Daft Punk Albums Ranked

Daft Punk is a French electronic music duo formed in Paris in 1993 by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. They achieved popularity in the late 1990s as part of the French house movement; they also had success in the years following, combining elements of house music with funk, techno, disco, rock, and synthpop. They have worn ornate helmets and gloves to assume robot personas in most public appearances since 1999 and rarely grant interviews or appear on television. The duo was managed from 1996 to 2008 by Pedro Winter (also known as Busy P), the head of Ed Banger Records. In 2013, Daft Punk left Virgin for Columbia Records, and released their fourth album, Random Access Memories, to acclaim; lead single “Get Lucky” reached the top 10 in the charts of 32 countries. Random Access Memories won five Grammy Awards in 2014, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Get Lucky”. In 2016, Daft Punk gained their first number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with the song “Starboy”, a collaboration with The Weeknd. As of 2015, Daft Punk had sold over 12 million albums worldwide. Rolling Stone ranked them No. 12 on its list of the 20 Greatest Duos of All Time. Here are all of Daft Punk albums ranked.

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10. Daft Club (2003)

“Daft Club is a remix album by Daft Punk. Some of the songs were already placed on their Discovery album, for example, Aerodynamics, which is a song that they have been remixed and rearranged with its order. The overall style of the album lines in parallel with those of their previous efforts. Besides the songs on the album appear to be a bit more crunchy than any other Daft Punk albums.”

9. Tron: Legacy Reconfigured (2011)

“The tracks are otherworldly enough to separate you from your surroundings without debilitating your ability to navigate your vehicle. The other benefits are that you can blast it at max volume with your windows down and the bass is enough to shake the windows of the semi truck at the stop light next to you.”

8. Musique Vol. 1: 1993-2005 (2006)

“The album is nicely done and the songs are appropriately mixed in a good order for my listening. I seem to like almost all Daft Punk music, but here I especially enjoyed “Around the World,” “One More Time,” “Robot Rock,” “Technologic” and “Human After All.” The others are good also and I’ll probably learn to like them more as I continue to listen. This early Daft Punk music has a more stiff, mechanical feeling to it than the recent “Random Access Memories” disc. The latter sounds less “computerized” and has a lot of traditional instruments employed including a lot of guest vocalists.”

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7. Alive 1997 (2001)

“Alive was a very good listen as you got to hear the famous hits such as, Da Funk, Rollin’ & Scratchin’, & Alive. I like how it started off with the elements of Daftendirekt and quickly built itself into Da Funk. The improvs between each song was very cool and by them making each song a bit more extended in their LIVE performance made for listeners want to hear more it.”

6. Tron: Legacy (2010)

“The 22 tracks, done in classical orchestra backing with the electronica of Daft Punk give a powerful fullness to the music, somewhat similar to the voluminous magic of the Star Wars instrumentation and effect, only better! It gives you a feeling of magnitude, as if you were sometimes floating in space, looking down on planet Earth. The synthesization is magnificent. It is a futuristic-type score that is often heart-thumping and driving.”

5. Human After All (2005)

“It is the albums that features the band’s continued excellence in music and text expressions. Human After All may not be a very unique album in Daft Punk’s entire catalog, but the creativeness is undeniably plentiful throughout the entire record. Songs like Technologic is an example of such creativity, the lyrical theme is centered on a rhythm of text in the entire song. Overall, it is still a great album to have.”

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4. Alive 2007 (2007)

“The energy level at live performances by the best electronic music acts often dwarfs that of conventional rock concerts and I love rock. This music is just incredible blasting out of a massive sound system. Then there is the visual aspect of Daft Punk’s performances…. two guys in space costumes, masked with helmets, perched on top of a pyramid of flashing lights that looks like a ship taking off.”

3. Homework (1997)

“Homework is by far the roughest sounding daft punk album, with the exception of alive 1997, in its entirety comparing the works of discovery and homework seem easy, and many make the assumption that homework is a “worse” album because it is not as polished as discovery. This however is not true. Homework was daft punks beginning, its the big bang, its “the chronic”, its the epicenter. What this album has over “discovery” is flavor, its not for the faint of heart, it has rough, violent sounds. Its raw and uninviting sometimes, but it takes you into a world that transports you to a different realm of thinking.”

2. Random Access Memories (2013)

“This is an infectious album with an eclectic set of collaborators. Every song tells a different story, and the music is constructed in such a way as to perfectly deliver each message while remaining very infectious. Who cares if it includes “Get Lucky”? Such a popular single is a small fish in a big pond, and it approaches and passes by just like every other gem on the album.”

1. Discovery (2001)

“Simply an amazing album. The first four tracks are exceptional. The two spotlight reviews say it better than I can. However, I just wanted to stress that this is a wonderful album even if you aren’t the biggest electronica fan. To me, this is the album that defines Daft Punk – Melodious vocals, well placed beats, perfect timing, and unique musical ideas. One More Time, Aerodynamic, Digital Love, Harder Better Faster Stronger, Something About Us, Voyager, Short Circuit, Face to Face, and Too Long are all quite exceptional tracks, and none of the other songs are mediocre enough to be labeled album filler.”