Song of the Day #2,014: ‘Wrecking Ball’ – Miley Cyrus

miley_cyrus_wrecking_ballGuest blogger Dana continues…

Dana’s Best Songs of 2013
Miley Cyrus – ‘Wrecking Ball’

 
Here is another song I came to through the controversial video and radio play. However, getting beyond Miley’s shedding of Hannah Montana and her controversial antics at various appearances, most notably the MTV music awards, the fact of the matter is, at least in my opinion, this is a damn good song.

Miley has always impressed me as a talent, even when she was being saddled with Disney produced Montana songs. Had I been making a list back a few years ago, “The Climb” would have been high on it as that too was a great song.

If you are going to post my list on your blog, I suggest you link to Miley’s live performance of this song on SNL. She knocked that performance right out of the ballpark, as well as her second song of the night, ‘We Can’t Stop.’

Oh, and, by the way, while this violates a number of your rules at once, I would include ‘We Can’t Stop’ on my list as well. Consider it the B side of my selection.

[Verse 1]
We clawed, we chained, our hearts in vain
We jumped, never asking why
We kissed, I fell under your spell
A love no one could deny

[Pre-Hook]
Don’t you ever say I just walked away
I will always want you
I can’t live a lie, running for my life
I will always want you

[Hook 1]
I came in like a wrecking ball
I never hit so hard in love
All I wanted was to break your walls
All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah, you wreck me

[Verse 2]
I put you high up in the sky
And now, you’re not coming down
It slowly turned, you let me burn
And now, we’re ashes on the ground

[Pre-Hook & Hook 1]

[Hook 2]
I came in like a wrecking ball
Yeah, I just closed my eyes and swung
Left me crashing in a blazing fall
All you ever did was wreck me
Yeah, you wreck me

[Bridge]
I never meant to start a war
I just wanted you to let me in
And instead of using force
I guess I should’ve let you win
I never meant to start a war
I just wanted you to let me in
I guess I should’ve let you win

[Interlude]
Don’t you ever say I just walked away
I will always want you

[Hook 1 & Hook 2]

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,014: ‘Wrecking Ball’ – Miley Cyrus

  1. Clay says:

    This song has grown on me over the months.

    Initially I found it annoying and repetitive but now I can see the appeal.

    I’m not a big fan of power ballads in general, but I agree that this one is an example of one done well (not well enough to make my list, though).

  2. Amy says:

    I am so impressed by her. Saddled with the name “Destiny Hope” and then the nickname “Smiley” (which she, thankfully, couldn’t pronounce as a child – thus turning it into the much more palatable “Miley”), she has been plugging away, acting, songwriting, and singing, in the public eye for a decade.

    To make the transformation from Disney’s Hannah Montana to an adult artist was never going to be easy, so the criticism she received this past year was inevitable. All that aside, just listen to the music and listen to that voice. To stand on the tiny SNL stage, shorn hair, don’t even know what to call those shoes 😉 or outfit, vulnerable and stripped down (on “We Can’t Stop,” she performed with only guitars), after all the controversy and criticism (have you ever read some of the hateful, scathing comments people write about this young woman?!) and belt the hell out of these songs? I mean – just floors me with her confidence, poise and sheer talent.

  3. Clay says:

    And she’s a hell of a twerker. 🙂

  4. Andrea Katz says:

    Thanks Amy – I see her in a new and admirable way now.

  5. pegclifton says:

    I agree with Andrea; nice insight into this young woman

  6. Amy says:

    The “B side” 🙂

  7. Dana says:

    Amy, thanks for posting the other SNL video. I am fascinated and slightly addicted to “We Can’t Stop.” It serves as quite the generational anthem and it’s catchy as hell.

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