Miley Cyrus Climbs Up “On Melancholy Hill” Covering Gorillaz

It’s always fun when a major artist covers a well-known past hit from another major artist. We’re thinking of Lady Gaga joining Sting on “Stand By Me,” or Britney Spears adding Madonna’s “Burning Up” to her Femme Fatale tour set. What’s even better? When a major artist goes a less predictable route, and covers a lesser-known song from a band we’d never associate them with! That’s why we were so excited to hear Miley Cyrus make “The Climb” up “On Melancholy Hill” as an engagement treat for two of her dancers at the Perth stop on her Gypsy Heart tour, turning in a — yes — rather melancholy rendition of the pretty Plastic Beach ditty. Watch below.

Miley Cyrus, “On Melancholy Hill” (Gorillaz cover)

Of course, by Gorillaz standards, the original is fairly simple, stripped down, and melancholy, too.


Gorillaz, “On Melancholy Hill”

Miley’s already cover-happy concert set included tributes to Joan Jett and Nirvana, too. Do you think her version of “On Melancholy Hill” deserves a permanent spot on her set list? Tell us in the comments below, or on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Aidan

    Wow.. at first I was like, “NO. NO WAY. I WILL FIND HER MYSELF AND KILL HER.”

    But she didn’t pull out any fancy stops, and the song was very pretty. I like the (glockenspiel?) in the background music.

    For once I think Miley Cyrus did something good!

  • damnwhore

    Miley Cyrus is a Disney Whorehouse product promoting sexualization of our children.
    Thanks to the perverted DIsney Channel you can now be a whore and be a star.

    Trash TV @ work.

  • ZMH

    she’s a walking contradiction…releasing trashy sub standard pop tune aside, she always claimed she had influences from radiohead, nirvana and now gorillaz? REALLY?

  • Sammy

    Miley is going to be a fatty, look at her arms and legs and belly, she’s chunking out as we speak..

  • Herman Bumfudle

    what a cry baby!

  • Herman Bumfudle

    it’ll be all right. i should know, i’ve done the impossible all of my life. and God has been gracious to me.

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  • George

    This is just an attempt to show how good music and lyrics can be interpreted in another way. Gorrilaz’s VEVO Video on the song is discouraging and awkward. Look what ugly contemporary visions of old songs Brian Adams has made. This is not the matter of copyright if you want to sing it in your own way and your own voice and attach your unique sense and sound to the song or whatsoever. I would recommend to leave abusive words to yourself as well.