6. "The Way" Featuring Mac Miller
The then-Nickelodeon star broke through on the pop charts in a major way with the booming, romantic R&B song "The Way." It was the lead single from her debut album Yours Truly and gave a perfect introduction to Grande's belting and refreshingly youthful perspective on older sounds. Mac Miller assisted the track, offering a playful verse referring to Grande as both a "princess" and a "freak," encapsulating two sides of herself she explores in her albums to come.