Miley Cyrus first gained fame as a star of the Disney TV series Hannah Montana. As a teenager, she embarked on a pop career outside of the TV success. These are her 10 best songs.
Three years after her Can't Be Tamed album Miley Cyrus returned with this down tempo but defiant anthem aimed squarely at members of her generation of young adults. Accompanied by a controversial but compelling music video, the song quickly climbed to #2 on the US pop singles chart. "We Can't Stop" debuted at #1 in the UK becoming her first chart topping single there.
Co-written by Jessie J, "Party In the USA" was initially planned to be a song to help kick off Jessie J's singing career. However, it was considered too tame for her and passed over to Miley Cyrus. Detailing a somewhat nervous arrival in Hollywood as a star, the song became a massive hit peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has sold more than five million copies in the US alone.
Miley Cyrus dives head first into electronic and new wave music influences with what became a major pop breakthrough hit single for her move away from the Hannah Montana character. "See You Again" broke into the top 10 on mainstream pop radio and hit the top 10 on the overall pop singles chart in both the US and Canada. It was released as the second single from the Meet Miley Cyrus half of a double album released with Hannah Montana 2.
"7 Things" was the single that introduced us to the Breakout album, Miley Cyrus' first album release completely separate from Hannah Montana. On the chorus it has a strong rock feel. The song was rumored to be related to Miley Cyrus' dating relationship with Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers. "7 Things" peaked at #9 on the US pop singles chart.
Miley Cyrus recorded the big ballad "The Climb" for her film Hannah Montana: The Movie. It was produced by John Shanks known for his work with established recording artists from Alanis Morissette to Fleetwood Mac. "The Climb" was quickly embraced as a powerful inspirational song. It topped the adult contemporary chart and reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Although this single from Breakout failed to have a major chart impact in the US, it is one of the most exhilarating of Miley Cyrus' songs. "Fly On the Wall" was inspired by the invasive nature of paparazzi. The song did become a significant pop hit in the UK rising to #16 on the pop singles chart.
This single was hyped as introducing Miley Cyrus as a more adult recording artist. It is built around the theme of freedom of self expression. "Can't Be Tamed" charged on to the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #8, but it did not have staying power as a hit single. It was the title song of Miley Cyrus' third studio album under her own name.
This will.i.am song features a strong, charming vocal performance from Miley Cyrus. It steers away from will.i.am's high tech electropop to mainstream contemporary pop. The song was released while Miley Cyrus' fans were eagerly awaiting her return later in the year as a lead solo artist.