The Best Singles of 2013, #5

band01Daft Punk, “Get Lucky”

How cool was it to see a song by Daft Punk blow up and “go viral” this past summer? Usually viral success is centred around novelty, some weird blend of self-aware humour and total ridiculousness that people immediately share the hell out of on social media. In the case of “Get Lucky”, it was much simpler: it’s an instant classic song, it’s as simple as that. A collaboration between Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, funk great Nile Rodgers, and singer/producer Pharrell Williams, “Get Lucky” is a great single Chic never made, an irresistible blend of late-‘70s disco, gentle funk, and soul. An incessant, handclap-punctuated dance beat drives the track insistently but not obnoxiously, as Rodgers contributes some wonderfully subtle funk guitar and Williams sings with more feeling and charisma than anyone could have expected. And that typical Daft Punk production is so lavish in its warmth. It’s pure magic, and the fact that millions worldwide gravitated to this song was one of the best music stories of the year.