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Miley Cyrus: Eight Great Covers That Reveal Her Range

Tom Petty, Dolly Parton and other artists get the cover-version treatment from the pop shapeshifter

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Miley Cyrus’ varied discography hints at her wide-ranging musical tastes, but her cover songs give even more insight into her musical background. Here are eight remakes – of songs by Tom Petty, Crowded House, Taylor Swift and others – that stand out. 

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“These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” (2017)

Miley Cyrus and Nancy Sinatra have more than a few things in common – they’re both second-generation pop stars who enjoyed early success that transcended their famous last names, for starters. As Cyrus’ strutting cover of Sinatra’s 1966 chart-topping kiss-off “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” shows, the two also have a feistiness that gives biting pop songs extra kick.  

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“Wildflowers” with Billy Ray Cyrus (2017)

Tom Petty’s southern-rock-inspired moxie and wizened voice made him a singular presence on rock radio, and Cyrus’ singing style at times brings to mind Petty’s wail. After Petty’s death in October 2017, Cyrus and her father Billy Ray performed the title track from Petty’s 1994 solo album Wildflowers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, giving the gently strummed song a reverent, fiddle-accented revamp. 

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“See You Again” (2017)

Of course, the song that provides the most insight into Cyrus’ musical journey is a song that she initially made famous. “See You Again,” the first single Cyrus released under her own name after achieving tween-dream success while playing Disney’s part-time pop star Hannah Montana, brought the phrase “just being Miley” into the pop-culture lexicon. In honor of it turning 10 this year, Cyrus updated the track for BBC Radio One’s Live Lounge, giving it a low-lit country feel while performing it amidst the bright hues of her Malibu studio, Rainbowland. “It’s fun putting your name in a song,” she deadpanned after one run-through of the chorus, adding to the playfully nostalgic vibe. 

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