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Miley Cyrus – a name that simultaneously embodies a child star’s evolution, iconic success in pop music, and perpetual reinvention. A force of nature in the industry, Cyrus’s discography serves as a sonic diary tracing her metamorphosis from Disney’s sweetheart to a sonic rule-breaker. Albums like “Meet Miley Cyrus” marked her debut in the pop world, filled with youthful exuberance and bubblegum pop hits. By the time “Breakout” came along, we were witnessing a budding artist trying to shake off the cocoon of a child star image.

“Can’t Be Tamed” further ruffled feathers, and the audacity of “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz” highlighted Cyrus’s unflinching predilection for risk-taking as she veered off into psychedelic territory. “Bangerz” and “The Time Of Our Lives” were powerhouses that solidified her place in pop music history, with chart-topping hits and trendsetting fashion statements. Then, we saw Cyrus return to her country roots in “Younger Now”, and she followed it with more experimental EPs like “She Is Coming”.

Cyrus has never been one to play it safe – “Plastic Hearts”, with its blend of pop, rock, and punk elements, is a testament to that. Lastly, her live acoustic wonder “ATTENTION: MILEY LIVE”, and her EP “Endless Summer Vacation” teem with an infectious energy that is quintessentially Cyrus. Each album carries a unique identity, a testament to her artistic range. So let’s get into it. From the conventional to the unconventional, and everything in between, here are the best of Miley Cyrus albums ranked.

11. Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz

Released: 2015

Label: RCA Records Label

Features: Sarah Barthel, Big Sean, Ariel Pink

A pet project, collaboratively birthed with psychedelic rock cohorts, The Flaming Lips, it’s a full-blown trip into the mind of Miley. Forget chart-toppers or radio-friendly bangers, this is all about self-exploration, both sonically and thematically. With tracks like the teardrop-infused “The Floyd Song,” dedicated to her late dog Floyd, to the spiritually drenched “Milky Milky Milk,” Cyrus creates her conceptual dreamscape. Veering from bouncy reveries to haunting wails, this lo-fi, experimental album is wholly uncompromising. However, it doesn’t quite translate into commercial success. But who cares? Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz is a provocative body of work, a liberation narrative, affirming that our favorite former Disney prodigy would march to the beat of her own bass drum.

10. Breakout

Breakout

Released: 2008

Label: Hollywood Records

Features: Rock Mafia

This piece of art captures the sixteen-year-old Cyrus with a rebellious spirit, one foot still in the realm of teenage pop, while the other tiptoes into edgier rock territory. The album is brimming with youthful energy seen in bouncy tracks like the infectious title track “Breakout,” and the spirited “7 Things.” Yet, it’s songs like “Fly on the Wall” and a commendable cover of Cyndi Lauper’s classic “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” that hint at Cyrus’s growing artistic daring. It did fantastically well on the charts, reaching number one on the Billboard 200, and it showed the trajectory Cyrus was likely to embark on—away from star-studded TV sets and onto the grittier stages of pop stardom. “Breakout” is a testament to Cyrus’s artistic journey, a taste of the true Miley who was yearning to break free.

9. Can’t Be Tamed

Can't Be Tamed

Released: 2010

Label: Hollywood Records

Showing her determination to shed her Disney persona, this album has undeniably sparked some controversy. From the suggestive choreography in the album’s title track to the darker tones in songs like “Liberty Walk” and “Who Owns My Heart,” Cyrus was staking her claim in the landscape of adult pop. Yet, it wasn’t all rocky roads and rebellion. The heart-wrenching ballad, “My Heart Beats for Love,” shows Cyrus’s knack for crafting absolutely beautiful pop standards, spotlighting her natural vocal talent. Yes, it ruffled feathers, got tongues wagging, and stirred the pot of societal norms, but let’s face it, isn’t that what pop is all about? A bold statement of artistic liberty and personal growth, the album clearly stands a decade later as a pop culture milestone, a testament to Miley’s fearless evolution.

8. Meet Miley Cyrus

Meet Miley Cyrus

Released: 2007

Label: Hollywood Records

With this album, released in 2007, we got to meet the girl behind the wig – Miley Cyrus, the pop sensation in the making. The album was crucial in Cyrus’s transition from TV’s golden girl to pop music maven, encapsulating the dual life she was living at the time. It offers 10 tracks of bubblegum pop, littered with hints of Cyrus’s future rebellious streak. Remember “See You Again,” with its catchy chorus? Or “Start All Over,” indicating a more rock-infused path for her music? Both became significant hits. The album eventually peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling over three million copies in the U.S alone. “Meet Miley Cyrus”, with its commercial success and musical experimentation, truly represents a crucial crossroads in Cyrus’s career.

7. ATTENTION: MILEY LIVE

ATTENTION: MILEY LIVE

Released: 2022

Label: Columbia

Features: Anitta

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6. SHE IS COMING

SHE IS COMING

Released: 2019

Label: RCA/Legacy

Features: Ghostface Killah, RuPaul, Swae Lee, Mike WiLL Made-It

This six-track record was the first of the singer’s planned EP trilogy, flirting with hip hop, pop, rock, and a pinch of country. Cyrus teamed up with power players like Mark Ronson, Ghostface Killah, and RuPaul, resulting in a collection that was eclectic, audacious, and potently Miley. Take the trap-pop ‘D.R.E.A.M’ and the riveting ‘Mother’s Daughter’ – with its feminist overtones, demonstrating her strength in manipulating cross-genre sounds. While the critical response was a mixed bag, let’s remember that Cyrus has never been one to play safe. To truly appreciate “SHE IS COMING,” you must position it within the context of her larger discography; it’s Cyrus rejecting the industry’s box, embracing her authenticity, and consequently, staking her claim in the crowded world of pop culture.

5. Younger Now

Younger Now

Released: 2017

Label: RCA Records Label

Features: Dolly Parton

It saw her ditching the raucous wild child image of her “Bangerz” era and returning to her country-pop roots. The title track’s shimmering acoustics and heartfelt lyrics feel like a tribute to Cyrus’s Nashville upbringing, while also highlighting her growth as an artist. The album features a standout duet with godmother, the legendary Dolly Parton, on “Rainbowland”, exuding retro-country vibes. Though it didn’t quite resonate with fans like “Bangerz” did, peaking at position five on the Billboard 200, it marked Cyrus’s desire to reinvent herself, once again. Critically speaking, it received mixed reviews, but was universally acknowledged for its sincerity. “Younger Now” encapsulates Cyrus’s artistic flexibility, enabling her to wear myriad musical hats – each fitting as perfectly as the last. A significant moment in her career, and a testament to her ever-evolving musical identity.

4. The Time Of Our Lives

The Time Of Our Lives

Released: 2009

Label: Hollywood Records

Features: Jonas Brothers

Tenaciously swinging from the vines of her kid-friendly Hannah Montana persona, Miley gifted us a seven-track EP that teased at her later, edgier exploits. The platinum-selling, genre-blending tour de force magnifies Cyrus’ impressive vocal chops and introduces an undercurrent of rock-tinged pop, especially noticeable in the guitar-heavy “Talk is Cheap.” Yet it’s the infectiously catchy “Party in the U.S.A.” that steals the show—a sonic juggernaut that became our unofficial national anthem and Miley’s best-selling single to date. The album is a declaration of independence, a statement of intent from a talent keen to break free from her Disney cage and command the pop pantheon. It’s an essential record, hinting at the audacious risk-taker Miley would grow to become.

3. Bangerz

Bangerz (Deluxe Version)

Released: 2013

Label: RCA Records Label

Features: Britney Spears, Nelly, Future, Big Sean, French Montana, Ludacris

Miley teamed up with top-ranking producers like Mike WiLL Made-It and Pharrell Williams for this record, and the result? A hip-hop/pop fusion album chock-full of controversial but catchy tunes. And, who can forget the wild twerkfest with Robin Thicke at the VMAs around that time. Bold? Absolutely. Controversial? Without a doubt. But that’s Miley. Tracks like ‘Wrecking Ball’ and ‘We Can’t Stop’ were radio mainstays globally, demonstrating her shift from Disney’s darling to provocateur. Selling over a million copies, it debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 – further proving that Cyrus was onto something, something genuine, something captivatingly Miley. “Bangerz” is the epitome of Miley’s ‘coming of age,’ an album that refused to apologize, and in not doing so, reshaped the face of mainstream pop.

2. Plastic Hearts

Plastic Hearts

Released: 2020

Label: RCA Records Label

Features: Dua Lipa, Billy Idol, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Nicks

The album serves as a kaleidoscope, encompassing multiple musical genres, dominated by the raw power of stadium rock and 80s new wave. Cyrus pulls at the threads of rebellion as she grapples with heartbreak and self-discovery. Starting with the anthemic “WTF Do I Know,” she reassures the audience – she’s still our Miley. Notable collaborations include tracks with Joan Jett on “Bad Karma,” and Billy Idol in “Night Crawling”, paying homage to the rock legends. The electro-tinged, Dua Lipa assisted “Prisoner,” and a haunting cover of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass,” further solidify Miley’s assertive step into the world of rock. Despite it debuting at No.2 on Billboard 200, it established Miley Cyrus as a versatile artist, unafraid to take risks, commanding respect from audiences across the pop and rock spectrum. “Plastic Hearts” is a testament of Miley’s endurance and reinvention in a fickle music world.

1. Endless Summer Vacation

Endless Summer Vacation

Released: 2023

Label: Columbia

Features: Brandi Carlile, Sia

Marking a significant evolution in her musical journey, showcasing a mature, introspective approach while retaining her distinctive edge. The album, a blend of pop, rock, and elements of country, reflects Cyrus’ growth as an artist, both in terms of vocal prowess and lyrical depth. With themes revolving around self-discovery, love, and empowerment, the tracks offer a blend of upbeat anthems and soulful ballads, highlighting her versatility.

The production of “Endless Summer Vacation” stands out for its polished yet emotive sound, combining modern pop sensibilities with hints of retro influences. Cyrus’ voice, known for its unique raspy quality, shines across the album, delivering powerful performances that resonate with authenticity and emotion. “Endless Summer Vacation” not only cements Miley Cyrus’ status as a pop icon but also as a dynamic artist capable of constant reinvention.