Over the past half decade or so, Ariana Grande has risen to unprecedented levels of pop stardom, breaking records left and right. With five chart-topping albums under her belt, there’s no doubt she’s got hits. Instead of bringing you a ranking of Ariana Grande’s best songs the old fashioned way, we thought we’d break it all down based on astrology. Ariana is a Cancer, easily the most sensitive sign of the zodiac, which has undoubtedly contributed to the deeply emotional nature of much of her back catalog, not to mention her slight obsession with falling in love.
Which song did we choose to represent Ari’s sign? Which track is Sagittarius af? What sign is best represented by “thank, u next”? Who is lavish enough to have “7 rings” as their anthem? Check out Ariana Grande’s best songs as astrological signs below.
Aries - “Side To Side” ft. Nicki Minaj
As the first sign of the zodiac, Aries kicks things off with a bang. Aries is your friend who gets the party started no matter what time they arrive with their firey, can’t-hold-me-back attitude. Case in point: Travis Scott - a Taurus sun with three crucial Aries placements in his chart, they don’t call him La Flame for nothing. Aries also know exactly what they want, and will stop at nothing to get it. Ariana’s Nicki Minaj-featuring “Side To Side” is Aries to a T. The whole song has the two femme fatales ruminating over how they will stop at nothing to get with the man they have their eyes set on. If anyone’s lowkey scheming with the darkside fully knowing the consequences ahead of time it’s Aries, and Ariana sings just that - “Cause tonight I'm making deals with the devil/ And I know it's gonna get me in trouble.”
Taurus - “7 rings”
Although she’s not the biggest fan of the song, premier Highsnobiety Taurean Sydney Gore agrees that “7 rings” is undeniably representative of the sign. An Earth sign, Taurus is all about worldly possessions, and they’re especially into the finer things in life - breakfast at Tiffany’s and bottles of bubbles will certainly suffice. Buying diamond rings for themself and their 6 closest friends is an absolute no brainer if they’re able to afford it. “I want it, I got it” and “If I like it, then that's what I get” pretty much sums it up.
Gemini - “One Last Time”
Even though Geminis usually have the best of intentions, they can be prone to cheating and lying. Gemini is ruled by the planet Mercury, which is all about communication - if you have a Gemini friend they are likely one of the chattiest people in the room, or perhaps they’re blowing up your phone with their stream-of-consciousness texts. Kanye West is a Gemini. I have noticed that when Geminis need to have important conversations with people, they need to rehearse it in their head before they can do it IRL, or they never actually say it because they think they already know the outcome. The first verse of this song is basically a Gemini’s internal monologue with the person they’ve been unfaithful to before they’re able to say it out loud. In the classic dualistic Gemini way, Ariana also oscillates between self-flagellating and wanting to stay with the person they’ve wronged.
Cancer - “needy”
As Ariana Grande is one of the most Cancerian Cancers to ever Cancer, one could argue that every song in her oeuvre is a crustacean jam. However, Ari really can’t spell it out any clearer with a song called “needy.” A water sign ruled by the world of emotions, Cancers are probably the neediest sign out there due to their all-consuming desire to connect with people. Ariana lays it all out in the first lines of the track - “If you take too long to hit me back/ I can't promise you how I’ll react.” As a Cancer, I can say that waiting for a text back from a love interest can be a trip - a rollercoaster, if you will. Even though us crustaceans might seem to be all good in our shell, we can very much be a total mess beneath our hardened exterior. Throughout the song, Ari of course makes it clear how needy and emotional she can be, but also to what extent she can be passionate and loving. She’ll literally scream and shout for what she loves. A classic Cancer queen.
Leo - “God Is A Woman”
If anyone’s going to slyly allude that they’re basically God, it’s a Leo. Proud, comfortable in their own skin, and keenly aware of the power they wield, a Leo’s dreams are often as big as their egos. Any self-respecting lion or lioness knows that merely being in their presence is a gift, and Ariana perfectly channels this regal vibe with lyrics like: “And boy, if you confess, you might get blessed/ See if you deserve what comes next.”
Virgo - “bloodline”
Virgos tend to be quite picky about who they date. They generally only want to get with people they’re serious about, so Ariana’s “Don't want you in my bloodline/ Just wanna have a good time” sentiment makes perfect sense. They’re generally practical, no-nonsense, and extremely organized, so the way in which Ari outlines the fairly stringent terms of this friends-with-benefits situation is peak Virgo.
Libra - “thank u, next”
Libras are probably the sign in the zodiac that values partnerships the most. “thank u, next” is the ultimate Libra anthem not only because it’s a song all about relationships, but also because Librans are obsessed with balance, harmony, and considering all sides of a situation. Here, Ari gets reflective on what transpired with her lovers, and Libras just love to ponder stuff, especially when it’s about how people in their lives can teach them about themselves. Bonus: Ariana’s a Libra Moon, which means her emotional world is ruled by the sign, which makes a heck of a lot of sense here.
Scorpio - “Dangerous Woman”
It was hard to decide between this one and “Into You” for Scorpio, but alas, the sting of a scorpion is not something one wants to mess with. Easily the most seductive sign, Scorpios know how to lure you in with their emotional intelligence and their enigmatic vibe. “Don't need permission/ Made my decision to test my limits/ 'Cause it's my business, God as my witness,” she belts in the first three lines of the song, all of which summarize Scorpio energy - they do whatever the heck they want, love to push the limits of their existence, and they often move in secrecy.
Sagittarius - “no tears left to cry”
Sagittarians hate crying, and thrive in a state of blind optimism and extreme upbeatness. They are often visibly uncomfortable with anyone around them showing an emotion that isn’t pure joy. Many Sagittarians have so much to say that they cut you off, and might not ever really listen to what you’re saying - “can't stop so shut your mouth” pretty much sums it up. They’re lovin’, they’re livin’, they’re picking it up - don’t you dare bring them down.
Capricorn - “Problem” ft. Iggy Azalea
Capricorns love to hold grudges and not really ever forgive people. As an Earth sign, they’re practical, disciplined, and ambitious, and if you get in the way of what they want out of life (lots of money is usually a common denominator), you’ll be out of theirs faster than you can say “Iggy Iggs.” After a Capricorn cuts someone out of their life, I could definitely see them reciting “I got one less problem without you” ad infinitum as they think about all the money they’ve saved in the past month.
Aquarius - “Break Free”
Aquarians don’t like being tied down to anything. Ever. Moving from friend circle to circle, from relationship to relationship, they thrive being the common node amongst groups of people, but never quite belonging to any fixed clique. On “Break Free,” Ariana talks about becoming who she really is, and a typical life journey for an evolved Aquarius involves a lot of serious spiritual development by breaking free from conventions and attachments to people. Paris Hilton is a noted Aquarius, and I can definitely see her fitting this ZEDD-produced EDM banger into one of her DJ sets.
Pisces - “Love Me Harder” ft. The Weeknd
Pisces, another water sign, is always deep in their feels in one way or another. So much so, that they might be deep in your feels too - many of them have near-psychic emotional sensitivity. They’re often so caught up in a fantasy world that they need things back on earth to be super intense to adequate feel them, hence “Love Me Harder” just might be Ariana Grande’s most Pisces song.