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"Main Thing" (stylized in all lowercase; originally titled "Mane Thang" or "Different") is the nineteenth and last bonus track from the deluxe edition of Ariana Grande's sixth studio album, Positions. It was released on February 19, 2021 through Republic Records.

Background[]

Grande confirmed "main thing" as the nineteenth track of Positions deluxe edition on February 11, 2021, during the countdown to the premiere of the "34+35" remix music video.[1] On February 17, 2021, Grande posted a snippet of the song on her social medias.[2]

Demo one leaked on December 10, 2023, alongside "Pick Chords", a snippet of "Lalala", a snippet of "Till It's Over", and a snippet of "Brandy Melville". Demo two leaked one month later on January 22, 2024.

Both of the demos have a different instrumental, slightly different vocals, it only consists of one verse, the pre-chorus and the chorus. The full session was soon leaked on January 22, 2024, alongside various other unreleased sessions.

Audios[]

Trivia[]

  • Grande named a product from her make up line as "mist thing", the title of the track but replacing main with mist.
  • This song is about how Ariana loves her partner and how her partner cares about her. She tells her partner how much she adores him and how he’s different from all the others.
  • Ariana said this track would have replaced "my hair" on the standard album. [3]
  • Ariana wrote this song herself about Dalton.
  • The lyric, "Been a minute since I tasted something so sweet" could be a reference to her fourth studio album Sweetener. However, it's more likely a reference to Love Language.
  • The song was made at 12:30 in the morning[4]
  • The demos have a similar instrumental to the unreleased instrumental titled "Bop".

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1]
You on your way, it's a Friday night
Hear the rain outside, yeah
It's rosé on ice
Candlelight and I'm feeling nice
Anything you like, boy, you know it's on me
Been a minute since I tasted something so sweet

[Pre-Chorus]
Always pull up when I call you, call you
Yeah, you never keep me waitin', waitin'
Got me trippin', I adore you
I adore you, boy (Boy)
Oh baby

[Chorus]
You, oh you're really different, baby (Different, baby)
You, you might be the main thing, baby (Main thing, baby)

[Verse 2]
It's time to go, take it nice and slow
Tiptoe to the bedroom, lookin' at me like when it's cold
You gon' keep me warm
All I wanna do is spend my time with you
Even when the learning's done and nothing's new

[Pre-Chorus]
Always pull up when I call you, call you
Yeah, you never keep me waitin', waitin'
Got me trippin', I adore you
I adore you, boy (Boy)
Oh baby

[Chorus]
You, oh you're really different, baby (Different, baby)
You, you might be the main thing, baby (Main thing, baby)
You, oh you're really different, baby (Different, baby)
You, you might be the main thing, baby (Main thing, baby)

[Verse 1]
You on your way, it's a Friday night
Hear the rain outside, yeah
It's rosé on ice
Candlelight and I'm feeling nice
Anything you like, boy, you know it's on me
Been a minute since I tasted something so sweet

[Pre-Chorus]
Always pull up when I call you, call you
Yeah, you never keep me waitin', waitin'
Got me trippin', I adore you
I adore you, boy
Oh baby

[Chorus]
You, oh you're really different, baby, yeah
You, you know you the main thing, baby

References[]

Positions
October 30, 2020 • 41:07 • Republic Records
Songs
Released 34+35Just Like MagicLove LanguageMain ThingMotiveMy HairNastyObviousOff The TablePositionsPOVSafety NetShut UpSix ThirtySomeone Like UTest DriveWest SideWorst Behavior
Unreleased 90s Heartbreak95 MillionAnti ShitBabymakingBlueberriesBopBowzerBrandy MelvilleCommunicateComplicatedComptonCount Me InDan E Elf ManDashin ItDo DatDon't Talk To My ManDirty SecretsDisco DanceEarly 200sEverything I DoFor SureFresh White TeeFuck Around With The Fuck AroundGirl Is MineGodsfavorGrande. 1Groovy BabyHandy ManHe Had It CominHerguitarHeroHersHomeHow Do YouI Like Your PartInternational Friendship DayI'm ReadyIntroezyIt's A-Jedi MindJoccyJust Happy 4 NowLakortleLalalaLaniLet's StayLofi 1Lofi 2Love Me NowMacking ShitMade Of TheseMet Him Last NightMy FaultNeighborhoodNew House-PopNo Free PromoNorthshoreNot TodayOrganic OOOOOOOOutgrownOweeePick ChordsPink RoseShortySmoooothSweet DreamsTake CareTennis BallThe GodfatherThrasherTommy 3Tommy 4Quiet KidWanna See Something CoolY Is Everyone So In Love With Me
Artists
Ariana GrandeBryson TillerCarmen ReeceDemi LovatoDoja CatLil WayneMegan Thee StallionNjomzaRoddy RicchTayla ParxThe WeekndTy Dolla SignVictoria Monét
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