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The Climb

Joe McElderry

Album Wide Awake

Story of Song

‘The Climb’ is a power ballad originally released by Miley Cyrus for the soundtrack to Hanna Montana: The Movie. The song was chosen by The X Factor producer Simon Cowell to be recorded by McElderry as his final performance in the competition. The song was officially released after McElderry won as his first single from the debut album ‘Wide Awake’. McElderry explained that the lyrics meant a lot to him: “It’s an emotional song because it’s what’s been happening in the last few months. It all feels very, very surreal.”

Release date

Released December 14, 2009


Jessi Alexander – Jon Mabe



Chart Rankings


UK – 1


The song topped the UK Singles Charts and was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales over 810.000 copies. The song also topped the charts in Scotland and Ireland, but never entered the US charts..

Artist’s age on release date

Joseph “Joe” McElderry was 17 years old when he released this song.

Cover Versions

Vajen (The Voice Kids 2012) – Rebecca Shearing – David Sides featuring Ahmir – Connie Talbot – Cybel Gabutero – Maudy Ayunda – Nicholas McDonald – AJ Rafael – Abby Miller – Priscila Brenner – Guy Sebastian – Dani And Lauren Cim – Fabienne Rothe – Stan Walker – Nick Pitera – Amy Gutierrez – Ailee – Amely – Aldy Santos (piano cover) – Kina Grannis – Megan and Liz – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.

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