To celebrate Dannii’s 50th birthday, this week I’ve been counting down my favourite 50 Dannii tracks and today we reach the finale. If you’ve missed the previous numbers you can see them here – 50-41, 40-31, 30-21, 20-11.
Have your faves already been and gone? If so, ‘I’m Sorry’, but here’s my Top 10:
10. Baby Love
The fourth single from Dannii’s ‘Love and Kisses’ album was remixed by Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley for a fresh new single edit. Dannii looks stunning in the video in a simple plunge neck, black catsuit with shoulder cut outs, and delivers great choreography.
9. Love Fight
In a parallel universe, this infectious pop track was the follow up to ‘You Won’t Forget About Me’ and perhaps changed the trajectory of ‘Club Disco’. It’s a sassy, hook-laden tongue-in-cheek number about bedroom quirks and make-up sex.
The third single from ‘Girl’ saw Dannii in melancholy trance mode and was probably a more fitting follow up to ‘All I Wanna Do’. It narrowly missed out on a UK Top 20 placing when it peaked at 21 in the Spring of 1998.
7. Put The Needle On It
The first single proper from ‘Neon Nights’ saw Dannii adding touch of 80s funk to her dance sound. She alsi unveiled a sexy new brunette cropped hair cut with hints of golden highlights as she pole danced and rotated on a giant record.
6. This Is It
Dannii has a few cover versions in her back catalogue and in 1993 she released this ray of sunshine; her take on Melba Moore’s 70s Top 10 UK hit. Dannii also managed to take the track into the UK Top 10.
Going all the way back to the early nineties qnd Dannii’s second single was an edgy bop about the trappings of fame. This is the first single that Dannii co-wrote too. Are you ready? I sure was!
4. You Won’t Forget Aboit Me
In 2004, Dannii was asked by dance label All around The world if she would write lyric and topline over an instrumental dance track called Flower Power. She jumped at the chance and ‘You Won’t Forget About Me’ was born. The clever video uses a technique that meant Dannii had to learn her lyrics in a different order so that they played out right in the finished video.
3. Who Do you Love Now?
In 2001, Dannii was persuaded to get back in the studio to sing vocals over an instrumental dance track that had been blowing up the clubs. Dance DJ supremo, Pete Tong reached out to Dannii and ‘Who Do You Love Now?’ became a big hit and a new chart best for Dannii in the UK at No.3. It also relaunched her music career signing to Warner Music shortly after its success.
2. All I Wanna Do
In 1997, Dannii made a storming chart comeback with her first ever Top 5 placing and her first UK Top 10 since ‘This Is It’ in 1993. The track sees the introduction of Dannii the club queen and was one of the first hits for songwriter and producer Brian Higgins (Xenomania). Dannii also unveiled a brand new platinum blonde look in the video.
1. I Begin To Wonder
At the top of my list is Dannii’s highest charting single, peaking at No.2 and held off the top spot only by Xtina’s ‘Beautiful’. A catchy electro-pop song that was released in 2003, it started life, like many of Dannii’s later hits, as a club instrumental. in this case Dannii worked with JCA to rework and write lyrics for the track. It’s become Dannii’s signature song.
Listen to my Dannii Top 50 on Spotify:
Revisited Dannii’s classic albums below: