Pete Davidson (song)

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"Pete Davidson"
Song by Ariana Grande
from the album Sweetener
ReleasedAugust 17, 2018
RecordedMay 2018
  • Tommy Brown
  • Charles Anderson
Sweetener chronology
"Goodnight n Go"
"Pete Davidson"
"Get Well Soon"

"Pete Davidson" is a song from Ariana Grande's fourth studio album, Sweetener. It was released through Republic Records on August 17, 2018. The song was written by Grande, Victoria Monét and its producers Tommy Brown and Charles Anderson. The song is named after Grande's then-fiancé, comedian Pete Davidson.


This is about Pete Davidson. I was like, why not? You know? Be direct.[1]

– Grande about renaming the track

Pete Davidson, the subject of the song, in 2015

The song was the last song recorded for Sweetener.[2]

The song was written when Grande and her now ex-fiancé, Pete Davidson, began dating. It was first teased on May 31, 2018, after Grande posted her first picture with Davidson on Instagram with the description: "i thought u into my life 💭 woah ! look at my mind 💡⚡️🙈" which were lyrics to the then-upcoming song.[3] This lyric was a hint of this song. On June 7, 2018, Grande confirmed that recently she recorded an interlude for Sweetener.[2] On June 17, 2018, she posted a snippet of the interlude, then on the same day, confirmed the title "Pete". The song was later renamed to "Pete Davidson".[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

The song generally received favorable reviews. Neil McCormick in The Daily Telegraph wrote that the song is "utterly gorgeous, a sweet nothing dissolving into blissful oohs."[4] The Irish Times' Louis Bruton said the song "adds a lightness to the record."[citation needed] Brittany Spanos from Rolling Stone said that "Pete Davidson" is "a song that gets the point across with its title alone, she's found her serenity."[citation needed]

Live performances[edit]

Grande debuted "Pete Davidson" live on August 20, 2018 at The Sweetener Sessions.[citation needed]

However, due to their breakup, Grande did not feature the song on the Sweetener World Tour set list.


Chart (2018) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 58
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[6] 73
Portugal (AFP)[7] 87
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 99


  1. ^ "Breaking Down the Meaning of Ariana Grande's 'Pete Davidson' Lyrics". Elle. August 17, 2018. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ariana Grande on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  3. ^ "Ariana Grande on Instagram: "i thought u into my life 💭 woah ! look at my mind 💡⚡️🙈"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  4. ^ "Ariana Grande, Sweetener, review: Out of the dark came sweetness". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  5. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #487". auspOp. 25 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Ariana Grande Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  7. ^ " – Ariana Grande – Pete Davidson". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ariana Grande Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 25, 2018.