Watch Miley Cyrus Cover The Smiths

By Michael Nelson / May 20, 2014

If I had to pick a “favorite song of all time,” there’s a pretty good chance I’d go with “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” from the Smiths’ 1986 LP, The Queen Is Dead. So it was with some trepidation that I approached this cover of that song, performed by Miley Cyrus last night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Ireland (just up the coast from Morrissey’s ancestral Dublin!). But you know what? She does a totally fine job with it! I mean, it’s not like anyone is going to call this the definitive version of the song, and I’m not sure she’s in exactly the right register, but hey, it’s one of the best songs ever and if she treats it with perhaps too much reverence, that’s probably better than the opposite (if less fun to write about, admittedly). A fan took some video of her doing the song (note: it cuts off in the middle), and you can watch it below and be outraged/impressed/disinterested in the comments.

[Photo of Cyrus at London's O2 Arena by Simone Joyner/Getty.]