|No Tears Left to Cry|
|Single by Ariana Grande|
|Released||April 20, 2018|
It was released on April 20, 2018.
Following the bombing at her concert at Manchester Arena during her Dangerous Woman Tour in May 2017, Ariana Grande became reluctant to record new music, preferring to spend time with her loved ones because of the emotional impact the tour had on her. "No Tears Left to Cry" was the first song Grande wrote with Max Martin, Ilya and Savan Kotecha for Sweetener, after working with Pharrell Williams for most of the album. Grande wanted her first single since the bombing to be hopeful and touch on the incident, but not dwell on it. The song came about when she said, "I want it to be positive and talk about positivity and love. I don't have any tears left to cry." Martin then sang the chorus melody. They composed the song's music before writing the lyrics.
Grande intended to bridge the change in sound from her previous album Dangerous Woman with "No Tears Left to Cry". She wanted it to be more obscure and unexpected, inspired by her work with Williams, and thus suggested its verses and chorus to be in different keys. Grande was also adamant for it to start as a ballad and then become uptempo like Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive". Kotecha said the ballad introduction suited the opening chords Martin and Ilya played, and "came together and had this flow." However, a lot of time was spent working on the pre-chorus until Ilya found a groove and sound they were satisfied with. According to Kotecha, they opted for simpler lyrics to make the song "digestible" and "easier to grasp" because of its already complex chord changes and melodic shifts. It was recorded at MXM and Wolf Cousins Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. Regarding the song, Grande said she hopes it brings light and comfort, "but also makes you wanna dance and live ya best life!"