Top 10 Kylie Songs

When, at 18 years old, I landed in Australia, all fresh faced and ready for my life-changing travels around the world’s biggest island*, I took a deep breath, fainted from the heat, collected myself and thought “Yes. Here I am, on the land of Kylie”. I soon learnt, at this time in history, Australians didn’t hold the same affection that us Brits held for our Kylie. From the moment she broke into a window at Madge’s gaff, in attire that would make people collectively think “ah she must be a tomboy” to the “are they/aren’t they” relationship with Jason Donovan (I remember a “friend” telling me they definitely were “doing it” and I almost cried). To her prancing about joyfully in cutesy outfits singing about how lucky she was or how somebody should put their hand on their heart (which sounds quite dangerous and kinda gross to me), to her burgeoning pop career that went from strength to strength, where with each passing year instead of seeming to age she just became hotter and hotter, where she became a gay icon and where with no arguments she was crowned the Princess of Pop. I loved her at 10 years old in those terrible days when Neighbours was only on at lunchtimes (thank God for pulling sickies from school) and I love her now where – bless our gracious princess of pop- she is still going strong.

I was inspired to do my top ten Kylie tunes after I read the Guardian’s, where they’d got it all wrong, so I thought I’d rectify that. Also, I just wanted to mention, if you’re a fan of our Kylie (which I assume you are if you’re reading this) then please check out Steve at Talk About Pop Music‘s post on his 30 year journey with Kylie here. It’s wonderful and he clearly has good taste.

10. Finer Feelings

Album: Let’s Get To It

Year: 1992

UK Chart Position: 11

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This is one of Kylie’s most underrated songs in my opinion, a forgotten or hidden gem. It came from the album that also gave us Word is Out and it was in the video for this song that Davina MacColl was her backing dancer, fact fans.

9. Where the Wild Roses Grow

Album: Murder Ballads

Year: 1995

UK Chart Position: 11

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Back in 2002, I was lucky (lucky, lucky) enough to see our Kylie in concert at Sheffield Arena. She was as, you’d expect, awesome. However, in the middle of the concert there was a technical fault, which left tiny Kylie standing in the middle of a huge stage, with only the microphone in her hand working. So being the consummate professional that she is, she said she’d sing one song acapella whilst the problem was being fixed. She asked for suggestions and one guy shouted out for Where the Wild Roses Grow. “Okay” she said, like it was no big deal and promptly sang it to us (she didn’t put on a Nick Cave voice for his lines, though that may have added comedy value if she had). In conclusion, she sounded amazing. She’s never received much credit for her singing voice, but this impromptu rendition put pay to any Kylie cynics out there.

8. Better the Devil You Know

Album: Rhythm of Love

Year: 1990

UK Chart Position: 2

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Taken from her third album, we see her moving slightly away from cheesy pop, into pure pop (yeah I’m just making these terms up as I go along). A firm favourite among both loyal and casual fans.

7. Can’t Get You Out of My Head

Album: Fever

Year: 2001

UK Chart Position: 1

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Ooh, this was clever. Just as the title of this song states, one equally cannot get this track out of one’s head. Some might say this is her most credible period (though for me that would be ’94/’95), written by Cathy Dennis (anyone else remember Too Many Walls?), it went to No.1 in 40 countries (including every single country in Europe bar Finland. WHAT’S UP WITH THAT, FINLAND?!). It’s the 75th best selling single of all time in the UK and her most commercially successful single in the US. Nice one Kylie.

6. Your Disco Needs You

Album: Light Years

Year: 2001

UK Chart Position: 152

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Technically, the least successful chart position of my selected Kylie tracks, but it was never formally released as a single in the UK, so the sales were based on import sales. This is Kylie at her most gloriously camp and I bloody love it. I dare you to listen to it, without feeling even slightly cheered. Also, if Kylie had entered this into the Eurovision Song Contest (don’t get me started on Australia being in the contest. Let’s just assume she’d represent the UK), it would have won by a mile.

5. Some Kind of Bliss

Album: Impossible Princess

Year: 1997

UK Chart Position: 22

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Kylie wrote this song with the Manic Street Preachers, well James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore anyway. This song and album was deemed the “indie era” for Kylie and it always surprises me how many people don’t remember it. It’s a fun, little guitar pop tune, where you can hear the influence of the Manics.

4. Especially for You

Album: Ten Good Reasons

Year: 1988

UK Chart Position: 1

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Best duet ever. Don’t bother arguing with me. My view on this won’t shift. Oh Jason. How I loved thee. With your blond hair, blue eyes and Aussie charm, I pored over pictures of you, imagining what it would be like to be your girlfriend (evidently snorting shed loads of cocaine would have been involved, so not quite what 13 year old me would’ve imagined). Anyway, as much I hate to admit it, you and our Kylie were perfect together. I mean, look at them here:

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And now, some 30 years later:

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Adorbs. And yes, Jason, in case, you’re wondering, you’d still get it.

Here’s the back cover of the single (which I bought with my pocket money), it represented the B-side, which was the equally brilliant All I Wanna Do is Make You Mine.

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*Sigh* that was all I really wanted to do with Jason too. Anyway, Stock, Aiken and Waterman (SAW)  really hit the jackpot with this song. They knew exactly what they were doing as it is their best selling single to date.

All together now:

now we’re back together, toge-e-ether, I wanna show-o-o you, my love is OH SO TRUUUUEEE and all the love I have is Especially for You“.

3. Step Back in Time

Album: Rhythm of Love

Year: 1990

UK Chart Position: 4

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Now we move on to groovy 70s chick Kylie. What a tune, from the brilliant Rhythm of Love album (that album just chucked out superb pop tune after superb pop tune). Much like, no.6 on my list, this tune never fails to cheer me or get me dancing.

2. I Should Be So Lucky

Album: Kylie

Year: 1987

UK Chart Position: 1

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The original, the (almost) best, pure 100% perfectly cheesy Kylie pop. This is the flawless pop song that introduced the world to Kylie Minogue as a pop star. There is nothing wrong with it. Some may say it has dated. A lot. I think those people have pitiful taste. This song in its own right is as iconic as our Kylie is.

And as I know how much we all love the fantastically 80s video, here it is for you all:

 

  1. Confide in Me

Album: Kylie Minogue

Year: 1994

UK Chart Position: 2

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Oh yes, my very favourite Kylie song is this atmospheric, sultry pop song that was released way back in 1994. I think it is her most underrated songs to date, even though it got to a very respectable no.2 in the charts. It’s such a strong track and has been lauded increasingly by critics in more recent times. I also think this track compliments our Kylie’s vocals fantastically.

 

The one that didn’t quite make it: 

Shocked (Rhythm of Love, 1991, No.6)

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Here’s a Spotify playlist of all these Kylie tunes. I’ve added the Abbey Road Sessions version of the glorious I Should Be So Lucky for you too.

Which is your favourite Kylie song?

 

 

*Geography pedants can do one. It’s an island. End of.

26 comments

  1. amindfultravellerblog · 19 Days Ago

    OMG Haley…. I love Kylie. Such an Aussie icon. I remember dancing to Locomotion and I should be so lucky as kids…. 🙂

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  2. Steve · 19 Days Ago

    Thanks for the mention hayley and I’ll be sure to read this in more detail and feature it on TAPM once I’m back from Rome 🙂

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  3. Hugh's Views and News · 17 Days Ago

    A great lineup of Kylie songs Hayley, even though my favourite is not there.

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  4. emfletche · 17 Days Ago

    No room for the classic “je ne sais pas pourquoi”? That line got me out of many a tricky situation on our school trips to France 😂 Oh, and I still know every word to the rap in “Shocked”…

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    • thebeasley · 15 Days Ago

      Haha that phrase also helped me out whilst on my French exchange! It is of course a classic also.

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  5. angelanoelauthor · 16 Days Ago

    Playing this now on headphones as I sit at my desk at work. Yes, I am singing along quietly. 🙂

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  6. Lucy Mitchell · 13 Days Ago

    Thank you for reminding me of the great Kylie hits and taking me down memory lane. Great post!

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    • thebeasley · 13 Days Ago

      Thank you! I loved revisiting all her old tunes too x

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  7. London-Unattached.com · 13 Days Ago

    Kylie is lovely – a fabulous role model for women AND great music too!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Gay Stepdad · 13 Days Ago

    Agree, Agree Agree!!!! This is a totes amaze post!!

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  9. Phil Taylor · 13 Days Ago

    Kylie doesn’t have the same following here in the States as she does down under or in the UK, but thanks to you and Steve I’ve developed an appreciation for her and her career. And yeah, Kylie would still get it from me.

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  10. Pam Avoledo · 13 Days Ago

    OMG! I’m such a fangirl for Kylie. I wish she was as popular in the United States. She has such a vast catalogue of music with so many great songs. My favorite era is Body Language. 🙂

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    • thebeasley · 13 Days Ago

      Body Language is a great album. Really good era for Kylie (though I basically love them all). So happy to hear you’re a Kylie fangirl! X

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  11. Traci York · 13 Days Ago

    Hubby and I love, love, LOVE Kylie! Two songs from his playlist (both from her Aphrodite, I believe) –

    I Believe in You

    and

    “In Your Eyes”

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    • thebeasley · 13 Days Ago

      YES! I am loving learning that so many Americans love her too. I thought it was just us Brits and the Aussies. Yes, they are both brilliant songs xx

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