Kylie. An Australian woman so famous in Europe and Australia her surname is no longer needed. Since her first single which was a cover of Little Eva’s 1962 ‘The Loco-motion’ in the late eighties Kylie has scored herself 10 #1 Aria Singles. In 2000 ‘On a Night like This’ reached #1 and then months later after the Sydney Olympics, the song returned to #1 Aria Singles. Kylie is now 49 and fabulous and much like Madonna who’s 58 (very soon-to-be 59) and fabulous, these ladies post 2010 are absolutely struggling on the singles charts. The ageist media and even more ageist radio stations won’t even play Kylie or Madonna songs anymore. This said, here’s hoping Kylie might have one more #1 Aria Single in her.
‘The Loco-motion’ stayed #1 on the Australian charts for seven long weeks and became the highest selling Australian single for the entire decade. We especially the video with the $5 budget and Kylie racing around an airport in Melbourne wearing K Mart or Dotti clothes. ‘I Should be so Lucky’ also topped the charts in Australia and Great Britain. It was actually her first single in Europe. The bubble-bath scene is hilariously tacky but it’s become somewhat iconic in Kylie and gay circles. Kylie’s final #1 Aria Single for the eighties was ‘Got to be Certain’ and was basically a tourism advert for Melbourne. We saw Kylie racing around her hometown of Melbourne in various costumes. This was Kylie’s 2nd single in Europe with ‘The Loco-motion’ being the third.
Kylie entered the nineties with a slightly more adult sound and sexier image with Top 5 Aria Singles like ‘Better the Devil you Know’ and ‘Step back in Time’. The latter being her first video to be filmed in the United States. Who could forget Kylie cruising around LA in a red Cadillac wearing nothing but lime green feathers. Then came ‘Shocked’ and ‘Word is Out’ which both charted Top 10 on the Aria Singles, but it was her 1994 classic ‘Confide In Me’ that reached #1 and stayed at the top for 4 weeks. It would also become her only #1 Aria song for the decade.
Kylie’s 1997 album ‘Impossible Princess’ was critically acclaimed and sold very well in Australia, but in the UK and Europe which is her largest market, the album was poorly recieved and became her lowest selling album in Europe. An absolute shame too, because this was the first time Kylie contributed all the lyrics and some of the music for an album. Let’s jump to the year 2000 and those gold hotpants. Noughties Kylie had arrived with two #1 Aria Singles – ‘Spinning Around’ and ‘On a Night Like This’. The latter peaked at #1 two times because of the Sydney Olympics performance. ‘Head’ (CGYOOMH) in 2001 peaked at #1 on Aria Singles and every nation in Europe bar Finland and became the biggest selling single of her career. ‘Head’ reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the album ‘Fever’ reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 200 and sold over one million copies in America. 2003’s ‘Slow’ video has to be Kylie’s sexiest video to date. Beautiful colours, sexy men and women, that sensational Barcelona backdrop and of course Kylie in her elegant but sexy swimsuit. ‘2 Hearts’ would become her final #1 song on the Aria Singles and featured an edgier and more rock-chick meets Goldfrapp Kylie.
HONORABLE #2 ARIA SINGLES MENTIONS
‘Where the Wild Roses Grow’ featuring the dark lord of Australian music, Nick Cave and should have been #1 but it stalled at #2. Nick said… “I’d wanted to write a song for Kylie for many years. I had a quiet obsession with her for about six years. I wrote several songs for her, none of which I felt was appropriate to give her. It was only when I wrote this song, which is a dialogue between a killer and his victim, that I thought finally I’d written the right song for Kylie to sing. I sent the song to her and she replied the next day.” Nick also commented on her 1990 pop song ‘Devil’… “When Kylie Minogue sings these words there is an innocence to her voice that makes the horror of this chilling lyric all the more compelling. The idea presented within this song, dark and sinister and sad – that all love relationships are by nature abusive and that his abuse, be it physical or psychological, is welcomed and encouraged, shows how even the most innocuous of love songs has the potential to hide terrible human truths.” If you can be bothered reading the lyrics to ‘Devil’ you’ll see what Nick is commenting on. The perfect Kylie pop song actually has painfully sad lyrics.