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post Sep 8 2021, 12:37 AM
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Today marks 20 years since 'Can't Get You Out of My Head' was first released in Australia. The song was written by Cathy Dennis and Rob David and, after being turned down by other acts, was accepted by Kylie who was hooked just 20 seconds into listening. The structure is deceptively simple, relying mostly on a hypnotic bassline and fragmented hooks that hint at a dark obsession, but this less-is-more approach proved successful. Critically, it received universal praise with comparisons being made to the works of New Order and Kraftwerk, whilst commercially it became the biggest song of Kylie's career, topping the chart in over 40 countries and eventually selling 5 million copies. The futuristic music video in no doubt played a substantial part in the song's success, with Kylie's revealing white jumpsuit becoming a huge talking point.

'Can't Get You Out of My Head' is one of the most momentous moments of pop culture. Its effortlessly cool sound had huge crossover appeal and marked a new era for pop music, one that allowed pop to be less conventional, more respected, but always undeniably catchy.
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post Sep 8 2021, 12:50 AM
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wub.gif 20 years, my goodnessÖ I remember this release so clearly. I was so impressed with it on the first listen/watch of the video. I remember thinking how futuristic it felt, something never done before. It wasnít long until it was on heavy rotation on the music channels and I just knew it was a surefire hit. However it spending 4 weeks at #1 and becoming a million seller, that exceeded my expectations.

An incredible start to an iconic era. heart.gif
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post Sep 8 2021, 12:59 AM
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20 years, feels so quick, I liked it from the off and knew it would be a big hit but never expected the monster hit it turned into. I remember been blown away by its 300k plus opening sales and also holding off Michael Jacksons comeback single on its 4th week at number 1. It was an amazing time to be a kylie fan, she was just everywhere and the brit performance of it blew me away, iconic performance that I love to this day.
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post Sep 8 2021, 02:07 PM
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I was only 4 at the time of release but can remember so vividly watching the video on the music channels. I had no knowledge of its cultural impact or even any concept of what that was, yet it still felt like I knew I was witnessing something huge, partly because it was on TV all the time and must have been for years after, but also because the visual, the choreography and the hooks were so memorable and attention grabbing. As Iíve grown older, Iíve understood further why I love this song so much and it mostly comes down to how effortlessly cool the whole package is. Sometimes you can tell someone has tried hard to make an iconic moment or a big hit, but often itís best when it happens naturally and isnít over-produced.

Hard to imagine Kylieís career without this song now and you can tell Kylie is thrilled to have released such a momentous song. You look at the chart figures and they really speak for themselves. I mean, 306k in its first week was something usually reserved for charity singles and Christmas releases. I think it was named the most popular single of the 00s due to its high airplay, sales and number of cover versions too.
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post Sep 9 2021, 09:41 AM
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I love love love this song, obviously, but at the same time it's a song I very rarely listen to these days. It's a bit too overplayed and overrated for me, a true song for the "locals"/ straights (like Toxic is for Britney). Having said that, I cannot deny the impact this has had on pop music and Kylie herself in particular. It really was a big moment, I was 10 when it came out and remember being obsessed and buying the single in the record store.
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post Sep 9 2021, 09:46 AM
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Crazy that there were artists who didn't want to record that song. It's a classic.
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post Sep 9 2021, 10:07 AM
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I too was 4 when this was released but can't quite remember it at the time. I don't think I was exposed to the music channels for another couple of years. I do remember it being played on 4Music in later years, on their 'biggest songs of the 21st century' type countdowns and always finding it mesmerising. I adore the mix of super catchy hooks with a dark edge. She of course commands attention effortlessly in the video too. It's my second favourite Kylie song after 'Slow' so I definitely gravitate towards her pulsating synth work! What a classic.
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post Sep 9 2021, 10:17 AM
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It got so overplayed at the time that I almost couldn't bear to listen to it for about 10-15 years, but I've since grown to appreciate this again and what a phenomenal pop song it is.

I hadn't yet become a "proper fan" (that would have been the following summer), but I was following the charts religiously and remember how huge it was at the time, particularly with the hyped "battle" with Victoria Beckham (lol) and how it kept off Michael Jackson's comeback in its 4th week. I seem to remember it being widely expected Steps would get #1 with 'Chain Reaction' too.

By the beginning of 2002 I'd had enough of it though, it was just too inescapable.
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post Sep 9 2021, 07:02 PM
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I remember this being absolutely massive. It was played everywhere and there was such a buzz about it. Never expected it to do as well as it did but it totally deserved it.
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post Sep 9 2021, 08:23 PM
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20 years ! That doesnít seem right cause it was only yesterday laugh.gif

I loved that album so much - all of it. When this song was released I listened to it a lot bit over times the 2nd and 3rd singles became my favourites. And Fever still to this day is my favourite album track heart.gif 20 years !!
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post Sep 9 2021, 09:12 PM
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VB deserved the no.1.
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post Sep 10 2021, 12:31 AM
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I agree VB deserved a number 1 but not against cant get you out of my head.
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post Sep 10 2021, 07:54 AM
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That VB song really was not good. At all.

If it was 'Let Your Head Go' then I'd agree it deserved to be a #1.


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post Sep 13 2021, 08:26 PM
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No song deserved Number 1 against the classic Can't Get You Out of my Head.
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post Sep 30 2021, 09:23 AM
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Kylie Minogue's Can't Get You Out Of My Head still sounds like the future.

Taking its cues from both the 1980s and the 2080s, Can't Get You...finds itself constantly shape-shifting under a restless beat and layers upon layers of hypnotic hooks, beating you into submission with each la-la-la.

Kylie - the poster-child of a certain kind of 80s dance-pop - is transformed in the song. "There's a dark secret in me," she says, her voice stretched to breaking. "Set me free." And set her free the song did - from expectations, from naysayers and any doubts her best days were well behind her.

20 years ago this week, Can't Get You Out Of My Head became Kylie's sixth UK Number 1. It proved that the success of 2000's comeback album Light Years hadn't been a fluke. Pop's Australian princess really was back; bigger and arguably better, than ever.

As with most iconic pop singles, the story behind the song's genesis is almost as interesting as the song itself. Composed by Rob Davis (Fragma's Toca Miracle) and Cathy Dennis (Britney's Toxic, Katy Perry's I Kissed A Girl) the track was originally pitched to S Club 7 and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, both of whom passed on the future million-seller. Legend has it that Kylie demanded to record the song just 20 seconds into hearing the demo.

In 2011, songwriter Dennis said: "Even though Kylie wasn't the first artist to be offered the song, I don't believe anyone else would have done the incredible job she did with it."

Can't Get You Out Of My Head arrived on the Official Singles Charts with all the force of a hurricane. Prior to release, the media had whipped up a frenzy over the song sharing its release date with Victoria Beckham's first post-Spice Girls debut single, Not Such An Innocent Girl. Although, it admittedly didn't turn into much of a chart battle. Kylie debuted at Number 1 with 306,000 copies, Victoria trailed in at Number 6, almost 270,000 copies behind.

To date, Can't Get You Out Of My Head has UK chart sales totaling 1.53 million, including a massive 1.2 million pure sales (her chart "rival" Victoria? 93,000 chart sales), and 38 million streams. It spent four weeks at the top, and its parent album, Fever, also debuted at Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart while its lead single was at the top of the singles chart too - earning Kylie a rare chart double.

The neo-disco record would also contain a further three UK Top 10 singles - Love At First Sight (2), In Your Eyes (3) and Come Into My World (8).

It's also left an indelible mark on pop culture too. It's future-facing sonics and heady Dawn Shadofrth-direct visuals would set a blueprint for a new generation of female synth-pop acts like Lady Gaga with Just Dance to follow at the end of the decade. Even in 2020, Dua Lipa named Kylie and Fever as a direct influence on her blockbuster Future Nostalgia album.

Here's how 'Can't Get You Out of My Head' performed during its time in the Top 2:

W/E 29th September 2001
01 (NE) 306,648 Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of My Head
02 (01) 120,000 DJ Otzi - Hey Baby

06 (NE) 36,672 Victoria Beckham - Not Such An Innocent Girl

W/E 6th October 2001
01 (01) 180,699 Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of My Head
02 (NE) 108,000 Steps - Chain Reaction / One for Sorrow (Remix)

W/E 13th October 2001
01 (01) 122,000 Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of My Head
02 (03) 74,500 DJ Otzi - Hey Baby

W/E 20th October 2001
01 (01) 96,000 Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of My Head
02 (NE) 89,000 Michael Jackson - You Rock My World

W/E 27th October 2001
01 (NE) 129,613 Afroman - Because I Got High
02 (01) 73,000 Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of My Head

W/E 3rd November 2001
01 (01) 109,000 Afroman - Because I Got High
02 (02) 54,500 Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of My Head
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post Sep 30 2021, 12:28 PM
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I'm in minority, because always hated this annoying song.
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post Sep 30 2021, 10:03 PM
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^ There was a time when I didnít love the song as much but Iíve never hated it! ohmy.gif

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post Sep 30 2021, 11:55 PM
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Those sales were mega, the opening sales blew me away at the time as sales in those numbers didnt happen outside a novelty christmas single or reality tv single.
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post Oct 1 2021, 11:12 AM
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QUOTE(Feel_The_Fever @ Oct 1 2021, 12:55 AM) *
Those sales were mega, the opening sales blew me away at the time as sales in those numbers didnt happen outside a novelty christmas single or reality tv single.

Yeah they really are incredible. I've collected the songs that sold over 300k in a week between 2000-2009:

1,108,269 Will Young - Anything is Possible / Evergreen [09/03/02]
850,535 Gareth Gates - Unchained Melody [30/03/02]
742,180 Shayne Ward - That's My Goal [31/12/05]
576,046 Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah [27/12/08]
571,253 Leona Lewis - A Moment Like This [30/12/06]
549,839 Hear'Say - Pure & Simple [24/03/01]
502,672 Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name [26/12/09]
450,838 Joe McElderry - The Climb [26/12/09]
377,074 Will Young - Anything is Possible / Evergreen [16/03/02]
359,639 Bob the Builder - Can We Fix It? [30/12/00]
345,498 Shaggy - It Wasn't Me [10/03/01]
311,887 Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah [03/01/09]
306,648 Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out of My Head [29/09/01]

Only other song outside of Christmas and reality TV winners is 'It Wasn't Me' by Shaggy.
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post Oct 1 2021, 01:10 PM
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I neve realised before that Shaggy had such big opening sales, that aside Kylie done huge with CGYOOMY and im not sure if this is true but was their rumours they ran out of cd singles during week 1?
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