Dannii Minogue has had a belter of a year. The star hosted BBC Three’s already iconic I Kissed a Boy, celebrated the rerelease of her legendary studio albums Neon Nights and Girl, and released contemporary Dannii classic We Could Be the One.
To round the year off, we thought we would sprinkle a little bit more Dannii magic into 2023 with a celebration of some of her finest pop moments. Hopefully we’ll be raving about some more Minogue magic in 2024.
Dannii’s Success (‘$ucce$$‘) was a gem found on the star’s debut studio album Love and Kisses with Dannii co-writing this 90s dancepop number with Alvin Moody. Capturing the pitfalls of success, Dannii delivers a hit with attitude and slick nineties dance production from Moody and Vincent Bell.
Love and Kisses
The title track from Dannii’s debut LP is an upbeat showcase for Dannii’s vocal and star power. A UK top ten, Love and Kisses shines with bouncing high-energy production, an optimistic vocal from Dannii, and infectious pop hooks.
This Is It
Dannii delivered one of her first Dannii Disco anthems with This Is It – her 1993 spin on the Melba Moore classic. This injects a little 90s house flavour into the track which soars with a vivacious positivity – it’s essentially an instant serotonin hit and further cemented Dannii’s growing status as a gay icon.
All I Wanna Do
1997 saw the release of Dannii’s seminal Girl album brimming with Hi-NRG dance music including All I Wanna Do – a fruitful collaboration with producers Brian Higgins and Matt Gray. With dreamy ethereal qualities and risqué electronic beats, All I Wanna Do is an out and out Dannii classic.
Everything I Wanted
Metro took up production duties on Girl’s second single Everything I Wanted with rippling percussion, otherworldly electronic effects, and Dannii’s yearning vocal. Everything I Wanted is a dreamy, seductive slice of electropop that landed Dame Dannii another chart hit.
A 1999 cult favourite for Dannii Enthusiasts Everlasting Night became the official anthem of the year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Another of Dannii’s flawless collaborations with producer Ian Masterson, Everlasting Night is a euphoric slice of contemporary disco. The original song would later find a home on Dannii’s The 1995 Sessions album.
Who Do You Love Now?
Dutch DJs Riva joined forces with Dannii for global smash Who Do You Love Now? Crafting a scintillating electronic pop paradise, Dannii sounds transcendent atop the brooding electro production. Truly ahead of its time, Who Do You Love Now? has continued to stand as a classic in the star’s discography.
Put the Needle On it
The early noughties saw Dannii deliver Neon Nights, a tour de force of electronic dancepop. The album was the subject of adoration from Dannii’s fans and asserted her as the Queen of Clubs. Finding inspiration in late-eighties dance pop numbers, Put the Needle On It encapsulates the dark brooding dance sound of Neon Nights beautifully.
Hey (So What)
Album track Hey (So What) was a shimmering collaboration with producers Jewels & Stone with co-writer Hannah Robinson. The number is a spacey intergalactic slice of disco packed to the rafters with sharp pop hooks, Dannii’s charismatic vocal, and catchy seductive lyrics. Hey (So What) is a taster of the soaring high quality of both the singles and album tracks from the Neon Nights era.
I Begin to Wonder
A certain generation of Brits will have fond memories of belting out I Begin to Wonder as part of SingStar’s Pop Hits, with the track still adored as an absolute soaring pop classic. Big synths, a banging chorus, Dannii’s pop magnetism, and a video set in an air vent (iconic, by the way), I Begin to Wonder is a banger of immense magnitude. Dannii deserves a Damehood for this triumph alone.
You Won’t Forget About Me
One of the first tasters of Dannii’s vastly underrated Club Disco album (and stunning The Hits and Beyond), You Won’t Forget About Me saw our favourite Aussie songstress join forces with UK label All Around the World. With heavy drum beats and silky synths, Dannii shared: “I’d heard it without vocals and I thought, ‘Fantastic’. I had already written loads of vocals for myself and knew I had something that would be perfect for it.” She was!
So Under Pressure
A glammed up Dannii co-stars with a terrifying white snake in the video for mega-banger So Under Pressure. With some of Dannii’s most vulnerable songwriting, the star delivers a banger with emotion on the addictively brilliant So Under Pressure.
100 Degrees (Still Disco to Me)- With Kylie Minogue
100 Degrees (Still Disco to Me) is the non-Christmasfied version of Kylie and Dannii’s duet 100 Degrees (Still Christmas to Me), an undeniable slice of pop heaven. A legendary duet to rival Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand’s No More Tears (Enough is Enough), 100 Degrees is a sparkling disco masterpiece that delivers 100% undiluted Minogue Magic.
With production from Ian Masterson and co-writing from Sia, Galaxy delivered shimmering contemporary dancepop with ethereal production, entrancing vocals from Dannii, and a spacey soundscape. Building to a euphoric chorus, Galaxy showed Dannii rightfully retains her crown as a pop queen.
We Could Be The One
We are still obsessed with Dannii’s 2023 banger We Could Be The One, three minutes of unabashed joy and positivity. Produced by long-time collaborator Ian Masterson, We Could Be The One is a euphoric anthem, a deliciously sugary pop concoction in which Dannii sounds her best. The number sees Dannii sing “Hold on to me under neon lights / Take me by the hand into the night / Yeah, we could be the one / We could be the one…” Heavenly!