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Miley Cyrus became a household name thanks to her Disney character Hannah Montana—a role that saw her pull double duty playing a regular teen and a pop star. It was a fitting start for Cyrus, who is known for playing two roles in her concerts—that of a musician with an impressive discography of her own, as well as an amazing cover artist.
Cyrus’ career as a solo artist has included a number of memorable covers, starting with her godmother Dolly Parton’s track “Jolene,” a song the young singer has covered many times over the years.
The Voice coach’s history with covers doesn’t stop at her family circle. Cyrus has covered a wide range of artists in concerts and special events, giving us an impressive list to choose from for her top five covers, but we managed.
Here are Miley Cyrus’ five best covers you can’t miss.
Cyrus has been covering beat poet Bob Dylan for years, even performing “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go” during one of her first appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Another Dylan favourite of Cyrus’ is “Baby, I’m In The Mood For You,” a song she’s performed in concert and most recently on The Tonight Show. Bonus points for incorporating a Donald Trump dig.
It may seem like a redundant statement, but Miley was able to make Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” even sadder. Yes, a song with the word ‘sadness’ in the title can get more depressing. Cyrus adds her own layer of emotion to the morose track and kinda has us looking forward to the fall.
Cyrus launched her Happy Hippie Foundation in 2015 to help homeless and LGBTQ youth. To announce the new charity, Cyrus held a backyard jam session and invited other musicians, including Ariana Grande, to play cover songs. Together, the two powerhouse vocalists gave a stirring rendition of Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over.” Even with incorrect lyrics, that song is still killer.
For a long time, Miley Cyrus has been vocal about her love of marijuana, even to the point of dressing up as the plant. The Arctic Monkeys’ track “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High” was not only the perfect fit for Cyrus’ love of herb, but it was also a great fit for her voice.
Coldplay and Miley Cyrus don’t seem like an obvious fit at first, but Cyrus’ cover of “The Scientist” frankly made us weepy. Bangerz? More like Cryerz.