Ariana Grande‘s Yours Truly is shaping up to be one of the major pop releases of the year (after the banner success of lead single “The Way” and follow-up “Baby I”), and while the album drops next week, it’s already surfaced online a little early.
Expect a full review on the official date of release, but having had an advance of this record on repeat for the past several weeks, I can say with some confidence that “Piano” is the best song on it. (Seriously. It’s all I listen to anymore.)
Sparkling and jazzy — and probably the purest pop song on Yours Truly, eschewing the neo-soul and ’90s R&B influence for a straight-up radio pop vibe, ”Piano” is one of those songs that’s just packed with hooks; even the verses are instant singalong earworms, that clapping beat and kicky piano loop. It’s a movie montage, a summer beach jam, thoroughly current with just enough throwback harmonizing to make it align with the sound of the record as a whole. At the very least, it absolutely should be a single, so it can go Top 10 and we can all just hear it on repeat forever.
Ariana Grande — Piano