2009 was a strange time for the music industry, as it saw Hannah Montana officially becoming a real person as Miley Cyrus left behind the Country world & embraced her more Pop-centric persona, releasing a late-summer party jam that shocked audiences with just how genuinely enjoyable it was. Set to a funky hammer-on guitar riff & one incredibly smooth backbeat drum rhythm, “Party In The U.S.A.” burst on to the scene as a light-hearted romp about – what else – partying, specifically how simply hearing your favourite song can turn any uneasy situation into a spontaneous dance fest; Seriously, it doesn’t get much simpler than that, as clearly stated in the lines “It’s definitely not a Nashville party ‘cause all I see are stilettos” & “feel like hopping on a flight […] to my hometown [but] the DJ plays my song and I feel alright.” This simple narrative touches on the concept of music as therapy, able to soothe the stresses of life through the power of song & take away any pain someone might be going through or homesickness they’re experiencing – In all honesty, it’s almost a more effective PSA than the D.A.R.E. program, subtly reinforcing the idea that there are other ways to deal with your problems than turning to drugs or alcohol; That said, this track seriously bumps, even more so when the audiences involved are inebriated & singing along in sloppy unison.
Astonishing as it may be that “Party In The U.S.A.” found universal acclaim across seemingly all demographics, it actually makes sense, as it was originally written & intended for use by Jessie J, a singer known for her more R&B-focused Dance tunes & serious pipes – Think about it: It’s specifically about partying in the United States & how out of place she feels around the vanity of Hollywood; Cyrus is from Nashville & has been acting in Hollywood since she was incredibly young, so there’d be no ‘cause for her to be surprised by life in LA & no clear reason for the song to be focused on partying in America, as her hometown is in Tennessee, one of the largest states in the country. Once the connection is made, everything else starts to fall in place, as nearly all of the young Popstar’s following tracks were critically panned until she made her next splash years later with “Wrecking Ball,” a song that relied much more on its “controversial” imagery than actual sonic substance – Still, years later, “Party In The U.S.A.” is literally played at parties to this day, a supremely catchy tune that’s sure to get people up & dancing every time it comes on.
Lukasz Gottwald, Jessica Cornish, Claude Kelly
"Party in the U.S.A." is a song by American singer Miley Cyrus for her first extended play (EP) The Time of Our Lives (2009). It was released on August 11, 2009, by Hollywood Records as the lead single from the project. The song was written and produced by Dr. Luke, with additional songwriting provided by Jessie J and Claude Kelly. "Party in the U.S.A." was originally intended for Jessie J, but after deciding it was not edgy enough for her, they passed it to Cyrus and adjusted the lyrics to fit her persona. Not completely identifying with "Party in the U.S.A.", Cyrus chose it for The Time of Our Lives partially due to a need for tracks. The song is a pop song, while the lyrics reflect her relocating from Nashville, Tennessee, to Hollywood, California. This is one of four collaborations between Cyrus and Dr. Luke, with EP title track "The Time of Our Lives", will.i.am's "Fall Down" and "Wrecking Ball" following in 2013.