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Especially For You
Especially For You
Single by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan
From the album Enjoy Yourself
B-side "All I Wanna Do Is Make You Mine"
Released 28 November 1988
Recorded Sydney, Australia
Format
  • CD single
  • vinyl single
Genre Pop
Length 3:58
Label PWL
Writer(s)
  • Mike Stock
  • Matt Aitken
  • Pete Waterman
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
JNSPP
(1988)
Especially For You
(1988)
It's No Secret
(1988)
Music Video
Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan - Especially For You

Kylie Minogue & Jason Donovan - Especially For You

"Especially For You" is a song performed by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, from Donovan's debut album Ten Good Reasons (1989). The single was released on 28 November 1988 and was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman. The song was also included on the American edition of Kylie's second studio album Enjoy Yourself (1989).

"Especially For You" received many positive reviews from older and contemporary critics, who deemed it one of the strongest of each singer's album, but also dubbed the song a classic. The song had commercial success, reaching number one in the UK, Ireland, Greece and Belgium and peaking inside the Top 5 in countries including Australia, New Zealand, France, Finland and Switzerland. In 2015 the song was voted by the British public as the nation's 20th favourite 1980s number one in a poll for ITV.

Kylie also performed this song as a duet with Kermit the Frog on the show An Audience With... Kylie Minogue in 2001.

Background

Kylie and Jason both appeared on the Australian TV series Neighbours but before they recorded the song, both left the series to concentrate on a music career. Kylie released the album Kylie, while Donovan was working on his studio album Ten Good Reasons. Both singers' production company Stock, Aitken & Waterman wrote a song for the singers so they could sing a duet on the track. The song was released as a single on 28 November 1988 but later was included on the American version of Kylie's second album, Enjoy Yourself.

Years after the single was released, the song was included on various compilations released by the singers:

Kylie Minogue's compilations

Jason Donovan's compilations

  • Greatest Hits (1991)
  • Greatest Hits (2006)

In July 2012, Kylie and Jason performed the song at the Hit Factory Live concert, their first performance together since 1989.

Live performances

Kylie first performed the song during her episode of An Audience With... Kylie Minogue in 2001, where she sang a duet with Kermit the Frog. The song then appeared in the encore of Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour, a retrospective of Kylie's career; this tour was cancelled due to Kylie's breast cancer diagnosis, and was renamed Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour in 2006/07, where a new set list was introduced; "Especially For You" again appeared in the encore. The song was then performed during the encore of the Christmas shows in both 2015 and 2016, and was also performed during Kylie's headline set at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park in 2018, where Jason Donovan joined her onstage. The song was then included on the Golden Tour.