By: Jordan Calvano
5. Around the World
There’s no middle ground for vocals in Daft Punk songs. You either get a full story or just a single repeated line. Regardless, the duo has mastered each technique, and when it comes to repetition there is no one like Daft Punk. It’s just so simple but it works so well. “Around The World” repeated 144 times. That’s right, 144 times. Find us any song that repeats a single line that many times and still sounds catchy as hell. You can’t. The first major hit off their debut album quickly proved there was a place for funk in dance music, utilizing a dance-worthy bass line played on a synthesizer and executed to perfection.
4. Get Lucky
“Get Lucky” was a global success, at one point reaching top ten charts in 32 countries. That means people from across the world, regardless of language, were grooving to the song’s disco-based beats and Pharrell’s shameless confession of what goes down when the moon comes out. How can you hate on blissful music that bridges cultural gaps? You can, but you shouldn’t. This is the type of song that will help define a generation of music listeners. People will listen to this in 30 years and belt those lyrics just like we do with “Do you remember the 21st night of September.” (Sing aloud folks).
3. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
Two songs after “One More Time” and we’re hit with this ubiquitous piece of music history. There’s no secret to a song like this. There’s not hidden meaning. Daft Punk wants you to dance the night away, and “Harder Better Faster Stronger” is the perfect soundtrack to that. Just think. Kanye sampled this song in 2007, for the first time bringing the coalescence of dance music and hip-hop to the limelight. Nowadays that synthesis is more popular than gold back in the 1850’s, responsible for a little genre we love to hate and hate to love called trap. So basically by default, Daft Punk invented trap, too?
2. One More Time
This is how you start an album. We take that back, this is how you start a century. We survived Y2K and a whole new generation of music was about to be ushered in, so why not celebrate? This is what Discovery was all about really. The first great dance album of the 21st century, paving the way for so many of the trends we currently possess in music today. Not just in electronic music, but countless fields. The song’s break section basically taught R&B how they could use autotune, and the overall ambiance isn’t that different from a lot of pop music on the radio today. Romanthony’s (RIP) captivating note extending from 2:23-2:25 screams 808’s and Heartbreaks, and his celebratory lyrics helped sparked the youthful overtone so often seen in dance music today.
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