97 Words: “Flowers” by Miley Cyrus

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

In 2023, summer came early. Twelve days into the New Year, Miley Cyrus dropped “Flowers,” a bittersweet, disco-pop bop that perfectly leverages Miley’s unique voice and empowering image. With a captivating visual and song, Cyrus broke streaming records to debut at #1 on the Hot 100, spending 8 weeks at the pole position. As the lead single from “Endless Summer Vacation,” “Flowers” is a great representation of the album as a whole, which delves heavily into her post-divorce emotional reckonings. Strutting in her strength, Cyrus’ aura of cool remains unbreakable. She gave herself “Flowers” via the biggest hit of her career.

Watch the “Flowers” video, stream it, or get “Endless Summer Vacation” on vinyl.

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.