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18 Miley Cyrus Covers That Prove She's Actually Really Good  

Jessica Lawshe
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Miley Cyrus might be best known for her shocking, half-naked music videos and live performances, but let's admit it: the girl can sing. And her covers of other artists' songs prove it. 

Miley Cyrus got her start playing the double-life of Miley Stewart/Hanna Montana on Disney's Hannah Montana. It wasn't long after the show ended that the sweet girl from Tennessee (and daughter to "Achy Breaky Heart" singer, Billy Ray) became the onesie wearing, tongue showing, crazy twerking superstar we know her to be. She can't stop, she won't stop, and that's why we love her.  

The other reason we love her? She actually is a true musical talent.  Whether you caught her doing a showstopping-ly fantastic version of "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" on SNL or have stumbled across her performance of godmother Dolly Parton's "Jolene," you have to admit that she backs up her over the top antics with some impressive pipes.

So stop talking selfies, throw on your onesie, and take a listen to our list of Miley Cyrus covers. Vote up the cover you think takes a wrecking ball to the original and the ones you can't stop listening to. 
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Jolene
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Pretty sure Jolene backed the eff off after hearing this rendition of Dolly Parton's classic. Cyrus definitely did her godmother proud.

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Does this prove she's good?
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Don't Dream It's Over
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Miley tapped Ariana Grande (in a mouse/bear onesie, no less) to do this cover of Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House. Hopefully this won't be the last time these two sing together. 
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You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
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Miley adds a sweetness and soulfulness to this Bob Dylan track from his album Blood on the Tracks. We actually believe she will be lonesome. 
Does this prove she's good?
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Summertime Sadness
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Miley's cover of Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness off of her album Born to Die brought the overplayed hit back to life. 
Does this prove she's good?