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Kylie Minogue's 'Padam Padam' Is Her Biggest Hit In 13 Years

Kylie Minogue's 'Padam Padam' Is Her Biggest Hit In 13 Years

Kylie Minogue

The music icon's summer anthem is racing up the charts all around the world.

Australian pop legend — and bona fide gay icon — Kylie Minogue has scored her biggest hit in over a decade with the catchy, fun, kinda silly "Padam Padam."

The dance tune is now in the Top 10 of Billboard's Dance/Electronic songs and has burst into the Top 10 on the U.K. charts; the latter a feat she hasn't achieved since 2010's "All the Lovers."

"That means Kylie is one of only four women to reach the UK's top 10 in five separate decades, alongside Cher, Lulu and Diana Ross," the BBC reports.

The song, which references a 1951 song from French singer Edith Piaf and evokes the sound of a beating heart, has been bolstered by TikTok and gay fans, which have long adored Minogue. For those living in a cave, Minogue became a teen sensation in 1988 with her hit "Locomotion" and then segued to her sexy 30s with the 2001 anthem, "Can't Get You Out of My Head." While queer fans have followed Minogue through her succeeding eras, from Body Language to X to Aphrodite, it feels great to see more mainstream recognition for Minogue, who is known as much for her kindness as her dance hits. That benevolence was evident in Minogue's response to the success of "Padam."

“My heart is bursting with joy," Minogue said recently on Instagram during her birthday. "I just wanted to say thank you, thank you so, so much for all the birthday messages and the Padam reaction and the love."

"Padam" is also creeping into gay vernacular — used as a substitute for any kind of descriptor, according to the BBC. "People are hilarious. It's become a noun, a verb, an adjective," Kylie told Zoe Ball.

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