The Climb

Album: Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)
Charted: 11 4

Songfacts®:

  • This was the first single to be taken from the soundtrack of the 2009 Miley Cyrus film Hannah Montana: The Movie.
  • This tune, which was penned by the Country songwriters Jessi Alexander and Jon Mabe, was the first solo song from Miley to be marketed directly to Country radio as well as Pop radio.
  • The song was produced by John Shanks, the man behind such hits as Ashlee Simpson's "Pieces of Me," Natasha Bedingfield's "Pocketful of Sunshine" and Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway." In 2005, Shanks won the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year.
  • This debuted on the Hot Country Songs chart dated March 14, 2009 at #48. The same week Miley's father Billy Ray Cyrus also had a new entry on the same listing with "Back to Tennessee." They thus became the first father and daughter to have new songs debuting on this chart in the same week since March 3, 1990, when Johnny Cash with Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson had a new entry with "Silver Stallion," and his daughter Rosanne Cash simultaneously debuted as a guest artist on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "One Step Over the Line."
  • This was Miley's first song to enter the Adult Contemporary chart, though she isn't the first member of the Cyrus family to do so. The previous time a Cyrus achieved a placing on this tally was when her father Billy Ray had a #45 hit with "Could've Been Me" in 1992. The song spent its last week on the chart dated Dec. 5, 1992, when Miley was 12 days old.
  • When this reached #1 on the on the Adult Contemporary chart, Miley was 16 years and seven months old. This meant she was the youngest artist to top that survey since LeAnn Rimes reached the summit with "How Do I Live" in September 1997 just two weeks after her 15th birthday. It was Miley's first #1 single on any of Billboard's airplay charts.
  • After originally being short listed for the Best Film Song Grammy it was later removed. This was because the song, despite appearing in the Hannah Montana film, wasn't specifically written for the movie, so it wasn't eligible for the prize. Why it was short listed before anyone noticed is anyone's guess.
  • This was covered by the 2009 X-Factor champ Joe McElderry for the winners song. His version was expected to be the UK 2009 Christmas #1, but it was pipped at the post by a re-release of Rage At The Machine's "Killing In The Name" after a Facebook campaign.

Comments: 19

  • Queen from Oklahoma im 15 and i have never really been a fan of Miley songs but the climb was a song that has gotten me through some of my hard times and still being only 15 this song will forever help me and i dont understand why you guys can hate on her when this song is so beyond good and now look at her. butterflies fly away is also another one look behind the lyrics and then judge the song.
  • Jeff from Beverly Hills, MaSay what you want about the singer's technical performance - you're probably right - but the song somehow works. It helped
    me get through a hard time.
  • Bay from Weaverville, CaThis is one of the only Miley Cyrus songs i like :)
  • Abigail from Woodinville, WaI would like to say that eventhough a lot of teenagers say that they hate Miley Cyrus just because of her playing on a comedy show or that they heard rumors about her, doesn't mean that she's evil. You would have to ask yourself...is everybody perfect? Do you make mistakes that you regret doing? If someone answered that they were perfect or that they had never made any mistakes, that means that they just told one big, massive lie. You try preforming in front of tons of people or keeping a perfect reputation or trying to steer clear of reporters...that would be such a hard life! Well, to get to the point, The Climb is an awesome and uplifting song that has inspired me and I'm sure many others..it is a life lesson that even if your life us hard, if you keep your FAITH and stick with it...nothing is impossible. Miley, if your out there, I want you to know that I support you and your decisions in your life even if some of them are wrong. Ok that's all I have to say. Sorry to the people who think I'm to bold in sticking up for my role modle.
  • Yvonne from Central Islip, NyI think the song is inspirational but she can not sing. I'm sorry but listen to the quality of her voice. She jumps from note to note. She should have taken voice lessons and learn her keys. One of the problems is that Disney sells an image and sells it. This is just my opinion but I had to say something after reading the other comments. Everyone likes what they like I'm not trying to change anybody's mind or talk bad about anyones music but you have to call it like it is. Oh yeah I'm a studio singer by trade so I've heard good and bad.
  • Joel from Nashville, TnRight now this is MY THEME SONG. I'm not a big Miley/Hannah fan but I find this song to be uplifting especially since I have been going through rough times with depression and panic disorder.
  • Karen from Manchester, NhFirst of all, it's "Dark Side of the Moon" that keeps selling for Pink Floyd (although "The Wall" does well enough).

    Second, I've never, ever done illegal drugs in my life, and I enjoy listening to Pink Floyd.

    Third, I've never, ever done illegal drugs in my life, and I enjoy listening to Miley Cyrus with my daughters. I would rather my girls listen to Miley than Lady GaGa or Ke$ha. This PARTICULAR song is optimistic, uplifting and clean.
  • Brad from A City, KyMfan, you haven't actually listened to Pink Floyd have you? NO. You copied that info off Wikipedia/some other Internet source didn't you? YES. Are your opinions sterotypical and false? YES. Do you have to be high to listen to Floyd? NO. Are the majority of people who listen to any Floyd post-1967 high? NO. Do you even know the band members names? NO. Do you have any idea what your talking about at all? NO. Have you proven yourself to be highly unitntelligent based on your idiotic response? YES, although I must admit I did get a good laugh out of it.
  • Carrie from Roanoke, VaThe song itself, a self-empowering number, isn't too bad. But Miley has tainted it forever with her obnoxious bleating. She sounds like a billy goat, not a 16-year-old girl.
  • Mfan from Portland, OrBrad, Pink Floyd is the an extinct English rock band, three of who's members have gotten back together and still use the name Pink Floyd by dint of an out of court settlement, that is, by paying off former band member Roger Waters, who has declared Pink Floyd to be a "spent force." Their album, The Wall continues to be a bestseller year after year. Maybe the reason Victoria thinks you are "weird" is because it's a well know fact that this album, and this "experimental" group is embraced by illegal drug users, and that the music sounds good when you're high, but not so good otherwise. If Victoria "hates" Pink Floyd, it simply means that, like the majority of americans, she chooses to abstain from illegal drugs. Go, Victoria!
  • Brad from Lexington, KyVictoria, I feel very sorry for you. You have been brainwashed by the Disney Channel/Hannah Montana generation. And I highly doubt you even know who Pink Floyd is, much less have actually listened to any of their music. Kind of hypocritical. And why is it that 10 year old girls like you think by calling someone "weird" for no apparent reason it makes them and their comments irrelevant? Think before you speak (or post comments on the web), and please, for the love of god, stop listening to this crap and get a decent taste in music.
  • Victoria from Toronto, Onbrad, you are weird. honestly this is the best song. i HATE pink floyd
  • Lonnie from Nunya, WyThis song is a great inspiration to anyone reaching for a dream! I know it's been a great one for me!
  • Brad from Lexington, Kythis is by far the worst song I have ever heard. My ears were so sore I had to keep ice packs on them for hours after hearing Cyrus's shrill, nasal toned voice try to sing this crap. (Shudders) And I say TRY to sing because she is not singing at all, she's screeching stupid words out like some god awful banshee. Listen to Pink Floyd, not this crap.
  • Niki from ..., OnI really like this song, even though I'm not a fan of Miley Cyrus!
  • Kayla from St. Paul, MnThis is a pretty good song compared to her other songs. She isn't that great of a singer, she doesn't even write her own songs, but whoever writes them sure the hell know music. Oh this song is really similar to alot of peoples lives, its very inspirational.
  • Brittney from Desoto, Moi think this song is really inspirational and helps people find the true meaning of life
    -brittney,Missouri United States
  • Kerry from Edinburgh, United Kingdomi love this song it the best song i think miley has brought out. i just think its a very inspiring song and i just totally LOVE IT xxx
  • Mckenzee from Dallas, TxThis song is very inspirational! it is one of the few Miley songs i like.
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