Never Too Late (Kylie Minogue song)

"Never Too Late"
Single by Kylie Minogue
from the album Enjoy Yourself
B-side "Kylie's Smiley Mix" (Worldwide)
"Made in Heaven" (Australia)
Released 23 October 1989
Format CD single
Cassette single
7" vinyl single
12" vinyl single
Recorded London, England
Genre Dance-pop, Freestyle
Length 3:27
Label PWL
Writer(s) Stock Aitken & Waterman
Producer Stock Aitken & Waterman
Kylie Minogue singles chronology
"Wouldn't Change a Thing"
"Never Too Late"
"Tears on My Pillow"
Alternative Covers
Japanese 3" CD covers of "Never Too Late"

"Never Too Late" is a popdance song written and produced by British production team Stock, Aitken and Waterman for Kylie Minogue's second album Enjoy Yourself (1989).


Song information

Kylie wanted the album title track as the third single, but Pete Waterman over-ruled her request and "Never Too Late" was released instead in the fall of 1989 (see 1989 in music). Although debuting at number seventeen due to the delayed release of the 12" single, the song became an instant hit, peaking at number four. Its low debut broke Minogue's impressive run of seven consecutive top two hits, but became her eighth consecutive top five hit single.

The B-side, called "Kylie's Smiley Mix", was a continuous mix of her biggest hits from the Kylie album and the 12" version included these songs in sequence order: "I'll Still Be Loving You", "It's No Secret", "Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi", "Turn It into Love", "I Should Be So Lucky", "Got to Be Certain" and the whistle from the beginning of the 1988 mix of "The Loco-Motion". The 7" mix contained the above tracks omitting "I'll Still Be Loving You" and "It's No Secret".

Music video

The music video, directed by Pete Cornish. The video showed Kylie in various costumes with her dancers in front of various backdrops - some of the costumes are as a cowgirl, 70's disco, Chinese dress with fans, 1920's flapper. It was awarded the Logie for the "Most Popular Music Video" at the 32nd Annual TV week Logie Awards held in 1990 in Australia.

This single received fair promotion in the UK with a notable appearance on the Des O'Connor Show, but also Saturday morning television.

It was stated in Minogue's 1999 official biography that this track was the favourite Kylie song of the late INXS lead singer, and Kylie's former boyfriend, Michael Hutchence.

The song is mentioned in episode seven of season two (The Idiot's Lantern) of the British drama, Doctor Who, where The Doctor, played by David Tennant, says, "It's never too late, as a wise person once said; Kylie, I think".

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Never Too Late".

CD single[1]
  1. "Never Too Late" – 3:21
  2. "Never Too Late" (Extended) – 6:11
  3. "Kylie's Smiley Mix" (Extended) – 6:17
7" single[1]
  1. "Never Too Late" – 3:21
  2. "Kylie's Smiley Mix" (7" version) – 3:59
12" single[1]
  1. "Never Too Late" (Extended) – 6:11
  2. "Kylie's Smiley Mix" (Extended) – 6:17
Australian 7" single[1]
  1. "Never Too Late" – 3:21
  2. "Made in Heaven" (Heaven Scent Mix) – 4:43
Australian 12" single/Cassette single[1]
  1. "Never Too Late" (Extended) – 6:11
  2. "Made in Heaven" (Heaven Scent Mix) – 4:43

Live performances

Kylie performed the song on the following concert tours:

The song was also performed on:


Chart (1989) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[2] 14
Dutch Top 40[2] 20
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 11
French SNEP Singles Chart[2] 26
German Singles Chart 45
Irish Singles Chart 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[2] 27
Swiss Singles Chart[2] 23
UK Singles Chart 4


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