Kiki Dee is the stage name of the English singer Pauline Matthews. Her music career started in 1960. However, she didn’t become well-known until she signed with Elton John’s record label a decade later.
Eventually, that led to her performing “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” with the Rocket Man himself in 1976, which propelled her career to new heights. Even now, that remains Dee’s most successful song by a considerable margin. Still, she has had other noteworthy songs.
Here is our opinion of the ten best Kiki Dee songs ever released:
10. “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever”
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” wasn’t the only time Dee performed a duet with Elton John. “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” was the second of three such collaborations. It never had the same impact as its counterparts.
Despite that, “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” was enjoyable in a distinctive way, which was no small achievement considering its origins. For those unfamiliar, Ivy Jo Hunter and Stevie Wonder penned it before presenting it to the Four Tops, who made it a hit in 1966.
9. “Love Makes the World Go Round”
Dee was the first English woman to be signed by Motown. Her choice of material often reflected that. For instance, Dee covered Deon Jackson’s “Love Makes the World Go Round.” It didn’t do quite as well as its predecessor.
For comparison, her version peaked at the number 87 position in the early 1970s, whereas Jackson’s version peaked at the number 11 position in the mid-1960s. That number made it clear that Dee’s cover could stand on its own.
8. “Loving and Free”
In 1973, Dee released Loving and Free, her first studio album with The Rocket Record Company. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this song was its title track. The funny thing is that it didn’t receive widespread attention until it was released as a single for her self-titled EP several years later.
When that happened, “Loving and Free” climbed as high as the number 13 position in the United Kingdom. Something that made it clear people connected with the song’s musing on the emotional ties that can bind us.
7. “Another Day Comes (Another Day Goes)”
“Another Day Comes (Another Day Goes)” came from a much later point in Dee’s career. Specifically, it was one of the four singles released for her eighth studio album Angel Eyes in 1987.
Some reviewers saw potential in the song, so much so that they predicted it would become a hit. Sadly, that never happened because “Another Day Comes (Another Day Goes)” topped out at the number 117 position in the United Kingdom. Still, if people like Eurythmics, they might also like this song.
6. “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am”
“(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am” is another cover. More accurately, it is two covers. What happened is that Nancy Wilson recorded and released the original in the summer of 1964.
Subsequently, Dee released a cover in the same year, which met with a less enthusiastic reception. Later, she released an uptempo second cover with blues influence in 1975. That one was the superior release, branching out far enough to become a separate thing while retaining the essence of the original.
5. “True Love”
“True Love” was the third of Dee’s three duets with Elton John. Furthermore, it came out in 1993, thus making it the last of her singles. Interested individuals might recognize it because of other artists.
After all, Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly performed it for High Society in 1956. Since then, it has been a classic, though it missed out on the Oscar for Best Original Song. This song stood out by being one of the best covers available to interested individuals.
4. “I’ve Got the Music in Me”
“I’ve Got the Music in Me” was one of Dee’s most successful singles. It reached the number 12 position in the United States. Similarly, it reached the number 19 position in the United Kingdom.
This is a cheerful song that works well as a mood booster, particularly for people feeling discouraged because of a setback. Besides this, it is entertaining to note that “I’ve Got the Music in Me” has a fake ending, meaning interested individuals should listen to it until the end.
“Star” was strongly influenced by Dee’s career. It seems safe to say that connected with listeners in 1981, seeing as how it managed to turn a fair number of ears. Granted, “Star” never made much of an impression in the United States.
That was balanced out by its number 13 spot in the United Kingdom. In time, it even went out to serve as the theme song for a British talent show, which makes sense because its subject resonated with would-be stars and more.
Speaking of which, “Amoureuse” reached the same position in the United Kingdom almost a decade before “Star.” Given Dee’s general choice of topic, interested individuals should have no problem guessing the contents of this song, even if they can’t guess the meaning of its name. Fortunately, she brought her general excellence to this song.
Thanks to that, Dee’s version of “Amoureuse” might not have been the first English cover, but it was one of the more memorable ones in that initial batch in the early 1970s.
1. “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”
Of course, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” claimed the top of this list. Simply put, it was the song of a lifetime for Dee, as shown by how it reached the top of the charts in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Funny enough, she almost didn’t get the role. That is because the original choice was Dusty Springfield, who couldn’t do it because of her health issues at the time. Without “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Dee wouldn’t be an unknown. However, she wouldn’t be as liked as she is.
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