‘Thank U, Next’: a song of nostalgia and gratitude

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After the recent success of Sweetener earlier this year, Ariana Grande is rolling in the fame as we all just cannot stop listening to her music. And yet, she strikes again with her new single ‘Thank You, Next’ that has every girl who has ever experienced relationships and breakups screenshotting the song and posting it all over their social medias.

But what does this single mean for Ariana Grande? After her recent split with Pete Davidson and the devastating loss of Mac Miller, it is only plausible to suggest that Grande is dedicating this song to the memories both of these boys provided her whilst they were together.

Can this song be read as a form of gratitude to her ex-boyfriends and all that they have taught her? What I got from this was a sense of moving on: Ariana Grande has accepted her past and she is going forward to bigger and better things.

And despite it’s almost bitter sounding title, it is clear that Ariana Grande means no harm with this single as she recently tweeted after the release: “no drags…no shade…jus love, gratitude, acceptance, honesty, forgiveness… and growth”.

While it’s not my favourite of her songs, it certainly does hit hard with lyrics such as “one taught me love, one taught me patience, one taught me pain” making me, and probably everyone else too, overwhelmed with nostalgia and love for the past.

It is a song that delves into the deepest of Ariana Grande’s emotions and I cannot wait to see it performed live. If you haven’t had a chance to listen yet, Ariana Grande’s new single ‘Thank You, Next’ is available to stream almost everywhere and I certainly recommend listening. Especially if you have a dating history similar to the one Ariana Grande is thankful for.

Last modified: 19th November 2018

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