Minogue's path to international stardom (which has included an appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2008 by Queen Elizabeth for "services to music") began in 1987 with her version of Gerry Goffin and Carole King's "The Loco-Motion." That means we're coming up on 30 years of Kylie, making this the perfect time to revisit some of our favorites from Ms. Minogue's career.
"The Loco-Motion" (1987)
Minogue's version of "The Loco-Motion" spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Australian singles charts and became the country's highest-selling single of the 1980s, and No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Boom.
"Where the Wild Roses Grow" (1995)
Minogue collaborated with fellow Aussie and Prince of Darkness Nick Cave for this tune, which immediately became Cave's best-selling single worldwide. "I'd wanted to write a song for Kylie for many years," Cave said. "I had a quiet obsession with her for about six years." Pfft. Only six years? Amateur.
"Can't Get You out of My Head" (2001)
Minogue's eighth studio album, Fever, was released in October 2001, and aided by the rampant success of "Can't Get You Out of My Head," quickly went on to worldwide success. The single itself sold more than 5 million copies, and the video … well, the video's just great. It's just … great, according to the author of this article, who was a very impressionable 13 years old when it was released.
"Into the Blue" (2014)
Minogue's not slowing down at all, despite a 2005 bout with breast cancer: She's released two albums since then, and her latest, Kiss Me Once, came out in March 2014. "Into the Blue," the album's lead single, is a catchy, unmistakably Kylie-esque number, the video of which features her doing "the Robot" at 1:16. That is all.