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"Love Me Harder" is the fourth single and ninth track from Ariana Grande's sophomore album, My Everything. It is a collaboration with Canadian singer, The Weeknd. The song is also included on the Australia and New Zealand exclusive extended play, Love Me Harder. It was officially released as a single through Republic Records on September 30, 2014 This marks the first collaboration between Grande and Canadian singer, The Weeknd. A condensed live version of the song, cutting The Weeknd's parts and the bridge is featured on K Bye For Now (SWT Live), which was released on December 23, 2019.

Background[]

Grande previewed a snippet of the song on August 4, 2014, to start the 20 day countdown to My Everything.[1] On August 20, Grande released this song to MTV along with "Be My Baby," "Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart", and "Why Try."[2]

Live performances[]

Grande and The Weeknd performed this song live for the first time on the season 40 premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 27, 2014. They then sang it together in the American Music Awards 2014. Alone, Ariana sang it at the JIngle Ball 2014, and at the Honda Stage. The song was part of the set list for The Honeymoon Tour (2015) and Justin Bieber joined Ariana to perform it. The song was later included on the set list for the Dangerous Woman Tour (2017). Grande also included a shortened version of the song on the set list for the Sweetener World Tour (2019). However, she removed the song during the third leg of her tour. The Weeknd also performed the song by himself in 2023 on his After Hours Til' Dawn Stadium Tour.

Music video[]

On October 1, 2014 Grande and her then-manager, Scooter Braun, both confirmed that they were working on the music video. It was directed by Hannah Lux Davis. The lyric video premiered on October 17, 2014 which is directed by Alfredo Flores and the music video premiered on November 3, 2014. Big Sean was on there on set of the music video.

Videos[]

Ariana Grande posted the music video of "Love Me Harder" on her Youtube channel. In the video, we see her in a room filled with sand on a chair, and then she's on water. The Weeknd is on a dark room where we only see the wall, and we see him go down stairs. Apart from the plans of the two singers, we see at times a cloudy sky.

Lyric Video[]

In the lyric video, we see the lyrics on pictures of Ariana Grande and The Weeknd from the music video, together or apart.

Acoustic Video[]

Ariana Grande shared on her Youtube channel a video where Abel and her sing "Love Me Harder" acoustic.

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • Grande and The Weeknd are signed to the same label, Republic Records.
  • "Love Me Harder" is one of the only three songs to be performed on all three of Ariana Grande's world tours, along with "Break Free" and "One Last Time".
  • The song debuted at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 and later peaked at #7.[3] It also peaked at #48 on the UK Singles Chart.[4]
  • On August 20, four songs from My Everything such as "Love Me Harder" were released courtesy of MTV along with other songs ("Why Try", "Be My Baby", and "Just A Little Bit Of Your Heart").
  • It's the first collaboration between The Weeknd and Ariana Grande.
  • This song is the only one to get a promotional E.P.
  • The song was performed at One Love Manchester.

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1: Ariana Grande]
Tell me something I need to know
Then take my breath and never let it go
If you just let me invade your space
I’ll take the pleasure, take it with the pain
And if in the moment I bite my lip
Baby, in that moment, you’ll know this is
Something bigger than us and beyond bliss
Give me a reason to believe it

[Chorus]
Cause if you want to keep me
You gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta
Got to love me harder
And if you really need me
You gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta
Got to love me harder
(Lo-love me harder)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (Love me, love me, love me)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (Harder, harder, harder)

[Verse 2: The Weeknd]
I know your motives and you know mine
The ones that love me I tend to leave behind
If you know about me and choose to stay
Then take this pleasure and take it with the pain
And if in the moment you bite your lip
When I get you moaning, you know it's real
Can you feel the pressure between your hips?
I’ll make it feel like the first time

[Chorus: Ariana Grande & The Weeknd]
Cause if you want to keep me
You gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta
Got to love me harder
(I'ma love you harder)
And if you really need me
You gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta
Got to love me harder
(Lo-love me harder)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (Love me, love me, love me)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (Harder, harder, harder)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (Love me, love me, love me)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (Harder, harder, harder)

[Bridge: The Weeknd & Ariana Grande]
So what do I do if I can’t figure it out?
(You got to try, try, try again, yeah)
So what do I do if I can’t figure it out?
(I’m gonna leave, leave, leave again)

[Chorus: Ariana Grande & The Weekend]
Cause if you want to keep me
You gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta
Got to love me harder
(I'ma love you, love you, love you)
And if you really need me
You gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta
Got to love me harder
Got to love me, baby
Cause if want to keep me
You gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta
Got to love me harder, love me harder
And if you really need me
You gotta, gotta, gotta, gotta
(I'ma do it, do it, do it)
Got to love me harder
(I'ma love you harder)

[Outro: Ariana Grande]
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (Love me, love me, love me)
Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (Harder, harder, harder)
Boy get love me, love me, baby (Love me, love me, love me)
Just a little bit harder, harder, baby (Harder, harder, harder)

Love Me Harder (EP)[]

An extended play also titled Love Me Harder was released on November 21, 2014, exclusively in Australia and New Zealand. It consists of three songs from Grande's second studio album My Everything, including the epynomous single "Love Me Harder" and the two bonus tracks from the Target and Japanese deluxe editions of the album: Too Close and Cadillac Song.[5]


Track listing[]

Love Me Harder (EP)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Love Me Harder" (with The Weeknd)Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Peter Svensson, Ali Payami, Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad BalshePayami, Svensson, Peter Carlsson3:56
2."Cadillac Song"Ariana Grande, Tommy Brown, Travis Sayles, Victoria McCants, Leon SylversBrown, Sayles, McCants2:52
3."Too Close"Grande, Harmony Samuels, Helen "Carmen Reece" Culver, Al Sherrod Lambert, Maurice David WadeSamuels, Jo Blaq3:35
Total length:10:23

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My Everything
August 22, 2014 • 40:31 • Republic Records
Songs
Released Bang BangBe My BabyBest MistakeBreak FreeBreak Your Heart Right BackCadillac SongHands On MeIntroJust A Little Bit Of Your HeartLove Me HarderMy EverythingOne Last TimeOnly 1ProblemToo CloseWhy TryYou Don't Know Me
Unreleased Ain't About What You GotIn The MorningLighterNot Afraid of LoveNothing Lasts ForeverRidiculousThe Way It Is
Artists
Ariana GrandeA$AP FergBig SeanCashmere CatChildish GambinoIggy AzaleaJessie JMiley CyrusNicki MinajThe WeekndTori KellyZedd
Tour
The Honeymoon Tour
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