The Most Underrated is a meme in which I discuss the most underrated songs by an artist or band. Occasionally I may branch out, but this is the main theme. Today’s artist spotlight is on Ariana Grande!
I’ve been a fan of Ariana since she was on Victorious; however, I didn’t like her because of Victorious. I didn’t really watch that show, as it came out a bit after my time. But I loved the covers she would post on YouTube and the music she released during her time on Nickelodeon. I knew then that she would be a huge star. And now she’s one of the biggest pop stars on the planet.
While I haven’t loved every single one of Ariana’s eras, each album— from Yours Truly to Positions— has songs to love. And each album has at least one song that I think is tragically underrated (which the exception of Thank You, Next, on which everyone appreciates those songs the correct amount). And today I’d like to share those songs with you and hopefully convince you to love these songs too.
I’ll be honest, I find Yours Truly to be fairly dated. It doesn’t hold up nearly as well as Ariana’s other albums. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have gems, and this song is a veritable diamond in the rough. It’s one of Ariana’s most unique songs, both a ballad and a dance track. In the song, Ariana wants to hook up with an ex and not talk about any lingering feelings. It interpolates “Tipsy” by Jordin Sparks, which really adds to that “don’t think, just let go” vibe. Praise for this song should not only be said, but shouted from the rooftops.
I didn’t appreciate this song until recently. I used to find it boring, but now I see it for the beautiful ballad it is. The title track of Ariana’s sophomore album, “My Everything” is a woeful tune about the one who got away. It’s an exploration of the old adage, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” What’s more, Ariana sounds absolutely incredible on it. This song really is everything.
I usually don’t like to include songs that were singles because singles inherently get more attention than album tracks. But goddamn it if this isn’t Ariana’s most underrated single to date. This Dangerous Woman track should be Ariana’s biggest hit, full stop. It is the perfect pop song, the perfect mix of stellar vocals and upbeat pop bliss. “Into You” is more than a crush song— it’s a lifestyle. And I’m so into it.
I’ve made it no secret that I don’t really like Sweetener, but it still has its quality tracks. Enter “Everytime.” It’s a mid-tempo song about a toxic on-again, off-again relationship. Ariana is conflicted on the track because, as much as she wants to be free from this mess of a relationship, she also can’t get enough of it. It’s trap-infused and one of the best produced songs on the record. I love it everytime I hear it.
I know what you’re thinking. Positions just came out a week ago. Isn’t it a bit early to call any of the songs from it underrated? And you may be right. But I haven’t seen a single person talk about this song and that’s criminal. It’s so slinky and sensual. It’s also one of the first songs that jumped out to me on first listen. Ariana lets her hair out and gets freaky on this one. And it’s as stunning as the hair on her head.
Do you agree with my choices? What Ariana Grande songs do you think are underrated? Let me know in the comments!