Miley Cyrus may not have ever heard a Jay-Z song, but she apparently owns a copy of Open Up and Say … Ahh! The 17-year-old singer has recorded a cover of Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” the smash power ballad from 1988 (apparently with some assistance from songwriter, band frontman and “Rock of Love” star Bret Michaels). It’s a somewhat logical choice for Cyrus, as it has the same sort of arena rock feel and subtle country vibe that informs her best ballads (like “The Climb”). According to a report in People magazine, the track will appear on Cyrus’ upcoming new album, which she says may be the last record she puts out before taking a break from music.
While Cyrus is entitled to some time off (it seems like she’s been working constantly for two straight years), she shouldn’t stop at “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Rather, she should record an entire album’s worth of hair metal songs. Cyrus could bring a fresh perspective to some songs that have gotten a bad rap because they’ve been associated with a genre of music that has aged pretty poorly. What could be a better way to reintroduce the world to the underrated work of Enuff Z’Nuff than through the conduit of Cyrus’ pipes? Check out the video wishlist below, which kicks off with Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City,” a great song that is essentially “Party in the U.S.A.” with the volume turned all the way up. There’s also Kiss’ “Lick It Up,” Cinderella’s “Nobody’s Fool,” “Night Ranger” by Sister Christian and Faster Pussycat’s “You’re So Vain.” Bang your head, and then encourage Cyrus to do the same.
What do you think: What hair metal tunes do you want to hear Miley cover? Or should she stick to her own material? Leave your thoughts in the comments or head over to Your.MTV.com to make your voice heard!