“The Way” is a song recorded by American singer Ariana Grande for her debut studio album, Yours Truly (2013). It was written by the song’s producer Harmony Samuels, alongside Amber Streeter, Al Sherrod Lambert, Jordin Sparks, Priscilla Ahn, Brenda Russell, and Mac Miller, who is featured in the song. “The Way” was released on March 27, 2013 by Republic Records as the lead single from Yours Truly. The song’s backing track is based the piano melody from Russell’s 1979 song “A Little Bit of Love”, and the song has melodic and lyrical similarities to Big Pun’s 1998 song “Still Not a Player”, which also samples “A Little Bit of Love”.
“The Way” became a success from the moment it was released. It was well received by critics, with some comparing Grande’s vocals to those of Mariah Carey. Seven hours after its release on the iTunes Store, “The Way” topped its “Top Singles” chart. It debuted at number ten on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming Grande and Miller’s first top ten success on the chart. This made Grande the first top 10 arrival for a lead female artist making her first Hot 100 appearance since Yael Naim, who launched with “New Soul” back in 2008.