Ariana Grande is one of the hottest artists of 2014, and her album My Everything–which was her second studio album–is a testament to the singer’s popularity and success on a global scale. The album was not too long in production; Grande says that she began to work on My Everything in October of 2013, which was only one month after her first album debuted. My everything was finally released to the public in May of 2014.
The album has been very successful. It debuted on the top of the Billboard 200 charts and reportedly sold a whopping 169,000 copies in its first week alone; its release also topped the charts in over 20 other countries. The album is full of hits—including singles that topped the charts and songs that have garnered great radio and online streaming play. The following are the best songs—critically and otherwise—from Ariana Grande’s second album, My Everything.
Problem’s status as the #1 song from My Everything should come as no surprise. The song was released as the head single for the album, and for good reason–it’s catchy, it has a great beat and, above all, its lyrics are surprisingly deep for a dance-pop R&B track. The song, according to Grande, is about “the feeling of being [terrified] to re-approach a relationship that’s gone sour,’ even if that very act is what you want to do more than anything else.
Problem debuted at the number three spot on the Billboard Hot 100; it sold an astounding 438,000 copies in its first week along. This broke Grande’s record for biggest digital single sales in a single week. It also chopped the charts in other countries, including the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Scotland, Canada, Denmark, and Australia.
#2: Break Free
Break Free was the second single released from My Everything, and its success was so great that it almost surpassed Problem’s sales records! Break Free excels as a great club anthem and was described as many critics as being the “perfect song” for the summer, as well as any late night club dance anthem, due to its quick beat and inspiring lyrics.
The Break Free single reached the #4 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 during its time on the charts, and was accompanied by a music video that has reached over 100 million viewers.