In light of the debut of Ariana Grande’s scientifically seductive music video for “34+35,” we are taking a look back at every Ari video ever released. There’s just something so good about watching the evolution of this global superstar and seeing AG through every phase of her expansive career. From black bunny ears to Mean Girls references, one thing has held true, Grande is one fierce pop luminary who lets nothing stand in the way of her and her iron-clad ponytail.
Check out every phase of Ariana from 2011 to present day.
1 Put Your Hearts Up
The 2011 track is the first taste we get of AG as she delves into her solo career. Since “Put Your Hearts Up” Grande has come a long way. Aside from the red hair sans ponytail, Grande has developed a maturity that heavily underscores her sound, her lyrics, and her style.
2 The Way featuring Mac Miller
The video which features Mac Miller comes off of Grande’s debut album, Yours Truly. This is one of the first visual pieces that marks Ari’s use of relationship ups and downs as a topic for her songs and visual accompaniments. Although Miller and Grande were not dating at this time, their professional relationship was already in full swing. Ponytail watch: We have not entered the full-fledge era of the great pony quite yet, but in this video, Grande is halfway there as she sports a half ponytail throughout the video.
3 Popular Song featuring MIKA
Oh my god, Ariana Grande rocking a light goth motif alongside MIKA, while referencing Wicked is the chaotic 2013 energy we live for. This feels like a relic alongside the sleek and sophisticated Grande we know today. Also hard to imagine that the woman behind the badassery of thank u, next was overlooked at school and getting swirlies in the bathroom.
4 Almost Is Never Enough featuring Nathan Sykes
At this point, we knew Ari could sing, but this paired down, emotionally charged video puts Grande’s vocals at the forefront and we start to hear the faint sounds of AG’s famed whistle tones.
5 Baby I
Clad in the once highly sought after American Apparel look, Ari gives us something fun, flirty, and heavily dance-able with “Baby I” which comes off of Yours Truly.
6 Right There featuring Big Sean
With whistle tones hitting right off the bat and a masquerade ball used as a vehicle to tell the story behind “Right There,” this video not only marks the historic personal and professional Grande and Big Sean relationship but also marks a maturing Ari. Ponytail watch: We are still in the half pony era.
7 Problem featuring Iggy Azalea
Finally! “Problem” ushers in the infallible and famed Ariana ponytail. The historic moment also shows off a grown Grande, that lets us know she’s definitely not one to mess with. The mod video hints at the idea that Grande was beginning to explore more sexual undertones and features a shirtless Big Sean, who Grande was still dating at the time. Iggy Azalea’s Barbarella-inspired presence amps up the entire video and makes Grande’s foray into 2014 with her sophomore studio album, My Everything, pretty explosive.
8 Break Free featuring Zedd
Alien Grande is everything. The EDM-infused bop takes Grande’s idea of sex appeal meets camp to intergalactic new heights in an incredibly high-concept visual piece.
9 Bang Bang featuring Jessie J and Nicki Minaj
We forgot that Ari, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj invented girl power. Also, this is the first time that Grande and Minaj work together and we’ve never been so grateful for the line “it’s me, Jessie, and Ari.” This music video pre-dates the greatness that is to come from Ariana and Nicki in the “Side to Side” music video. Ponytail watch: we have achieved full high-pony greatness at this point.