Locomotion / The Loco-Motion
Locomotion 1987
Single by Kylie Minogue
From the album Kylie
B-side Locomotion
  • "Getting Closer"
  • "Glad to Be Alive"

The Loco-Motion
"I'll Still Be Loving You"

  • 20 July 1987
  • 28 July 1988
Recorded 1987; Platinum Studios, Melbourne
  • CD single
  • cassette single
  • vinyl single
  • disco
  • dance-pop
Length 3:12
  • Mushroom
  • PWL
  • Geffen
  • CBS
  • Teldec
  • Gerry Goffin
  • Carole King
Producer(s) 1987 version; Mike Duffy

1988 version; Stock Aitken Waterman

Kylie Minogue singles chronology
Locomotion 1987
I Should Be So Lucky
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
Got to Be Certain
The Locomotion 89
Kylie track listing
"I Should Be So Lucky"
"The Loco-Motion"
"Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi"
Alternative cover
The Locomotion 89
1989 cover
Music Video
Kylie Minogue - The Loco-Motion

Kylie Minogue - The Loco-Motion

"The Loco-Motion" is a song by Kylie Minogue. It was released as her debut single in 1987. After an impromptu performance of the song at an Australian rules football charity event with the cast of the Australian soap opera Neighbours, Kylie was signed a record deal by Mushroom Records to release the song as a single. The single was released on July 28, 1987 in Australia, Sweden and Italy under the title "Locomotion".

The song was a success in Australia, reaching No. 1 and remaining there for seven weeks. The success of the song in her home country resulted in her signing a record deal with PWL Records in London and to working with the successful team Stock Aitken & Waterman.

On July 28, 1988, a re-recorded version produced by Stock Aitken & Waterman was released worldwide with the title "The Loco-Motion", and included on her debut album Kylie (1988). This release again was a major success, reaching the top five in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. Kylie's version of the track appeared in the 1988 film Arthur 2: On the Rocks, starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. Kylie's version of "The Loco-Motion" substitutes the Australian term railway for the American usage of railroad in the song's lyrics. The song made it on AOL 100 Worst Songs Ever list at No. 32. They said "If this and 'C'mon N' Ride It' each leaves the train station at the same time, which gets to Sucktown first?"

Chart performanceEdit

The 1987 "Locomotion" release was a huge hit in Australia, reaching No. 1 on the AMR singles chart and remaining there for seven weeks. The song set the record as the biggest Australian single of the decade. Throughout Europe and Asia the song also performed well on the music charts, reaching number one in Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, and South Africa.

The 1988 release of the song in the United Kingdom debuted at No. 2 on the singles chart — the highest entry on the UK singles charts by a female artist — due to strong 7" single sales and radio airplay. It remained in the number two position for four weeks before falling to number three. With sales of 440,000 it was the 11th best selling single of the year. The song became Kylie's third top five rated single in the UK and remains one of her most successful single releases to date.

During late 1988, Kylie traveled to the United States to promote "The Loco-Motion", where she did many interviews and performances on American television. The song was also used in the hit film around the world at the time, Arthur 2: On the Rocks starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. "The Loco-Motion" debuted at No. 80 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and later climbed to No. 3 for two weeks. The song was Kylie's second single to chart in the U.S., but her first to reach the top ten. To this day, the song remains as her highest charting single in the United States; however, her second overall and most recent song to reach the top ten was 2002's "Can't Get You Out of My Head", which reached No. 7 on the chart, and ended up outselling "The Loco-Motion". In Canada, the song also reached the top spot in the pop sales charts.

In 2012, during her K25 anniversary, the song re-entered the Japanese Singles Chart at No. 83.

Music videoEdit

The music video for "Locomotion" was filmed at Essendon Airport and the ABC studios in Melbourne, Australia. The video for "The Loco-Motion" was created out of footage from the Australian music video.

Near the end of 1988, the song was nominated for Best International Single at the Canadian Music Industry Awards.

Formats and track listingsEdit

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "The Loco-motion".

"LOCOMOTION" (1987) Edit

Australian 7" vinyl single

  1. "Locomotion" – 3:17
  2. "Glad To Be Alive" – 3:42

Australian 12" vinyl single

  1. "Locomotion" (Chugga-Motion Mix) – 7:38
  2. "Locomotion" (Girl Meets Boy Mix) – 3:15
  3. "Glad To Be Alive" – 3:42

Swedish 7" vinyl single

  1. "Locomotion" – 3:17
  2. "Getting Closer" – 3:33

Swedish 12" vinyl single

  1. "Locomotion" (Chugga-Motion Mix) – 7:38
  2. "Getting Closer" (Extended OZ Mix) – 4:04
  3. "Locomotion" – 3:17

"The Loco-Motion" (1988)Edit

UK 7" vinyl single

  1. "The Loco-Motion" (7" mix) — 3:17
  2. "I'll Still Be Loving You" — 3:45

UK 12" vinyl single

  1. "The Loco-Motion" (Kohaku Mix) — 5:59
  2. "I'll Still Be Loving You" — 3:45

UK 12" remix

  1. "The Loco-Motion" (Sankie Mix) — 6:35
  2. "I'll Still Be Loving You" — 3:45

USA 7" vinyl single/Cassingle

  1. "The Loco-Motion" (LP version) — 3:17
  2. "I'll Still Be Loving You" — 3:45

USA 12" vinyl single

  1. "The Loco-Motion" (Kohaku Mix) — 5:59
  2. "The Loco-Motion" (Sankie Mix) — 6:35
  3. "The Loco-Motion" (LP version) — 3:17
  4. "I'll Still Be Loving You" — 3:45

German CD single

  1. "The Loco-Motion" (Kohaku Mix) — 5:59
  2. "I'll Still Be Loving You" — 3:45

iTunes digital release (2009)Edit

"Locomotion" (Australian version)

  1. "Locomotion"
  2. "Locomotion" (Chugga-Motion Mix)
  3. "Locomotion" (The Girl Meets Boy Mix)
  4. "Getting Closer"
  5. "Getting Closer" (UK mix) (previously unreleased)
  6. "Getting Closer" (UK instrumental) (previously unreleased)
  7. "Getting Closer" (Extended Oz Mix)
  8. "Getting Closer" (Extended Oz Instrumental) (previously unreleased)
  9. "Glad to Be Alive"

"The Loco-Motion"

  1. "The Loco-Motion" (7" mix)
  2. "The Loco-Motion" (The Kohaku Mix)
  3. "The Loco-Motion" (7" instrumental) (previously unreleased)
  4. "The Loco-Motion" (7" backing track) (previously unreleased)
  5. "I'll Still Be Loving You"
  6. "I'll Still Be Loving You" (instrumental) (previously unreleased)
  7. "I'll Still Be Loving You" (backing track) (previously unreleased)

Live performancesEdit

"The Loco-Motion" made tour debut when it was performed on the Disco in Dream Tour in 1989, where the Kohaku Mix was performed. It was then performed on the Enjoy Yourself Tour as the French Kiss Mix. It was then part of the Rhythm of Love and the Let's Get to It tours in 1991. Kylie then performed it on the Intimate and Live Tour in 1998, where it was added to the set late when fans decided to sing it whether Kylie did or not. The first big re-interpretation of the song came during the KylieFever2002 tour, launched to promote Fever. It followed a performance of "On a Night Like This" and became a funk-ish version, with musical director Steve Anderson visualizing it as a sex position. It then appeared as a jazz version in the Showgirl and Homecoming tours, and in the For You, For Me Tour. The song was performed acapella at the KylieX2008 tour and the Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour. More recently, the song was performed on Kylie's Kiss Me Once Tour, after being added during the third show. This version was also performed on the Kylie Summer 2015 tour, preceding a performance of "Kids". It also made appearances in all shows of the Christmas concert series.

Kylie performed an acapella version during her set of "An Audience With... Kylie Minogue". After the song was re-interpreted for her orchestral album, the song was performed during her set at BBC Proms in the Park, Dancing With the Stars, The Tonight Show and Strictly Come Dancing. She also performed it during her seven-song set at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Chart (1987) Peak position
Australian Singles Chart 1
Chart (1988-89) Peak position
Austrian Singles Chart 3
Belgian Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart 6
Eurochart Hot 100 1
Finland Singles Chart 1
Freanch Singles Chart 5
German Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italian Singles Chart 6
Japan Singles Chart 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 8
Norwegian Singles Chart 3
Peruvian Top 100 1
South African Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 10
Swiss Singles Chart 2
UK Singles Chart 2
Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 4
U.S ' Top 100 Singles 4

End-of-year chartsEdit

Years Country Position
1987-1989 Australian Singles Chart 1
1988-1989 German Singles Chart 29
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100) 60
UK Singles Chart 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 49

End-of-decade chartEdit

Country (1989) Position
Australia 1