Can't Get You Out Of My Head

Album: Fever (2002)
Charted: 1 7

Songfacts®:

  • This was Minogue's first hit in the US since 1988, when her cover of "The Locomotion" hit #3. She has been very successful in England and her home country of Australia, but didn't attract nearly as much attention in America.
  • This is known as "The La La Song," because the chorus is Kylie singing "La La La, La La La La La" over and over.
  • Minogue is an actress and sex-symbol. She dated INXS singer Michael Hutchence, has appeared in Australian Soap Operas, and she played the Green Fairy in the movie Moulin Rouge shortly before this was released.
  • In England, this sold over a million copies and was in the Top 40 for five months.
  • This was written by Cathy Dennis and former Mud guitarist Rob Davis. Dennis had a few hits as a solo artist in the early '90s, including "Just Another Dream" and "Too Many Walls."

    Dennis told Songwriting magazine: "It was organic, we didn't try and do anything contrived, so when something did spark we were both able to embrace it and jump on it and go with it. I thought the song is very 'left of center' for pop."
  • Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis originally wrote this for S Club 7, after their manager Simon Fuller asked the duo to come up with a song for the British pop group. After Fuller heard the demo, he felt it wasn't right for S Club 7 and rejected it. It was then offered to Sophie Ellis-Bextor, but she turned it down. Davis then met with Minogue's A&R executive Jamie Nelson who, after hearing the demo cassette of the song, booked it for Minogue to record.
  • At the 2002 Brit Awards, Kylie performed a version of this to the beat of "Blue Monday" by New Order. This remix was released as the B-side of her 2002 hit "Love At First Sight."
  • This song's first week on the UK charts was Kylie's personal 262nd week on charts, making her the most successful chart act not from the US or UK. This is her biggest seller in the UK, selling 1,037,235 copies. It was the biggest single and the most played song of 2001 there (it was aired 45,577 times on UK radio).
  • The song was accompanied by a state-of-the-art video. The video director Dawn Shadforth had Kylie dressed in clothes and driving a car in a future from the '60s perspective utopia style.
  • This was the most-played tune of the 2000s in the UK, according to PRS for Music, which collects royalties on behalf of songwriters and composers. The track received the most airplay and live covers in the first decade of the 21st century whilst Britney Spears' single "Toxic" was the second most played song. The same songwriter, Cathy Dennis, penned both tunes.
  • Charlotte Grey and Spooks actor Rupert Penry-Jones was dating Kylie when she recorded this song. He gave the Daily Mail a clue why their relationship didn't last. "I wasn't really into her music," he recalled. "And, once, I stupidly said to her when she played me 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head,' 'Yeah, it's good. But I'd rather hear you do some sort of rock, acoustic thing.' I was in the studio when she was recording it. And she got very annoyed with me. And then - obviously - it turned into this huge hit."

Comments: 10

  • Luke Lee from London, UkIt's always interesting when you hear about artists turning down songs that go on to be HUGE hits. Sophie Ellis Bextor must have been kicking herself for a long time! Still, it's a good thing she passed on it, because Kylie nailed it.
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlI actually love this song. It's catchy, with the beat and the lyrics. Great song to listen to!
  • Geoff from Adelaide, AustraliaThis song makes my ears bleed.
  • Jeanette from Irvine, Ca"i hate it when songs try to pass la las, na nas, and doot dos as legit lyrics"- strong bad
  • Kieran from D.c., Vashe's also in "bio-dome" with pauly shore, kylie is so hot
  • Alex from Gatineau, Canada"Can't Get You Out Of My Head" debuted at #1 UK in September 2001, selling an amazing 313,000 copies in its first week. The song remained #1 for the whole of September, and was still in the Top 40 when its follow-up single "In Your Eyes" debuted at UK #3 in February 2002.
  • Vladimir from Novi Sad, SerbiaThis Kylie's single made it to #1 on every European chart except Finland, where it reached #2
  • Pinky from Wellington, New ZealandThe Flaming Lips did a cover version of this song and it's very tripy.
  • Chloe from Hampshire, EnglandI heard that this song is about Michael Hutchince from INXS and how she "can't get him out of her head."
  • Joseph from Manteca, CaShe also appeared in the movie "Street Fighter"
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