Ultimate Kylie

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Ultimate Kylie
Kylie Minogue Ultimate Kylie.png
Greatest hits album by
Released22 November 2004 (2004-11-22)
Length51:35 (CD 1)
69:26 (CD 2)
Kylie Minogue chronology
Artist Collection
Ultimate Kylie
Confide in Me: The Irresistible Kylie
Singles from Ultimate Kylie
  1. "I Believe in You"
    Released: 6 December 2004
  2. "Giving You Up"
    Released: 28 March 2005

Ultimate Kylie is the ninth greatest hits album by Australian recording artist Kylie Minogue, and her first greatest hits released under her contract with Parlophone, her record company since 2000. The compilation was released in many different formats including a two-disc edition and a deluxe double disc with a bonus DVD. A separate compilation DVD with the same name, was released to accompany the audio versions. The album includes two new tracks; its lead single, "I Believe in You", and the second single, "Giving You Up". A third track, "Made of Glass", was recorded for the album but not used; it was included on the physical releases of "Giving You Up".

Ultimate Kylie was commended by contemporary critics who noted the musical and credible progression from the start of her career; some critics criticized the earlier material. The album reached the top ten in the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Greece, and Germany, while it charted in several other territories including Spain, Sweden, and New Zealand. The album was certified platinum by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for one million shipments throughout Europe. "I Believe in You" debuted inside the top ten in several countries worldwide, while "Giving You Up" charted moderately in some regions. The compilation was promoted through the Showgirl: The Greatest Hits Tour in 2005. After Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer, she cancelled the tour and was resumed with another leg in 2006.


Ultimate Kylie is Minogue's ninth greatest hits album, and her first compilation through Parlophone. The release follows her eight previous greatest hits albums, The Kylie Collection (1988), Greatest Hits (1992), Hits+ (2000), Confide in Me (2001), Greatest Hits 87–97 and its re-release (2002 and 03), Greatest Hits: 87–99 (2003), and Artist Collection (2004).[1][2][3][4][5] Greatest Hits and Hits+ are her only compilations released through her signed labels; Greatest Hits was released through her 1987-1992 record label, PWL, and Hits+ was released through her 1993-1998 record label, Deconstruction Records.[6][7] Ultimate Kylie is her first greatest hits album under her contract with Parlophone; her final greatest hits release through the contract was The Albums 2000–2010 (2011).[8] On Minogue's website, she shared her thoughts on the release:

Since my first hit, I can’t believe how quickly time has passed. This collection is very dear to me and holds a lifetime of memories. There is nothing like time to give you a sense of perspective and I hope the listener gets as much enjoyment out of these tracks as I do. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to experiment throughout the years and that my fans have embraced the need in me to try new approaches. I am just as excited about the new tracks featured here as I am about all the others on the record. At this point in my career, I am happy to celebrate the past and look forward to the future.[9]

On 22 November 2004, Ultimate Kylie was released as a standard two-disc set.[10] Three versions were issued; the standard two-disc set, and a digital release through Amazon.com and iTunes Store; as of May 2011, the digital release has been removed from digital stores.[11] The third format was a triple-disc package, with the original two-discs and a bonus DVD, including music video content; this was released in Australia through HMV stores in 2006.[12] A DVD with the same name was released which included several music videos of Minogue that have never appeared on a DVD before. It includes the completed video of the single "I Believe in You", but no video of "Giving You Up" was produced at the album and DVD's release.[13]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[14]
About.com4/5 stars[15]
Yahoo! Music8/10[20]

Ultimate Kylie received a generally positive response from music critics. PopMatters gave it a positive review, saying: "Ultimate Kylie, which seems condensed even at its double-disc length, is one of the best collections of dance music available, even while including her ‘80s pop hits. It is enough to get her MP3s permanently out of my "guilty pleasures" bin" and gave the album an 8 out of 10 rating, which means that the album was of excellent status and "among the best work of the given artist, or among the best in the given genre".[18] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic gave it a very positive review, awarding it four and a half out of five stars. At first he said "There certainly hasn't been a shortage of Kylie Minogue hits compilations", but finished the album with a positive review and ending saying "it nevertheless gives all the hits, both big and small, in one place, which means that this not only makes this ideal for fans for all levels of dedication, it means that Ultimate Kylie lives up to its billing."[14]

Jason Shawahn from About.com gave it a positive review, awarding it four stars out of five. He praised the album for its inclusion of two new songs, which he feels were "among the finest tracks that Kylie has recorded in years" and show her at her best. He later finished saying "but as far as providing the comprehensive Kylie, the folks at EMI have done a pretty good job."[15] In a review for Stylus Magazine, Mark Edwards called the first disc "horribly naff" and full of "squeaky songs". The review also mentioned "every year or two she’ll release another pop gem, sell a squillion more calendars and finally retire as a multi-millionairess with a greatest hits compilation in every household. Because everyone loves Kylie, even if half of this album is terrible."[19] Jaime Gill from Yahoo! Music gave it a positive review, saying "But why not accept it as merely the brand for a shiny double CD of brilliant pop tunes? If she disappeared tomorrow few would really care, but if songs like this did we really, really would."[20] In 2007, The Guardian included the album in their "1000 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die" list.[21] In 2006, "I Believe in You" was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Dance Recording category at the 48th Grammy Awards.[22]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, Ultimate Kylie debuted at number four, staying in for thirty-one weeks. The album was certified triple platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments of 900,000 units.[23] The album entered at number five on the Australian Albums Chart, and stayed in the top fifty for forty-two weeks, Minogue's longest charting greatest hits album. Ultimate Kylie was certified quadruple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), selling over 280,000 copies in the country.[24] In New Zealand, the album entered at thirty-nine on the New Zealand Albums Chart, and reached thirty-three.

Ultimate Kylie had other success in other countries as well. The album managed to peak at number fourteen and thirty-five in Belgium (Flanders) and Belgium (Wallonia), being certificated Platinum there.[25] The album debuted at number forty-nine in Spain, and it eventually peaked at number thirty-four after fifteen weeks in the charts. The album was certificated Gold in the country, selling over 50,000 copies.[26] The album also peaked at number eight on the Irish Albums Chart, and was certificated Platinum by the Irish Recording Music Association (IRMA).[27]


Minogue, wearing a red dress and surrounded by dancers, performs lead single "I Believe in You", during her Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour (2006).

In order to promote Ultimate Kylie and the single, Minogue performed "I Believe in You" in shows such as Top of the Pops,[28] Nordic Music Awards,[29] Top of the Pops Saturday,[30] Premios Ondas,[31] Star Academy,[32] Hit Machine,[33] Today with Des and Mel,[34] and Wetten, dass..?.[35] On 24 October 2004, it was announced that Minogue also would go on tour to promote the compilation.[36] It commenced on 19 March 2005 and ended on 7 May 2005, visiting 14 cities in 11 European countries, totalling 37 concerts.[37] The show was split into seven acts, being them Showgirl, Smiley Kylie, Denial, What Kylie Wants, Kylie Gets, Dreams, Kyliesque, Minx in Space, with the addition of an encore. After performing in Europe, she travelled to Melbourne, where she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was forced to cancel the tour; she intended to extend the tour to Asia and Australia.[38][39] Two recordings from the tour were released; the first was a video album titled Kylie Showgirl, and released in November 2005,[40] whilst the second one was released in December as an extended play with seven tracks from the tour, titled Showgirl.[41]

In November 2005, her tour promoter announced the tour's restart for the end of the following year, with an update from the original version "as a thank you for the patience and understanding of Australian ticket holders".[42] She resumed the tour, entitled Showgirl: The Homecoming Tour, in November 2006 with a performance in Sydney. Her dance routines had been reworked to accommodate her medical condition, and slower costume changes and longer breaks were introduced between sections of the show to conserve her strength.[43] The media reported that Minogue performed energetically, with the Sydney Morning Herald describing the show as an "extravaganza" and "nothing less than a triumph".[44] The tour was released as a live album, titled Showgirl: Homecoming Live, in January 2007.[45] The Greatest Hits Tour grossed more than US$19.97 million from 23 shows in the United Kingdom alone, and the Homecoming Tour grossed $40.11 million[46]($48.47 million in 2018 dollars)[47].


"I Believe in You" was released as the lead single from the compilation. Premiered on radio stations on 14 October 2004,[48] it was released in the United Kingdom on 6 December 2004. "I Believe in You" reached the number two position in the region, only behind "Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid.[49] It also peaked within the top ten in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Italy and Ireland, also becoming her best entry on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart, after "Slow".[50][51][52]

It was announced that "Giving You Up" would be released as the second and last single from the compilation. It was released as a single on 28 March 2005 in the United Kingdom. It peaked at number six on the singles charts, giving Minogue her 30th top ten hit.[49] It also reached the top ten in Australia, Scotland and Spain,[53][54] and the top twenty in Denmark, Finland and Ireland.[53][55]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Ultimate Kylie.

Disc one
1."Better the Devil You Know" (from Rhythm of Love, 1990)Stock Aitken Waterman3:53
2."The Loco-Motion" (7" mix; from Kylie, 1988)Stock Aitken Waterman3:14
3."I Should Be So Lucky" (from Kylie, 1988)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:24
4."Step Back in Time" (from Rhythm of Love, 1990)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:04
5."Shocked" (DNA 7" mix featuring Jazzi P; from Rhythm of Love, 1990)
  • Stock Aitken Waterman
  • DNA
6."What Do I Have to Do" (7" mix; from Rhythm of Love, 1990)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:33
7."Wouldn't Change a Thing" (from Enjoy Yourself, 1989)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:14
8."Hand on Your Heart" (from Enjoy Yourself, 1989)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:51
9."Especially for You" (with Jason Donovan; from Ten Good Reasons, 1989)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:56
10."Got to Be Certain" (from Kylie, 1988)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:19
11."Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi" (from Kylie, 1988)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman4:01
12."Give Me Just a Little More Time" (from Let's Get to It, 1991)
  • Edyth Wayne
  • Ronald Dunbar
  • Stock
  • Waterman
13."Never Too Late" (from Enjoy Yourself, 1989)
  • Stock
  • Aitken
  • Waterman
Stock Aitken Waterman3:21
14."Tears on My Pillow" (from Enjoy Yourself, 1989)
Stock Aitken Waterman2:29
15."Celebration" (from Greatest Hits, 1992)
  • Phil Harding
  • Ian Curnow
Total length:51:35
Disc two
1."I Believe in You"
  • Shears
  • Babydaddy
2."Can't Get You Out of My Head" (from Fever, 2001)
  • Dennis
  • Davis
3."Love at First Sight" (from Fever, 2001)
  • Stannard
  • Gallagher
4."Slow" (from Body Language, 2003)Sunnyroads3:13
5."On a Night Like This" (from Light Years, 2000)
  • Stack
  • Taylor
6."Spinning Around" (from Light Years, 2000)Mike Spencer3:27
7."Kids" (with Robbie Williams; from Light Years, 2000)
8."Confide in Me" (Radio Edit; from Kylie Minogue, 1994)
Brothers in Rhythm4:26
9."In Your Eyes" (from Fever, 2001)
  • Minogue
  • Stannard
  • Gallagher
  • Howes
  • Stannard
  • Gallagher
10."Please Stay" (from Light Years, 2000)
  • Stannard
  • Gallagher
11."Red Blooded Woman" (from Body Language, 2003)
  • Douglas
  • Poole
12."Giving You Up"
13."Chocolate" (Radio Edit; from Body Language, 2003)
  • Douglas
  • Poole
  • Douglas
  • Poole
14."Come into My World" (Single Version; from Fever, 2001)
  • Dennis
  • Davis
  • Dennis
  • Davis
15."Put Yourself in My Place" (Radio Edit; from Kylie Minogue, 1994)Jimmy HarryHarry4:11
16."Did It Again" (Radio Edit; from Impossible Princess, 1997)
  • Minogue
  • Anderson
  • Seaman
Brothers in Rhythm4:14
17."Breathe" (Radio Edit; from Impossible Princess, 1997)
  • Ball
  • Vauk
18."Where the Wild Roses Grow" (with Nick Cave; from Murder Ballads, 1996)Cave
Total length:69:26


  • The German edition replaces "Please Stay" with "Your Disco Needs You" (Casino Radio & Club Mix)



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[82] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[83] Gold 10,000*
Belgium (BEA)[25] Platinum 50,000*
Ireland (IRMA)[27] 3× Platinum 45,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[84] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[86] 50,000[85]
Europe (IFPI)[87] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Album credits[edit]

  • Mastered by Ashley Phase at Whitfield Street Mastering.
  • Liner notes written by Neil Rees & Nigel Goodall with thanks and acknowledgement to Tom Parker.
  • Kylie's visual direction and styling by William Baker.
  • Photography by Simon Emmett.
  • Sleeve direction and design and photo montages by Tony Hung for Adjective Noun.


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