Song of the Day #2,378: ‘Problem (Live)’ – Ariana Grande


Best Songs of 2014 – #4
‘Problem’ – Ariana Grande

If I weren’t such a radio-averse music snob, this would probably be my song of the year. It’s a perfectly crafted piece of ear candy — a whole party in three minutes.

Ariana Grande’s voice goes a mile high and an inch deep, and that’s exactly what this song requires. The staccato horn fills serve as a sublime introduction to the verses, and the whispered chorus is a stellar left-field touch.

Then there’s the rapped verse by Iggy Azalea, for whom I usually have very little patience. She is just right in this small dose, kicking the song into another, grittier gear.

I see no worthy competitor for Song of the Summer, and it’s this close to being Song of the Year.

[Note: Today’s SOTD is a live version of the original song, featured here]

[Intro: Iggy Azalea]
Uh-huh! It’s Iggy Iggs!
I got one more problem with you girl, hey!
(One less one less problem)
[Verse 1: Ariana Grande]
Hey baby, even though I hate ya
I wanna love ya, I want you
And even though I can’t forgive ya
I really want to, I want you
Tell me, tell me, baby
Why can’t you leave me?
Cause even though I shouldn’t want it
I gotta have it, I want you

[Pre-Hook: Ariana Grande]
Head in the clouds, got no weight on my shoulders
I should be wiser, and realize that I’ve got

[Hook: Big Sean & Ariana Grande]
One less problem without ya
I got one less problem without ya
I got one less problem without ya
(I got one less, one less problem)

[Verse 2: Ariana Grande]
I know you’re never gonna wake up
I gotta give up, but it’s you?
I know I shouldn’t ever call back
Or let you come back, but it’s you
Every time you touch me
And say you love me
I get a little bit breathless
I shouldn’t want it, but it’s you



[Verse 3: Iggy Azalea]
Smart money bettin’ I’ll be better off without you
In no time I’ll be forgettin’ all about you
You sayin’ that you know, but I really, really doubt you
Understand my life is easy when I ain’t around you
Iggy Iggy, too biggie to be here stressin’
I’m thinkin’ I love the thought of you more than I love your presence
And the best thing now is probably for you to exit
I let you go, let you back, I finally learned my lesson
No half-steppin’, either you want it or you just playin’
I’m listenin’ to you knowin’ I can’t believe what you’re sayin’
There’s a million you’s baby boy, so don’t be dumb
I got 99 problems but you won’t be one
Like what

[Bridge: Ariana Grande]
One less, one less problem
One less, one less problem


[Hook x2]

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,378: ‘Problem (Live)’ – Ariana Grande

  1. Dana says:

    This just shows how little “live” means these days when Azalia can just be cued in.

    Anyway, this was certainly a mega hit for Grande and a perfect woman’s response to “I Got 99 Problems (but a bitch ain’t one).” I think, however, that “Bang Bang” may have actually been the bigger, and certainly more provocative, song for her this year.

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