As I sit here, mourning over the end of the French robots who changed the face of electronic music globally, I have a flashback to the first time I ever heard their stuff. I was a primary school kid and I heard a sound unlike anything I’d heard before. It is down to Daft Punk that I have the weird music taste I do today.
Their music also influenced my choice to study French and live in France for a little while, as they were crucial to French modern culture. They pioneered and paved the way for electronic DJs globally, as well as collaborating with some of the biggest names in music.
With that in mind, here are our top 10 Daft Punk songs that solidified their legacy.
10. I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
Taken from The Weeknd’s 2016 album, Starboy, this track was actually Daft Punk’s last as a featured artist.
9. Black Skinhead – Kanye West (produced by Daft Punk)
Taken from Kanye’s 2013 album Yeezus, song centres on the racial tensions and deteroriating mental state of the character he portrays on the record.
8. Da Funk/ Daftendirekt – Daft Punk
These two tracks from Daft Punk’s debut album Homework are considered essential for any 90s house music playlist.
7. Robot Rock – Daft Punk
This was the lead single from Daft Punk’s third album, Human After All, released in 2005.
6. Gust of Wind – Pharrell Williams feat. Daft Punk
Taken from Pharrell Williams’ 2014 album GIRL, the track was actually Pharrell’s fourth collaboration with the duo.
5. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Daft Punk
4. Derezzed – Daft Punk
This track was put together for the soundtrack of the motion picture Tron: Legacy.
3. Get Lucky – Daft Punk feat. Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams
A track that many consider the song of summer 2013, ‘Get Lucky’ was released as the lead single from Daft Punk’s final album, Random Access Memories.
2. One more time – Daft Punk
First released in 2000, this track features a clever sample of Eddie Johns’ ‘More Spell On You‘.
1. Around the World – Daft Punk
In the top spot, we have the 1997 classic ‘Around the World’, which many would argue is the song that elevated Daft Park to global stardom.
Like most of my Pie Radio lists, this has been such a difficult choice. It’s amazing how much influence their music has had not only on me personally, but on musicians around the world (allow it, I’m mourning).
Although I’m still gutted about their split and the fact I never got to witness them live, I am forever thankful to the robots for their bangers and making me comfortable about my own music tastes. Not so sure if I am that thankful to them r.e. me pursuing French, but I’ll let it slide.
Merci Beaucoup Et A Bientôt Daft Punk