For some, especially those Disney Fans way back 2006, she’s Hannah Montana. To others, she’s that ‘underdressed’ lady mounted on a wrecking ball. But whatever image she was then and now, we can all agree that her music really moved the world.
Born November 23, 1992 in the name Destiny Hope Cyrus, Miley Ray Cyrus became very well known to the world through Miley Stewart, the lead character in the famous Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana. She had her breakthrough in the music industry after signing a recording contract with Hollywood Records in 2007 and releasing her debut album Meet Miley Cyrus, a certified quadruple-platinum that produced over four million shipments. Her second album which featured 7 Thingswas also a certified hit. A year after, she starred in Hannah Montana: The Movie with The Climb as its hit soundtrack. A transition of her music was seen with Party in the U.S.A and with her 2010 album Can’t Be Tamed, her lowest-selling record so far. She focused into films the following years and came back with a sensual and sexy public image through her album Bangerzin 2013.
Even though some people were not happy of her transition (as a person or a singer), she managed to produce music we love singing along with. Through reliable reviews and popularity, we bring you the best (of both worlds) 10 Miley Cyrus songs.
10. “Fall Down” with will.i.am (2013)
This collaboration with will.i.am was highly awaited by people since Miley became passive in the music industry. Their mix actually sounded different from their original music. Will.i.am’s high tech electropop adjusted to a more mainstream sound which is close to contemporary pop; probably to give way for Miley’s strong vocals throughout the music. Although the soundtrack received negative ratings from most reviewers, it still managed to land on the number 58 spot of the US Billboard Hot 100. The soundtrack even got the number 14 spot in the Australia ARIA Charts.
9. “Can’t Be Tamed” (2010)
Can’t Be Tamed is the lead single of Miley’s third album of the same title. The soundtrack is generally dance-pop in an electronic music genre. The song is about freedom in many aspects of life as Miley quoted. The release of this song marked the transition of Miley from the image she made when she was Hannah Montana. Can’t Be Tamed generally received positive reviews from critics and even debuted in the number 8 spot of the US Billboard Hot 100. However, when Miley performed this song on TV shows, she received negative reviews from the audience; probably because of her sudden change of image.
8. “Life’s What You Make It” (2007)
This very simple song but striking debuted on the number 25 spot of the US Billboard Hot 100. It is a single by Hannah Montana and is also featured in Hannah Montana 2 soundtrack album of Disney Channel. This song has also peaked at number 7 in the iTunes list. In the same week this song reached the number 25 spot, the album Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus shone the brightest in the number one spot of the album charts. The song, being in the power pop genre, delivered successfully its simple but clear message to the people especially to the younger ages.
7. “Fly On the Wall” (2008)
Fly on the Wall is Miley Cyrus’ second single released from her second album Breakout. In this synth pop- electro pop song, Miley described the invasive nature of the paparazzi. The single generally received good rating from reviewers. One even quoted that the song defied teen pop. Despite the good reviews, the song did not manage to stay in the US Billboard Hot 100. However, it had strong grip in the UK and grabbed the number 16 spot in the pop singles chart. The song was also successful in other hit charts from European countries.
6. “He Could Be the One” (2009)
He Could Be the One is one of the greatest singles of Miley through her performances as Hannah Montana. The song was released as promotion for an episode of the same title and for the third soundtrack of the series Hannah Montana 3. This was actually the top-charting song of Hannah Montana which ranked in the top 20s of the Billboard Hot 100. It reached its peak upon staying at the number 10 spot. The song’s curious mix of country and teen pop music gave this song a unique sound. The single also somehow reminded some reviewers of Shanaia Twain.
5. “The Climb” (2009)
Miley released The Climb as the lead soundtrack of the anticipated movie of the famous Disney Channel series, Hannah Montana: The Movie. The song was a powerful country ballad and was also Miley’s first song to be released in country radio. The single generally received great reviews; one even quoted that it was the “one of the year’s strongest ballads” The single became a certified triple-platinum both in the United States and in Canada. It peaked at number 4 in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 in the US Adult Contemporary. The song also received awards such as “Best Song from a Movie” in the 2009 MTV Music Awards and “Music Choice: Single” in the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.
4. “7 Things” (2008)
7 Things is the lead single of Miley’s second album Breakout. It tells about mixed feelings she had for her ex-boyfriend which was allegedly Nick Jonas of the famous Jonas Brothers.Mostly, the song is pop rock but a hint of country can be felt in its verses. Its chorus on the other hand, shows a moderate pop punk taste. The single generally received positive reviews from critics and even quoted that the song was “smashing”. In the Billboard Hot 100, the song peaked at the number 9 position while it peaked at number 16 in the UK Singles chart.
3. “See You Again” (2008)
This single was originally released for Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus. A second release as a single in her second album Breakout in 2008 was actually a remix from Rock Mafia. See You Again was Miley’s first soundtrack with influences from various genres such as electronic music. Most reviews gave this song a high rating for its brilliant musical composition and great vocal delivery. It peaked in the Canadian Hot 100 at the number 4 spot and climbed at the number 10 spot in Billboard Hot 100. It was also a certified platinum record in Australia and New Zealand.
2. “Party in the U.S.A.” (2009)
Is there anyone who doesn’t know this song? Party in the U.S.A. was the lead single of Miley’s extended play The Time of Our Lives in 2009. Originally written for Jessie J, the single was given to Miley after the said artist declined the offer. The lyrics were just adjusted to her persona and then they created a record that was certified seven times platinum by RIAA and quadruple platinum by Music Canada.This song also peaked at the number 2 spot in the Billboard Hot 100. The single was made to pay tribute to the 1978 hit movie Grease and to Miley’s parents’ courting days.
1. “We Can’t Stop” (2013)
After her passive era in the music industry, Miley grabbed the spotlight with a big comeback through her album Bangerzwhich includes her best song so far,We Can’t Stop. Although the single garnered mixed ratings from critics, it performed excellently in the charts. This song, debuting at the number 1 spot of the UK chart, was Miley’s first single to top in the UK. It even reached the number 2 spot in the US pop singles chart. This R&B pop song had a relatively slow tempo but definitely had one of the catchiest tunes and lyrics ever made.