The 15 finest singles by Australian cleaning soap stars – sorted

Australian soaps have spawned an infinite quantity of pop music – from true classics to earworms you’ve buried away in your deep unconscious.

We’re reaching the tip of an period now that Neighbours is ending, so we’re counting down the most effective songs to have come from cleaning soap stars who took half within the time-honoured custom of stepping right into a recording studio and giving it a red-hot go.

And we’re sorry for the overwhelming whiteness of this listing. Australian soaps haven’t historically been beacons of diversity and inclusion.

15. Learn My Lips by Melissa Tkautz

This Actual Housewife of Sydney’s signature pop music knocked Grease Megamix (the third best-selling single of 1991) out of the No 1 place on the Aria charts. It additionally established a template for soap-to-pop stardom that will be adopted for years to come back with its flirty, assured lyrics and simple danceability. It created one other legacy, too: the video stars a younger Simon Baker. A charmed Tkautz launched him her boss on E Avenue, touchdown him his first appearing position.

14. All Seats Taken by Bec Cartwright

Little has been written in regards to the former House and Away star’s pop profession. And that’s most likely honest sufficient. However we’ll fortunately struggle for her 2002 debut single, All Seats Taken. The music is ostensibly about reserving a complete venue for a romantic, intimate evening, which is one thing we are able to think about Cartwright and her husband, Lleyton Hewitt, doing after they first acquired collectively. The lyrics recommend that the venue is a restaurant however the music video is filmed in a curler disco. Sadly, there’s no skating within the video, which maybe explains why her pop profession by no means reached the heights of fellow Australian blond bombshell and roller disco enthusiast Olivia Newton-John.

13. In Your Room by Toni Pearen

The E Avenue actor was signed to the identical label as her co-star Tkautz, however Learn My Lips was deemed too raunchy for her – so she struck gold in 1992 with the extra dreamily flirty In Your Room, which peaked at No 10 on the Aria charts. Whereas her second single I Want You scored Pearen an Aria nod, In Your Room is the lovelier observe. There’s one thing splendidly particular, and completely lust-struck, in regards to the concept of getting right into a love curiosity’s bed room and making an attempt on all the garments.

12. Particularly for You by Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan

The British pop songwriting trio Inventory Aitken Waterman wrote loads of Minogue earworms early on in her profession, and a few of Donovan’s largest hits. However none can surpass the pop cultural second of 1988’s Particularly for You, launched not lengthy after Donovan and Minogue’s characters on Neighbours, Scott and Charlene, have been married. It’s schmaltz of the irresistible selection, and was particularly enormous within the UK, the place it turned the fourth highest-selling document of the 12 months.

11. Mistake by Stephanie McIntosh

The Neighbours actor comes from a soap-opera household: her half-brother, Jason Donovan, his daughter Jemma and his father, Terence, have all appeared on the cleaning soap. The making of her album, Tightrope, was the topic of a 2006 reality TV show, which appears like a bit a lot till you realise the songwriters have additionally written bops for Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears. The album has an aggressively of-the-moment pop-rock sound that will be immediately forgettable if it didn’t embody a really bonkers cowl of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David traditional Wishin’ and Hopin’. After which there’s Mistake, a wonderfully assembled slice of lost-love-catharsis with a refrain that simply begs you to scream alongside.

10. Born to Attempt by Delta Goodrem

Goodrem debuted Born to Attempt, her first No 1 single, in 2002 on Neighbours, whereas taking part in an aspiring singer referred to as Nina Tucker. In contrast to different cleaning soap stars-turned-singers, Goodrem’s stint on the present was as a lot about launching her music profession as tv stardom. The piano pop ballad was our first introduction to her musical fashion however truly not her debut single. That got here a 12 months earlier with the poppy I Don’t Care (penned by the writers behind Christina Aguilera’s Genie in a Bottle), which did not make a lot of an affect. Fortunately, Sony realised she was extra snug behind a piano in singer-songwriter territory. Born to Attempt is one among her finest, with a superb, hovering vocal. The lyrics is likely to be a bit on the naive facet however we are able to most likely reduce the 17-year-old Goodrem some slack there.

9. Voodoo Youngster by Rogue Merchants

Right here come the drums. In 2004 the Melbourne digital rock band Rogue Merchants added a celeb to their lineup: Natalie Bassingthwaighte, who earned three Logie nominations for taking part in Izzy Hoyland in Neighbours. Once they launched Voodoo Youngster, they stored their identification of their new vocalist a secret at first: they didn’t wish to money in on her celeb. The observe reached No 4 on the Aria charts and was licensed platinum. There are a couple of the explanation why: first, there’s the re-recorded model of Elvis Costello’s Pump it Up riff, a magic ingredient that also kills (see Olivia Rodrigo’s Brutal), and there’s the Merchants’ electro-punk playfulness. But it surely’s Nat Bass’s vocals, pop pacing and readability, with a little bit rock-tinged growl, that pulls all of it collectively.

8. Kiss Kiss by Holly Valance

In some ways, Kiss Kiss was each a blessing and a curse as Holly Valance’s debut single: the Neighbours’ alum’s cowl of the English-language cover of Turkish artist Tarkan’s Şımarık (Spoilt) is simply sexy-pop-fun sufficient to be irresistible. The 2002 observe reached No 1 in Australia and cracked the highest 10 in 17 international locations. Whereas her two follow-up singles carried out nicely, she may by no means match the dizzying heights of Kiss Kiss. The music video, directed by Tim Royes, stays a traditional with its indulgent close-ups of Valance’s crimson lips, wet-look hair and louche choreography. The “mwahs” are each foolish and hypnotic. A masterpiece.

7. I Start to Marvel by Dannii Minogue

Dannii, a House and Away alum, adopted massive sister Kylie’s chart-topping Fever album along with her personal assortment of disco-tinged electro-pop: 2003’s Neon Nights. It’s such a robust album (lead single Put the Needle On It is tremendous attractive and refined, whereas Creep was proper within the pop zeitgeist) that it feels unfair of us to even point out Kylie right here. For the record, it’s pretty much as good as something Kylie has launched. I Start to Marvel is the standout, with its rapid-fire verses and cooing choruses.

6. Love at First Sight by Kylie Minogue

2002’s Love at First Sight was the third single from Minogue’s Fever album, on the peak of her profession renaissance. It’s three minutes and fifty-seven seconds of unadulterated pleasure. When Minogue sings “all the things went from flawed to proper”, you’d be hard-pressed to argue. The music scored the singer her first Grammy nomination and at all times offers the right hands-in-the-air Kylie-style love-in at her dwell reveals.

5. Can’t Get You Out of My Head by Kylie Minogue

Pop doesn’t come rather more effortlessly cool than this 2001 observe. The insistent, pulsating bassline drives house the obsession inherent within the lyric; it’s endlessly danceable; and its futuristic music video options one among Minogue’s most celebrated appears to be like: a flowing white jumpsuit reduce all the best way all the way down to her navel, testing the boundaries of each physics and nipple tape. The music was initially supplied to Sophie Ellis Bextor and S Membership 7, but it surely’s tough to think about one other artist who may carry the intimacy and all-encompassing need to life on this easiest of melodies. Minogue says she wished to document the music after listening to simply 20 seconds of the demo. Thank God she did. Thank God S Membership 7 didn’t.

4. Torn by Natalie Imbruglia

Typically an ideal pop music is simply ready for the suitable artist. Scott Cutler and Anne Preven (who co-wrote Beyoncé’s Dreamgirls quantity Listen) wrote Torn with Phil Thornalley, who additionally wrote Shannon Noll’s Drive (!!!). They recorded it themselves as Ednaswap, then Liv Sørensen launched the Danish-language model Brændt, and Trine Rein’s version hinted at its pop future. However when Imbruglia left Neighbours for Torn, all the things fell into place. Her take paired refreshingly prepared emotion with a music video directed by Alison Maclean that has Imbruglia singing into the digital camera as if she’s confessing her emotions right into a mirror. Discuss relatable pop: no marvel it was the 1997 No 1 on airplay around the globe.

3. This Is It by Dannii Minogue

This 1993 cowl of Melba Moore’s 1976 disco gem doesn’t mess a lot with the unique successful system, with a really 90s dance-pop beat thrown in by the producers Tim Lever and Mike Percy (of Useless or Alive fame). Whereas this single was launched on the tail-end of Minogue’s first section as a pop artist and obtained blended opinions from critics, it’s a stayer: her vocals are an prompt uplift – an entire room will get on its ft should you play the observe in a homosexual membership. It does precisely what a pop music is meant to do: it modifications the temper within the room. Attempt to take heed to it with out smiling.

2. Misplaced With out You by Delta Goodrem

In 2003 Goodrem was in all places. Not solely did she launch Harmless Eyes, the highest-selling album of the last decade, however she was nonetheless a Neighbours common. The second single, Misplaced With out You, stands as top-of-the-line Australian pop recordings of the previous few a long time. It’s one among simply three songs from her debut album which Goodrem didn’t write herself, however its dramatic construction, cascading piano riffs and tear-soaked lyrics all make it traditional Delta. It turned much more beloved when Darren Hayes covered the song at the 2003 Aria awards in an emotional tribute to Goodrem, who received seven awards that evening however was unable to carry out as she was recovering from remedy for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

1. Higher the Satan You Know by Kylie Minogue

There may solely be one No 1, and it may solely be Kylie. This 1990 tune is the most effective of Kylie and the most effective of pop: a dancefloor sensation with a melody that builds, double backs and repeats. This music gave her a extra mature sound – together with a extra “grown-up” presentation that Pete Waterman was satisfied would finish her profession. As an alternative, it revealed her true power and endurance and positioned herat the forefront of the then rising pattern of digital pop. Earlier than this music, Kylie was beloved. After Higher the Satan You Know, she was a famous person.

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