“Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue is an artist who can be defined as your quintessential pop singer. For instance, she’s the type to drop a song like this, with a very self-explanatory title. Indeed there’s nothing complicated or overly metaphorical about these lyrics. 

The only matter of debate seems to be whether or not the vocalist, i.e. the apple of her eye and object of her affection, is someone whom the vocalist is currently dating or admiring from afar. And such is a viable analytical concern, considering that the verses read like the two of them are already an item, while the bridge makes it sound like he’s someone she’s interested in but who hasn’t ‘set her free’, as in agreed to a romantic relationship, as of yet.

But in any event, the situation is such that when he’s not around, Kylie thinks about the addressee constantly. And of course, that’s pretty much a fancy way of saying that she’s in love or in the very least heavily infatuated. But the presumption would be that this is in fact true love, i.e. the addressee being the man of the vocalist’s dreams and the one she has decided she wants to settle down with.

"Can't Get You Out of My Head" Lyrics

When was “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” released?

It was released on September 8 of 2001. A German-British record label, Parlophone Records launched it as the lead single of the album, “Fever”.

Fever”, released on October 1 of 2001 is the 8th studio album of Minogue’s musical career. Three other singles including the following were released from the album:

Apart from gaining a platinum certification in the UK and four times-platinum in Australia, the commercially successful album got a lot of positive reviews from music critics.

The album topped major album charts around the world including the singer’s home country, Australia. It also achieved a similar accomplishment in Germany, Ireland, Scotland and the UK. It placed 3rd on “Billboard 200”, 2nd in Greece, 6th in Italy and 3rd in Switzerland.

Did Kylie Minogue write “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”?

No. This classic was composed by Cathy Dennis and Rob Davis. Cathy, who is also an actress, has been credited with co-writing many chart toppers. One such hit is the award winning song, “Toxic” by Britney Spears.

Accolades

The song received positive reviews from a plethora of music pundits.

Rolling Stone’s placed it in their list of the “Top 100 Songs of the Century”. It was also included in Q Magazine’s 1001 songs of all time. Furthermore, The Guardian included it in their 2012 list of “The Best Number One Records” in the UK.

It was certified platinum in Germany, three times platinum in Australia and gold in both the US and New Zealand.

Chart Performance

The song did not fall short of making an impression on major charts around the world. It peaked at number one in the UK, Australia, Belgium and Portugal. It was number 5 in Finland, number 7 in the US and number 2 in South Africa.

Furthermore, it also topped charts in the following countries:

  • Romania
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Germany
  • Greece

Notable Covers of “Can’t Get You Out of My Head”

Dozens of cover versions of the song have been released worldwide. Below are some notable ones:

  • Jack L (2003)
  • Catman Cohen (2005)
  • Ed Alleyne-Johnson (2004)
  • Mehdi Bahmad (2019)
  • Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra (2007)
  • The Flaming Lips (2003)
  • The Third Degree (2012)

Notable TV Appearances

The song was featured in the following TV series:

  • BBC’s drama series, “The A Word”, (2020)
  • “Tales from the Loop” (2020)
  • “Ballers” (2018)
  • “The Handmaid’s Tale” (2017)

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