In the future, I plan to write a more in-depth blog post about Miley Cyrus, breaking down everything awesome and respectable about her. But for now, this is a list of songs or covers performed by Miley that you should care about.
We all know “Party in the USA,” “We Can’t Stop,” “Wrecking Ball,” her cover of “Jolene,” and a few fun Hannah Montana songs, but this list is where Miley really shines in her vocal ability, songwriting, and artistry. Miley transcends genres.
- “I’ll Take Care of You” (Bobby Bland Cover)
By far her most impressive live vocals ever.
Although this is from her messy psychedelic album, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz, this is my all-time favorite song of hers.
- Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? (Arctic Monkeys Cover)
Yeah yeah, I get it. It’s not as good as the original. She still kills it, though.
- You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go (Bob Dylan Cover)
Throwing it back to 2012 with this cover. She still frequently performs this live and there are some great performances of it on Youtube.
Off her new, not-yet-released 2017 album, she describes this song as her new “The Climb.”
- Look What They’ve Done To My Song (Melanie Safka Cover)
Such a beautiful cover showcasing her folky, country roots. She also performed it with Melanie Safka herself in this rendition!
- Lilac Wine (Jeff Buckley Cover)
Fun fact: Liam Hemsworth proposed to her right after she finished this performance.
- Baby I’m In The Mood For You (Bob Dylan Cover)
So 60’s. So good.
- These Four Walls
Released in 2008 during her Hannah Montana days, this was her most mature song at the time.
- Hands of Love
From the Freeheld soundtrack, this song didn’t get nearly enough attention.
- 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon Cover)
You have to appreciate Miley’s taste in music and how often she covers classic rock/folk.
Also from her odd psychedelic album, this song has a trippy music video. If you just listen to her voice and the lyrics though, it’s a beautiful song.
Her 2017 comeback!
- Last Goodbye
This was a leaked song that didn’t make it to her Bangerz album. It’s definitely Bangerz style and more mainstream sounding. I will never understand why it didn’t make it to the final version of the album.
- Hey Ya (Outkast Cover)
She puts a fun, yet melancholy twist on this song. And there’s twerking, of course.
- No Freedom (Dido Cover)
She dedicated this cover to the transgender teen, Leelah Alcorn, who committed suicide at 17, and to raise awareness for her charity, the Happy Hippie Foundation.
- Bottom of the Ocean
A chill song she cowrote at 16 years old.