Top 10 Daft Punk Songs

Daft Punk Songs

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Our top 10 Daft Punk songs list has all of the top bangers produced by the French duo. Founded in 1993 by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, Daft Punk quickly gained popularity, in part thanks to the French house movement. The French house movement, taking place from the 1990s to the 2000s, was a time in which French touch music was reinvented. Bands like Daft Punk were considered among the most influential to the genre. The band combines indie rock, funk, pop, techno, and disco with house music.

Daft Punk was not the first band started by the musical pair. They began their music career in 1992 when they started Darlin’ with Laurent Brancowitz, who went on to play for Phoenix. The band experienced some popularity before ultimately disbanding in 1993. From there, Homem-Christo and Bangalter began to incorporate synthesizers, drum machines, and the talk box into their music. When they released their first album, Homework, French house music was brought to the world’s attention. To the dismay of millions of fans, Daft Punk announced their breakup in early 2021.

Top 10 Daft Punk Songs

10. Giorgio by Moroder

Taking up the 9th slot on our list of 10 is “Giorgio by Moroder,” which was released on Random Access Memories. Giorgio Moroder is an Italian musician whom Daft Punk had met years earlier. They were fascinated by him and suggested interviewing him to create a monologue for a song. Moroder was interviewed with a variety of microphones from the 60s to the 21st century. After the interview, the band chose an earlier melody that they felt suited Moroder, who wouldn’t hear the song until it was released. “Giorgio by Moroder” is about more than Moroder. Bangalter called it a metaphor for the evolution of things, life, and musical creation and freedom. The song reached #13 on the UK Streaming chart and #22 on the US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs list.

 9. Digital Love

“Digital Love” was released on Discovery in 2001. As with every song on this album, “Digital Love” is featured in the band’s anime film, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, as a music video. The love song portrayed a theme of unresolved love throughout, from its style of composure to its music video. The lyrics, written by DJ Sneak, never repeat the chorus or any other verses. The song uses a sample of George Duke’s “I Love You More,” which further contributes to the overall theme. The harmonies and the well-known solo aid in building a sense of longing. “Digital Love” peaked at #9 on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #14 on the UK Singles chart, and #67 in Australia. It was featured in an ad for the Nokia 5300, as well as a GAP ad and several MTV programs, such as Pimp My Ride and Is It College Yet? The French producer, Uppermost, sampled “Digital Love” in his song, “Flow.”

8. Something About Us

Among the several songs from the band’s first album, Discovery, comes “Something About Us.” The song is occasionally referred to as “Something About Us (Love Theme from Interstella 5555).” The song, which was released as the sixth single from Discovery, has two music videos. One is a variety of clips of Shep and Stella, characters from the film. It was released as a promotional video for the movie. The first is a scene from the anime movie. “Something About Us” peaked at #93 on the SNEP chart and #138 on the UK Singles chart.

7. Lose Yourself to Dance

From the album, Random Access Memories, “Lose Yourself to Dance” has earned its place as number 6 on our list. The song was a collaboration between the Daft Punk duo, Pharrell Williams, and Nile Rodgers. The album as whole featured live drums in every track, save for one. The band stressed their intent to produce dance music with live drummers, which Bangalter felt could help bring in a new era of dance music. They wanted something “lighter… or more [primal].” The song is meant to induce a sense of connection and unity amongst those on the dance floor. The song peaked at #28 on the US Dance/Electronic Songs chart and #16 on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart.

6. Robot Rock

Released in 2005, “Robot Rock” was the leading single for Human After All. The song came out alongside its music video, which was the first one to feature Bangalter and Homem-Christo as themselves instead of their characters. This pattern continues throughout the remainder of the album, save for “The Prime Time of Your Life.” “Robot Rock” features a sample of Breakwater’s “Release the Beast” with percussion, a synthesizer riff, and an electric guitar. Bangalter called the song a tribute to heavy rock chords, adding that they were experimenting to see if such power could be mixed with dance music. “Robot Rock” reached #1 on the UK and Ireland Dance charts, as well as #15 on the US Dance Club Songs chart.

5. Around the World

“Around the World” was released as the second single on the band’s first album, Homework, in 1997. The song was unique in a variety of ways. It was highly repetitive; however, Daft Punk achieved a balance that allowed the song to reach #1 on Dance charts in the US, UK, Canada, Iceland, and Italy, among other countries. It quickly became a highly popular dance song. Featuring just five instruments and only a few patterns, the song just toed the line of too repetitive. In fact, the only lyrics to the song are the words “around the world,” which are said 144 times in the album version and 80 in the radio edit. The song was featured on MTV’s Daria, as well as in video games like Dance Central 3 and the trailer for Rayman Raving Rabbids 2.

4. Harder, Better Faster, Stronger

Considered one of the “150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years” by NME in 2011, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” was released on Discovery. The song combines the expected sound of Daft Punk with something a little more unique. Unlike most EDM songs that are arranged in ABAB structure, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” takes an ABC structure. The song draws influences from hip-hop, R’n’B, and Jazz. It even samples from Edwin Birdsong’s 1979 “Cola Bottle Baby” and incorporates “we can rebuild him… better, stronger, faster” from “The Six Million Dollar Man.” “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” peaked at #3 on the US Dance Club Songs chart and the UK Dance chart, as well as #25 on the UK Singles chart.

3. Instant Crush

Released on the 2013 album, Random Access Memories, “Instant Crush” was a collaboration with the singer of The Strokes, Julian Casablancas. The collaboration grew from a coffee he had with Homem-Christo and Bangalter, who played an instrumental version of the song. The fourth single on the album, the lyrically complex song addresses the narrator’s romantic interest, who they had the opportunity to be with but didn’t. The music video was inspired by an 1838 fairy tale, “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” and “The Twilight Zone.” “Instant Crush” topped the charts around the world, reaching #7 in Australia, #5 in Belgium, #4 in France, #10 in Lebanon, and #8 in South Korea in the first weeks of its release. The song peaked at #198 on the UK Singles chart and #42 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart. The song has since been covered by bands, such as Cage the Elephant, The Dø, and Natalie Imbruglia.

2. Get Lucky

Also released on their final album in 2013, Random Access Memories, “Get Lucky” was the first single from the album. Expected to lead into “Lose Yourself to Dance,” “Get Lucky” proved to be a bigger hit than its follow-up. The disco song was a collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, both of whom had been eager to work with the French duo. Though often thought to be solely about sex, the song has a hidden meaning. The lyrics “up all night to get lucky” are about not wanting the night to end, connecting with someone, and getting lucky in that regard. Just 48 hours following its release in the UK, the song hit #3 on the UK Singles chart. It also achieved the top 10 in over 32 countries and sold over 9.3 million copies. “Get Lucky” was dubbed the top song of 2013 by The Village Voice, Digital Spy, and Spin. It was sung at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics, as well as featured in Just Dance 2014, The Simpsons, and NBA 2K14.

1. One More Time

The top song by Daft Punk was released on Discovery in 2001. It is the second studio album they released. Popular electronic artists, such as Todd Edwards, Romanthony, and DJ Sneak, collaborated on the music and lyrics. “One More Time” was lyricized by Anthony Moore, otherwise known as Romanthony, with heavy auto-tuning and compression. This was purposeful, as the Bangalter noticed the criticism other bands faced when they used auto-tune. In addition, the song is considered an updated version of the book/movie, They Shoot Horses Don’t They? “One More Time” peaked at #1 on the French Singles chart, #2 on the UK Singles chart, and #61 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

 

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