Step Back in Time

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"Step Back in Time"
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Rhythm of Love
Released 22 October 1990
Recorded London, England
Length 3:05
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Certification Gold (Australia)[1]
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Better the Devil You Know"
"Step Back in Time"
"What Do I Have to Do"

"Step Back in Time" is a song performed by Australian recording artist and songwriter Kylie Minogue which was taken from her third studio album Rhythm of Love (1990). The song was taken as Minogue's second single off the album, although originally, "What Do I Have to Do" was penned as the second single from the album. The song was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman, who produced and wrote most of Minogue's songs at that time. Musically, the song is a disco inspired song.

The song didn't receive much attention on the singles chart, but manage to peak inside the top ten in the UK, peaking at number four, and number five in her native Australia. The song was performed at most of Minogue's concert tours, including Rhythm of Love Tour, Let's Get to It Tour, Intimate and Live Tour, KylieX2008, Kiss Me Once Tour and Kylie Summer 2015 Tour.


"Step Back in Time" was released in October 1990 as a second single prior to the release of Minogue's third album Rhythm of Love. Originally, the song "What Do I Have to Do?" was going to be released as the second single from the album but the decision was changed to "Step Back in Time". This song marks the first time Minogue took her music into the genre of disco. In the song, Minogue gives her critique on modern music and wishes that life could be similar to the way it was in the 1970s ("Remembering the old days"/"Remember the O'Jays").

Chart performance[edit]

"Step Back in Time" had peaked at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming a success in that country. In Minogue's native Australia, the song debuted at number eight, until rising and peaking at number five on the singles chart, staying there for a total of twelve weeks. The song then debuted at number forty-five in France, until rising and peaking at number forty-two for one week, and stayed on the charts for fifteen weeks in total.

The song debuted at number nineteen in Sweden, and fell to twenty, where it finished off. The song then debuted at number thirty-six on the New Zealand Singles Chart, until rising to number twenty-one, until it fell off. The song had moderate success in the Netherlands, where it debuted at number eighty-seven, and rose to number thirty-six for one week.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Step Back in Time", features Minogue in a number of camp 1970s-style costumes with similarly attired dancers. As she herself describes "Step back in time was an important reference and homage to the 70's music". For Kylie and her team the whole "Rhythm of love" was inspired by the style of the 1960s and 1970s, so they took inspiration from the "Studio 54" and the Hollywood actress from that period. Her hair, make up and costumes give her an inspiration and She wanted to paid tribute to these decades.

The video was filmed in Los Angeles - California and shows Minogue with a green feathery vest, black hot pants, and oversized sunglasses. In another scene Kylie is dressed in a Partridge family-esque outfit dancing. The video promotes the image of Minogue travelling around the city with her friends dressed in 1970s influenced attire and partying.

There is also an alternate video of Kylie Minogue with a young hairstyle and wearing animal print bikini under a sheer top and leather hot pants over leggings in a white background dancing with only two men who are at times duplicated into two more men.


Kylie Minogue's initial successes in various worldwide markets, particularly in Europe were not sustained by 1990 but she remained consistently popular in her homeland of Australia and even more so in her production base, the UK.

In the United Kingdom, "Step Back in Time" marked the beginning of a popular backlash against her new "raunchy" image amongst her initial demographic of young teenagers. In the 1990 poll by Smash Hits, a popular teen music magazine which avidly supported the star, Minogue won several "worst" awards for such crimes ranging from her fashion sense to her recent musical output. Although her music, still produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman, was not radically removed from her previous output, her recent change of image was to lose her more popular support than she was to gain due to a more dance-pop orientation.

"Step Back in Time" was featured in The World's End, a 2013 British science fiction comedy directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. The song was featured in the movie as the characters enter the school-disco scene. The song was included on the soundtrack as a deluxe version bonus track.[3] In an interview about the music in in the movie, Wright said, "it ultimately had to be Step Back In Time, because that’s precisely what [the lead character] is trying to do.” He said, "It’s got great lyrics and the breakdown during the school-disco scene is one of my favourite bits of music in the movie."[4]

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Step Back in Time".

Live performances[edit]

Minogue performed the song on the following concert tours:

The song was also performed on:



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  2. ^ Steffen Hung. "Kylie Minogue - Step Back In Time". Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
  3. ^ The World's End (film)
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  6. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  7. ^ "Slovenian Kylie Site - Step Back In Time". Retrieved 2012-08-02. 
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