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Let's Get Crazy (song)

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"Let's Get Crazy"
Single by Hannah Montana
from the album Hannah Montana 3
Released March 24, 2009[1]
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Dance-rock
Length 2:35
Label Walt Disney
  • Colleen Fitzpatrick
  • Michael Kotch
  • Dave Derby
  • Michael "Smidi" Smith
  • Stefanie Ridel
  • Mim Nervo
  • Liv Nervo
  • The Collective
  • Smidi
Hannah Montana singles chronology
"Let's Do This"
"Let's Get Crazy"
"I Wanna Know You"

"Let's Do This"
"Let's Get Crazy"
"I Wanna Know You"

"Let's Get Crazy" is a song by American singer–songwriter and actress Miley Cyrus, performing as Hannah Montana – the alter ego of Miley Stewart – a character she played on the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana. It was released to Radio Disney on January 19, 2009 as promotion for Hannah Montana: The Movie and its soundtrack. The song is also included on the Hannah Montana 3 soundtrack. A karaoke version is available in Disney's Karaoke Series: Hannah Montana 3.[2] The song is musically dance-rock based. Lyrically, the track speaks about having fun and cutting loose.

The song received critical success and garnered average commercial outcomes for Cyrus in several countries, compared to those of her previous efforts as Montana. This includes Canada and the United States. The song reached its highest international peak in the Canadian Hot 100, at number twenty-six. It therefore became Cyrus' highest charting song in Canada, as Montana. The song never received an official music video, but three promotional music video were, of which two aired on Disney Channel. Cyrus promoted the song through several venues, including a performance on her second headlining tour, the Wonder World Tour.


The song is associated with dance-rock[3] with a slight country twang.[4] Electric guitars and synths are also used.[5][6] Near the start, the song begins to make a beat of paparazzi's flashbulbs.[5] It is set in common time with a moderated tempo of 120 beats per minute.[7] The song is written in the key of A minor.[7] Cyrus' vocals span two octaves, from A3 to C5.[7] The song has the following chord progression, A5—C5—D5.[7]

The song was written by Colleen Fitzpatrick known as Vitamin C, Michael Kotch, Dave Derby, Michael “Smidi” Smith, Stefanie Ridel, Mim Nervo and Liv Nervo. The song's lyrics center around a party and having fun, once referencing to leading a double life with, "You see me on the cover of your magazines, things are always different than the way they seem."[8]

Critical reception[edit]

A brunette teenager singing into a microphone from a right profile. She is wearing a white dress with a tutu bottom. Behind her are background dancers in a stage with heavy lighting.
Cyrus and her background dancers performing "Let's Get Crazy" in the Wonder World Tour.

The song received generally positive reviews from critics. Warren Truitt of stated "Let's Get Crazy" was a mirror of Gwen Stefani's musical style.[4] Allmusic reviewer Heather Phares described the song negatively, as a "fizzy caricature of pop", drawing away from the original musical influences by Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Avril Lavigne.[5] Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly stated that the song was a "demographic" because of it is "electric guitar-heavy confection".[6] Owen Gleiberman, also from Entertainment Weekly drew attention to the line "Everyone can rock out like a superstar!", saying it was "her mantra".[9] Gleiberman added that the song a "freeze-dried [version of] Avril Lavigne".[9] When reviewing Cyrus' Wonder World Tour, Jim Harrington, writing for The Oakland Tribune, described "Let's Get Crazy" as "fun".[8]

Chart performance[edit]

The song received mediocre airplay due to it not being released for mainstream radio and only Radio Disney. However, the song debuted at number thirty-three on Hot Digital Songs which led to it making into the Billboard Hot 100, for the week ending April 11, 2009.[10][11][12] The song debuted and peaked at number fifty-seven in the Hot 100 and spent a total of three non-consecutive weeks on the chart.[10][11][12] On the same week, the song debuted and peaked at number twenty-six in the Canadian Hot 100 due to its number eleven position on Hot Canadian Digital Singles, becoming Cyrus' highest charting effort in Canada credited to Hannah Montana.[10][11][12] The song then ascended and descended several times until falling off the chart for the week ending May 9.[10][11][12]

Music video[edit]

A blond teenager with a pink dress and metallic jacket singing into a microphone. Behind her are people dancing in an outside stage.
Cyrus as Hannah Montana at Lily Truscott's Sweet sixteen in the "Let's Get Crazy" promotional music video, an excerpt from Hannah Montana: The Movie.

The song's first promotional music video, directed by Peter Chelsom, is an excerpt from Hannah Montana: The Movie that was premiered on Disney Channel on January 19, 2009.[13][14]

The video begins with Montana entering Lilly Truscott's, portrayed by Emily Osment, Sweet sixteen at the Santa Monica Pier. Montana is attempting to explain the scenario to Osment's character, saying, "I'll make it up to you, I promise." Then Truscott (Osment) says, "You will never make this up to me." Montana is being overwhelmed by fans, which proceed to lift her to a stage and perform the song. Throughout most of the video Cyrus' character performs the song with background dancers, a band, and Steve Rushton on the electric guitar. In the conclusion, Rico Suave, portrayed by Moises Arias, emerges from a massive birthday cake that explodes on the crowd.

A second promotional music video for "Let's Get Crazy" was filmed as promotion for the soundtrack.[15] The video was released in March 2009 on and features Cyrus singing in a recording studio.[15] It was a part of a series of promotional videos entitled The Miley Sessions.[15] The song was also featured in the theatrical trailor of the film.

Live performances[edit]

A brunette teenager from a left profile singing into a microphone. She is wearing a short, white tutu dress.
Cyrus performing "Let's Get Crazy" in the Wonder World Tour.

Cyrus, dressed as Montana, premiered "Let's Get Crazy", along with eight other songs, at the concert taping for the third season of Hannah Montana, which was set on October 10 in Irvine, California at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre.[3] The performance began with Montana, in a T-shirt with a pink star, zebra-patterned skirt, tennis shoes and metallic jacket, coming out from behind a giant mirror ball.[3] She then roamed the stage singing the number.[3] The performance was later premiered on July 1, 2009 on Disney Channel to promote Hannah Montana 3.[16]

Proceeded by "Fly on the Wall" and succeeded by "Hoedown Throwdown", "Let's Get Crazy" is one of the songs on the set list of Cyrus' second headlining concert tour, the Wonder World Tour. The song is one of two Hannah Montana songs that she performed as herself.[8] The performance featured Cyrus wearing white tutu-like dress and an Asian culture-themed video playing on a couple of overhead screens.[8]


Chart (2009) Peak
Canadian Hot 100[10] 26
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 57


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  2. ^ "Disney's Karaoke Series: Hannah Montana 3". Walt Disney Records. The Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original on October 28, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d Larsen, Peter (October 11, 2008). "Miley Cyrus plays brand-new 'Hannah' songs in Irvine". The Orange County Register. Freedom Communications. Archived from the original on June 13, 2009. Retrieved October 5, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Truitt, Warren. "Miley Cyrus - Hannah Montana: The Movie Soundtrack". The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on November 18, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c Phares, Heather. "allmusic - Hannah Montana: The Movie [Soundtrack] > Review". AllMusic. Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Greenblatt, Leah (March 18, 2009). "Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)". Entertainment Weekly. Time Warner, Inc. Retrieved October 9, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Digital sheet music - Hannah Montana - Let's Get Crazy". Musicnotes. Alfred Publishing. Retrieved October 19, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c d Harrington, Jim (September 19, 2009). "Concert Review: Miley Cyrus Leaves Hannah Montana Behind at Oakland Show". Oakland Tribune. MediaNews Group. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Gleiberman, Owen (April 15, 2009). "Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)". Entertainment Weekly?. Time Warner, Inc. Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Let's Get Crazy". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Hananh Montana - Let's Get Crazy - Music Charts". Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  12. ^ a b c d "allmusic - Hannah Montana > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Disney Channel to Present the World Premiere of Music Videos from Grammy Nomintated Jonas Brothers and Superstar Miley Cyrus, January 19" (Press release). Disney Channel. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  14. ^ "Let's Get Crazy". The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  15. ^ a b c "Let's Get Crazy The Miley Sessions". The Walt Disney Company. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Brooke Shields and Cody Linely Guest Star in a One-Hour Special of Hannah Montana Premiering Sunday, July 5 on Disney Channel" (Press release). Disney Channel. June 18, 2009. Retrieved October 8, 2009. 

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