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Listen to Former Voice Coach Miley Cyrus' Greatest Cover Song Performances

The legendary performer has delivered several dynamite reimaginings of classic songs over the years.

By Jessica White

As one of the most prolific musicians of the 21st century, Miley Cyrus has graced the masses with many catchy hits but, when she isn't releasing chart-topping original music, the former Coach of The Voice produces some amazing cover performances.

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It's no secret that Cyrus has some powerhouse vocals; they've elevated many pop, hip-hop, and electro-pop releases throughout her sprawling career.  And, with an encyclopedic love for and knowledge of so many genres, Cyrus has covered dozens of beloved tracks in her time.

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Cyrus' popular Backyard Sessions YouTube series cemented Cyrus as a cover-performing show-woman, and her 2022 album Attention: Miley Live gifted fans with several new rock n' roll remakes. She's fearlessly tackled several Hall of Fame greats, from Metallica to Dolly Parton

Cyrus' robust portfolio of cover performances is a testament to her talent as the icon continues to elevate fellow artists through these dynamite karaoke sets. Below, relive some of Cyrus' most beloved cover performances and releases.

Miley Cyrus performs on New Years Eve 2021

Miley Cyrus Covers Dolly Parton's "Jolene"

As Cyrus continued to separate herself from her Hannah Montana moniker in 2012, she released what many would consider a mic-drop moment with her cover performance of Parton's 1973 classic, "Jolene." The world knew Cyrus was a sublime singer, but her cover of the country hit demonstrated versatility and vocal prowess never seen before.

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The emotional ballad served as the perfect launch pad for a powerhouse performance, with Cyrus delivering a rendition of the smash single that made her godmother proud. 

Miley Cyrus Covers Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"

During her 2011 Gypsy Heart Tour, Cyrus shocked fans with a terrific cover of Poison's hailed 1988 ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

The Buenos Aires audience had no idea the glory they were about to witness as Cyrus fearlessly tackled each verse with mind-boggling skill. 

Miley Cyrus Covers Britney Spears' “Gimme More”

In October 2020, Cyrus took the Backyard Sessions stage with The Social Distancers for an unforgettable rendition of “Gimme More” by Britney Spears.

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Cyrus slowed down the tempo for the stripped-down set, transforming the pop tune into a sultry jazzy bop. Cyrus always respects the original song within her cover tracks, and her rendition of "Gimme More" is a gift that keeps giving. 

Miley Cyrus Covers Madonna's "Like a Prayer"

A smash sensation from the Attention: Miley Live album was her rousing cover of Madonna's 1989 single "Like a Prayer." Keeping the spirit of the original alive, Cyrus' electrifying vocals only upped the ante on the pop hit as she sailed through each verse.

Cyrus has many beloved covers within her repertoire, but "Like a Prayer" remains one of her most celebrated reimaginations yet.

Miley Cyrus Covers The Cranberries' "Zombie"

Speaking of hailed covers from Cyrus, she took on "Zombie" by The Cranberries with angelic force. The mic was on at Cyrus' exclusive live set for Save Our Stages Fest at 2020's Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles, with the former Voice Coach tackling the 1994 grunge rock release with mesmerizing verve, two years after Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan's tragic death.

Miley Cyrus Covers Metallica's “Nothing Else Matters”

As someone who successfully navigated the music industry before even getting a driver's license, it's no wonder Cyrus has some major headliners as collaborators. Case in point: Her 2021 partnership with Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Red Hot Chilli Pepper's Chad Smith, and Metallica's Robert Trujillo for their cover of Metallica's beloved 1991 ballad "Nothing Else Matters."

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Flaunting her lower range and bewitching belt, Cyrus took on the Metallica like the rock icon she is, further cementing her status as a chameleonic tour-de-force of talent.

Miley Cyrus Covers The Cure's "Boys Don't Cry"

Another banger from her 2020 Save Our Stages lineup was her cover of The Cure's "Boys Don't Cry." Cyrus is no stranger to a sentimental single, and her energizing stage energy and steel-tight vocals lent themselves beautifully to The Cure's ballad.

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Each verse was more rousing than the last, with Cyrus delivering an exceptional rendition of the 1979 hit.

Miley Cyrus Covers Blondie's "Heart of Glass"

With the release of her 2020 glam rock album Plastic Hearts, Cyrus donned a neo-Joan Jett aesthetic that perfectly suited her rock star cover antics. Many would agree one of Cyrus' most exciting songs on the album was her cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass."

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The cover, along with Cyrus' renditions of The Cranberries' "Zombie" and the mash-up "Edge of Midnight" (a combindation of her own Midnight Sky" and Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen") were bonus tracks for the album's LP. Cyrus always delivers a riveting live performance, and her take on Blondie's pop-punk anthem remains a must-watch performance. 

Miley Cyrus Covers Janis Joplin's "Maybe"

Cyrus always delivers a thrilling live set, and her 2021 Austin City Limits lineup left no room for disappointment. Cyrus performed a cover of a personal favorite, Joplin's 1969 sensation "Maybe."

The belt-heavy ballad was the perfect pairing for Cyrus' hypnotic stage energy and thrilling vocals, with each verse more invigorated than the last. Cyrus has covered many rock legends, but her rendition of the Joplin single was mythic. 

Miley Cyrus' "Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix)"

The world became a slightly better place with the release of Cyrus' 2020 mash-up of her Plastic Hearts hit "Midnight Sky" and Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen." The resulting musical mosaic, "Edge of Midnight," is a rhapsody of modern pop and classic rock influences, a treat from start to finish.

While not a full-on cover, the medley is a fond reminder of the likenesses between Cyrus and Nicks, two carefree songstresses with preternatural performance capabilities. 

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