Meaning of “Malibu” by Miley Cyrus

“Malibu” is a love song recorded by the iconic American singer Miley Cyrus. The song is primarily about the happy romantic relationship between Cyrus and Australian actor Liam Hemsworth. The pair began dating in Jun 2009 while shooting the romantic drama film The Last Song. The lyrics of “Malibu” also speak to the calm and happy life that the singer has with Hemsworth which she probably didn’t have previously. Furthermore, the song touches on the peace and freedom that Cyrus is began enjoying at some point in her life. Being a celebrity, Cyrus often finds herself a subject to constant scrutiny by her fans, leaving her no freedom to act without worrying about who might be watching.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Miley Cyrus's Malibu at

That said, the song is mainly inspired by Cyrus’ love life with Hemsworth.

FYI: “Malibu” isn’t Miley’s only song to be inspired by Liam Hemsworth.


Lyrics of Malibu by Miley Cyrus

Facts about “Malibu”

  • “Malibu” was written by Cyrus and American songwriter and record producer Oren Yoel. The latter produced the song.
  • The song was named after the beach city of Malibu located in Los Angeles County, California.
  • According to Cyrus, she wrote the song during the time she and Hemsworth lived together in Malibu.
  • Cyrus wrote the song while she was seated in a Uber that was taking her to her first taping of the American reality television singing competition The Voice.
  • The track was officially released on May 11th, 2017 as the first single from Cyrus’ sixth studio album Younger Now.
  • The song’s cover art, which show Cyrus lying on a green grass, was taken in her backyard by Hemsworth. And the ring on her finger is the engagement ring given to her by fiancé Hemsworth.
  • The music video of “Malibu” was directed by Cyrus and American choreographer and music video director Diane Martel.
  • Cyrus performed the track live for the first time two days after the song’s official release (May 13th, 2017) on the annual day-long concert Wango Tango produced by KIIS-FM.
  • “Malibu” peaked at number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. Owing to this, the song is one of the most successful singles of Cyrus’ career.
  • While performing the song live on The Voice in 2017, Cyrus dedicated it to her fellow American singer Ariana Grande and all the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing which claimed the 23 lives and injured over a 100 others.



Did “Malibu” receive a Grammy Award?

No. Despite its massive global success, the song didn’t receive any nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards. FYI:  Many a music fan felt that this song deserved at least a Grammy nomination and were therefore disappointed it was snubbed at the 2018 Grammy nominations.

Did this song sample any other song(s)?


Which artists have covered “Malibu”?

One of the most notable covers of this song was by American singer and YouTuber Rebecca Black.

What musical genre is this song?

It falls into the following genres: pop rock and soft rock.

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