A live version of the song is featured on K Bye For Now (SWT Live), which was released on December 23, 2019.
Grande confirmed the song on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on May 1, 2018, saying that it's one of the last tracks she recorded for Sweetener and it serves as an intro of sorts to the album. Grande revealed that the song covers Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' "An Angel Cried". Savan Kotecha tweeted: "The 'raindrops' story is unreal. I'll never forget that afternoon. Goosebumps".
Critical reception Edit
"Raindrops (An Angel Cried)" was praised by critics for completely showing Grande's vocals.
The Irish Time's Louis Bruton, said: "Grande presents grief and recovery in a very open and honest way." In TheRed&Black, Abby McGill wrote about the song: "a short 38-second intro showcasing Grande's effortlessly beautiful vocals and her range, leaving fans wishing the intro was longer. Grande uses the first song on some of her albums as an introduction to the theme of the album. However, with this release, each song gives the listener something different."
Live performances Edit
Grande debuted "Raindrops (An Angel Cried)" live on August 20, 2018 at The Sweetener Sessions. The song is a regular part of the setlist of Grande's Sweetener World Tour, which began on March 18, 2019.
- With a duration of 37 seconds, this is Grande's shortest song to date.
- This song was written by Grande's late grandfather's best friend, however she didn't know until after she recorded it.
- The song acts as the opening song to Grande's Sweetener World Tour.
“Love how my face fits so good in your neck”
To view the Raindrops (An Angel Cried) gallery, click here.
When raindrops fell down from the sky
The day you left me, an angel cried
Oh, she cried, an angel cried
- ↑ JustJared - Ariana Grande Reveals Title of Fourth Album: 'Sweetener'
- ↑ Twitter - Savan Kotecha about "Raindrops"
- ↑ Twitter - Snippet of 'Raindrops'
- ↑ Ariana Grande: Sweetener – celebrating the art of being okay
- ↑ Review: Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener’ brings angelic vocals with most personal album to date
|August 17, 2018 • 47:25 • Republic Records|
|Released||Better Off • Blazed • Borderline • Breathin • Everytime • Get Well Soon • God Is A Woman • Goodnight N Go • No Tears Left To Cry • Pete Davidson • Raindrops (An Angel Cried) • R.E.M • Successful • Sweetener • The Light Is Coming|
|Unreleased||My Way • Got Her Own • Sober • You|
|Ariana Grande • Missy Elliott • Nicki Minaj • Pharrell Williams|
|Sweetener World Tour • The Sweetener Sessions|