As Miley Cyrus turns 31, it’s not just another birthday celebration; it’s also an occasion to reflect on the journey of this popstar who has grown up right in front of us. From being a Disney darling to twerking provocateur and feminist icon, Miley’s journey has been as diverse as her discography. In honour of this milestone, we’ve curated a list of the best Miley Cyrus songs of all time. So, buckle up, put on your glitter-y cowboy boots, and let’s dive into the auditory wonderland that is Miley’s world.
Iconic Miley Cyrus Songs
‘The Climb’ (2009): Conquering Peaks and Hearts
Miley’s climb to stardom is epitomised by her powerful anthem, “The Climb”. This ballad not only showcases her vocal prowess but also serves as a metaphor for life’s journey. The lyrics resonate with anyone navigating the unpredictable terrains of love, loss, and self-discovery. It’s a timeless reminder that the journey itself is just as significant as reaching the summit.
‘Party in the U.S.A.’ (2009): Red, White, Blue and Chart-Topping, Too!
Miley’s chart-topping anthem “Party in the U.S.A.” is the ultimate feel-good track that transcends borders. An anthem for anyone who has ever felt like a fish out of water, it celebrates the joy of finding your groove in unexpected places. With a catchy chorus and infectious energy, it’s impossible not to feel the pulse of this patriotic party.
‘Can’t Be Tamed’ (2010): Unleashing the Wild Side
Channelling her rebellious spirit, Miley declared her independence with “Can’t Be Tamed”. This electro-pop anthem is a declaration of freedom and self-expression. With its infectious beat and unapologetic lyrics, it’s a reminder that Miley is an unstoppable force, defying expectations and embracing her wild side.
‘Wrecking Ball’ (2013): Breaking Hearts and Charts
When Miley swung into the scene on a literal wrecking ball, it broke the internet. “Wrecking Ball” isn’t just a breakup song; it’s a wrecking ball of emotions that smashed through the walls of pop music conventions. With raw vulnerability and a powerhouse vocal performance, Miley brought us a heartbreak anthem for the ages, proving that vulnerability can be a strength.
‘We Can’t Stop’ (2013): A Rebel’s Anthem for the Ages
“We Can’t Stop” emerged as a rebellious anthem that blurred the lines between pop and hip-hop, embodying Miley’s fearless spirit. The song celebrates the audacity of youth and the freedom to be unapologetically yourself. With a catchy hook and a party-starting beat, Miley invites us to the kind of soiree where inhibitions are left at the door.
‘Malibu’ (2017): Love, Sunshine and Miley’s Evolution
“Malibu” marked a shift in Miley’s musical landscape, showcasing her versatility. This breezy love song is a sun-soaked journey into the softer side of Cyrus. With dreamy vocals and a laid-back melody, it’s the perfect soundtrack for lazy beach days and a testament to Miley’s ability to evolve while staying true to her roots.
‘Younger Now’ (2017): Embracing Evolution with Grace
“Younger Now” serves as a testament to Miley’s ever-evolving persona. The title track of her 2017 album reflects on growth, change, and the cyclical nature of life. It’s a departure from her edgier hits, showcasing a more mature Miley. The song’s introspective lyrics and folk-infused sound highlight her ability to navigate the complexities of fame and identity.
‘Mother’s Daughter’ (2019): Empowerment in Technicolour
“Mother’s Daughter” is a fierce anthem that radiates empowerment. Cyrus’ unapologetic celebration of individuality and self-love shines through in this track. The bold visuals and impactful lyrics make it a rallying cry for anyone challenging societal norms. Miley stands tall as a mother’s daughter, breaking free from stereotypes and embracing her strength.
‘Flowers’ (2023): Miley Cyrus’ Empowering Ode to Self-Love
“Flowers”, the first single from her eighth studio album, Endless Summer Vacation, is a poignant post-breakup anthem that resonates with the echoes of healing and self-empowerment. Released on the 33rd birthday of her ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth, the song takes an unapologetic dive into the complexities of love, loss and rediscovery.
The lyrics delicately navigate the embers of a once “gold” love story, also referencing her Malibu home lost to the 2018 fires. Cyrus candidly reflects on the journey, from the rise to the inevitable burnout. The chorus emerges as a powerful proclamation of independence, with Miley declaring her ability to find joy within, singing, “I can buy myself flowers, write my name in sand.”
Accompanied by a visually symbolic music video, “Flowers” became a poignant celebration of self-love and resilience. Miley Cyrus, in this anthem, showcased not only her vocal prowess but also her journey towards personal strength and empowerment.
In celebrating Miley Cyrus at 31, these nine songs encapsulate the diverse facets of her musical journey. From rebellious anthems to heartfelt ballads, the pop star continues to leave an indelible mark on the music industry. As we raise our glasses to this icon, let’s not only applaud her chart-topping hits but also appreciate the artistry and authenticity she brings to every note, making her one of the most dynamic and influential artists of our time.