For over a decade, Miley Cyrus has been making music accompanied with visuals. Below, we’ve compiled the top 11 music videos that show just how Miley paved the way for herself in the music industry. Miley, whose real name is Destiny Hope Cyrus, was born on November 23, 1992, in Tennessee. Her father is country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, and he and her mother, Tish, gave her the nickname “Smiley,” which they later shortened to “Miley” because she often smiled as an infant. In 2008, she legally changed her name to Miley Ray Cyrus. Her godmother is country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. Amidst the height of Billy Ray’s success and touring alongside Parton, he asked her to be Miley’s godmother in 1992.
Miley’s Early Career
Cyrus auditioned for Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana when she was thirteen years old, initially for the role of the title character’s best friend. However, she was called to audition for the lead role. Despite being denied the part at first because she was “too small and too young” for the role, she was later cast as the lead because of her singing and acting abilities. She became a “teen idol” after the show’s success, which ran for four seasons and ended with a theatrical feature film in 2009. Following her Disney days, Cyrus was hoping to develop a more mature image and starred in Nicholas Sparks’ The Last Song. This is where she met her now ex-husband, Liam Hemsworth.
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In 2023, Cyrus dropped her eighth studio album, Endless Summer Vacation. She described the record as her “love letter to Los Angeles,” which reflects upon the “strength” she found in focusing on her physical and mental well-being. The music video for the album’s debut single “Flowers” shades her ex-husband for cheating on her with 14 women. She said in March the song reflects a time in her life when she went through a lot emotionally and personally. It started as something that was troubling. Using a metaphor to describe “RIVER,” the songwriter said. “It feels like it’s an April shower. It never stops raining. And then it started raining down like love.” The artist then said bluntly how “they” don’t want her to talk about her ex-husband, whose name is censored.
Keep scrolling below to see our favorite 11 Miley Cyrus music videos: