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"Nobody's Perfect" is a song by American recording artist Miley Cyrus, credited as her character Hannah Montana from the eponymous television series. It was released on May 15, 2007 by Walt Disney Records as the lead single from Hannah Montana 2 (2007), the accompanying soundtrack album for its second season. Written by Matthew Gerrard and Robbie Nevil and produced by Gerrard, "Nobody's Perfect" discusses the importance of overcoming mistakes; it is heavily based on synthpop musical styles.

Contemporary music critics spoke favorably of "Nobody's Perfect" in their reviews, and were appreciative of its overall production. The track peaked at number 27 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100; by exceeding sales of 906,000 copies as of October 2010, it has additionally become the most successful track from the Hannah Montana franchise. A live performance of Cyrus performing the track as Montana serves as the accompanying music video for the track; it was first broadcast on July 3, 2007, although it was later included in the Vevo catalog on December 10, 2010. The song was also performed during Cyrus' headlining Best of Both Worlds Tour (2007–08).

The song was featured in the season 2 episodes Get Down, Study-udy-udy, Take This Job and Love It and (We're So Sorry) Uncle Earl. The song was also featured in the season 3 episodes He Ain't a Hottie, He's My Brother and I Honestly Love You (No, Not You) and in the season 4 recap episode Can You See the Real Me?.

Release

Before being released as the lead single from Hannah Montana 2 on May 15, 2007,[1] "Nobody's Perfect" was included on the reissued two-disc special edition of the original soundtrack Hannah Montana (2006).[2] Within the Hannah Montana storyline, "Nobody's Perfect" was written by Miley's father Robbie Stewart; it is first heard in the episode "Get Down, Study-udy-udy" during the second season, where Miley reworks the song into the "Bone Dance" as a way of helping her study for a biology mid-term exam. A live performance of Cyrus performing the track as Montana acts as an accompanying music video for the track; it was initially released on July 3, 2007,[3] although it was reissued through Vevo on December 10, 2010. It was also performed during Cyrus' headlining Best of Both Worlds Tour (2007–08).[4]

Reception

"Nobody's Perfect" received generally favorable reviews from contemporary music critics. Writing for AllMusic, Heather Phares appreciated the incorporation of "shiny, synth-driven pop", which she credited with "[making] the first soundtrack a hit."[5] Shirley Halperin from Entertainment Weekly shared a similar sentiment, describing it as "pure pop candy".[6] Bob Waliszewski and Bob Smithouser from Plugged In classified "Nobody's Perfect" as "pro-social content", where "rather than [beating] herself up over mistakes, the singer acknowledges that 'Nobody's Perfect'" through the lyrics "Everybody has those days" and "You live and you learn it".[7] "Nobody's Perfect" charted at number 27 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100,[8] and reached numbers 14 and 25 on the Billboard Digital Songs and Pop 100 charts, respectively.[9][10] As of October 2010, the track has sold 906,000 copies in the United States, becoming the most successful song from the Hannah Montana franchise.[11] "Nobody's Perfect" also charted at numbers 73 and 87 on the Hot Canadian Digital Singles and Australian ARIA Charts, respectively.[10][12]

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Hannah Montana 2.[13]

Recording
Personnel
  • Greg Critchley – drums
  • Matthew Gerrard – songwriter, producer, mixing, guitar, bass, keyboards, programming
  • Marco Luciana – keyboards
  • Hannah Montana – lead vocals
  • Robbie Nevil – songwriter
  • Ashley Sauning – background vocals

Charts

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[12] 87
Hot Canadian Digital Singles (Billboard)[10] 73
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 27
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[10] 25

Release history

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States May 15, 2007 Digital download Walt Disney [1]

Lyrics

Everybody makes mistakes.
Everybody has those days.
1, 2, 3, 4!

[2x]
Everybody makes mistakes.
Everybody has those days.
Everybody knows what—what I'm talkin' 'bout.
Everybody gets that way.

Sometimes I'm in a jam
I've gotta make a plan
It might be crazy
I do it anyway
No way to know for sure
I'll figure out a cure
I'm patchin' up the holes
But then it overflows

If I'm not doin' too well
Why be so hard on myself?

Nobody's perfect!
I gotta work it!
Again and again 'til I get it right
Nobody's perfect!
You live and you learn it!
And if I mess it up sometimes
Nobody's perfect

Sometimes I work a scheme
But then it flips on me
Doesn't turn out how I planned
Get stuck in quicksand
No problem can be solved
Once I get involved
I try to be delicate
Then crash right into it

But my intentions are good
Sometimes just misunderstood

Nobody's perfect!
I gotta work it!
Again and again 'til I get it right
Nobody's perfect!
You live and you learn it!
And if I mess it up sometimes

Nobody's perfect!
I gotta work it!
I know in time I'll find a way
Nobody's perfect!

Sometimes I fix things up
And they fall apart again
Nobody's perfect
I might mix things up
But I always get it right in the end
You know I do.

[Talking:]
Next time you feel like it's just one of those days when you just can't seem to win.
If things don't turn out the way you plan
Figure something else out!
Don't stay down! Try again! Yeah!

[2x]
Everybody makes mistakes.
Everybody has those days.
Everybody knows what—what I'm talkin' 'bout.
Everybody gets that way

Nobody's perfect!
I gotta work it!
Again and again 'til I get it right!
Nobody's perfect!
You live and you learn it!
And if I mess it up sometimes.

Nobody's perfect!
I gotta work it!
I know in time I'll find a way
Nobody's perfect.
You live and you learn it!
'Cause everybody makes mistakes
Nobody's perfect!

Nobody's perfect!
No, no!
Nobody's perfect!

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "iTunes - Music - Nobody's Perfect - Single by Hannah Montana".. iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. (May 15, 2007). Retrieved on March 9, 2014.
  2. "Hannah Montana: 2-Disc Special Edition Soundtrack [Extra Tracks, Soundtrack, Special Edition]".. Amazon.com (US). Retrieved on January 20, 2014.
  3. "iTunes - Music Videos - Nobody's Perfect (Live) by Hannah Montana".. iTunes Store (US). Apple (July 3, 2007). Retrieved on April 19, 2014.
  4. Jane Stevenson (December 15, 2007). "Young fans show Hannah Montana love".. Canoe.ca. Québecor Média. Retrieved on March 9, 2014.
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named AllMusic
  6. Shirley Halperin (June 22, 2007). "Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus Review".. Time Inc.. Retrieved on March 9, 2014.
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named PluggedIn
  8. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Hot100
  9. "Hannah Montana - Chart history".. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved on April 19, 2014.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 "Hannah Montana: Awards".. AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved on March 9, 2014.
  11. Paul Grein (October 21, 2010). "Chart Watch Extra: A Milestone For ‘Glee’".. Yahoo! Music. Yahoo!. Retrieved on March 9, 2014.
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ARIA
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named LinerNotes
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Season Two: "Me and Rico Down by the Schoolyard" • "Cuffs Will Keep Us Together" • "You Are So Sue-able to Me" • "Get Down, Study-udy-udy" • "I Am Hannah, Hear Me Croak" • "You Gotta Not Fight for Your Right to Party" • "My Best Friend's Boyfriend" • "Take This Job and Love It" • "Achy Jakey Heart" • "Sleepwalk This Way" • "When You Wish You Were the Star" • "I Want You to Want Me... to Go to Florida" • "Everybody Was Best-Friend Fighting" • "Song Sung Bad" • "Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas" • "Don't Stop 'Til You Get the Phone" • "That's What Friends Are For?" • "Lilly's Mom Has Got it Goin' On" • "I Will Always Loathe You" • "Bye Bye Ball" • "(We're So Sorry) Uncle Earl" • "The Way We Almost Weren't" • "You Didn't Say it Was Your Birthday" • "Hannah in the Streets with Diamonds" • "Yet Another Side of Me" • "The Test of My Love" • "Joannie B. Goode" • "We're All on This Date Together"
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Season Three: It's All Right HereLet's Do ThisMixed UpHe Could Be the OneJust a GirlI Wanna Know YouSupergirlEvery Part of MeIce Cream Freeze (Let's Chill)Don't Wanna Be TornLet's Get CrazyLet's Make This Last 4EverIf We Were a Movie (duet)
Season Four: Gonna Get ThisQue SeraOrdinary GirlKiss It GoodbyeI'll Always Remember YouNeed a Little LoveAre You ReadyLove That Lets GoI'm Still GoodBeen Here All AlongBarefoot CinderellaWherever I Go