It’s tragic but true. It looks like it’s finally time to say goodbye to Daft Punk.
For all of you “Get Lucky” and “Starboy” fans, this one hurts extra bad. After almost three decades, the French house/dance music group originally formed in Paris, and consisting of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, have officially announced the break-up to break many hearts.
The group exited the music scene as mysteriously as they entered it—with their publicist giving fans no comment on why they decided to call it quits.
However, the duo certainly went out with a… bang. To announce their split, they uploaded a YouTube video titled “Epilogue.” This ode to one of their past films, Electroma, featured an 8-minute long scene of the two of them in their Daft Punk helmet get-ups walking around an empty desert while a timer counts down to one of them eventually exploding. The video ends with the dates 1993-2021 to really make their message clear.
For the past three decades, this duo has shaped the music industry with their electronic dance beats and features. They have blessed us with one awesome beat after another—from their first album Homework back in 1999 that contained “Around the World” and “Da Funk”, to their fourth and final album Random Access Memories in 2013 that secured them three Grammys.
Since then, they have gone on to collaborate with uber popular artists such as The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams, to name a few—ultimately giving us some of the greatest songs of the 2010s. From The Weeknd’s “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming” to their own “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” tune being sampled by Kanye West for his own iconic song, “Stronger,” to acquiring six grammies throughout their career, these two have really done it all (source: Daft Punk Wikipedia).
The duo has even been noted with scoring some amazing film soundtracks, including almost the entire soundtrack for the sci-fi thriller movie series Tron: Legacy.
Since we are all certainly feeling the nostalgia set in right about now, here are five Daft Punk songs to add to your throwback playlist immediately:
We will start with an essential listen from their first album, Homework. Although some might say that this track is too repetitive (it repeats the phrase “around the world” over and over again after all), it is redeemed by a beat that draws you in and keeps you listening. Listening to this certainly unlocks some memories deep inside my brain that I didn’t know still existed.
Next, we move on to a true classic. “One More Time” from their second album, Discovery, is that 2000s party song that everyone knows, even when they don’t.
This one doesn’t even need an explanation. Arguably one of the most iconic songs of all time, “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” is so engrained in pop culture at this point that those first intro beats alone immediately bring back memories—not to mention that Kanye West has kept its legacy alive with his own song “Stronger.”
This one is albeit a slower beat than their typical songs are but still, nonetheless, an absolute bop. From their Random Access Memories album and featuring Julian Casablancas’ floaty vocals, “Instant Crush” has such a catchy and funky melody that you can just listen to it on a loop and never get tired of it.
My personal favourite. This song takes me back to the good days. It is such a fun, groovy beat and Pharrell William’s vocals are the perfect match.
This is certainly the end of an era for the music industry, but their legacy will surely live on. With that, we can say thanks for the memories Daft Punk and au revoir. We will all miss those groovy French robots.
Daft Punk is a highly influential French music duo. The image at the top of this article is the property of Matt Styles–Invision/AP Images.