Love at First Sight (Kylie Minogue song)

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This article is about the 2001 Kylie Minogue song. For the unrelated track of the same name on her debut album, see Kylie (album). For other songs with the same title, see Love at First Sight (disambiguation).
"Love at First Sight"
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Fever
B-side "Baby" "Can't Get Blue Monday Out of My Head"
Released 10 June 2002 (2002-06-10)
Recorded 2001; Dublin, Ireland
Genre Dance-pop, nu-disco
Length 3:57
  • Richard Stannard
  • Julian Gallagher
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"In Your Eyes"
"Love at First Sight"
"Come into My World"

"Love at First Sight" is a song by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue from her eighth studio album, Fever (2001). The song was released on 10 June 2002, as the third single from the album. "Love at First Sight" was written by Minogue, Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Ash Howes, and Martin Harrington, with production by Stannard and Gallagher. Backed by synthesisers and keyboards, it is an disco-influenced dance track. The lyrics revolve around love at first sight, hence the title.

"Love at First Sight" received mostly positive reviews from music critics, some who highlighted the track as an album stand-out and commended the production. However, some critics noted the sonic comparison to other disco-inspired tracks including French group Stardust's "Music Sounds Better With You" (July 1998). It peaked at number three and two on the Australian Singles Chart and the UK Singles Chart, respectively. It was a commercial success in several countries including Canada, Ireland, Spain, New Zealand, Denmark and Italy. It peaked at number twenty-three on the US Hot 100, her last top twenty single there.

To promote "Love at First Sight", Minogue performed the song on MTV and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Since its debut on her KylieFever2002 tour, it has appeared on all her concert tours apart from Anti Tour. Johan Renck directed the song's music video, which features Minogue in a futuristic maze with backup dancers, all shot in single take motion. The video was positively received for the production and the visual effects.


Kylie Minogue's track "Love at First Sight" appeared on her eighth album, Fever (October 2001). She had signed a three-album deal with British dance label, Deconstruction Records in 1992.[1][2] Minogue released her first self-titled album through Deconstruction in September 1994 and received mixed reception from music critics.[3] That album peaked at number three in Australia and number four in the United Kingdom.[4] In November 1997, Minogue released her sixth studio album Impossible Princess.[5] It became Minogue's first album to havepartial creative control on songwriting and composing.[5] The album received mixed reviews, many who commended its experimental and adventurous nature, while criticism was primarily directed towards her image and the album's composition.[6] The album peaked at four on the ARIA Albums Chart and number one on the Australian Music Report chart in January 1998.[7] Impossible Princess peaked at ten on the UK Albums Chart, her lowest charting studio album to date.[8]

In late 1999, Minogue signed a contract with British label Parlophone.[9] Parlophone wanted to re-establish Minogue as the pop artist they felt she essentially was, but that had been lost.[10] The lead single from her seventh album, "Spinning Around", received critical acclaim from music critics who highlighted it as an album standout.[11] The song reached number one in both Australia and the UK, alongside top ten entries in New Zealand and Ireland.[12] After series of singles, Minogue released the album Light Years in September 2000 and attracted positive reviews.[13] Minogue begun work on a eighth studio album and promoted it with the single "Can't Get You Out of My Head" in September 2001. This became a huge success worldwide, peaking at number one on various singles charts and sold over 6 million units.[14] The following single "In Your Eyes" was released in January 2002.


Written by Minogue, Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Ash Howes, and Martin Harrington, "Love at First Sight" talks about falling in love with someone "at first sight", hence the title of the song.[15] According to Jacquline Hodges from BBC, she said along with the title track "Fever"; "use tempting lyrics and suggestive panting to underpin a none-too-subtle good time agenda."[16] Produced by Stannard and Gallagher, "Love at First Sight" is a fast-paced dance-oriented song, that came at the end of a period when mainstream dance-pop music had assimilated French house.[17] The song incorporates elements of Europop and house music.[18][19]

According to, the song is written the key note of G Major.[20] Minogue's vocals span from the key note of B3 to the key note of D5, while the piano range spans from the key note of C2 to the note of D5.[20] The song is set in a moderately fast paced dance song with a tempo of 126 beats per minute.[20] Jason Thompson from PopMatters said the song "opens itself up to the listener with a sexy as hell melody and is one of the sexiest, funkiest classic disco songs that never was . . . until now."[19] Hodges compared the song to the work of Modjo.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

"Love at First Sight" received positive reviews from music critics. Chris True from Allmusic was favorable towards the track saying "songs like "Give It to Me" and "Love at First Sight," her maturity helps transcend this limiting tag, making this a very stylish Euro-flavored dance-pop record that will appeal to all ages."[18] Alex Needham from NME said the song was " a knickers-aloft disco stormer,".[21] Alexis Petridis from The Guardian commented "Like Robbie Williams's songs, the tracks on Fever are big on easily digestible pop references. Love at First Sight features the same stuttering disco samples as Stardust's number one Music Sounds Better with You."[22] Michael Hubbard from MusicOMH was particularly negative, calling the song a "rip-roar" and said "It would be difficult to pinpoint one duff track on this record, but the more obvious candidates for singles are towards the front of the album – just like her first two records, in fact – especially the rip-roaring frolic that is Love At First Sight."[23]

Hunter Felt from PopMatters gave an extended review of the song:[24]

"“Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and “Love at First Sight” are two of the best songs of the last five years, they both provide a perfect synthesis of Kylie’s pop princess appeal and her admirable exploration of experimental electronic music. [...] “Love at First Sight” might even be better, a poppier, and even stranger song. Kylie had the audacity to basically rewrite Daft Punk’s immortal “Digital Love” and somehow may have even made it even more perfect than it already was. These songs are super-dense sound collages full of tiny strange little details that reward headphone listening (check out the subliminal bongos on the chorus to “Love at First Sight”) while encouraging, perhaps demanding, dancing."

"Love at First Sight" was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Dance Recording in 2003, but lost to "Days Go By" by "Dirty Vegas. In 2009, Pitchfork Media ranked the song at number 208 in their list of The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s.[25]

Chart performance[edit]

"Love at First Sight" charted at number two on the UK Singles Chart, being stalled from the top spot by Elvis Presley and JXL's remix single "A Little Less Conversation".[26] The song was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments of 200,000 units.[27] The song peaked inside the top ten in various European regions in 2002, including Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Spain and Italy.[28] The song entered at three on the Australian Singles Chart, where it ultimately peaked.[29] It stayed in the charts for eight weeks and achieved a platinum certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments of 70,000 units.[30] The song debuted at number forty-five on the New Zealand Singles Chart, and peaked at number nine. The song stayed in the charts for eighteen weeks and was certified gold by the Recorded Music NZ (RMNZ) for shipments of 7,500 units.[31]

The song was served as the second single from Fever in North America. "Love at First Sight" peaked at number twenty-three on the Billboard Hot 100, which became her third highest charting single behind her 1987 single "The Loco-Motion" and her 2001 single "Can't Get You Out of My Head".[32] The song also charted at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs, and number ten on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.[32] The song reached number five on the Canadian Singles Chart.[33] The song has sold more than 134,000 copies, becoming Minogue's second best-selling single in that country according to Nielsen SoundScan.[34]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Love at First Sight" was directed by Johan Renck, and was shot on a virtual set in Dublin, Ireland in May 2002.[35] The video took two days to shoot and required several assistances and stylists to help the dancers and Minogue.[35] The making of the video was released on the DVD single of "Love at First Sight", featuring four separate video excerpts and shows footage of Minogue dancing on set of the video.[35] A photo gallery of the set was published on the DVD.[35]

"Love at First Sight" opens with a view of a sky of geometric shapes moving. It pans down to a staircase that is being digitally added on, and has Minogue walking down. As Minogue dances to the song, the camera turns in several directions to show the room layout; the chorus features back-up dancers on a top stand.[36] The second verse and chorus features Minogue dancing, with different patterns emerging on the walls. From the cut-outs of the walls, geometric buildings are present in the background, showcasing the futuristic city that is similar to "Can't Get You Out of My Head".[36] By the last chorus, it shows a night sky and has all the backup dancers in the background while Minogue sings the song.[36] The video ends with backup dances huddling around Minogue, as it pans to the night sky with different geometric shapes.[36]

Live performances[edit]

The US remix of "Love at First Sight" was performed on 17 July 2002 on MTV in the US.[37] Minogue sported a white crop top with metalic track pants, with her back-up dances present and wearing costumes from the music video.[37] She then performed "Love at First Sight" on the US evening TV series, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[38] Minogue performed the song on several live shows including the iHeartRadio and Jools Holland[39][40]

"Love at First Sight" was included in the opening segment of the KylieFever2002 tour, which was launched to promote Fever.[41] In 2003, she performed the song on the one-night only concert Money Can't Buy, which was used to promote Minogue' ninth studio album Body Language and was held at major entertainment venue Hammersmith Apollo in London.[42] It was used as the encore segment for the tour.[43] In 2005, she performed the song on her Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour.[44] Minogue was unable to complete the tour as she was diagnosed with early breast cancer and had to cancel the Australian leg of the tour.[45] After undergoing treatment and recovery, she resumed the concert tour in the form of Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour in 2007, and included "Love at First Sight" on the setlist.[46] In 2008, she performed the song on the KylieX2008 tour, which was launched to promote her tenth studio album X. It was performed as one of the encore songs for the final segment.[47] In 2009, she performed the song on the For You, For Me tour, which was her first concert tour in North America.[48] She performed the song as a mash-up with "Can't Beat the Feeling" during the Aphrodite: Les Folies Tour, which was launched to promote her eleventh studio album Aphrodite.[49] The song was used as one of the encore songs for the final segment on her Kiss Me Once Tour and Kylie Summer 2015 Tour.

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals - Kylie Minogue
  • Background vocals - Richard Stannard
  • Writing - Kylie Minogue, Richard Stannard, Julian Gallagher, Ash Howes
  • Producing - Richard "Biff" Stannard, Julian Gallagher
  • Recording and programming - Ash Howes, Alvin Sweeney, Martin Harrington
  • Mixing - Ash Howes at Biffco Studios
  • Keyboards - Ash Howes, Martin Harrington
  • Guitar - Martin Harrington
  • Photography - Nick Knight


Formats and track listings[edit]


See also[edit]


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