On the face of it, for most Americans at least, Kylie Minogue is not an obvious choice for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Most American music listeners would know her for one of two reasons: her cover of “The Loco-Motion,” which made her the third artist to take the song to chart success in the United States, and her comeback single “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” which kept her from being a one-hit wonder in the United States and reintroduced her as a sexy dance pop artist in the early 2000’s but did not lead to a sustained career as a stateside hitmaker. And yet she is indisputably worthy of a spot in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and not only for her massive and consistent success abroad (especially in the UK). What is it that makes Kylie Minogue such an interesting test for the RRHOF when it comes to recognizing female artists and dance pop artists for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And who better to test this policy than someone who has without a doubt served as an inspiration for many but whose American success is very limited on her own?
The Influence Of Kylie Minogue
At the beginning of her career, it might have been forgiven if one would have not seen Kylie Minogue as a likely artist to have a huge influence in the world of music and general culture. Yet besides her critically acclaimed and successful career as a musical artist (more on that below), she as served as a genre-bending artist, has been a successful actress in films like The Delinguents, Street Fighter, and Moulin Rouge! and has also gotten a great deal of recognition for her role in raising awareness about breast cancer. And she is certainly no stranger to halls of fame, being a part of the ARIA hall of fame for her contributions to Australian music besides being a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for her enrichment of French culture. Besides being known as a sex symbol she has done a good job in using photography and campiness and an aesthetic of reinvention to ensure her a broad base of support worldwide even if it has been limited in the United States . Whether through her image or philanthropy, Kylie Minogue has made an impact on music around the world and inspired a lot of women to perform as she has.
Why Kylie Minogue Belongs In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
While her American chart success is modest–two top ten hits (“The Loco-Motion” and “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head”) and three other top 40 hits (“I Should Be So Lucky,” “It’s No Secret,” and “Love At First Sight”)  and one platinum (“Fever”) and one gold album (“Kylie”) , her success has been far greater around the world, especially in Australia and the UK. Overall she has sold more than 10 million singles and 80 million albums, which makes her one of the best selling artists of all time. Every single one of her albums, including 2018’s golden, has been certified in either the UK or Australia, if not both. She even has certified compilations and live albums that have sold well around the world, and a large amount of remix albums as well. And if some of her successful hits around the world are not familiar to Americans, like Australian #1 “Got To Be Certain” or UK #1 hits “Especially For You (with Jason Donovan),” “Hand On Your Heart,” “Tears On My Pillow,” “Spinning Around,” or “Slow,” they do indicate that she has had a long and successful career far away from American audiences, showing her able to collaborate with such diverse artists as Taio Cruz, Tove Lo, sister Dannii Minogue, and even Mika. And that is not even getting into the ways that her music and image and approach to reinvention have been copied frequently by Madonna.
Why Kylie Minogue Isn’t In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
She’s a dance artist. She’s female. She doesn’t have many hits in the US. These are plenty of reasons why the RRHOF hasn’t inducted her, even if her sales and influence worldwide are massive to a level that few artists have ever achieved. These reasons may not be good enough for her many fans, but they certainly apply for members of the nominating committee for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the United States.
Verdict: Put her in, especially as part of a dance-pop heavy or female-heavy set of inducetees. She’d put on a great show too.