By now most people have heard of Daft Punk, the helmet wearing dance duo from France… And almost everyone has heard at least one of their songs – even if they don’t know it! Here at the Daft Club we see so many people getting to know the band better, and discovering tons of songs they already knew, but didn’t know that Daft Punk released them. So we’ve put together a handy list compiling the top 10 songs that that people don’t realise are by Daft Punk.
1. Harder Better Faster Stronger
A catchy, glitchy, robotic classic. Originally released on the album Discovery this song was made available as a single in 2001. Although it was a revival in later years that makes this the number 1 song in our list, with a little help from Kanye West. Harder Better Faster Stronger was sampled in his 2007 song ‘Stronger’. Daft Punk fully supported his work and even appeared on stage during a performace during the 2008 Grammy’s. The song also lends itself to one of the most popular viral video’s on YouTube, Daft Hands.
2. Around the World
You know that song that just goes “Around the world, around the wooorld…” for ages, and then goes around your head all day long – yep, that’s them too. Released on their debut album, Homework in 1997. The official music video, produced by Michel Gondry, also features an iconic dance routine. LCD Soundsystem’s 2005 song ‘Daft Punk is Playing at My House’ parodies many of the elements in it’s own music video.
3. One More Time
The first single to be released from Discovery, One More Time was one of the first songs to bring Daft Punk to a mainstream audience. Chart success cemented this songs place in our list as one that is now, over ten years after it’s initial release, often overlooked.
4. Digital Love
Remembered for it’s auto-tuned vocals, super-synth guitar solo and trumpet fanfares this is a bright and cheerful song that is full of catchy hooks that everyone knows the words to. The song is also featured in a now infamous commercial for GAP, which features actress Juliette Lewis and the fully suited robot duo dancing.
The one with the creepy video…? Featured on the iPod ad…? A bit like Harder Better Faster Stronger, but with more words to remember… That’s the one – it’s called Technologic and it’s by Daft Punk!
If you’ve ever watched one of those ‘Top 100′ countdown shows on T.V. you’ll be familiar with this track, but maybe only half of it. With two distinct halves (one featuring a vibrant guitar solo, and the other a relaxing and chilled mood setter) there’s nothing that can’t be accompanied by this song. Originally featured on Discovery a remix version, which mixes One More Time and Aerodynamic, was released on the Daft Club album, and is often used at live performances.
7. Robot Rock
Yet another extremely infectous track. The first single to be released from the Human After All album it didn’t do too well in the charts… But being the first new Daft Punk single in years it certainly received a lot of attention. And who could forget the vision of two shiny robots playing in a rock band!
This is really just an excuse to mention the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. In a break from their usual style Daft Punk scored the whole thing. So if you sat through the film thinking you could hear some familiarities in the music, that’s why. Derezzed was released as a single, and the music video featured a cameo from Daft Punk playing a ‘Derezzed’ arcade game.
9. Da Funk
Another iconic music video coming up. Who remembers Charles the dog? This character featured in 2 music videos from the Homework album. The first was in the Da Funk video, and the second was for the song Fresh, which was never officially released as a single, but Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo decided that they would like to cheer up fans who felt sorry for him after his first on-screen appearence.
10. Music Sounds Better With You
Ok, so it’s not strictly released by Daft Punk, but Thomas Bangalter was part of the trio that formed this one hit wonder. He teamed up with fellow artists Alan Braxe and Benjamin Diamond to release a song that is still considered to be one of the greatest house songs of all time. Sadly this was the only song Stardust ever released.