7 songs to listen to if you love Miley Cyrus' 'Malibu'
Goodbye, foam finger! Farewell, technicolor spandex! Miley Cyrus returned with her first studio single since 2013’s hip-hop-inflected Bangerz and first new tune since dropping her trippy psych-pop collaboration with Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne in 2015: the new track, “Malibu,” sees a different side of Cyrus, one that embraces strummy, pop-rock.
The confessional cut, which dropped last Friday, has already been streamed 30 million-plus times on YouTube and more than 11 million times on Spotify — but there’s plenty more songs in a similar vein if you’re tired of keying that repeat button.
Read on to read EW’s favorite swaps.
Cyrus isn’t the first top-tier talent to find inspiration in the sleepy California town. Courtney Love channeled the coastline in this angsty 1998 release.
Vance Joy, “Mess Is Mine”
Loping melodies, warm acoustics, and an earnest promise to forever find a home in a lover’s arms. “It was always me and you,” Joy sings, “Shaping up and shipping out.”
Sheryl Crow, “Roller Skate”
What Cyrus has found in the SoCal coastline, Crow discovered on the boardwalk: the ability to tune out and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
The Yardbirds, “For Your Love”
Lyrical similarities aside — both songs feature their vocalist happily shearing away their old lives for the reward of their partner’s love — there’s also an entire section in which the “Malibu” guitars delightfully echo organist Brian Auger’s stellar harpsichord work.
Meg Baird, “No Song to Sing”
Baird is also no stranger to the psychedelic wading pool — the San Francisco-based singer also fronts the out-there outfits Heron Oblivion and Espers — but like Cyrus, her roots are closely tied to the traditional American songbook.
Laura Veirs, “Sun Song”
They say no two sunsets are the same, but the ones that caught Cyrus eye and the Portland folkie sure sound similarly inspiring. Go on, bask in both.
Radiohead, “House of Cards”
At first glance, a side-by-side placement of Radiohead and Miley Cyrus definitely seems wrong — definitely wrong — but line up these two dreamy guitar riffs and you won’t be able to unhear the similarities.
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