Miley Ray Cyrus famously known as Miley Cyrus, born 23rd November 1992, Franklin, Tennessee, U.S. is an American singer and actress who rose to fame on the television show, Hannah Montana and its related sound albums which catapulted her into stardom
Miley was born to a country singer and an actor Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish- his wife. Her sunny disposition when young earned Cyrus her nickname “Smiley Miley.” In late 2007, Miley embarked on a tour “Best of Both Worlds” to support her latest album. She gained wider exposure after her song “See You Again” crossed over the top pop charts in 2008.
Miley Cyrus’s songs incorporate several varied styles and genres such as pop, hip-hop, country-pop, rock, and experimental. She has many albums including Meet Miley Cyrus 2007, Breakout 2008, Can’t Be Tamed 2010, Bangerz 2013, Younger Now 2017, Plastic Hearts 2020, and more. Her music career is well decorated. Below are her top 10 songs.
# 10 – Mother’s Daughter
This track by Miley Cyrus is lovely. It was released on 11th June 2019 by RCA Records as a lead single from her second extended play “She Is Coming.” Lyrically, this song is a Women’s empowerment anthem focusing on the mother-daughter strong relationship.
Cyrus references how her mother told her that she would make it in life. She says her heart is into those words, her back into it and so, she did it. Additionally, she talks about herself being nasty and says that she has the freedom to do what she feels like. The music video is all about the woman’s body and the right to own your body and make it free from the masculine gaze. It is quite hilarious. It features Miley Cyrus wearing a red latex against red lighting with diverse women including disabled women, women of color, transgender women, and body positivity women.
This track peaked at number 54 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and it was her 47th song to enter into this chart. The track was a commercial success and appeared in other charts in several European countries.
# 9 – Malibu
If you are well familiar with Miley songs, you will note that this track has a change in pace compared to the rest of her tracks, but generally, this is a great hit and the tune is quite refreshing. “Malibu” is an impressive comeback for her release and it covers themes of change, second chances, and identity. The track explores Cyrus’ country music and a clear indication that she is here to stay.
She wrote this track after reconciling with Liam Hemsworth- her boyfriend and moving to his Malibu estate where she embraces a fresh start. She demonstrates that she has grown out of her shock value and translated into a very impressive and conscious girl that is a the-girl-next door that she once seemed to be.
The track was released as the lead single from Miley’s sixth studio album “Younger Now.” The track had commercial success and peaked number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 and eleventh in the UK
# 8 – Slide Away
“Slide Away” by Miley Cyrus was released as a stand-alone single on 16th August 2019, by RCA Records. The song describes the gone wrong or rather the deterioration of a relationship which is compared to the breakup of Cyrus from her husband.
The track received numerous positive reviews and peaked at number 47 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The track’s music video comprises scenes where Miley is seen underwater in a pool and leaning on the pool’s edge amongst partygoers during a house party. The song is very emotional and will draw your tears upon listening to it.
# 7 – 7 things
Most music artists use their love lives to inspire others occasionally, but this can sometimes strike a delicate balance between love or rather lingering and progressing in a big way and the part of moving on is mostly more prominent.
This song bears the aspects of both rock and country music while lyrically the tracks describe the seven things that Miley Cyrus hates about her ex-boyfriend, but at the end, she also lists the things she likes about him.
In the music video, Miley wears Nick’s diabetes dog tag and sings about how insecurities and vanity undermined their relationship. In an interview, Miley Cyrus brushed the allegations that the song is about his ex-boyfriend and said it can be for anyone you think it is. The track’s lyrics are written in the second person and surely it is not a fault thinking it is about her ex-boyfriend.
The song was released as the lead single from her first studio album on 17th June 2008. It received mixed reviews from music critics but was enjoyed with ideal commercial success worldwide. It peaked at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 25 on the UK singles.
# 6 – Can’t Be Tamed
The track was the major turning point of Cyrus’s career. She was trying to come out of the shadows or in simpler terms to shed her Hannah Montana Skin entirely, once and for all. This track “Can’t Be Tamed” was her first attempt. She was breaking free and doing her personal stuff anytime soon and no one could stop her.
At first, no one believed that Miley would cope with the transition from Hannah Montana and into a professional diva quite well, but it happened. The track’s parent album was the last to record with this label.
# 5 – Wrecking Ball
This song is amazing and that’s why it peaked at number five on our list. The song is a testament to Miley’s ability to form or rather create a memorable pop-culture moment. At its release, you could not open the internet without reading a piece on Miley Cyrus, when you turned on the radio she was the trend. Everyone had an opinion about this track.
The track’s theme is about the deterioration of a relationship. It reflects her struggles and the sudden end of her relationship with Liam Hemsworth. In her lyrics, she appears emotionally vulnerable since she was not prepared for the setbacks at such a young age. This song is a masterpiece and one of a kind. Generally, this song is perfect. It is brilliant in its simplicity as well as the pretty verse that follows a straightforward melody and when the chorus comes in it crashes you just like a wrecking ball.
This track was such a great hit that went straight to the top, eliminating Eminem in that process. It bagged over 968, 000 chart sales making it her 3rd biggest song. The song topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and featured on the top charts in other European countries.
# 4 – We Can’t Stop
Our top four start with this party anthem “We Can’t Stop.” Miley has really proven that she can deliver extremely well. This track is the lead single from her fourth studio album “Bangerz” released on 3rd June 2013. It is a pop and R&B song that talks about recreational drug use and house parties.
In an interview, she said that the track is for her fans who always believe in her and it shows that no one can stop us from who we are. This is a song that matches Miley’s personality. The song received mixed reactions including positive reviews appreciating its overall production.
The music video shows an ongoing house party and the guests are involved in numerous strange actions. The track had a great commercial success and peaked at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. It also featured in the top charts in other countries worldwide.
# 3 – See You Again
If you listened to this song on its release, you knew Miley Cyrus was going to be famous. The track is the debut single released on 29th December 2007 as the lead single from “Meet Miley Cyrus”. This was the second soundtrack album from Disney Channel Original Hannah Montana.
In this track, Miley is looking forward to seeing her lover- a guy she really likes. It’s hilarious; she says that she got choked the last time they met and she wanted another shot. In this track, she sings about her best friend “Lesley.”
Musically, this song has influences from several musical genres such as electronic music, but the song itself is a dance-rock. The song was well received by music critics complimenting Miley’s vocals as well as its composition. It introduced her to new fans thus paving the way for her future hits. It peaked at number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number eleven on the UK singles.
# 2 – Party in the USA
Some hits will always nail down the pop-music formula and this is such a hit. The track captures America during the pop music supremacy that makes it sound like an amazing Hollywood dream that everyone thinks of. This song is so popular that most of us sing it in our minds occasionally or when in our sleep. It will automatically get you on the dance floor.
The music video starts by revealing a drive-in theater during the day. Miley later arrives clothed in a blank tank top, cowboy boots, distressed hot pants, and a black vest. She performs as a sparkled confetti falls from above. This song is entirely about dancing and parties thus a good one for clubbing and house parties.
# 1 – The Climb
Choosing an artist’s best song can prove to be challenging, but this song “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus deserves to top our list. She performed the song for the 2009 film “Hannah Montana: The Movie.” It was released as the lead single of the film’s soundtrack on 5th March 2009. The song styled and featured as a country-pop ballad and it was also Miley’s first solo song to be aired or rather released to country radio. It was nominated for the Best Song for a Motion Picture, Television, and Other Visual Media during the 52nd annual Grammy Award. It peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 and featured on the top charts in other countries.
Miley Cyrus is an incredible music artist and actor. She gained fame while still a teenager after appearing in the Hannah Montana Television show and series. Her music career has been well-decorated which shows pure talent and creativity. She has also received numerous awards and nominations including the MTV’s Best Artist of 2013 Award. She is considered one of the best successful child-actor-turned singers. The above songs are hilarious, interesting and ones you can draw inspiration from.
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