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Can't Get You Out of My Head
Can't Get You Out of My Head
Single by Kylie Minogue
From the album Fever
B-side
  • "Boy"
  • "Rendezvous at Sunset"
Released 8 September 2001
Recorded 2001; London, England
Format
  • CD single
  • digital download
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:50
Label Parlophone
Writer(s)
  • Cathy Dennis
  • Rob Davis
Producer(s)
  • Cathy Dennis
  • Rob Davis
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
Butterfly
(2001)
Can't Get You Out of My Head
(2001)
In Your Eyes
(2002)
Fever track listing
"Love at First Sight"
(2)
"Can't Get You Out of My Head"
(3)
"Fever"
(4)

"Can't Get You Out of My Head" is a song by Kylie Minogue. It was released on the 8th of September as the lead single from her eighth studio album Fever (2001). In the United States, the single was released on 18 February 2002. Written and produced by Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis, "Can't Get You Out of My Head" is a midtempo dance-pop song which lyrically details Kylie's obsession towards her lover. The song is famous for its "la la la" hook.

In addition to positive reviews from music critics, "Can't Get You Out of My Head" was a commercial success on a large scale. It peaked at number one on the charts of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and every other European country excluding Finland. It also topped the charts of Australia, and New Zealand, the first and only of Kylie's single to top the chart in that country so far. In the United States, the song peaked at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Kylie's biggest hit in the region since "The Loco-Motion". As of 2013, the song is Kylie's highest selling single and one of the best-selling singles of all time, with worldwide sales exceeding five million.

The accompanying music video for the song features Kylie performing various dance routines in different futuristic backdrops. It became notable for the hooded white jumpsuit that Kylie wore during one of the scenes. The song has been performed on all of Kylie's concert tours with the exception of the Anti Tour. Following its release, "Can't Get You Out of My Head" ranked on a number of decade-end lists compiled by magazines such as the Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and NME. It is considered to be Kylie's strongest commercial breakthrough in the United States and is said to have been the reason behind the success of its parent album Fever in the region. The song is also recognised to be Kylie's signature song, and was re-worked for inclusion on Kylie's 2012 orchestral album.

BackgroundEdit

Kylie singed to Parlophone in 2000 and released the album Light Years. To promote this album, she went on tour in 2001, and premiered "Can't Get You Out of My Head" by performing for the duration of the tour. It was then widely discussed about the song for a while after. "Can't Get You Out of My Head" was then released as the lead single from Fever on the 8th of September in Australia, and the 17th of September in Europe.

The song was written and produced by "Cathy Dennis" and "Rob Davis", who were paired to write a song for "S Club 7". The song was recorded on "Cubase", where a 125 bpm drum loop was played and Dennis sang "I just can't get you out of my head" in D-minor. The demo was done in three and a half hours and the vocals were laid afterwards.

Fuller heard the song and didn't think it was right for "S Club 7" so rejected it. The song was then offered to "Sophie Ellis-Bextor", who also declined the offer to record it. Davis then met with a representative of Kylie, and a recording session was booked later that year. Although Dennis was skeptical that the session would later be called off, Kylie became excited about the song and to record it after only 20 seconds of hearing the demo. Dennis then later stated that she felt the song was meant for Kylie, even though she wasn't the original recipient of the song.

Live PerformancesEdit

Since its released, "Can't Get You Out of My Head" has been performed on all of Kyliee's tours, with the exception of the Anti Tour. "Can't Get You Out of My Head" made its tour debut in 2001, when it was featured in the set list of the On a Night Like This Tour which was launched to promote Light Years. It was featured in the second section after an eighties medley. It then served as the final song of the set in Kylie's KylieFever2002, launched to promote Fever . The following year, it opened the third act Electro in Kylie's one-off concert show Money Can't Buy. In 2005, Kylie performed the song on her greatest hits tour, in the seventh section "Minx in Space". However she was forced to cancel the tour after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She resumed the tour after a year and a half renamed Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour. "Can't Get You Out of My Head" was featured, again in the seventh act named "Dance of the Cybermen", preceding a performance of "Light Years".

The song then appeared in the set list for her KylieX2008 world tour, launched to promote X. It served as the second song in all sets following a performance of "Speakerphone", and took elements from the Greg Kurstin remix of the song along with elements of the "Blue Monday" remix of the song. It also featured an intro of X track "Boombox". The same version was then featured in the For You, For Me Tour in 2009, where it appeared in the third section after a performance of "Like a Drug". In 2011, the song was remixed into a rock version for Kylie's Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour, where it was performed after "Confide in Me". More recently, it was part of the Kiss Me Once Tour, where it was performed in the fourth section Lick Kiss after a performance of "Sexercize". It was also performed on the Kylie Summer 2015 tour in 2015 in the second section, following a performance of "Bette Davis Eyes"; in December 2015 it was included in the setlist for the Kylie Christmas concert, preceding a performance of "2000 Miles", and also appeared in the 2016 shows as the Abbey Road version.

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2001) Peak position
Australia 1
Austria 1
Belgium (Flanders) 1
Belgium (Wallonia) 1
Canada 1
Denmark 1
Finland 5
France 1
Germany 1
Greece 1
Ireland 1
Italy 1
Netherlands 1
New Zealand 1
Norway 1
Poland 1
Portugal 1
Scotland 1
South Africa 2
Spain 1
Sweden 1
Switzerland 1
UK Singles 1
US Billboard Hot 100 7
US Adult Top 40 23
US Dance Club Songs 1
US Mainstream Top 40 3
US Rhythmic 9

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2001) Position
Australian Singles Chart 3
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 8
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 7
Dutch Top 40 2
French Singles Chart 8
German Singles Chart 6
Irish Singles Chart 7
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 3
Chart (2002) Position
Austrian Singles Chart 50
French Singles Chart 36
Swiss Singles Chart 26
US Billboard Hot 100 45

Decade-end chartsEdit

Country Position
Australia 58
Germany 67
Netherlands 15
United Kingdom 7

All Time ChartsEdit

Country Position
UK Singles Chart 72

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