#ThrowbackTunesday: Episode 10

We’ve only gone and hit double figures with this here #ThrowbackTunesday series of blogs, haven’t we? Thanks to all who’ve read along and got us this far. Before we take a look at this week’s golden hit from the past, let’s see which chart hits from five points in the last 25 years we’ve got on this week’s playlist…

  • 1993: Snow – Informer
  • 1998: Five – When The Lights Go Out
  • 2003: Dannii Minogue – I Begin To Wonder
  • 2008: OneRepublic – Stop & Stare
  • 2013: Justin Timberlake – Mirrors

And our favourite song from this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday playlist is…

  • ARTIST: Dannii Minogue
  • SONG: I Begin To Wonder
  • ALBUM: Neon Nights

One thing that seems to continually be unfairly overlooked when Dannii Minogue’s name is mentioned to anyone with even a vague interest in pop music is just how much success she has had. It’s fluctuated at times, yes, but it’s also had its glorious peaks. Just as it in fact did on this week exactly 15 years ago.

After the modest performance of her 1997 album ‘Girl’, Dannii took her tentative returning steps back from the dance pop wilderness in November 2001, with a guest vocal appearance on the haunting club track ‘Who Do You Love Now?’ by German dance production team Riva, which duly stormed in at #3.

London Records then snapped her for a new album deal, and thus began the recording of what remains her most successful studio album to date: ‘Neon Nights’. A kind of love letter to the world of dance and club music she’d embraced, things had already kicked off in fine style in November 2002, when the album’s rather raunchy first single ‘Put The Needle On It’ reached #7.

Its follow up, ‘I Begin To Wonder’, started life as a quite successful European floorfiller by DJ and producer Jean Claude-Adés, better known under his stage name of JCA. With some additional co-writing from Dannii, and a sensational video with her kicking around in an air vent Lara Croft stylee, it seemed she was assured of a huge hit.

But it turned out to be even bigger than Dannii anticipated. Trailing Christina Aguilera’s torch ballad ‘Beautiful’ all week, it didn’t overtake her, but still came in at a thoroughly decent #2 – her highest charting and biggest single of her career to this day. Which, when you consider that it came 12 years into her pop career, is quite a phenomenal achievement really.

The ‘Neon Nights’ album followed it a week or so later, greeted with some of the most glowing reviews of Dannii’s career, and sales of over 100,000 in the UK alone. With ‘Galaxy’, her first single in over 10 years having recently hit the airwaves, that long awaited follow up could be with us sooner than we think.

Check out the full playlist here, and let us know what your favourite hit from the past is this week on our Twitter with the hashtag #ThrowbackTunesday!

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