The 50 Greatest Kylie Minogue Songs

In celebration of the Princess Goddess of Pop’s, Kylie Minogue, 50th birthday, the time is perfect to countdown her 50 Greatest Songs. From her beginnings on the Stock Aitken Waterman assembly line through to her current singer-songwriter country pop iteration, Kylie has delivered some of the finest moments in dance-pop history, and she’s done it battling every challenge thrown at her you could imagine. Through all of her adversity, Kylie is undeniably a landmark artist still focused on finding innovative ways expressing the things that have always resonated the most with her and her fans: escape, euphoria, triumph over devastation, and, most importantly, love. With 30 years of material to choose from, here are the 50 greatest songs recorded by the incomparable, lengadry Kylie Minogue.

50. “Finer Feelings”

50. Finer Feelings

The incredible single mix of “Finer Feelings” is notable for being the first of many important collaborations with Brothers In Rhythm, and particularly member Steve Anderson who is still a prominent figure in her career. The original album version takes itself a little more seriously that its inclusion on Let’s Get To It would ever allow it to be, but the remix removes the pretension and gives it a lush dance-ballad makeover. “Finer Feelings” is bursting at the seams with desire for a new direction, and she wasn’t far away from finding one.

49. “Speakerphone”

49. SpeakerphoneTen years on, “Speakerphone” hasn’t really endured as well as you’d have once thought. This was boundary-pushing for Kylie at the time and it’s no surprise it gained some traction within her fanbase, and even the likes of Madonna. With its hook-after-hook structure, it’s easy to almost get lost, but the beat is so infectious it all manages to come together. There really isn’t anything else like it in her catalog, at least that she pulled off this successfully.

48. “Where Is The Feeling?”

48. Where Is The FeelingIt’s difficult to approach “Where Is The Feeling?” seeing as it exists, rather co-exists, in two radically different states, with arguments in favor of both. In one corner you have the 7-minute album version, a bubbly, club-ready pop epic. In the other, there’s the completely unrecognizable, dark and sultry, almost entirely spoken single version. Taking an aggregate of the two, and factoring in a plethora of remixes like the sublime “BIR Soundtrack,” the song is pretty great.

47. “Cherry Bomb”

47. Cherry BombMany consider this beloved b-side to be a lost opportunity for the X project. “Cherry Bomb” is an absolute production masterpiece, almost to a fault as Kylie’s voice feels more like an instrument than the focal point at times, but the chorus is fittingly explosive. Should it have been a single contender like some claim? Maybe that’s pushing it, but it would have been a solid replacement for some of the album’s weaker moments.

46. “Glow”

Kylie + Garibay

46. GlowSleepwalker, Kylie’s first EP with producer Fernando Garibay (as Kylie + Garibay,)  never saw a proper commercial release, but it was a complete herald amidst the lackluster and directionless Kiss Me Once project. Its opener “Glow” is a production masterpiece destined to overshadow any melody laid atop, but Kylie’s serene verses and bellowing chorus actually completely carry the track into its climax.

45. “I Should Be So Lucky”

45. I Should Be So LuckyUndeniably, “I Should Be So Lucky” is a landmark pop hit. Sans the original Australian release of “Locomotion,” this was Kylie Minogue’s career-launching single, and it immediately positioned her as a force to be reckoned with. The song itself is a stellar composition… its progression is remarkable as are its aching, pining lyrics… but the presentation is off. Updated versions, such as the famous torch song variation are far more demonstrative of its best qualities than the gnawingly sweet original.

44. “Turn It Into Love”

44. Turn It Into LoveThere’s no denying that Kylie’s debut album, Kylie, was a tour de force of pop hits, and although “Turn It Into Love” was a massive hit in Japan, it very easily could have, and probably should have had the opportunity to be one everywhere else. The dance-pop track sounds larger than life with its prominent beat, arpeggiated synth riff and Kylie’s over(ly)dubbed vocals that make her sound like she’s screaming, but that was the name of the game at the time.

43. “Did It Again”

43. Did It AgainReleased as the second single off Impossible Princess, “Did It Again” remains the most scathing, self-deprecating moment in Kylie’s catalog. Sure, she was able to have some fun with it in the iconic music video, but for an artist who went on to build a career around love, escape, and euphoria, it makes sense that she’s mostly swept it under the rug. Still, the track is an incredibly unique fixture in her catalog, bridging the gap between the album’s rock and dance moments.

42. “Chocolate”

42. ChocolateThe Body Language album was great in concept, but lackluster in execution. Fusing electro and urban was fairly unique for an artist like Kylie at the time, and while it didn’t quite land, moments like “Chocolate” made it worthwhile. The lush, sultry ballad incorporates funk’s bassy authority, R&B’s smooth sexiness, and disco’s orchestral height, with one hell of a melody to string it all together. The song truly was a gamble, but it ended up working beautifully in the end.

41. “On A Night Like This”

41. On A Night Like ThisHer comeback epic Light Years rolled out with an incredible doubleheader of singles that re-established her as a dance-pop queen: “Spinning Around” opted for more of the “pop,” and the truly exhilarating “On A Night Like This” focused on the “dance.” This was a welcomed return to the sound that pushed along her career a decade prior, except this time, it was more refined, more savvy, and far more confident. This was an important moment in her career that deserves to be mentioned alongside her most well-known hits.

40. “Made In Heaven”

40. Made In HeavenIt is impossible to complain about Kylie’s incredible run of hits in the late ’80s, but “Made In Heaven” should have been one of them…and it almost was. Teased as a double-A side with “Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi,” and subsequently downgraded to b-side status, the track still got the video treatment (although it would have been better off without,) and a live-staple early on. Arguably, it’s as good as, if not better than any of the songs of her debut album.

39. “Dangerous Game”

39. Dangeorus GameA clear standout from her 1994 self-titled debut indie release, “Dangerous Game” could have been a Bond Theme in another lifetime. This epic orchestral ballad is full of drama and heartache, but Kylie’s immaculate vocal performance remains its most impressive draw. The way she guides the song to its climax and thrusts the momentum through to the end is truly masterful. It’s a shame that this track was never really put in a position to be properly recognized.

38. “Stop Me From Falling”

38. Stop Me From FallingThe second single lifted from her most recent effort, Golden, instantly resonated with fans more than its predecessor thanks to an absolutely explosive one-two-punch chorus and earnest lyrics. The brilliance of “Stop Me From Falling” lies in the fact that she never loses sight of her pop sensibilities throughout the country-tinged production, and it fuses naturally. This is Kylie at her most authentic, and that’s why the track is a soaring success.

37. “Limbo”

37. LimboKylie’s first major project as principle songwriter profoundly saw her step outside of her comfort zone; the public didn’t get it, but it’s one of the most beloved eras of her career to her fans. “Limbo” is an absolute standout on Impossible Princess that was actually in the running for lead single (an idea that probably should have been fully realized in hindsight.) The frenzied beats and melody pair perfectly with her urgent lyrics. It’s really a low-key artistic achievement.

36. “Aphrodite”

36. AphroditeIf Kylie played her cards right, this could have gone down as her quintessential anthem. The title track to her eleventh studio album, Aphrodite, is a thundering herald that truly could have positioned her as the Goddess of Pop for good. Unfortunately, even despite being one of her best tour openers, “Aphrodite” stalled as an album track. Still, it’s one of Kylie’s most epic moments; you can’t help getting sucked into its empowering call to arms.

35. “Sleeping With The Enemy”

35. Sleeping With The EnemyOn the whole, Kiss Me Once was a letdown; it really lacked the direction of her previous efforts, and with a somewhat dated rollout, it’s no surprise that it wasn’t a soaring success. That’s not to say the whole project was a wash, though. Bonus track “Sleeping With The Enemy” is truly one of the best tracks she’s ever recorded. The lush electro pseudo-ballad isn’t a conventional Kylie song, yet it doesn’t completely abandon its pop sensibilities either.

34. “Automatic Love”

34. Automatic Love“Automatic Love” has been buried far too deep into Kylie’s catalog. Featured on her 1994 self-titled album, the track is a beautiful and genre-fluid featuring some of her greatest vocals on record to date. It subtly builds in a way most pop songs don’t have the patience for, which makes the payoff even greater. The song is kind of the cornerstone of its parent album; it bridges the gap between ballad and club without having to borrow too many ideas from either one.

33. “Cowboy Style”

33. Cowboy StyleDespite its limited single release, “Cowboy Style” has endured better than most of the proper ones lifted from Impossible Princess. With a folksy twang and epic percussive climax, the track made sense alongside both the album’s distinct electronic and indie directions. It has such a cool, confident energy about it that has made it an unexpected concert highlight on a few of her tours, and it feels less a precursor than a premonition to her current Golden project.

32. “2 Hearts”

32. 2 HeartsPoor “2 Hearts;” it sure got the short end of the stick. The song itself is honestly one of the best things she’s ever recorded. It’s an energetic pop morsel that trades her usual synthesizers for guitar and piano. It’s was the perfect reinvention for Kylie, but the timing couldn’t have been worse. Not only did the track not represent the potpourri of an album that  was, but this was her comeback project whether she wanted it to be or not, and the public just wasn’t interested in a change-up.

31. “I Believe In You”

31. I Believe In You

Released as the lead single from her second major greatest hits project, Ultimate Kylie, “I Believe In You” properly marked the occasion by becoming, well, another one of her greatest hits. Composed with Scissor Sisters members Jake Shears and Babydaddy, the track sticks to what Kylie does best: dance beats and earworms. Although, it does kind of feel a bit half-baked outside of the incredible verses; there’s really nothing but a whole lot of variations on “I believe in you” elsewhere.

30. “I’m Over Dreaming (Over You)”

30. I'm Over Dreaming (Over You)This is truly one of the most criminal missed single opportunities in all of Kylie Minogue’s career. To be fair, all four of the Enjoy Yourself singles were enormous hits, so it’s hard to say they made any wrong decisions, but “I’m Over Dreaming (Over You)” could have joined their ranks. It clearly stands out amongst her ’80s material as something special. This is the most explosive and euphoric track she released between “Lucky” and “Devil,” and it has aged beautifully.

29. “Kids”

Duet with Robbie Williams

29. KidsAlthough “Kids” is by no stretch of the imagination a fan-favorite, it is really one of the best tracks she could have ever chosen to record. In collaboration with fellow superstar Robbie Williams, the track has a more pop-rock feel destined to become a live anthem. Released amidst her epic comeback, it’s no surprise that it became such an enormous hit. “Kids” is just another example of her reaping the benefits of stepping out of comfort zone.

28. “A Lifetime To Repair”

28. A Lifetime To RepairWith Golden, we were promised country-infused pop, and no track delivered quite as perfectly as “A Lifetime To Repair.” Not only are Kylie’s lyrics amongst the best she’s ever written… I mean, they’re the perfect blend of drama and wit all while being fearlessly self-aware… but its banjo-led non-chorus is the perfect bridge between her typical bursts of dance-pop euphoria, and the authenticity of the Nashville influence that drove the album.

27. “Never Too Late”

27. Never Too LateAlthough “Never Too Late” was her only ’80s single not to peak in the top-2 in the UK, it remains one of the best of her the lot. The track is a true-to-form Stock Aitken Waterman composition, but it has aged much better than many of the others. Its emotional lyrics are certainly well-masked in the upbeat production, but it’s forgivable with a chorus this perfect and a progression that’s actually interesting.

26. “Put Yourself In My Place”

26. Put Yourself In My PlaceFollowing up the mammoth “Confide In Me” with such a straight-forward ballad like “Put Yourself In My Place” sounds like nothing but a momentum killer. That didn’t pan out to be entirely true in the end, but it’d be difficult to call it one of her most memorable hits. The song itself is absolutely beautiful, though, with one of those rare effortlessly perfect melodies that flows naturally to a near-climax. Not to mention, Kylie’s vocals are stunning, too.

25. “Some Kind Of Bliss”

25. Some Kind Of BlissIn the context of being the lead single from Impossible Princess, sure, “Some Kind Of Bliss” missed the mark. The alternative rock-infused track, co-written with Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradford and Sean Moore, wasn’t a fair representation of the album as a whole, and it was certainly an abrupt change in direction. However, the song, in actuality, is absolutely incredible. Kylie sounds comfortable stepping into indie, but it’d be difficult to say “Some Kind Of Bliss” doesn’t read like a pop song at all.

24. “Hand On Your Heart”

24. Hand On Your HeartIt can be hard to find a fit for her early Stock Aitken and Waterman hits alongside her more artistically driven works that followed suit, but some of them are truly classics. “Hand On Your Heart” is far more devastating than its saccharine production and memorable melody would ever lead you to believe, but it’s truly what salvages its worth almost 30-years on. The track is one of her biggest early hits, and really proved Kylie’s success wasn’t a mere fluke.

23. “Light Years”

23. Light YearsThe title track to Kylie’s major comeback album Light Years has kept a pretty public profile for a non-single. It’s been somewhat of a recurring cast member of her concert setlists, even acting as the big opener of her first North American tour. “Light Years” is a not-so-distant relative of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” (as exemplified in the Fever Tour mash-up performance) but with a fantastical, futuristic theme. It’s incredibly endearing, almost emotional, and there’s a finality about it that truly makes it the perfect album closer.

22. “In Your Eyes”

22. In Your EyesAnything that Kylie released immediately after “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” was going to run the risk of feeling like a dud, even if it was guaranteed to ride the wave of success. “In Your Eyes” more than rose to the occasion, sitting comfortably in the same sonic wheelhouse, even reiterating some of “Head’s” darker, bass-heavy qualities, without sounding remotely like a carbon copy. The track was a massive hit on its own merit, and even though it was sandwiched in between two of her most inescapable anthems, it’s still one of her best singles.

21. “Breathe”

21. BreatheThe original album version of “Breathe,” featured on Impossible Princess, feels lethargic and tedious in comparison to the single version, which is just simply sped up to a more palatable tempo (Maybe we’ve all just gotten used to it.) The stunning track is too upbeat to be ballad, but not enough to to appeal to the clubs, which perfectly matches the pensiveness and insecurity of its lyrics. “Breathe” is one of Kylie’s greatest compositions in the grand scheme of her career; it deserved better.

20. “Dancing”

20. DancingIt may be premature to put “Dancing,” or any of her Golden material on the list of her Greatest Songs… but maybe it isn’t. See, the album’s first single not only kicked off yet another major reinvention, but an entirely new era of her career, and there couldn’t have been a more perfect song to do it with. The track is absolutely pure bliss; it’s catchy, it’s uplifting, and it’s unlike anything else in her catalog. The double meaning in its lyrics, “When I go out, I wanna go out dancing,” is just the perfect mantra for her. This is everything an authentic Kylie Anthem should be.

19. “Get Outta My Way”

19. Get Outta My Way“Get Outta My Way” has really gone on to become a proper Kylie Anthem, and yes, that is a proper noun. The track is like the dance-pop sister of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies,” but with a little more intentional focus on filling the floor at gay clubs. It’s one of Kylie’s sassiest deliveries, and equipped with a one-two-punch of tag-team choruses, there’s really no way this was going to be anything but a TKO. Maybe her voice could have been produced a little better, but why waste time nitpicking at a modern classic?

18. “In My Arms”

18. In My ArmsIn a way, “In My Arms” sounds like a victory lap for Kylie at this point in her career. The X album project was being treated as a comeback, and although it was a bit of a mixed bag in the end, there’s a rejuvenation throughout, particularly in this track. It sounds like Kylie doing Kylie, and while that can be a detriment sometimes, it can also result in pop perfection. You can’t argue with how perfect that chorus is! It really should have been the album’s first single; it would have perfectly set the tempo for the project.

17. “GBI (German Bold Italic)”

Towa Tei featuring Kylie Minogue

17. GBIUndeniably, “GBI” is one of the most interesting facets of the Kylie Minogue catalog. The techno-house track, performed with Japanese DJ Towa Tei (of Deee-Lite fame) for his Sound Museum album, sees Kylie assume the role of typeface eager to be used. Her completely spoken vocals are as eerie as they are seductive, but they’re also quite fun and whimsical. The track is an artistic triumph for Kylie and it still stands out as being one of her most awe-inspiring moments.

[Sadly, “GBI” is not currently available on Spotify]

16. “Spinning Around”

16. Spinning AroundGenerally speaking, artists don’t often get opportunities for a big comeback like Kylie got with “Spinning Around.” Following close to a decade of experimentation, development, and waning public interest, she made a resounding return to pure pop, except this time, she was wiser and in more control. Sure, a particular pair of gold hot pants helped matters, but the track’s infectious disco production and delirious catchiness are what truly re-launched an iconic career.

15. “What Do I Have To Do?”

15. What Do I Have To DoIf “Better The Devil You Know” introduced a new Kylie, “What Do I Have To Do?” cemented the relationship. The club-ready anthem was Kylie’s most dance-focused work at the time and catalyzed a sound she can’t seem to abandon, even 25 years later. There’s a refined quality to the song that bares little resemblance to her hits from the two prior years, even despite the same team being behind them all. Kylie is in complete control here, and she’s never looked back.

14. “Lost Without You”

14. Lost Without YouNot only did “Lost Without You” become an instant fan favorite, but even Kylie has beamed with pride over this cruelly-placed bonus track on her latest album, Golden. The pop power ballad largely steps away from the record’s country motif, but it’s far from lacking in lyrical substance, and the spoken sections are a refreshing touch. It’s truly one of the greatest songs she’s ever written.

13. “The One”

13. The OneIt’s a particular shame that X was D.O.A. by the time “The One” got its long-overdue single release. Even with the fantastic remix by Freemasons backing the video and even live performances, it wasn’t enough to secure one of the biggest opportunities for a massive hit the album had to over. The track is a straight-forward, club ready work with stunningly sleek production. Its simple, lavish chorus begging, “love me, love me, love me, love me” feels more like a invitation than desperation.

12. “Tightrope”

12. TightropeIt is such a shame that “Tightrope” is a song they let fall through the cracks. The Fever-era b-side/bonus track may have been difficult to fit into the tracklist, but it would have been worth the inconvenience. The dance-ballad is one of the most beloved fixtures in her catalog amongst her fanbase, and with good reason. Its tight production, emotive vocals, and flawless melody should have made “Tightrope” a single contender, not a bonus track.

11. “Your Disco Needs You”

11. Your Disco Needs YouThere’s really always been a bit of campiness in Kylie’s work, but never has she embraced quite as heartily as with “Your Disco Needs You.” The track could have gone seriously wrong, but her charismatic, commanding vocals and absolute conviction makes it a soaring success. Despite its criminally limited single release, the song has survived the sands of time better than some of her biggest hits. “Your Disco Needs You” is a bonafide anthem.

10. “All The Lovers”

10. All The LoversIf pop radio wasn’t so agist, “All The Lovers” wouldn’t be Kylie Minogue’s most current classic, but what a zinger she left the general public with. At a time when she was at a crossroads with her commercial viability, she more than rose to the occasion by dropping this gobsmacking anthem that rivals the likes of “Love At First Sight.” It’s euphoric, it’s uplifting, and it’s undeniably catchy; these are all areas where Kylie has historically excelled, and the song is no exception. “All The Lovers” sounds effortless in structure, but that’s just the result of a seasoned legend completely owning her domain. Not to mention, this is the moment “fans” became “Lovers,” so it’s no surprise how special it has become to her devoted adorers.

09. “Slow”

09. SlowThe real test for how Kylie was ever going to follow up “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” wasn’t the subsequent Fever singles, it was “Slow.” Following a project as successful as its predecessor is a near-impossibility, but she fearlessly went for it… and it paid off, at least for one song. The seductive, mid-tempo electro track was a bold choice for a lead single, let alone from a project that was either going to propel or thwart her critical and commercial momentum (but hasn’t that position has kind of become Kylie’s comfort zone?) Her confidence oozes throughout “Slow,” and although the rest of Body Language didn’t quite land, it’s without a doubt one of her greatest moments.

08. “Too Far”

08. Too FarIt isn’t often that Kylie doesn’t open an album with its first single, but it’s hard to imagine kicking off Impossible Princess in any other way. “Too Far,” with Kylie being the lone credited songwriter, is one of her most lyrically-dense, perfectly mirroring the frenzied house production. The track drastically swings us back and forth, in and out of spit-fire verses and explosive choruses, and a piano riff that may be the secret ancestor of Coldplay’s “Clocks.” It’s never quite clear where it’s quite going to go next at any given point, but Kylie’s vulnerable, but commanding presence keeps it on track. For a project focused on reinvention and experimentation, “Too Far” would have been the perfect no-risk single. Instead, it’s more or less been a comfortably positioned deep-cut that really should always be the reference point for anyone questioning Kylie’s integrity, imagination, and overall command of her art.

07. “Take Me With You”

07. Take Me With YouHands down, “Take Me With You” is the best Kylie song almost no one knows. The 9-minute Impossible Princess-era ballad is intricately laced with haunting nuances that reverberate through Kylie’s distant, lamenting vocals, some of her most beautiful ever recorded …all of this laid atop steady tribal percussion. The song feels liquid in structure, letting the verses take their time to build towards a chorus that’s more like a chant with only a brief bridge to connect them. As the song climaxes with Kylie’s near-weeping plea, “I don’t want to hurt inside,” it’s abundantly clear that we’re listening to an artist experiencing catharsis in her vulnerability. The 3-minute instrumental coda is not only chillingly beautiful, it echoes this sentiment. In a way, “Take Me With You’s” limited availability only makes it that much more special.

06. “Love At First Sight”

06. Love At First SightIt’s hard to think of a more perfect pop song than “Love At First Sight.” It’s really no surprise that it immediately became, not only one of her biggest hits, but a true anthem… one to even rival “Better The Devil You Know.” This is Kylie Minogue in her element: uplifting, bubbly, saturated with euphoria, and so damn catchy. The song itself is quite simple, relying heavily on its iconic riff and structure that seamlessly moves from a massive bridge into an even bigger chorus. It’s no surprise that it’s become such a live staple and often finds itself closing setlists, where it’s seen many different iterations. Still, nothing beats the rush of the original album version which just feels like such a snapshot in time of a pop star at the top of her game. For an artist known for making escapist pop, there really is no better song to identify her with than “Love At First Sight.”

05. “Where The Wild Roses Grow”

Duet with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

05. Where The Wild Roses GrowShe doesn’t often get as much credit for this as she should, but Kylie Minogue is a risk-taker. Much like with any of pop’s true chameleons, that doesn’t always pay off, but when it does, it really pays off. Luckily for Kylie, it’s paid off more often than not, but collaborating with fellow-Aussie legend Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds completely takes the cake. Their iconic collaboration, “Where The Wild Roses Grow,” sees Kylie step into character as Eliza Day, a murder victim at the hands of her lover; it’s not exactly “The Locomotion.” Not only is the track stunningly beautiful, albeit twisted, but it took Kylie completely out of “pop” for the first time, and it is still often recognized as one of the best, most important moments in her career.

04. “Dreams”

04. DreamsIn all reality, “Dreams” will probably always go down as Kylie’s most beloved album track. The epic finale, and near title track, to her Impossible Princess album is a stunning orchestral ballad and it’s basically just one of her most perfectly executed songs. Her fantastical lyrics perfectly intensify as the song builds into an explosive climax, pushed along with less of a chorus than a motif and a refrain. Not to mention, this is one of Kylie’s greatest vocal performances ever. Had “Dreams” gotten the single treatment, it likely wouldn’t have fared much better than the lackluster performance put on by its album mates, but it may have really, really, gone down as her greatest moment, at least to date. There’s a reason Kylie felt compelled to give the track its debut performance almost a decade after its release on both her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits and The Homecoming Tours.

03. “Better The Devil You Know”

03. Better The Devil You KnowThe Kylie Minogue we know today wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for “Better The Devil You Know;” she wouldn’t have had the opportunity. This was her first reinvention, and probably her most critical. Her sugar-coated Stock-Aitken-Waterman hits certainly launched an impressive career, but it wasn’t going to be enough to sustain one. Yes, her image change… trading her girl next door persona for confident and sexy… certainly helped things along, but it’s the song itself that made it all happen. Following an intro that rings out like herald, the track erupts into pure euphoria, with one of the most explosive choruses in pop history. The energy is so infectious, it’s almost too easy to overlook its rather deep lyrical content. Through the years, the track has consistently been a staple, and it’s aged as gracefully as any great pop song could be expected to. Finally, it has to be said that although it’s subtly been replaced by the likes of “Love At First Sight” and “All The Lovers,” “Better The Devil You Know” will always be Kylie’s true anthem.

02. “Confide In Me”

02. Confide In MeI think that most would agree that if she didn’t go on to record not only the biggest hit of her career, but one of the greatest pop songs in history, “Confide In Me” would always stand unchallenged as Kylie Minogue’s greatest song. In general, this was one of  pop’s most profound mutinies ever, as she jumped ship from the waning success of her assembly-line SAW hits in favor of indie dance label DeConstruction. Although this time is viewed as a fruitful period of experimentation and growth, “Confide In Me” was the era’s lone major hit. The track is unlike anything pop music has really experienced before: part orchestral ballad, part middle-eastern infused dance anthem. The way the memorable string melody lays atop frenzied beats is seductive, but after an elongated intro of almost 90 seconds, it’s Kylie’s command that makes it a proper knockout. This was the moment the world could finally take her seriously as an artist and a pop star simultaneously, and even now, the song resonates as (damn-near close to) the most important thing she’s ever done.

01. “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”

01. Can't Get You Out Of My HeadIs there really another song you could put here? “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” is truly forward-thinking-pop at its finest. Even over 15 years later, the track still sounds futuristic with its hypnotic drum loop, pulsing bass, and, of course, that “la la la” hook we still can’t get out of our heads. None of that is to take away from the fact that Kylie sells the hell out of it from start to finish. Her alluringly distant vocals manage to hold our focus from start to finish, and to date, there’s no other track in her catalog where she sounds quite like this. She clearly knew she had something once-in-a-lifetime in her hands, and at the end of the day, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” truly is one of the biggest juggernauts in pop history. If any other pop star had “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” in their cannon, it would probably be their greatest song, too, but it’s difficult to imagine anyone else pulling it off as well as Kylie.


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