- Covered Up:
- "Achy Breaky Heart", of all songs, is an example. The original version was by the Marcy Brothers, an obscure country band who never made much noise (although one of them later became part of Brad Paisley's road band).
- Storm in the Heartland features a Robert John "Mutt" Lange song called "Only God Could Stop Me Loving You". It was later recorded by Chris Ward, and then by Lari White (as a duet with Toby Keith) before becoming a minor hit for Emerson Drive in 2003.
- His 2011 single "Nineteen" had previously been recorded by a short-lived group called Waycross.
- Critical Dissonance: "Achy Breaky Heart" is often lambasted as a frivolous novelty song with no obvious link to traditional country sounds, and it was even the subject of derision from some of Cyrus's contemporaries. Despite this, it was one of the only country songs to cross over between the end of the Urban Cowboy era and Shania Twain's breakthrough in 1995, and it almost singlehandedly made his debut album sell nine times platinum.
- Eclipsed by the Remix: It's easy to forget that "Ready, Set, Don't Go" was originally a solo release.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Old Town Road earned him a Periphery Demographic from the black community after several years of his daughter trying and spectacularly failing to do just that.
YMMV / Billy Ray Cyrus