Got to Be Certain
Got to Be Certain
Single by Kylie Minogue
From the album Kylie
Released 2 May 1988
Recorded 1988; Melbourne, Australia
  • CD single
  • 12-inch single
  • 7-inch single
  • cassette single
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:17
  • PWL
  • Mushroom
  • Mike Stock
  • Matt Aitken
  • Pete Waterman
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
I Should Be So Lucky
Got to Be Certain
The Locomotion 89
Kylie track listing
"It's No Secret"
"Got to Be Certain"
"Turn It into Love"
Music Video
Kylie Minogue - Got to Be Certain

Kylie Minogue - Got to Be Certain

"Got to Be Certain" is a song by Kylie Minogue from her debut studio album Kylie (1988). It was written and produced by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, who also produced Kylie's first four albums. The song was released as the second single from Kylie in most territories outside Australia and was released on 2 May 1988 in Australia and the UK.


"Got to Be Certain" is a dance-pop song. With the success of her first two singles, "Locomotion" in 1987 and "I Should Be So Lucky" in early 1988, Kylie along with Stock, Aitken and Waterman began work on her debut studio album Kylie. Throughout the production of the album, Kylie had travelled to London, England to record the album, however "Got to Be Certain" was recorded in her native Melbourne, Australia in April 1988. It is noted that in different countries, including the UK, "Got to Be Certain" is Kylie's second official single - "The Loco-Motion" was re-recorded in 1988 with Stock Aitken Waterman (who did not produce the 1987 version) and it was then released as the third single from Kylie in most international territories.

Unlike her previous single, "Got to Be Certain" was not written especially for Kylie. It was originally recorded by singer and PWL-stablemate Mandy Smith for her debut album Mandy which was also produced by Stock Aitken Waterman, however, for unknown reasons, her version was scrapped and the song was given to Kylie to record instead. Mandy's original recording of "Got to Be Certain" was denied by Mike Stock in his book The Hit Factory: The Stock Aitken Waterman Story, but it was eventually discovered and finally released in 2005 where it was a surprise bonus track on the hits compilation Stock Aitken Waterman Gold.

For chart expectations, the song had success as it peaked in the top ten in many countries, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The song, however, was not released in the United States where "It's No Secret" was released instead.

A music video was shot in Melbourne, Australia, where it is Kylie's birthplace. "Got to Be Certain" was also performed at many of Kylie's concert tours, including the Enjoy Yourself Tour and the Kiss Me Once Tour. The song was performed at her Anti Tour in 2012 and was performed on Kylie's one-off show The Kylie Show.

Music video

The music video for "Got to Be Certain" was directed by Chris Langman and filmed in April 1988. The video was filmed around Melbourne in Australia. The video starts off with Kylie at a photoshoot, posing in different poses. It then shows her walking around Melbournes Yarra River. Then, it features Kylie on top of the T&G (now KPMG) Building in Melbourne's Collins Street, where it featured her with "black boat-neck dress, white teeth gleaming, hair a perfect honey blonde and skin as gold as the coins that were piling in".

It then eventually featured Kylie on a carousel that apparently "hadn't been oiled since Kylie was born". She was wearing a skin-tight red t-shirt dress with a pin bearing the work "amour". Additionally, Four different edits were made, combining shots of Kylie on a merry-go-round, in an artist's studio and dancing in a coffee-house, which is the official video.

Chart performance

On 2 May 1988, "Got to Be Certain" was released in the United Kingdom. The song became Kylie's second top five hit when it debuted at number fifteen on the singles chart before climbing the chart in the weeks that followed, peaking at number two and remaining there for three weeks. It eventually sold 315,000 copies. Outside of the UK, the song was also widely successful. It reached number one in seven countries, including Finland and Israel. The single sold 17,227 copies in Sweden at the time. In New Zealand, it peaked at number two and stayed in the charts for 14 weeks, making it her most successful single in the country at that time.

In Australia, "Got to Be Certain" became the second single to enter the singles chart at number one, remaining in the top spot for four weeks.

Live performances

Since its releases, "Got to Be Certain" has been performed on six of Kylie's tours. It's first appearance was on the Disco in Dream tour in 1989, where it served as the second song. It also served as the second song on the Enjoy Yourself Tour, and as the third on both the Rhythm of Love Tour and Let's Get to It Tour. Kylie then performed the song as a one-off to close a Manchester show of her Homecoming Tour, when she fell ill halfway through. The song was then included during her ITV special The Kylie Show in 2007. In 2012, Kylie performed the song during the Anti Tour. The song then made an appearance in the "Dollshouse Medley" during her Kiss Me Once Tour in 2014/2015, where five PWL songs were performed: "Enjoy Yourself", "Hand on Your Heart", "Never Too Late", "Got to Be Certain" and "I Should Be So Lucky".

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Got to Be Certain".

UK CD single

  1. "Got to Be Certain" (Extended Mix) – 6:36
  2. "I Should Be So Lucky" (Extended Mix) – 6:08
  3. "Got to Be Certain" (Out for a Duck, Bill, Platter Plus Dub Mix – Instrumental) – 3:17

7" vinyl single

  1. "Got to Be Certain" – 3:17
  2. "Got to Be Certain" (Out for a Duck, Bill, Platter Plus Dub Mix – Instrumental) – 3:17

12" vinyl single

  1. "Got to Be Certain" (Extended Mix) – 6:36
  2. "Got to Be Certain" (Out for a Duck, Bill, Platter Plus Dub Mix – Instrumental) – 3:17
  3. "Got to Be Certain" – 3:17

12" remix

  1. "Got to Be Certain" (Ashes to Ashes – The Extra Beat Boys remix) – 6:52
  2. "Got to Be Certain" (Out for a Duck, Bill, Platter Plus Dub Mix – Instrumental) – 3:17
  3. "Got to Be Certain" – 3:17

iTunes digital EP – Remixes (Not available at time of original release. Released for the first time as part of iTunes PWL archive release in 2009.)

  1. "Got to Be Certain"
  2. "Got to Be Certain" (Extended Mix)
  3. "Got to Be Certain" (Ashes to Ashes – The Extra Beat Boys remix)
  4. "Got to Be Certain" (Out for a Duck, Bill, Platter Plus Dub Mix - Instrumental)
  5. "Got to Be Certain" (backing track)
  6. "Love at First Sight" (1988 version) (instrumental)
  7. "Love at First Sight" (1988 version) (backing track)


Chart (1988) Peak position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 9
Belgian Singles Chart 1
Danish Singles Chart 6
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 3
Finnish Singles Chart 1
French SNEP Singles Chart 9
German Singles Chart 6
Irish Singles Chart 4
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 2
Norwegian Singles Chart 4
Swedish Singles Chart 19
Swiss Singles Chart 8
UK Singles Chart 2


Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP) Silver 0
United Kingdom (BPI) Silver 250,000^
  • sales figures based on certification alone^shipments figures based on certification alone

End-of-year charts

End-of-year chart (1988) Position
Australian Singles Chart 18
German Singles Chart 58
UK Singles Chart 21
Preceded by

"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong

Australian number-one single

4 July 1988 – 25 July 1988 (4 weeks)

Succeeded by

"Age of Reason" by John Farnham

Cover Version

In 1988, Hong Kong singer Sarah Wong covered this song in Cantonese.