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Kylie’s 30 best singles – ranked!


30. Put Your self in My Place (1994)

Her eponymous 1994 album was purported to unveil a brand new, extra grownup, hipper Kylie Minogue, free from the affect of Stock Aitken and Waterman: it was not the triumph some anticipated, however it did include that rarest of issues, an important Kylie ballad within the form of the trip-hoppy Put Your self in My Place.

29. Your Disco Wants You (2001)

Solely a single in Europe and Australia, however it will get within the checklist as a result of it’s each preposterous and preposterously good enjoyable. Clearly the results of a concerted effort to conjure up the campest music conceivable, it includes Village Individuals backing vocals, an Abba-esque refrain and I Will Survive strings.

28. Breathe (1997)

Unimaginable Princess in 1997 doubled down on its predecessor’s fruitless quest for various cred, however individuals didn’t need Kylie singing Manic Avenue Preachers songs and quoting Billy Infantile poems. Nonetheless, it has its moments, as evidenced by the shimmering synths and Balearic beat of Breathe, co-produced by Tender Cell’s Dave Ball.

27. Wow (2007)

Exuberant filtered disco-house, Wow’s huge promoting level is its hook. There’s not an important deal to it – the title repeated thrice, the singer’s voice doused in digital results – however it lodges immediately in your head: not certainly one of Kylie’s better-remembered singles, it lives on at the moment as a Radio 2 jingle.

Kylie performing in Sydney in 2006.
Kylie performing in Sydney in 2006. {Photograph}: Rick Rycroft/AP

26. Timebomb (2012)

Timebomb felt like an afterthought on launch – an adjunct to the CD field set and retrospective tour introduced to have a good time the singer’s silver jubilee within the music enterprise – however it’s a nice observe in its personal proper, powered by a surprisingly soiled, distorted digital riff.

25. The One (2007)

You would mistake the sound of The One, if not the lyrics, for Pet Store Boys. Its relative lack of economic success could have had extra to do with the fickleness of the mainstream pop market than its mixture of shimmering synths, stadium rock guitar riff and massive refrain.

24. Higher Than Immediately (2010)

Minogue stated she felt “let down” by the pretty frosty reception accorded Higher Than Immediately, blaming her soon-to-be former document label. Co-produced by Stuart Value, its intro seemingly influenced by MGMT’s Time to Fake and its vocal melody naggingly acquainted, it’s definitely a greater single than its comparatively lowly chart inserting suggests.

23. Crystallize (2014)

Crystallize was left off 2014’s Kiss Me As soon as, later turning up as a standalone single that didn’t entice a lot consideration: maybe its radio play was hampered by the truth that she one way or the other manages to pronounce the phrase “out of the blue” in a method that appears like she is singing “sodomy”. Co-written by Dev Hynes, the music itself is all Abba-esque appeal.

22. Hand on Your Coronary heart (1989)

One of many higher Kylie Minogue singles from the period earlier than she demanded a change from her preliminary cutsey picture and Inventory Aitken and Waterman started pulling out all of the stops on her behalf, the music itself – most notably the bridge and refrain – is powerful sufficient to resist the identikit manufacturing job.

21. I Was Gonna Cancel (2014)

The second single from her twelfth album Kiss Me As soon as, I Was Gonna Cancel barely grazed the charts, stalling at quantity 59. It deserved a greater destiny. Written and produced by Pharrell Williams, it’s equal elements Daft Punk’s Get Fortunate and Beyoncé’s Inexperienced Gentle: 10 years earlier, it might have been a smash.

20. Come Into My World (2001)

Come Into My World is a uncommon event on which a remix of a Kylie single tops the unique. One other Rob Davis/Cathy Denis composition, the official single is reduce from the same musical material to Can’t Get You Out of My Head, however the analogue synth-heavy electroclash overload of Fischerspooner’s version is the one it’s good to hear.

19. Step Again in Time (1990)

However the slight oddness of listening to Kyliee – who was born in 1968 – demanding to know if we keep in mind “the outdated days” of late 60s/early 70s soul, Step Again in Time’s loving, reference-packed homage to the music of Inventory Aitken and Waterman’s youth is a complete pleasure.

18. Children (2000)

A duet that appeared on each Robbie Williams and Kylie’s albums – and which the latter has subsequently carried out with everybody from Rick Astley to Bono – Children captures the Williams/Man Chambers hitmaking machine in full flower: lyrics audibly influenced by Ian Dury, beat sampled from Sisters Love’s 1973 soul basic Give Me Your Love, huge outdated stadium refrain.

17. In Your Eyes (2001)

Fever, from 2001, might be the head of what Neil Tennant would name Kylie’s second imperial part: an album virtually preposterously overstuffed with potential hit singles. In Your Eyes was a extra simple proposition than Can’t Get You Out of My Head, however it’s a contagious, elegant pop music nonetheless.

16. The place the Wild Roses Develop (1996)

In an period when boundaries between pop and “various” music are blurred, it’s onerous to think about simply how jarring it as soon as was to see Kylie with Nick Cave, singing about having her head smashed in with a rock. However The place the Wild Roses Develop just isn’t a novelty: it’s a basic Cave ballad, and the apex of Kylie’s indie interval.

15. Say One thing (2020)

The primary single from Kylie’s forthcoming, normal-service-is-resumed album Disco options Radio Ga Ga-influenced electronics and a pure bubblegum refrain. You would, if you happen to had been so inclined, learn its lyrics as a touch upon Brexit – “All of us obtained wanderlust, within the darkest place, so we’re going with our coronary heart, yeah, it’s all the trend” – however, let’s face it, they’re in all probability not.

14. 2 Hearts (2007)

A canopy of a observe written and initially launched by digital duo Kish Mauve, 2 Hearts represents one thing of a musical departure for Kylie. It’s in impact the sleazy electro-glam of Goldfrapp’s Strict Machine put by way of a glittery Kylie filter: much less intense, ominous or redolent of a intercourse dungeon, it nonetheless works.

Kylie on a British tour in 2002.
Kylie on a British tour in 2002. {Photograph}: Barry Batchelor/PA

13. I Imagine in You (2004)

New tracks appended to best hits collections often carry a tang of “Will this do?”, however I Imagine in You, co-written by the Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and Babydaddy for 2004’s Final Kylie, is a reduce above: I Really feel Love synths and a lyric that shades into Can’t Get You Out of My Head stalker territory, lends the killer refrain a touch of creepiness.

12. What Do I Must Do (1990)

Kylie’s third album, Rhythm of Love, was the head of her Inventory Aitken and Waterman years, as robust an argument as there’s that those that dismissed the manufacturing trio because the embodiment of evil had been flawed: What Do I Must Do is nice, a shamelessly pop-facing tackle Italo-house.

11. Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi (1987)

A whole lot of Kylie’s early singles endure from the applying of Inventory Aitken and Waterman’s blaring, low cost, one-size-fits-all manufacturing, which has dated horribly, however Je Ne Sais Pas Pourqoui noticed them dial down the tinniness to one thing approaching subtlety: it additionally had a genuinely beautiful tune.

10. On a Night time Like This (2000)

On a Night time Like This betrays its origins as a observe supposed for a Swedish Euro-dance singer referred to as Pandora in its frantic beat, acid house-infused synth line and refined nods to ATB’s trance smash 9pm (Til I Come), however it’s actually all about its refrain, which is totally indelible.

9. Dancing (2018)

Recorded in Nashville, the Golden album was a little bit of a large number, its sound lunging at every thing from Radio 2-friendly middle-of-the-road ballads to Latin pop to nation, however Dancing is the exception: a gleaming nation/pop-house hybrid, full with a hook that bizarrely recollects Ocean Color Scene’s The Day We Caught the Prepare.

8. Love at First Sight (2002)

The pop flipside of its predecessor Can’t Get You Out of My Head’s strangeness, Love at First Sight’s backing observe affords a reasonably brazen transforming of Daft Punk’s Digital Love, launched lower than a yr earlier than, however the music itself is improbable: a masterpiece of the songwriter-for-hire’s darkish artwork.

7. All of the Lovers (2010)

All of the Lovers is each anthemic and unusually melancholy: amid the fizzing synths, there’s something elegiac about its implausibly catchy refrain. Winningly, she declined to take away the same-sex {couples} from its video and subsequently retooled the music reside as a homage to her LGBTQ+ followers.

6. Gradual (2003)

A strikingly minimal concoction of drum machine and analogue synths, Gradual’s surprisingly skewed model of pop is simple by the singer’s traditional requirements and hypnotically irresistible: solely digital, however heat and sensual, and apparently Kylie’s favorite of her personal tracks. The Chemical Brothers’ characteristically intense remix is fabulous, too.

5. Shocked (1990)

Most Inventory Aitken and Waterman artists who tried to claim their individuality got here to grief, however when Kylie did it, they appeared to rise to the problem, abandoning their identikit sound, writing higher, classier songs and, within the case of Shocked, commissioning a remix by DNA which may be very 1990 – breakbeat, home piano, rap – and a delight.

4. Higher the Satan You Know (1990)

They could have been cursed with no sense of high quality management, however Inventory Aitken and Waterman could possibly be masterful pop craftsmen and Higher the Satan You Know is the proof: an effortlessly hovering melody, an ideal updating of disco’s cocktail of jubilant music and lyrical heartbreak.

3. Can’t Get You Out of My Head (2001)

It turned so ubiquitous that it’s straightforward to overlook what a bizarre pop single Can’t Get You Out of My Head is: there aren’t any verses, only a refrain and a queasy-sounding bridge; there’s a distinct darkness about its coolly delivered lyric about harmful obsession. And the costumes in its video seem like an eery prediction of private protecting tools.

2. Speak in confidence to Me (1994)

The second when Kylie’s bid to reinvent herself as a extra self-consciously refined artist seemed prefer it may work completely, Speak in confidence to Me is atypical amongst her best singles and an totally improbable music: sultry, atmospheric, bolstered by strings enjoying the melody of Jane’s a capella 1983 indie hit It’s a Tremendous Day.

1. Spinning Round (2000)

Over the course of her profession, Kylie has tried her hand at being Indie Kylie, Moody Kylie, Mature Kylie and certainly Masking Toots and the Maytals on a Youngsters’s TV Present Kylie (see her 2009 version of Monkey Man with the Wiggles). However the truth stays that Kylie was basically placed on this earth to make glitzy, euphoric, balls-out pop bangers, and Spinning Round is the glitziest and most euphoric of the lot. A daring restatement of core values following her 90s dalliances with the left area; an ideal pop-disco nugget, a single solely the terminally joyless may fail to take pleasure in.


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