Dangerous Woman

Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2016 Ratings: #437 / 872
User Score
2016 Ratings: #201
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May 20, 2016 / Release Date
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Republic / Label
Pop / Genres
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Entertainment Weekly

While pop stars often atone for transgressions through song—just ask Justin Bieber—Grande wants to test the limits, not apologize. And that’s the best, baddest thing about Dangerous Woman.

It’s not only the consistent songwriting clout that elevates this album from recent efforts by Grande’s teen-star peers, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. Even if most of it is co-written, the modish message of empowerment feels honest coming from Grande.

Track by track, Dangerous Woman has sly, subtle distinctions -- a little bit of torch gives way to some heavy hip only to have frothy pop surface again -- and while some of these cuts work better than others, the range is impressive, as is Grande's measured, assured performance.


As Minaj says on “Side to Side,” “young Ariana run pop.” This is indeed evident on Dangerous Woman, even if the results are uneven at times.

A.V. Club

Dangerous Woman is an effortless leap forward on which Grande comes into her own as a vocalist and performer.

Pretty Much Amazing

Dangerous Woman shouldn’t be taken particularly seriously as any kind of “maturation,” but ... it still has some pretty good songs on it.

Slant Magazine
Aside from the brassy but brief “I Don't Care” and “Thinkin Bout You” (which, with its weightless production and full-bodied vocal hook, comes close to pop perfection), the songs on the album's latter half are limited by their strict adherence to contemporary pop and R&B trends.

Dangerous Woman still feels unshakably safe. She appears to be in the right place creatively, but she just needs to take her own advice and break free.

Rolling Stone

Grande may not have settled on a sound, but she's still an outsized, dangerous talent.


In between, her edges are softened and her weird intensity diminished, and she becomes someone’s idea of something better than a diva: another hardworking professional.

Consequence of Sound

The pop star is putting out fine records, but it’s hard to escape the feeling that her ludicrous potential remains unfulfilled.

man her album covers get worse with each album
Dangerous Woman is a project with some heavy hitters but substantial misses. Ariana opens the album with some of the best songs off the album with Moonlight, Dangerous Woman, Be Alright and Into You. About after Side to Side some of the weaker cuts start appearing like Let Me Love You which features the weakest chorus on the album and one of Lil Wayne's most uninspired performances to date. Everyday with Future is also another weak cut with an uninteresting hook and Future doing a pretty ... read more
My 2016 self was such a hoe for this album, honestly. It was the year I came out, so having these bops to jam to was nice.

Also, at the time she was still good at choosing random rappers for her singles.
Ariana absolutely shines on this record, i think this is radio pop perfection. it’s moody and contemporary but still manages to stay interesting and even a bit edgy on some tracks. thank u next is a more consistent experience but this has higher highlights and has become my fav ari album

fav tracks - side to side, knew better/forever boy, dangerous women, sometimes, let me love you
Moonlight: 9.8
Dangerous Woman: 9.2
Be Alright: 9.3
Into You: 10
Side To Side: 8.6
Let Me Love You: 8.4
Greedy: 10
Leave Me Lonely: 8.5
Everyday: 9
Sometimes: 10
I Don't Care: 9
Bad Decisions: 10
Touch It: 10
Knew Better / Forever Boy: 9.2
Thinkin Bout You: 9.1

Average: 9.36
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Track List

  1. Moonlight
  2. Dangerous Woman
  3. Be Alright
  4. Into You
  5. Side To Side (feat. Nicki Minaj)
  6. Let Me Love You (feat. Lil Wayne)
  7. Greedy
  8. Leave Me Lonely (feat. Macy Gray)
  9. Everyday (feat. Future)
  10. Sometimes
  11. I Don't Care
  12. Bad Decisions
  13. Touch It
  14. Knew Better / Forever Boy
  15. Thinking Bout You
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Added on: March 11, 2016