Top 10 Miley Cyrus Songs

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"Adore You" (2013)

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Miley Cyrus - "Adore You". Courtesy RCA

"Adore You" opens Miley Cyrus' fourth studio album Bangerz. It is a big traditional sounding pop ballad. Oren Yoel, who first gained acclaim working with hip hop artist Asher Roth, produced and co-wrote the song. Stacy Barthe, a Brooklyn-based songwriter who worked on Rihanna's "Cheers (Drink To That)," also contributed to the song. Critics celebrated "Adore You" for its mature romantic approach. It was also considered one of the more conservative songs on the album. "Adore You" peaked inside the top 15 at mainstream pop radio.

The "Adore You" music video was directed by British fashion photographer Rankin. It includes sexually suggestive posing by Miley Cyrus and night vision footage that looks as if it was simulating a sex tape. Coming in the wake of the controversy around her "Wrecking Ball" music video, "Adore You" avoided massive media attention.

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"Can't Be Tamed" (2010)

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Miley Cyrus - Can't Be Tamed. Courtesy Hollywood

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. It was produced and co-written by Antonina Armato and Tim James of Rock Mafia. "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. An official remix of "Can't Be Tamed" includes contributions from rapper Lil Jon. It was the title song of Miley Cyrus' third studio album under her own name. The album Can't Be Tamed reached #3 on the album chart. It is the only one of her first four studio albums to fail to reach #1. 

The accompanying music video features Miley Cyrus dressed up as a caged birdlike creature. The clip was directed by Robert Hales, perhaps best known for his direction of the Gnarls Barkley breakthrough video for "Crazy." The reactions to the music video were mixed. Some saw it as fierce and challenging while some media outlets listed it as one of the worst music videos of the year.

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"Life's What You Make It" (2007)

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Soundtrack - Hannah Montana 2. Courtesy Walt Disney

Released in tandem with the Hannah Montana 2 album, "Life's What You Make It" and its simple inspirational message blasted into the top 25 of the Billboard Hot 100. The song entered the chart at the position the same week that the album Hannah Montana 2 debuted at #1. It was the second Hannah Montana song to hit the top 40. Miley Cyrus performed it live at the 2007 Disney Channel Games.

Hannah Montana 2 was released as one disc of a two disc set along with Meet Miley Cyrus. It was intended to provide the bridge between Miley Cyrus' successful music career as the TV character Hannah Montana and her own work separate from the show. The double album was a commercial success debuting at #1 on the album chart with first week sales over 300,000 copies. Eventually, the album earned a quadruple platinum certification for shipping more than four million copies. 

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"Fly On the Wall" (2008)

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Miley Cyrus - Breakout. Courtesy Hollywood

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 accompanying music video takes place in a parking garage where the star attempts to escape the attention of the paparazzi. It was identified as being reminiscent of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" music video. The Rock Mafia team of Antonina Armato and Tim James produced and co-wrote "Fly On the Wall." Although it only peaked at #84 in the US, the song did become a significant pop hit in the UK rising to #16 on the pop singles chart. Many critics and observers identified "Fly On the Wall" as the standout track on the album Breakout. 

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"Wrecking Ball" (2013)

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Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball". Courtesy RCA

Although the song itself is a straightforward pop ballad, the music video for "Wrecking Ball" turned it into the most controversial record of Miley Cyrus' career.  The song was reportedly written with Beyonce in mind. Dr. Luke co-produced the record with Cirkut. With the wind of music video views at its back, "Wrecking Ball" reached #1 on US charts and eventually climbed to #1 at mainstream pop radio as well. It also topped the UK pop singles chart and reached the top 10 in many other countries around the world. Due to the gap between the rush to watch the music video and the climb to the top in pop radio airplay, "Wrecking Ball" returned to #1 on the US pop chart a full nine weeks after its first appearance. That is the largest gap in history. "Wrecking Ball" ultimately sold more than three million digital copies.

Close-up scenes reminiscent of Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U" combined with footage of Miley Cyrus swinging naked on an actual wrecking ball in the music video drew controversy. Fashion photographer Terry Richardson directed the video. He has drawn complaints of inappropriate sexual behavior multiple times after fashion shoots. The clip drew more than 19 million views in its first 24 hours. "Wrecking Ball" won the award for Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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"The Climb" (2009)

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Miley Cyrus - "The Climb". Courtesy Hollywood

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 while going to #11 on the pop singles chart in the UK. It was a popular choice for American Idol contestants to sing. It earned a triple platinum certification for sales. 

With influence from country music, "The Climb" was the first of her singles to be promoted to country radio. It peaked at #25 on the country songs chart. "The Climb" earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media. However, Walt Disney Records later withdrew the song from consideration when they acknowledged that it wasn't specifically written for Hannah Montana: The Movie.

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"7 Things" (2008)

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Miley Cyrus - "7 Things". Courtesy Hollywood

"7 Things" was the single that introduced us to the  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. Miley Cyrus co-wrote "7 Things" with Antonina Amato and Tim James of Rock Mafia. Miley Cyrus told Ryan Seacrest that she was going through "nine hundred different emotions" while writing the song. "7 Things" peaked at #9 on the US pop singles chart and reached the top 25 on the UK pop singles chart.

Brett Ratner directed the "7 Things" music video. Miley Cyrus invited him to her home to discuss how meaningful the song was to her personally. Because she considered the emotions in the song to be universal, Miley Cyrus invited numerous adolescent girls to participate. "7 Things" earned a Best New Artist nomination at the MTV Video Music Awards. The album Breakout was a major success hitting #1 on the album chart and earning a platinum sales certification.

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"See You Again" (2008)

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Miley Cyrus. Photo by Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic

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" is a Rock Mafia project co-written and produced by Antonina Armato and Tim James. "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 marked a new embrace of Miley Cyrus by radio programmers. "See You Again" peaked at #11 on the UK pop singles chart. It was released as the lead single from the Meet Miley Cyrus half of a double album released with Hannah Montana 2.

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"Party In the USA" (2009)

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Miley Cyrus - The Time Of Our Lives. Courtesy Hollywood

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. Dr. Luke produced the record. Miley Cyrus has also stated the song is more tame than her usual edgier taste in music. Detailing a somewhat nervous arrival in Hollywood as a star, the song became a massive hit peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hitting #1 at mainstream pop radio. It has sold more than five million copies in the US alone. "Party In the USA" also swept into the pop top 10 in several countries across Europe. 

Chris Applebaum, perhaps best known for working on Rihanna's "Umbrella" video, directed the "Party In the USA" music video. Miley Cyrus helped design the video as both an homage to Grease, one of her favorite films and the courting of her parents at a drive-in movie theater. Besides being a major mainstream pop hit, "Party In the USA" also reached #13 on the adult pop chart.

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"We Can't Stop" (2013)

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Miley Cyrus - "We Can't Stop". Courtesy RCA

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 directed by Diane Martel, 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. Miley Cyrus joined Robin Thicke to give a very controversial performance of the song at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards in a medley with Robin Thicke's hit "Blurred Lines." 

The song itself was celebrated by many music critics as a bold statement from Miley Cyrus' generation. The duo Rock City said they originally wrote the song with Rihanna in mind, but she turned it down. With more than ten million views of the "We Can't Stop" music video in its first 24 hours of release, Miley Cyrus set a record for the most views in that time frame only to have the record broken weeks later by her own "Wrecking Ball."

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