While Noah Cyrus is not a country artist, she knows a good country song when she hears it.
Raised by legendary singer-songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus, she has to at least know a thing or two about country music. If she didn’t, it would probably break his achy breaky heart.
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Noah Cyrus also grew up with her sister, Miley Cyrus, who early in her career dabbled in country music. However, she soon would take on more pop and rock-focused music.
That’s the thing about the Cyrus family, genre isn’t a limit. Billy Ray Cyrus has stuck pretty close to country, but recently has experimented with collaborations and sounds that help broaden the genre.
For Noah Cyrus, her music mostly falls under the category of pop. Regardless of the genre, Cyrus is up for Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
In the interest in talking “genre-bending,” Cyrus created a collection of her favorite country songs to share with CMT.
“These are all genre-bending songs in their own way. My dad introduced me to a lot of different kinds of music from an early age that have had a heavy impact on my song-crafting process … Many people on this list paved the way for, not just artists like myself, but for artists of all different genres, and have influenced my creative approach to music while instilling in me an appreciation for those who came before me,” Cyrus said to CMT.
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First up on the list is Billy Ray Cyrus’ “She’s Not Cryin’ Anymore.” The fact that he dad is for on this list says a lot for his impact on her music career. It’s also just really heartwarming.
This song was released in 1993 and was the last song from his album “Some Gave All.” The song was No.6 on the country charts.
The second song was Vern Gosdin’s, “Is It Raining at Your House.” This was released in 1990 as the second single in “10 Years of Greatest Hits.” This was Gosdin’s last top ten hits.
The third song is “Jackson” by Johnny Cash and June Carter. This song was recorded in 1967 and sat comfortably as a No.2 on the Billboard Country Single chart. The song defies country expectations and even appeared in the popular film, “The Help.”
“He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones is next on the list. This No.1 single is actually considered one of the greatest country songs ever made, so no wonder it made the list.
Cyrus’ fifth song is “When I Think About Cheatin'” by Gretchen Wilson. This was the third song off her “Here for the Party” 2004 album.
Number six is another Johnny Cash tune, so he must be a favorite of Cyrus. She picked his song “Folsom Prison Blues.”
This 1955 song is a mix of the two folk styles prison and train. He even recorded a live version among inmates at the Folsom State Prison.
The last song on the list is “Mama He’s Crazy” by the Judds. The 1984 classic song by the mother-daughter duo was an instant No.1 hit. It is record-breaking in that it is the second No.1 country song sung by a female duo.
Overall, Cyrus provided fans with a killer country playlist that is pretty diverse.
She released her “The End of Everything EP” in May.