100 songs of the decade: Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

 100 songs of the decade: Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus

Written by: Dr L***, Maureen McDonald, Stephan Moccio, Sacha Skarbek, Henry Walter, David Kim and Miley Cyrus
Produced by: Dr L*** and Cirkut
Album: Bangerz
UK release: October 2013
UK chart peak: 1

The weird thing is, I completely forgot about Wrecking Ball (and actually Miley Cyrus in general) while I was drafting this 100 Songs project, and it wasn’t until it came on a Spotify Daily Mix more recently that I remembered how much I really liked it.

There are a couple of things that pushed it to the back of my mind; not least the fact that alleged abominable men were heavily involved both on the songwriting/production side and in directing the music video. Plus, that video is… well, people should artistically express themselves however they want, but that licking of the sledgehammer did n’half distract from the actual track, didn’t it?

Still, though, Miley herself turns in a powerful vocal performance; and she herself said she took inspiration from the way OneRepublic (specifically Ryan Tedder) and Timbaland make their ballads sound like huge blockbusters. It shows.

At this specific point in Miley’s career, when she was chaotically re-establishing herself as an artist, there was a lot of fuckery but there were also some real stand-out flashes of brilliance. This song felt like a Moment.

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
  • See the full list so far here.
  • You can follow the rolling, daily-updated playlist below, or here.

Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.