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Five reasons why Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' is song of the year

Infectious funk groove of UK's No. 1 song has seduced everyone from music writers to uncle Dave

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THE French house music duo Daft Punk’s main claim to fame used to be the metallic robot helmets they wore in their videos. Now Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo are certified international pop stars thanks to a song, Get Lucky, that has gone to No. 1 in more than 50 countries including the UK. Here are five reasons Get Lucky is the sound of the summer and most likely the year:

It features Nile Rodgers on guitar:  The “infectious guitar riff” at the heart of Get Lucky is played by Rodgers, the 60-year-old guitarist from US disco-funk pioneers, Chic. Rodgers told The Observer he’s thrilled to be back in the charts. “It's like the summer of ‘78 has been duplicated,” he said in a reference to the year Chic released its big hit, Le Freak.

Guest vocalist Pharrell Williams sang Get Lucky three times in a row in New York: R&B artist Williams, who performs the falsetto vocal on Get Lucky, sang the song live for the first time at a gig in New York on 19 April. He liked the feeling so much he promptly sang it again two more times back-to-back. "Man, these guys [Daft Punk] that made this record, they're like so far beyond their time,” Williams told the audience.

It appeals to several generations: The airy, retro funk grooves of Get Lucky make it that rare thing: a pop record that appeals to hipsters, their parents and their uncle Dave. “The song has a sort of all-encompassing timelessness to it – the sort of song that could work in a club and at a wedding reception (seriously, imagine uncle Dave getting down to this),” says The Guardian.

It's breaking records:  When Get Lucky was released on 19 April it was streamed more times in a single day on the online music service Spotify than any previous single. The song went to No. 3 in the UK singles chart just 48 hours after going on sale and has now spent several weeks at No. 1.

There’s a version featuring goats … and it’s not bad: The mark of a truly great song is one that can incorporate the bleating of goats and still sound good. Adding goats to pop songs is a popular internet meme, but Get Lucky survives the transition far better than most recordings.

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