100 songs for the 2010s: Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ #3


This is the third entry in the December project! I am truly hitting the full trifecta for the day 1 posts by featuring something unknow (#1), something I loved (#2), as well as something I dislike. And, oh boy, I’m probably gonna get hate for this. The third entry is Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’.

There is a lot to love in this song, so I do understand why people like it. I also appreciate the confessional and empowering lyrics as well as the countless memes this song spanned in pop culture (as well as the all the references to pop culture in its music video – though I don’t particularly see a connection between Mean Girls and Bring It On and the song itself). I also do applaud Ariana Grande for her strength for everything that she had to live through in the past couple of years. And yet, bottom line, I still find this song mildly irritating and I cannot find the will to listen to her last two albums. Maybe it is because of the unconsciousness connection that my brain draws between Grande and her highly annoying character of Cat on Victorious, as that was my first impression of the performer. Talk about career-damaging introductions, huh. I am open to being persuaded though.

Are you fans of Ariana Grande? Or is ‘Thank U, Next’ a thank you, next?


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