The full music video for Ariana Grande’s song “Thank U, Next” has been released on YouTube and it is filled with rom-com nostalgia. It references classic hits like Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, and 13 Going On 30.
The video is a success, reaching millions of views in a day. It’s so big that the original stars of the referenced movies have been commenting with their approval.
Reading Reese Witherspoon’s tweet gives us energy for multiple lifetimes.
A lifetime ???? https://t.co/KmtTyPIvOs— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) November 30, 2018
Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo are obviously enjoying the callback.
Jonathan Bennett actually reprised his role from Mean Girls in the video.
Gabrielle Union is ready to join in herself.
Currently stretching in case of a remix https://t.co/pAAO0PxcEl— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) December 1, 2018
“Thank U, Next” has been one of Grande’s most successful songs, coming after her string of public breakups. The song is empowering, showing the positives that can be taken away when someone moves from a partner to an ex.
And her fans have been loving it.
I love ???? the video.. Awesome work— DJXMXofficial???? (@IamStarrMyck) December 2, 2018
She really did snap PERIOD— MANDY (@breathinsgrande) December 2, 2018
SHES THAT BITCH????????????????— ???????????????????????? ✨ (@bbyzora) December 2, 2018
Y’all excited about the thank u, next video bc of movie references but I’m excited bc Victorious back at it again pic.twitter.com/VLqXUpypFp— Papí (@maddsssness) December 2, 2018
Thank u, Next music video will forever be iconic ???? pic.twitter.com/LaQfNyX8D0— Charlotte ☁ (@BocaAmazing) December 2, 2018
THANK U NEXT VIDEO IS THE MOST ICONIC VIDEO! IM SPEECHLESS— PRINCE$$ (@AaliyahJay) December 1, 2018
thank u, next + film references pic.twitter.com/QBDyXCcnZY— ???????????????? (@skysfalIin) December 1, 2018
I haven’t stopped thinking about Kris Jenner saying “thank u, next bitch” for 21 full hours— ellie (@holy_schnitt) December 1, 2018
•mean girls— abril???? (@GORDAF4N) December 2, 2018
•bring it on
•13 going on 30
quede fascinada con el video de "thank u, next" de ariana grande pic.twitter.com/WfNvOGZoEx
I love that Jennifer Coolidge is (rightfully) credited as just “Legend” in the thank u, next behind the scenes pic.twitter.com/4B8wUWcnLn— jon (@prasejeebus) December 2, 2018
The video has broken records left and right, including the 24-hour total views record, with over 50 million plays. This beat the former record of 45 million held Korean boy band BTS.
It’s on track for hundreds of millions views in the next week.
89M views— SweetenerAG (@AG5arigrande) December 3, 2018
we ????100M today yuh
thank u, next pic.twitter.com/7hLlyWE97I
YouTube — thank u next | Music Video (Update) [Last 5 hours]:— Ariana Charts (@AGcharts) December 2, 2018
Views: 81,600,000 (+6,300,000)
Likes: 5,500,000 (+100,000)
The song was released On November 3 and was the first song by a female artist to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 since 2015’s “Hello” by Adele.