Top 10 Miley Cyrus Songs
Since rising to fame as the titular star of the TV series ‘Hannah Montana,’ Miley Cyrus has been making some of the most unexpectedly infectious and inventive pop music in the game. Now, PopCrush is counting down the Top 10 Miley Cyrus songs!
‘Who Owns My Heart’
This Miley Cyrus song was released as the second official single from her 2010 album ‘Can’t Be Tamed.’ Although it underperformed commercially, it’s a pulsating piece of dance-pop with a massive earworm of a chorus that inspired Cyrus’ sexiest video to date. Clubby and infectious, Cyrus’ raspy vocals shine, as synths twinkle in the background and the chorus’ melody reaches a gorgeous peak.
‘When I Look at You’
Miley Cyrus isn’t always acknowledged for the strength of her ballads, but ‘When I Look at You’ is one of the most powerful. Robust production — including squealing ’80s power ballad guitars on the bridge, and thoughtful lyrics about finding strength in her man — make this appealing single — one of her stronger efforts.
‘Can’t Be Tamed’
Marking the grand unveiling of Mileybird, ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ was a strikingly mature showing from Cyrus — and there’s no arguing that adulthood suits her. Stomping and triumphant, ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ is sexy electropop with heavily processed vox and a rebellious message that distanced Cyrus from her ‘Hannah Montana’ image. The video, which had Cyrus dressed up as, well, the world’s sexiest bird, is a clever commentary on the pressures of fame.
This Miley Cyrus song was never released as a single, but it’s a fan favorite and for good reason: ‘Permanent December’ is the most jubilant, infectious dance banger on Cyrus’ excellent ‘Can’t Be Tamed.’ “I’ve been to New York, been to Paris, Australia and Rome / There’s sexy boys in every city but they’re not what I want,” Cyrus sings on the track, before the impossibly euphoric chorus unleashes on the track, blowing out our speakers and always — always! — making us dance.
Long before a million tone-deaf ‘American Idol’ contestants slaughtered this song on national television, ‘The Climb,’ taken from the ‘Hannah Montana Movie’ soundtrack, was one of the best inspirational ballads in that already-oversaturated genre. Even if it’s a little cheesy, ‘The Climb’ is a track that has major heart, and easily goes down as one of Miley Cyrus’ strongest songs to date.
‘7 Things,’ from Cyrus’ 2008 album ‘Breakout,’ is a punky pop stormer with a refreshingly aggressive chorus and unpretentious lyrics that always get under our skin: “It was awesome, but we lost it” makes us grin, as does “When you mean it I’ll believe it / If you text it I’ll delete it.” But then there’s a heartbreaking vulnerability to “Your friends are jerks / When you act like them, just know it hurts” that makes us want to burst into tears. Cyrus’ insouciant delivery, and the mix of country guitars with that shouty-rock chorus makes ‘7 Things’ an endlessly replayable classic.
‘We Can’t Stop’
Miley twerked her way onto the charts with this risque track. Her biggest party song to date, ‘We Can’t Stop’ embraces Miley’s growth as an artist and as a person. The bizarre video and lyrics referencing dancing with “molly” confirmed that the singer is definitely not returning to her Disney days.
‘See You Again’
The single that cemented Miley’s position as a true pop star to be reckoned with remains one of her best: Her 2007 pop smash ‘See You Again’ is a weird, dissonant, too-cool-for-school song about yearning for a teenage romance, featuring sultry vocals and a rollicking bass line. Ironic that it’s become one of Miley Cyrus’ signature songs since her initial reaction to it was apprehension and uncertainty. The ingenuousness of the song’s lyrics — “My best friend Leslie said, ‘Oh, she’s just being Miley’” won over fans and critics alike.
Following her uber-confident hit ‘We Can’t Stop,’ Miley showed her vulnerable side with this track. With lyrics like, “I came in like a wrecking ball / I never hit so hard in love / All I wanted was to break your walls / All you ever did was wreck me,” the singer proves there’s more to her music than raising eyebrows.
‘Party in the U.S.A.’
It’s hard not fall in love with a song like ‘Party in the U.S.A.,’ when everything about it is so darn charming: The likable twang in the vocals; the mix of organic and synthesized instrumentation; the way the melody soars in the chorus; and most of all, the celebratory lyrics about letting go of inhibitions which veil an underlying message about insecurity. Helmed by Jessie J, ‘X Factor‘ mentor Claude Kelly, and mega-producer Dr. Luke, ‘Party in the U.S.A.’ is the best Miley Cyrus song. And it’s 100% Miley.