Aerodynamic (instrumental)

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DaftPunk Aerodynamic.jpg
Single by Daft Punk
from the album Discovery
Released28 March 2001
Producer(s)Daft Punk
Daft Punk singles chronology
"One More Time"
"Digital Love"
Music video
"Aerodynamic" on YouTube
Audio sample

"Aerodynamic" is an instrumental track by Daft Punk, featuring a prominent guitar solo. The track was released on 28 March 2001 as the second single from the Discovery album.


Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo once described the Discovery album as "A mix between the past and the future, maybe the present."[1] Thomas Bangalter also elaborated in a 2001 interview that "A lot of house music today just uses samples from disco records of the '70s and '80s... While we might have some disco influences, we decided to go further and bring in all the elements of music that we liked as children, whether it's disco, electro, heavy metal, rock, or classical."[2]

This is reflected in the structure of "Aerodynamic", which is said to build up a funk groove, halt for a solo consisting of "metallic, two-hand tapping on electric guitar", combining the two styles and ending with a separate "spacier" electronic segment.[1] The solo elements were described playfully as "impossible, ridiculous Yngwie guitar arpeggios",[3] which reflect the fast arpeggiation common with violin parts in classical music. Bangalter acknowledged that "Some people might think that the guitar solos on 'Aerodynamic' are in bad taste, but for us, it's all about being true to ourselves and not caring what other people would think. We really tried to include most of the things we liked as kids, and bring that sense of fun to it."[4] He also commented that the end of the track "is completely baroque music, a classical composition we put into synthetic form."[5]

The "Aerodynamic" single contained a B-side remix titled "Aerodynamite". Another remix of "Aerodynamic" features Detroit-based hip-hop group Slum Village. The creation of the Slum Village remix resulted after Slum Village used an uncredited sample of Bangalter's "Extra Dry" in their song "Raise It Up". Instead of asking for compensation for using the sample, Pedro Winter suggested to Daft Punk that they ask Slum Village to remix one of their tracks.[6]

Both "Aerodynamite" and the Slum Village remix were later included on the album Daft Club. The album also contains a longer remix of "Aerodynamic", featuring elements of "One More Time". A live version coupled with "One More Time" is featured on the album Alive 2007. "Aerodynamic" was later sampled for the Wiley song "Summertime" from the album See Clear Now.[7]

Music video[edit]

The video was released in 2001 and contained scenes that would later form the 2003 anime film Interstella 5555.

The video shows an army of humanoid troopers sedating the audience with gas, and poisoning and kidnapping the alien band members from the "One More Time" video. The guitarist (later revealed to be named Arpegius) escapes and runs away from the troopers, but one of the troopers shoots him with a tranquilizer dart. The troopers gather the members in pods, and the pods get beamed up to a vessel. The audience wakes up confused and then the vessel flies away.


"Aerodynamic" hit the U.S. dance charts through club play as the B-side to "Digital Love".

The song was used in the French film L'Auberge espagnole. "Aerodynamic" was also performed by Myleene Klass on piano for a Pantene commercial.[8][9] and was featured in several episodes of MTV programs Pimp my Ride, Date My Mom, Quiero mis quinces and Next.

The song was remixed for the Galactic Dance Party minigame of Kinect Star Wars.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Aerodynamic" – 3:34
  2. "Aerodynamite" – 7:48


Chart (2001) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[10][A] 67
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 42
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[12] 24
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[13] 46
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 19
France (SNEP)[15] 34
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 73
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 46
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 97


  1. ^ "Aerodynamic" charted as a double A-side with "Digital Love" in Australia.


  1. ^ a b Bryan Reesman, Daft Punk interview Archived 2014-11-10 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on March 6, 2007.
  2. ^ Chris Gill, "ROBOPOP" (May 2001) Remix Magazine Online. Retrieved on August 7, 2007. Archived July 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Alan Di Perna, "We Are The Robots" Pulse!, (April 2001), pgs. 65-69.
  4. ^ Andy Pickering, Daft Punk Discover the Funk Retrieved on August 7, 2007. Archived February 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Dazed & Confused volume 2, issue 92 (December 2010).
  6. ^ Stones Throw x Ed Banger Stones Throw Records meets Ed Banger Records. Retrieved on March 22, 2009.
  7. ^ Grime Music Cleans Up in the Charts The Independent. Retrieved on August 21, 2008.
  8. ^ "Myleene Klass plays Daft Punks Aerodynamic on Pantene Pro V Commercial". YouTube. 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  9. ^ "News - Myleene is the new face of Pantene". Myleene Klass. 2008-12-08. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  10. ^ "The ARIA Report: Issue 591 (Week Commencing 25 June 2001)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 2. Archived from the original on 21 February 2002. Retrieved 19 August 2015.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  11. ^ " – Daft Punk – Aerodynamic" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  12. ^ " – Daft Punk – Aerodynamic" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  13. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 200116 into search. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Daft Punk: Aerodynamic" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  15. ^ " – Daft Punk – Aerodynamic" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  16. ^ " – Daft Punk – Aerodynamic" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  17. ^ " – Daft Punk – Aerodynamic". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  18. ^ "Daft Punk: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 March 2019.

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