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Can't Get You Out Of My Head
The release of the single was considered crucial to solidifying Minogue's success after she returned to widespread popularity in the United Kingdom and Australia the previous year with the album Light Years, her first major success for almost a decade. Its accompanying music video showed Minogue and other dancers, dancing in a computer generated futuristic city. It went on to win an American MTV Award for "Best Video Choreography". Several scenes showed Minogue in a revealing costume that was widely discussed both for its fashion style and for Minogue's overt sexual posturing. The music video was considered largely responsible for the song gaining rapid airplay in each territory in which it was released.
"Can't Get You Out Of My Head" was an immediate success in both Minogue's homeland Australia and in the United Kingdom, spending four weeks at number one on each country's pop music sales chart. The song went on to reach number one in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey and Yugoslavia.
It was the top selling single in Europe for 16 consecutive weeks, and it remained in Europe's Top 10 for almost six months. This widespread popularity led to radio in the United States playing the single. It ultimately became Minogue's first American Top 40 single since "It's No Secret" in 1988, when it reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2002. It was only her second Top 10 single there, her first being "The Locomotion", also in 1988. "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" also reached number one on the American Billboard Magazine Dance and Club Charts.
The United World Chart , a worldwide chart system based on record sales, radio airplay and legal downloads placed the song at number one for 9 weeks. Based on a points system it was credited as the world's 3rd most popular song of 2001, and the 10th most popular song of 2002. It should be noted however that the delayed success in the United States led to the figures being split between the two years. The total points awarded to this single, make it the most popular song of the two years combined, and as of 2004 it is the most popular song worldwide since Cher's 1998 single "Believe", another song categorised as "Euro pop".
Dennis and Davis as composers, won the Ivor Novello Award for "The World's Most Performed Song" for the year 2001. It also won Minogue several awards throughout the world, including ARIA Awards for Australia's highest selling single of the year, and "Best Pop Recording". Minogue also received an ARIA Award for "Special Achievement" for her career success during this period, largely attributed to the success of this single.
A live appearance at the Brit Awards, during which Minogue performed the song against the backing track of New Order's "Blue Monday" led to a renewal of interest in the song. Commonly known as "Can't Get Blue Monday Out Of My Head", this new version was released as a "B" side on the "Love At First Sight" single, and gained a second lease of life with renewed nightclub and radio airplay.
In his 2003 book I Don't Mean to Be Rude, But...: Backstage Gossip from American Idol & the Secrets that Can Make You a Star, BMG Records executive and Pop Idol/American Idol judge Simon Cowell cites "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" as one of the five all-time greatest pop records.
The song set an airplay record in the United Kingdom where it registered 3000 plays in a single week. The record remained until broken by Minogue's "Love At First Sight" which registered 3200 plays in a single week in 2002.
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