On Nov. 3, in the year of our lord 2018, Ariana Grande dropped a new, surprise track that has since taken over all of social media. Fans are feeling it — like, really feeling it — and thus, this collection of the 13 best “Thank U, Next” memes was born.
The song is a bop, no doubt, but it’s also a tongue-in-cheek shout-out to a few of her famous exes. In the track, Grande name drops Big Sean (“Sean”), Ricky Alvarez (“Ricky”), Pete Davidson (“Pete”), and Malcolm McCormick aka Mac Miller (“Malcolm”) and thanks them for teaching her about self-love in the wake of their break-ups. And in one of the most revealing lyrics, she even admits she’s met someone else — herself:
“Ari” is, of course, the singer herself, and the lyrics have caused fans to embracing the theme of the song as their own via memes. Grande posted a few of her favorite “Thank U, Next” memes on her Instagram Stories, and there are thousands more of them popping up on Twitter and Instagram right now. (OK, maybe not thousands, but close.)
They’re all hilariously on-point, which makes it tough to narrow it down. However, for all intents and purposes, here are the 13 best “Thank U, Next” memes on social media right now.
For reference: Grande released “Thank U, Next” to the world just 30 minutes before her most recent ex and former fiancé, Davidson, was set to appear on Saturday Night Live. While Davidson didn’t say anything about Grande’s new track, specifically, he did comment on their break-up during the show’s Weekend Update segment.
The comedian explained:
Davidson has yet to respond to Grande name-dropping him in the song. Seems like they’re both focused on moving on now, though.
Remember HBO’s show Ja’mie: Private School Girl? So random.
Yep. Same. So, so same.
Sorry, the old me can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Because she’s dead (and focusing on loving her single self).
Hold up. She met someone new already? *Falls out of chair* Wait. Her name is … Ari? Ohhh, okay got it. *Picks self off of the floor* Yes, girl!
Grande posted a series of clips from the movie First Wives Club on her Instagram Stories, but one of them was particularly relevant to the lyrics of “Thank U, Next.” In one scene, Goldie Hawn’s character Elise tells her down-on-men friends, “All we need is us — three women who aren’t afraid to fight, to stand up for our dignity, for our self-esteem.” Yep. Grande’s sentiments exactly.
*Turns on “Thank U, Next.”* “Oh, this is good. This is really good. *Puts song on repeat, proceeds to continue drinking in its goodness for the foreseeable future.*
Strut your single stuff. Whip that high ponytail. You got this.
Wow. This one will ring so totally true for fans of Degrassi.
Fan of Mamma Mia? This one’s for you.
Any fan of The Office will know that this tweet from the show’s official Twitter account is freakishly accurate.
Hey there Upper East Siders. This one’s from Gossip Girl — and while Chuck’s actual response to Blair on the show is, “I love you,” Grande’s “thank u, next” is almost a perfect substitute. Technically, it’s three words, *ten* letters, but whatever. Still good. And the singer posted it on her Instagram, so you know it’s real.
Hopefully, all of Grande’s exes have recognized the positive nature of the track, and aren’t taking offense. If that’s the case, the polite response to someone saying “thank [you],” is, of course, “you’re welcome” — a la song from Moana.
These memes about Grande’s new song are pretty great — but while everyone’s clearly enjoying basking in her new bop, don’t forget that there’s a new album on the way, too. So, “thank u,” Ariana, for this track. Next!