17 Best Song Covers by Ariana Grande
Happy Sweetener Month, everybody! As we gear up for Ariana to release her fourth studio album Sweetener on August 17th, let's take a look back at some of her best song covers by famous singers:
1. Rolling In The Deep by Adele
I remember that I watched this video of Ariana way back in 2012. The way that she did the runs Rolling In The Deep was amazing. She has showed me that not only that she can sing with music, but she can also do a song without music and still make it sound so beautifully.
2. Die In Your Arms by Justin Bieber
On July 26, 2012, Ariana released the official music video of her covering Die In Your Arms by Justin Bieber. I liked how she added her own spin to the song with the piano and also added some new lyrics to the track as well. This is one of my favorite covers by Grande so far.
3. Emotions by Mariah Carey
I do not know that Ariana Grande can cover a Mariah Carey like she did with Emotions. The whistle tones, how her voice sounds like Mariah Carey and even her trying to kiss a cat on the nose, if you love listening to Mariah Carey, then you should definitely watch Ariana's video of Emotions right now!
4. Grenade by Bruno Mars
Listening to Ariana Grande sing Grenade by Bruno Mars was so awesome. If you listened to Grenade by Bruno Mars, you will know that his version of the song is kinda midtempo like, but Ariana's version is where she makes it more of a pop song than an R&B song.
5. Just For Now by Imogen Heap
When I watched this video of Ariana back in 2013, it was my first time seeing her use a looping machine for a cover song by Imogen Heap. A looping machine is normally used to repeat the sound of a certain instrument like a guitar, but Grande just uses it to make her voice sound different. The way she used it to serve as her background vocals was out of this world. I can't wait to hear her cover of Goodnight N Go on Sweetener!
6. Born This Way/Express Yourself by Lady Gaga & Madonna
This mash-up version of Born This Way and Express Yourself by Grande will blow your mind away. Who knew that Ariana can make two songs into one sound so good.
6. If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys
This was recorded in Ariana's New York apartment when she was Cat Valentine in her Victorious days. I love Alicia Keys! I thought Grande did a great job with this song.
7. I Have Nothing by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston is one of the greatest of all time. When Ariana was invited to perform at the Women of Soul concert in the White House in 2014, I was speechless with how she gave a wonderful tribute to Whitney by singing I Have Nothing by the late singer. May she rest in peace.
8. Vienna by Billy Joel
This cover is a oldie but a goodie. Ariana singing Vienna by Billy Joel is a very classic one for me with her voice going so well with the piano playing in the background. I loved it and Ariana even more now.
9. Love the Way You Lie by Rihanna
If you loved the original version of Love the Way You Live by Rihanna, then you have to hear Ariana's take on the song. The way that she sung Rihanna's verse from beginning to end was very moving to me.
10. I Believe In You And Me by Whitney Houston
Here is another Whitney Houston cover by Ariana Grande, but this time it's her singing I Believe In You And Me. She posted a better sound quality of singing after her fans wanted her to make another video where they can her sing more loud and clearly instead of her original video where she said in the description that "I have the worst microphone on the planet". Overall, I like both videos by Ari. The first and the second one. You can check out her original vid of this track below:
11. ABC by The Jackson 5
Ariana recorded this song when she was very young. She changed the beat of ABC to give a more "modern pop" feel to it. I actually like her version of ABC than The Jackson 5. Just Saying.
12. Private Party by India Arie
For a series on her YouTube channel titled Lullaby Fridays, Ariana covered India Arie's Private Party. I miss her singing lullaby songs on her channel. I hope that she continues Lullaby Fridays in the near future.
13. Where the Boys Are by Connie Francis
In this black and white video for Lullaby Friday, Ariana took on a cover of Where the Boys Are by Connie Francis. She also admitted to fans that she had forgot some of the lyrics to the song, but she tried again on the second try and did a marvelous job.
14. Gimme Some Lovin' by The Spencer Davis Group
Ariana's version of Gimme Some Lovin' by The Spencer Davis Group will make you have some major retro vibes. The music video along with this song is like kicking it old school all over again. Make sure that you check out this retro-styled video by yours truly.
15. California Gurls/ Tik Tok by Katy Perry and Kesha
Here is another mash-up cover by Grande with her take on Katy Perry's California Gurls and Kesha's Tik Tok. Watch and listen to her sing part of California Gurls and another part of Tik Tok and you will be saying, "You go, girl!"
16. If I Were A Boy by Beyoncé
Ariana sings Queen B's song If I Were A Boy and slayed this cover with her amazing vocals. And you know that I love some Beyonce Knowles, honey!
17. Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland
On June 4, 2017, Ariana performed Judy Garland's Somewhere Over The Rainbow at the One Love Manchester concert in Manchester, UK. Ari got a little emotional singing this song as she honored a little girl named Saffie and was only 8 years old when she passed away at the Manchester concert. But through it all, she was able to complete the song and got a standing ovation from the crowd. On June 6, 2017, Grande released this song as a single to help raise money for her Manchester benefit concert. You can purchase the single on ITunes:
You can also watch a video below of Ariana singing this song when she was 14 years old.
I hope that you enjoy this blog. Make sure that you go and pre-order Sweetener now: