Every Kylie Minogue Song That Has Reached Number 1 In Australia

Every Kylie Minogue Song That Has Reached Number 1 In Australia

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Few would have predicted in 1987 just how lengthy and successful a music career Neighbours star Kylie Minogue would have following the release of her debut single that year. Since then, she has notched up 10 number 1 singles on the ARIA chart, hitting the top in the 80s, 90s and 2000s.


Year: 1987

Weeks on top: Seven

The song that started it all had already been a hit twice in Australia (for Little Eva in 1962 and Ritz in 1980), but Kylie’s version of “Locomotion” out-performed all others, flying to the top of the ARIA singles chart and staying there for seven weeks, becoming the biggest record of 1987 in the process. Still on Neighbours at that point, Kylie had famously performed the song at a charity event before recording it under her new deal with Mushroom Records.

"I Should Be So Lucky"

Year: 1988

Weeks on top: Six

Sent to the UK to record her follow-up single with top producers Stock Aitken Waterman, who had apparently forgot she was coming, Kylie left the Hit Factory with this frothy pop confection written in record time, which not only returned her to number 1 in Australia, but also became her first (of seven) chart-toppers in Britain.

"Got To Be Certain"

Year: 1988

Weeks on top: Three

Making it three from three, Kylie’s next single also reached number 1 in Australia, but it did so in its first week. “Got To Be Certain” was the first 7” single to debut at the top locally, although Midnight Oil’s Species Deceases EP had also managed the feat in 1985. This would be Kylie’s final number 1 single from her Stock Aitken Waterman years, although she came close with “Especially For You” (number 2), “Hand On Your Heart” (number 4) and “Better The Devil You Know” (number 4).

"Confide In Me"

Year: 1994

Weeks on top: Four

Her only number 1 during the 90s, “Confide In Me” was the lead single from Kylie’s self-titled comeback album, released two years after she left PWL Records in the UK. Newly signed to dance label Deconstruction Records – although she remained on Mushroom in Australia – she broadened her sound and won rave reviews for this Eastern-influenced track.

"Spinning Around"

Year: 2000

Weeks on top: One

Comeback number 2: Kylie started the 2000s by going back to her pop roots after the indie-influenced Impossible Princess album. The lead single from Light Years, “Spinning Around” was as glossy and shimmery a pop track as the gold hot pants she wore in the music video. Fun fact: Paula Abdul was one of the four songwriters credited and had initially intended to record the track herself.

"On A Night Like This"

Year: 2000

Weeks on top: Two (Non-consecutive)

The second single from Light Years debuted at number 1 – something that was quite common by this stage – and returned for a second week at the top of the chart after Kylie performed the song at the Closing Ceremony for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. “On A Night Like This” had been written for Swedish singer Pandora (known for “A Little Bit”), but her version wasn’t released and instead Kylie’s vocals were recorded over the backing track.

"Can’t Get You Out Of My Head"

Year: 2001

Weeks on top: Four

After being previewed on her On A Night Like This tour in early 2001, the lead single from Kylie’s eighth album, Fever, became her biggest global success when released later that year, even returning her to the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time since the late ’80s. The song, co-written by early-’90s pop star Cathy Dennis, had been offered to S Club 7 and Sophie Ellis-Bextor before Kylie heard the demo and recorded it.  

"In Your Eyes"

Year: 2002

Weeks on top: One

Not since the very start of her career had Kylie been as successful in Australia as she was in the early 2000s and Fever became the highest-selling album of her career, going seven times platinum locally. The album’s second single followed “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” by debuting at number 1, but quickly fell down the chart, spending only nine weeks in the top 50.


Year: 2003

Weeks on top: One

Kylie shifted gears musically on ninth album Body Language, incorporating elements of R&B, electroclash and hip-hop into her dance-pop sound. That was evidenced on lead single “Slow”, a pulsating synthpop tune that steered clear of a big pop chorus for a more sensual groove, brought to life in the visually stunning music video filmed at a Barcelona swimming pool. The result: another instant number 1.

"2 Hearts"

Year: 2007

Weeks on top: One

Her first new music since her breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in 2005, and her triumphant return to performing with the Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour the following year, “2 Hearts” reinstalled Kylie to the top of the singles chart. The song was a remake of a little-known track by electronic duo Kish Mauve, who also produced Kylie’s version. To date, it is her last single to reach number 1 in Australia.

These hits and more are included on  Kylie's Step Back In Time collection, available here on limited edition coloured vinyl.

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