All of Kylie’s duets and collaborations on one playlist for the first time ever!
It’s inevitable that in a career spanning over thirty years that any artist will have at least a few duets and collaborations in their back catalogue, and Kylie is certainly no exception. So here’s a playlist of her best known duets and musical partnerships that have produced well loved and often, hugely successful chart hits all over the world.
And of course it all started with “Especially For You” at Christmas 1988. And both Kylie and Jason fans got two for the price of one on this single, as over on the B side we were treated to the uptempo “All I Wanna Do Is Make You Mine”. Kylie’s next duet came in 1991, the soulful, more grown-up “If You Were With Me Now” with American singer Keith Washington. Neither of them actually met to record or make the video to the single, which became a top five hit from her fourth album “Let’s Get To It“.
Kylie’s next pairing came in 1995 when she provided vocals on Australian singer Nick Cave and his group The Bad Seeds’ track “Where The Wild Roses Grow”, a ‘murder ballad’ that represented a complete change of artistic direction for Kylie, but nonetheless a hugely successful one reaching No.2 in Australia and charting high all across Europe. Before the end of the decade and the century she formed another bizarre alliance with Japanese producer Towa Tei (Dee-lite) when she sang on his 1998 track “German Bold Italic”. With a strange geisha enthused video, this was the first time anyone had sang about a font! It met with artistic approval, but sadly not commercially.
Kylie was back to form in 2000 and that included another duet, this time with former Take That-er Robbie Williams on the stage anthem “Kids”. A superb and sexy video accompanies the song that found favour right across Europe and in Australia and today is a staple of most Kylie concerts and live shows, both with audience participation and the occasional guest vocalist that has included U2’s Bono and even Rick Astley!
After a few years of solo tracks, fans would have to wait till 2011 for her next collaboration, this time with Taio Cruz on the dance track “Higher” which proved a massive hit on both sides of the Atlantic as well as across the globe. The video alone has over 76 million views on YouTube! A lesser known Kylie duet came two years later with Italian singer Laura Pausini for the single “Limpido” which topped the chart in Italy, although its release was limited in other countries. If you’ve not heard it, then we’ve included the song on this playlist.
Kylie released her twelfth studio album, “Kiss Me Once“, in 2014 and it featured the gorgeous duet “Beautiful” with Latin singing sensation/heartthrob Enrique Iglesias. The song was only commercially released in Australia where it peaked at No.47, while the rest of the world got her Pharrell Williams penned number “I Was Gonna Cancel”. Much could of been done with “Beautiful” and with better marketing and full release in America, could of produced a massive hit for both artists.
Undeterred, Kylie came back later that year when she joined forces with legendary songwriter and producer Giorgio Moroder for the song “Right Here, Right Now”, a club/dance tune that features some of the most outstanding vocals Kylie has ever performed. Showcasing the range and versatility of her voice, the track met with enormous critical and commercial success, topping the US Dance hot play chart and racking up YouTube views of over eight million to date (October 2018). The following year, Kylie released her Christmas album that featured a duet with none other than her younger sister Dannii, the first time the pair had sung and recorded together since they appeared on Australian television in 1986 performing “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves”. The track “100 Degrees” is a must for any camp Christmas, a classy, disco enthused track that breaks with the tradition of artists who release Christmas albums full of traditional numbers and ballads.
That same year Kylie performed with her old mate Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters as well as Mr. Nile Rodgers on Australian DJ duo Nervo’s hit “The Other Boys”, which also topped the US Dance hot play chart and reached No.5 in Argentina. The video has also found favour with the four million plus views is has attained on YouTube!
And when CountryKylie emerged in 2018, she wrote and recorded a duet for her hit album “Golden“, this time with Italian singer and songwriter Jack Savoretti on the sombre epic “Music’s Too Sad Without You”, which was released as a single later that year. And who knows what is yet to come. Kylie and Madonna…? Maybe a duet with Rick Astley, after their incredible performance in front of 50,000 people in London’s Hyde Park…? A reunion with Jason…? “Kids2″… Anything is possible!
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