Music Sounds Better with You

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the Big Time Rush song, see Music Sounds Better with U.
"Music Sounds Better with You"
Single by Stardust
Released 27 July 1998 (1998-07-27)
Format CD single, 12"
Recorded 1998
Genre French house, nu-disco
Length 6:48
4:24 (radio edit)
Label Roulé
Writer(s) Thomas Bangalter, Benjamin Cohen, Alain Quême, Dominic Bugatti, Frank Musker
Producer(s) Thomas Bangalter
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

"Music Sounds Better with You" is the only song by French house music band Stardust. The vocal performance of the song was provided by Benjamin Diamond of the band. The song uses a sample of the song "Fate" by Chaka Khan,[2] which appeared on her 1981 album What Cha' Gonna Do for Me. It was also one of the highest-selling singles of the year in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number 2 in August 1998 and maintained the position for two weeks.[3] That same month, the song also spent two weeks atop the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

John Bush from Allmusic gave the single 4.5 stars out of 5 and also labels it as an "Album Pick" calling it "One of the most irresistible, sublime dance singles of the decade".[4] "Music Sounds Better with You" was included on Pitchfork Media's Top 200 songs of the '90s at #46.[5] In 2001 the UK magazine Mixmag listed the 100 Greatest Dance Songs of All Time with "Music Sounds Better with You" listed at #11.[6][7] The song also appears at #6 on Mixmag's 50 Greatest Dance Tracks of All Time in 2013.[8]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Michel Gondry, set in Texas, United States, the song's music video depicts the story of a boy building a model airplane over several days (it's implied that his parents are arguing, and this is his distraction from this). As he works, he watches a "Top 5" video countdown on TV, on which Stardust move up one spot a day past other, fictional artists. Braxe, Diamond, and Bangalter appear wearing metallic costumes in the video—a trend Bangalter would follow as a member of Daft Punk. One of the fictional videos, "Hollipz" by "Dave Stavroz", is a parody of the music video of Robert Palmer's 1983 hit "Addicted to love". When the boy has completed the plane, he takes it to a field and throws it in the air, only to watch it become stranded on top of a cloud. It is the same cloud Stardust were performing on in their Top 5 video. They throw it back to the boy with a wave; he recovers it, waves at them, and runs off.

Track listing[edit]

12" vinyl
  1. "Music Sounds Better with You" – 6:50
Compact Disc
  1. "Music Sounds Better with You" (radio edit) – 4:21
  2. "Music Sounds Better with You" (12" club mix) – 6:48
  3. "Music Sounds Better with You" (Bob Sinclar Remix) – 6:46
Compact Disc (2nd Release)
  1. "Music Sounds Better with You" (radio edit) – 4:23
  2. "Music Sounds Better with You" (12" club mix) – 6:50
  3. "Music Sounds Better with You" (Bibi & Dim's Anthem from Paris Mix) – 10:30
  4. "Music Sounds Better with You" (Chateau Flight Remix) – 7:17
Music Sounds Better with You Remixé EP
  1. "Music Sounds Better with You" (Bibi & Dim's Anthem from Paris Mix) – 10:30
  2. "Music Sounds Better with You" (DJ Sneak 32 On Red Dub Mix) – 5:41
  3. "Music Sounds Better with You" (Chateau Flight Remix) – 7:17
  4. "Music Sounds Better with You" (DJ Sneak's 32 On Red Mix) – 8:16

Charts and sales[edit]

Preceded by
"God Is a DJ" by Faithless
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
3 October 1998 – 10 October 1998
Succeeded by
"Let Me Go...Release Me" by Veronica

Use In Other Media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/music-sounds-better-with-you-ep-mw0000043371
  2. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco 1974–2003, (Record Research Inc.), page 244.
  3. ^ UK Singles Chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/music-sounds-better-with-you-ep-mw0000043371
  5. ^ [1] pitchfork.com Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  6. ^ [2] nwoutpost.com Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  7. ^ [3] clubxtrem.net Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  8. ^ http://www.mixmag.net/words/news/what-is-the-greatest-dance-track-of-all-time
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Stardush – Music Sounds Better with You". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "Stardush – Music Sounds Better with You – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Stardush – Music Sounds Better with You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Stardush – Music Sounds Better with You" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ Canadian dance peak
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Stardush – Music Sounds Better with You" (in French). Les classement single.
  15. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  17. ^ Hit parade Italia (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Stardush search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Stardush – Music Sounds Better with You". Top 40 Singles.
  20. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Stardush – Music Sounds Better with You". VG-lista.
  21. ^ Billboard: Hits of the World, September 19, 1998
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Stardush – Music Sounds Better with You". Singles Top 60.
  23. ^ "Stardush – Music Sounds Better with You – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  24. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  25. ^ a b Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 31, 2008)
  26. ^ Australian certifications, database Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved August 31, 2008)
  27. ^ French certifications, database Infodisc.fr (Retrieved April 15, 2010)
  28. ^ UK certifications, database Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved August 31, 2008)

External links[edit]