I really don’t know what took so long. Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the U.S.A” was released on August 11, 2009 and the first time I heard the song, I knew it would be massive. Not to brag, but I was an early adopter on the silly teen tune. But even after her somewhat risque performance on Nickelodeon’s Teen Choice Awards, the song didn’t really do much. What should have been an end of the summer/Labor Day anthem was sort of just out there.
But then something happened over the past few weeks. The song has been a mainstay on iTunes’ top ten and climbed to number two on the Billboard chart. It seems like every female group of friends is rediscovering girl power, commemorating Facebook photo albums and embracing the cheese of “U.S.A.” (ironically or not; I don’t think it’s a bad thing). The lyrics are utterly silly but the song proves that if you have a hook, you can sing about abortion or pollution or just being a hick going to L.A. for the first time and people will eat it up. I’ll give most credit producer to Dr. Luke (“Since You’ve Been Gone,” “Circus”, “I Kissed a Girl,” etc.) but studio magic or not, Miley really hits the last “Britney song was on–!”
The race is over. “Party in the U.S.A.” Song of the year.