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"Needy" (stylized in all lowercase) is the second track from Ariana Grande's fifth studio album, Thank U, Next.[1] It was released on February 8, 2019 through Republic Records.

The lyrics of the song are about Grande's insecurities in relationships.[2]

Background Edit

On October 4, 2018, Grande dropped a 45-second snippet on her Instagram with the caption "tell me how good it feels to be needed".[3]

On November 5, 2018, Grande posted a second snippet alongside a video of Piggy Smallz on her Instagram Story.[4] The song was also teased on the music video released on November 7, 2018, for Grande's single "Breathin" from her fourth studio album, Sweetener.[5] On November 15, Grande shared a video of her singing a part of "Needy" with a piano.[6]

Live performances Edit

Grande debuted the song live on March 15, 2019 in a pre-recorded performance for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards.[7] It is a regular part of the setlist of Grande's Sweetener World Tour, which began on March 18, 2019.

Chart performance Edit

On the week ending February 23, 2019, the song debuted at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[8]

Videos Edit

Lyrics Edit

[Verse 1]
If you take too long to hit me back
I can't promise you how I'll react
But all I can say
Is at least I'll wait for you
Lately I've been on a roller coaster
Tryna get a hold of my emotions
But all that I know, is I need you close

[Pre-Chorus]
And I'ma scream and shout for what I love
Passionate but I don't give no fucks
I admit that I'm a lil' messed up
But I can hide it when I'm all dressed up
I'm obsessive and I love too hard
Good at overthinking with my heart
How you even think it got this far?
This far

[Chorus]
And I can be needy, way too damn needy
I can be needy, tell me how good it feels to be needed
I can be needy, so hard to please me
I know it feels so good to be needed

[Verse 2]
Sorry if I'm up and down a lot (Yeah)
Sorry that I think I'm not enough
And sorry if I say sorry way too much
You can go ahead and call me selfish (Selfish)
But after all this damage I can't help it (Help it)
Or what you can trust, 'cause I need your touch

[Pre-Chorus]
I'ma scream and shout for what I love
Passionate but I don't give no fucks
I admit that I'm a lil' messed up
But I can hide it when I'm all dressed up
I'm obsessive and I love too hard
Good at overthinking with my heart
How you even think it got this far?
This far

[Chorus]
And I can be needy, way too damn needy
I can be needy, tell me how good it feels to be needed
I can be needy, so hard to please me
I know it feels so good to be needed

References Edit

Thank U, Next
February 8, 2019 • 41:04 • Republic Records
Songs
Released 7 RingsBad IdeaBloodlineBreak Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm BoredFake SmileGhostinImagineIn My HeadMake UpNASANeedyThank U, Next
Unreleased Remember
Artists
Ariana Grande
Tour
Sweetener World Tour
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