97 Words: “Padam Padam” by Kylie Minogue

Vincent Anthony
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This song is part of our “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist. Check out the full list.

Adding a phrase to the pop culture lexicon is a telltale sign of impact. With “Padam Padam,” Kylie Minogue gives “heartbeat” a new name and reminds us why she’s been a pop music mainstay for decades. The 55-year-old icon proves that with the right song, a true diva will flourish regardless. The infectious dance track immediately claimed its place in the zeitgeist upon release, with its fiercely red music video and undeniably catchy hook featuring perfectly relatable lyrics for her target audience: the gays — arriving just in time for Pride month, “Padam” has become an inescapable anthem.

Watch the “Padam Padam” video, stream it, or pre-order the album, “Tension”

In celebration of summer, the staff at THE 97 has compiled a playlist containing some of our favorite summer songs, from then and now. Each day we will reveal one song, rotating daily between past and present with pairings from 1998 and 2023, for a total of 97 days/songs. Since we love nostalgia, we’re celebrating summer songs from 1998 as they turn 25, alongside new songs that we feel deserve some shine. Pairings could be thematic, sonic, or based connections between the artists.

Check out our full “THE SUMMER 97 (1998 x 2023)” playlist here

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Vincent is the founder of the magazine and has had a strong passion for popular music since, well, 1997! If it's not obvious, his favorite artists include Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, P!nk, and many more. Vincent lives in New York, where he is a high school English teacher, and currently he is pursuing a Master's in Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.