Enjoy Yourself (Kylie Minogue album)

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Enjoy Yourself
Studio album by Kylie Minogue
Released 9 October 1989
Recorded February–July 1989
Genre Dance-pop
Length 32:56 (international edition)
36:57 (American edition)
Producer Stock Aitken Waterman
Kylie Minogue chronology
Enjoy Yourself
Rhythm of Love
Singles from Enjoy Yourself
  1. "Hand on Your Heart"
    Released: 24 April 1989
  2. "Wouldn't Change a Thing"
    Released: 24 July 1989
  3. "Never Too Late"
    Released: 23 October 1989
  4. "Tears on My Pillow"
    Released: 8 January 1990

Enjoy Yourself is the second album by Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue. It was released by PWL on 9 October 1989. The album was produced and written by Stock Aitken Waterman, with the exception of "Tears on My Pillow". It has been noted that the album is very similar to Minogue's debut album, Kylie.

There were four singles released from the album. The debut single was "Hand on Your Heart", which had charting success, peaking at number four in Australia and number one in the United Kingdom. The album also spawned the singles "Wouldn't Change a Thing", "Never Too Late" and a cover "Tears on My Pillow", which was featured on the soundtrack from Minogue's debut film The Delinquents.

Enjoy Yourself received mixed reviews from music critics, who regarded the album as 'catchy' but criticised its similarity to Minogue's debut release. The album had commercial success, peaking in the top ten countries including Ireland, UK, Greece, Belgium, Australia and New Zealand. Following its initial success, the album was promoted through Minogue's first world tour, the Enjoy Yourself Tour. Beginning in 1990, the tour traveled to Australia, Britain and Asia.[1] Enjoy Yourself reached number one in the United Kingdom, and produced two number one singles.[1] In January 1990, the album was certified four times platinum in the UK,[2] and sold over one million copies within the first ten weeks of its release.[1]

Background and recording[edit]

Following the commercial success of her debut album Kylie in 1988, Minogue began recording her second album with Stock, Aitken and Waterman at PWL Studios in London, England in February 1989.[1] Recording sessions also took place in April and July 1989, with the cover version of "Tears on My Pillow" being one of the final songs recorded for the album after Minogue had heard the original version of the song while dining at Pete Waterman's house.[3] The album directly continues where Kylie left off, but with more upbeat pop tunes and uplifting party anthems than on her debut which contained a few ballads. "Never Too Late" was scheduled to be the second single after "Hand On Your Heart", however, Pete Waterman liked newly recorded "Wouldn't Change a Thing" more and decided to release it as the lead into the release of Enjoy Yourself instead. The UK release was issued with a free fold-out poster of Kylie.

Enjoy Yourself was released in the UK with the track listing on the album sleeve confusingly not corresponding to the actual running order of the album. This was because the track listing was changed at the very last minute by Pete Waterman, allegedly due to the unexpected failure of "Wouldn't Change a Thing" to top the UK chart after it was widely expected to do so - therefore, he did not want the song to open Kylie's new album, resulting in a complete re-shuffle of all ten songs, placing "Hand On Your Heart" (which did reach number 1) as the album opener. As there was a reluctance to push back the release date, there was not time to re-print the album sleeve; therefore, it was released with the original artwork showing the original track listing. The error was corrected everywhere else, with artwork listing the revised running order.

The third single originally scheduled to be released was actually the album's title track; the house-influenced, dancefloor anthem "Enjoy Yourself". According to the original track listing, it was also meant to be the third song on the album as well. However, after "Wouldn't Change a Thing" became the second single, the idea was shelved. "Never Too Late" was originally planned to be the second single and became the third instead, so "Enjoy Yourself" was never released as a single in any territory. This was much to Kylie's disappointment, as she personally liked the song and felt it could have been a big hit. The dance-infused sound of "Enjoy Yourself" was however carried over to Kylie's next album, Rhythm of Love, especially with the songs "Better The Devil You Know" and "What Do I Have To Do".


Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
DigitalSpy 3/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[6]

Enjoy Yourself received mixed reviews from music critics. Chris True of Allmusic describes the album's songs as "catchy stuff", and calls Enjoy Yourself a "good companion to her debut",[4] although he also noted that the album was similar to her debut. He awarded the album two-and-a-half stars out of five. Nick Levine from Digital Spy gave it a favorable review, awarding it three stars. He said "It's got a bit more variety than her debut, but one or two fewer strong tunes - and consequently a touch less charm. Still, if you're fond of the singles and Minogue at her most ingenuous, you'll find that Enjoy Yourself makes good on the promise of its title."[5]

However, Arion Berger of Rolling Stone gave the album a negative review, as he explained that the album was "inept".[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Enjoy Yourself debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number one, and reached double platinum status upon release with pre-sales of over 600,000 copies.[7] In the UK, the album sold over one million copies in its first ten weeks of release.[1] On 1 January 1990, the album was certified four times platinum.[2] In Australia, the album reached number nine, and was certified platinum on release.[8] The album has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

The album reached number one in Hong Kong and Ireland, and the top ten in Belgium, Denmark, Greece and Japan.[1] In North America, Enjoy Yourself received limited promotion and did not appear on any major album charts. It also peaked at number six in New Zealand. In Spain the album peaked at number sixteen on the charts (on 9 December 1989) and stayed there for nineteen weeks. It was later certified Gold.[9]


"Hand on Your Heart", the album's first single release, reached number one in the UK singles chart and number four on the Australian singles chart.[10] The second single "Wouldn't Change a Thing" debuted at number two in the UK and was accompanied by Minogue's first music video to be filmed in the UK.[11] "Never Too Late", the album's third single, was originally scheduled to be released as the second single from Enjoy Yourself. The song became Minogue's eighth consecutive top five single in the UK, where it reached number four and sold over 200,000 copies.[12] The fourth single "Tears on My Pillow" was recorded for Minogue's film The Delinquents and is a cover version of the 1958 song originally recorded by Little Anthony & The Imperials. The song debuted at number two in the UK and reached number one the following week.[3] In Sweden, "Tears on My Pillow" was released as a double A-side single with "We Know the Meaning of Love".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and produced by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman with the exception of "Tears on My Pillow", which was written by Sylvester Bradford and Al Lewis. Credits adapted from the liner notes of Enjoy Yourself.

No. Title Length
1. "Hand on Your Heart"   3:51
2. "Wouldn't Change a Thing"   3:14
3. "Never Too Late"   3:22
4. "Nothing to Lose"   3:21
5. "Tell Tale Signs"   2:26
6. "My Secret Heart"   2:41
7. "I'm Over Dreaming (Over You)"   3:23
8. "Tears on My Pillow"   2:30
9. "Heaven and Earth"   3:44
10. "Enjoy Yourself"   3:45
Total length:


The following people contributed to Enjoy Yourself:[13]


These are the formats of major album releases of Enjoy Yourself.

Release format Country Cat. no. Label
Australian CD album[14] Australia MUSH322092 Mushroom Records
Australian vinyl album[15] Australia TVL93294 Mushroom Records
UK CD album[16] United Kingdom HFCD9 PWL
Japanese CD album[17] Japan 29B2-77 PWL
Japanese vinyl album[18] Japan 25B1-77 PWL
U.S. vinyl album[19] United States GHS24272 Geffen Records



Country Provider(s) Certification Sales/shipments
Australia ARIA Platinum 70,000
UK BPI 4× Platinum 1,200,000
France SNEP/IFOP Gold 100,000
Switzerland IFPI Gold 25,000
Total 3,500,000+


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  9. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
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  11. ^ "Music - Singles - "Wouldn't Change a Thing". Kylie.com. Retrieved 6 January 2008. Archived February 4, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "Music - Singles - "Never Too Late". Kylie.com. Retrieved 6 January 2008. Archived January 25, 2008 at the Wayback Machine
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Preceded by
Crossroads by Tracy Chapman
UK number one album
21 October 1989 – 27 October 1989
Succeeded by
Wild! by Erasure