Kylie Top 30: #2 “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”

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Can't Get You Out Of My HeadSong: Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
Album: Fever (2001)

“La la la / la la lala la” has got to be the greatest chorus of any song of all time. While Light Years brought Kylie back to the disco, Fever brought her to the disco of the future, and “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head” brought that disco around the world. As her biggest hit ever, it reached number one in 15 countries and became her first Top 10 hit in the US in over a decade, “CGYOOMH” re-introduced Kylie to a new global audience who got to hear her casually seducitive “la la la’s” and see her provocative but always cheeky outfits. Penned by Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis, the song first made its debut during the On A Night Like This tour as a rather simple disco number. By the time it was recorded for the album, it had evolved into a pulsating, spacey, electro jam, worthy of the line “there’s a dark secret in me / don’t leave me locked in your heart.” The video premiered the robot dancers who would return throughout the Fever videos and tour, even appearing on the European VMAs in 2001 and the Brit Awards in 2002. It was at the latter where Kylie performed the now-classic mash-up of “CGYOOMH” with New Order’s “Blue Monday” for “Can’t Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head,” a tune that captured both the mash-up mania of the moment and the enduring relevance of both tunes. Sometimes an artist’s biggest hit is an exception to their style. For Kylie, it demonstrates the best of what she does while leaving you wanting more.

Pluses: this is the perfect song and the perfect performance
Fusses: why can’t every song be filled with la la la?