Ultimate Kylie

Why is "Ultimate Kylie" important? Well, the double-CD, 33-song set includes nearly every significant international hit the Australian singer has had since her 1987 debut.

Why is "Ultimate Kylie" important? Well, the double-CD, 33-song set includes nearly every significant international hit the Australian singer has had since her 1987 debut. While she has had only two crossover pop smashes in the United States ("The Loco-Motion" and "Can't Get You Out of My Head"), the Grammy Award-winning artist is huge everywhere else. (Why Americans never fully caught on to Minogue mania is beyond us.) Think of "Ultimate Kylie" as an educational tool. It teaches music fans—by way of one sterling pop treat after another—why she is so successful. Two new tracks round out the collection, "I Believe in You" and "Giving You Up." The former is state-of-the-art disco-pop, written and produced with two members of the Scissor Sisters. The ultimate, indeed.—KC