goofy side is a real holiday treat.
The retro video reintroduced fans to Ariana Grande, and between the mod ’60s fashion and captivating dance moves, was it any surprised we kept re-watching all summer long? This song and video launched Grande into a new echelon of fame, and she’s kept us captivated ever since.
Written by Morgan Greenwald and Erin Strecker