Kylie at 50


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Kylie Minogue was 50 this week.

Although she threw a big party with The Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, Graham Norton and the cast of Neighbours (OK, just Jason Donovan and Guy Pearce – no Plain Jane Superbrain, Bouncer or Stefan Dennis),it didn’t get the fanfare that Dylan at 80 in three years, or next year’s 70th celebrations for Springsteen will.

Because they are albums artists and the world’s media is still run by men with the same record collections, Kylie predominantly is a singles artist in the great tradition of ABBA, Pet Shop Boys, The Carpenters and Wham! (George Michael did some great solo albums, but his real pomp was as a singles artist). She has nevertheless produced consistently strong records, sometimes over a whole album (Fever, Aphrodite) but always great singles. Even the dud albums have one or two knock-it-out-the-park zingers.

 

So to celebrate, here’s a highly subjective but 100% accurate quarter century list of her best tunes. Bangers, one and all. (And Red Blooded Woman was no 26).

 

1 What Do I Have To Do

 

2 Love At First Sight

3 Better the Devil You Know

4 Especially for You

5 What Kind of Fool (Heard All That Before)

6 Step Back In Time

7 Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi

8 Put Your Hands Up (If You Feel Love Tonight)

9 Confide In Me

10 Hand On Your Heart

11 Can’t Get You Out of My Head

12 All the Lovers

13 Got To Be Certain

14 In My Arms

15 Shocked

16 Put Yourself In My Place

17 Wow

18 Get Outta My Way

19 Can’t Beat The Feeling

20 Wouldn’t Change A Thing

21 Timebomb

22 In Your Eyes

23 Did It Again

24 Slow

25 Spinning Around

 

Former editor of Smash Hits and Q, writes on music here, for the BBC Entertainment & Arts website, Reaction.life and others. Favourite artists include Prince, Blur, Pet Shop Boys, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, Daft Punk, Joni Mitchell, John Grant, Velvet Underground, Stevie Wonder, The Blue Nile and too many others to mention.