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Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Ariana Grande Songs

See what big hits and surprising deep cuts made the list

Readers Poll; 10; Best; Ariana Grande; Songs; Rolling Stone

Mandatory Credit: Photo by MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock (5189322c) Ariana Grande Ariana Grande in concert at the Barclay Center, New York, America - 27 Sep 2015

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Ariana Grande is older, wiser and edgier with her third album Dangerous Woman. Encompassing an already packed career, she explores all sides of her sound, from dance queen to lounge singer. Over her three albums, she has shown off incredible range and maturity, starting with her incredibly solid debut Yours Truly and following up a strong introduction with a risk-taking sophomore effort My Everything. In honor of her most recent release, we asked our readers to vote for the 10 best Ariana Grande songs. Here are the results.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock (5189322c) Ariana Grande Ariana Grande in concert at the Barclay Center, New York, America - 27 Sep 2015

Readers Poll; 10; Best; Ariana Grande; Songs; Rolling Stone

4

“Love Me Harder” Featuring the Weeknd

Grande was a huge factor in the Weeknd's crossover from drugged-out alt-R&B king to a pop prince. His feature on the sultry, flirty duet "Love Me Harder" not only exposed him to a younger audience but was his first successful foray into Top 40 pop, which he would master with one of the Grande collab's co-writers Max Martin on "Can't Feel My Face" just months later.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock (5189322c) Ariana Grande Ariana Grande in concert at the Barclay Center, New York, America - 27 Sep 2015

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3

“Boyfriend Material”

The modern doo-wop banger "Boyfriend Material" was originally intended for Grande's debut album but didn't end up making the cut. As a thank you to her fans a year after releasing Yours Truly, the pop star ended up posting the track online for all to hear. The song received a second life when bought by K-pop group f(x) who kept the sound but changed its name (to "No More") and shifted its subject matter from a song about finding the perfect beau to a requiem for a boy-obsessed best friend, according to Billboard.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock (5189322c) Ariana Grande Ariana Grande in concert at the Barclay Center, New York, America - 27 Sep 2015

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2

“Best Mistake”

One of the few collaborations Grande did with then-boyfriend Big Sean, the pair throw it back with Nineties R&B and neo-soul influences seeping into the piano ballad. The singer channels her lower register for a smokier sound as the typically turnt Sean slows things down a bit for one of his most passionate features yet.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock (5189322c) Ariana Grande Ariana Grande in concert at the Barclay Center, New York, America - 27 Sep 2015

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1

“Dangerous Woman”

Grande went bigger than ever with the first single off her third album, Dangerous Woman. Above a slinky guitar, she belts like she's both James Bond and the Bond Girl, giving her vampiest vocal performance on her edgiest song yet. Plus, the LP's title track set a good tone for the New Ariana, reintroducing the pop diva as a more devilish presence than her angelic voice can make listeners assume.

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