Music Sounds Better with You

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"Music Sounds Better with You"
Stardust - Music Sounds Better with You.png
CD single
Single by Stardust
Released20 July 1998 (1998-07-20)
Format
Recorded1997
StudioDaft House
GenreFrench house
Length6:48
LabelRoulé
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Thomas Bangalter
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

"Music Sounds Better with You" is a song by French house band Stardust, released as their only single on 20 July 1998. The song was one of the highest-selling singles of the year in the United Kingdom, where it debuted at number two in August 1998 and maintained the position for two weeks.[2] That same month, the song also spent two weeks atop the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.[3] The song uses a sample of the song "Fate" by Chaka Khan.[3]

History[edit]

The track was recorded in Paris at Daft House,[4] where Bangalter (one half of the French group Daft Punk) is based. The song was conceived in Rex Club, Paris, where the trio were playing a live set. Bangalter and Braxe created the instrumental, which Diamond instinctively sang the title words over. The next day they laid down the track in the studio, adding the Chaka Khan sample.

The song remains the only release of the trio. Diamond and Braxe resumed their ongoing solo careers, and Bangalter, along with his usual partner Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, went on to release the second Daft Punk album, Discovery, as well as releasing other house music tracks solo or with other partners.

In June 2018, the band announced it would be releasing a re-mastered version of the song, in celebration of the track's 20th anniversary, marking the first time it will be available on streaming platforms.[5] As of March 2019 it has yet to be released to the public.

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".[1] Annabel Ross of Billboard magazine called the song "sublime in its simplicity" and regarded it as one of the best dance songs of all time.[6] It was ranked 46th on Pitchfork's Top 200 songs of the '90s.[7] The publication included "Music Sounds Better with You" in its collection of The Pitchfork 500.[8] In 2001, the magazine from the United Kingdom, Mixmag, listed the 100 Greatest Dance Songs of All Time with "Music Sounds Better with You" listed at number 11.[9][10] The song also appears at number 6 on Mixmag's 50 Greatest Dance Tracks of All Time in 2013.[11]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Michel Gondry, set in California, United States, the song's music video depicts the story of a boy building a balsa wood model airplane over several summer 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 television, on which the band 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 hit "Addicted to Love" (1986). When the boy has completed the plane, he takes it into the large fields next to the house 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 video Top 5. They throw it back to the boy with a wave; he recovers it, waves at them, and runs away.

Track listing and formats[edit]

12-inch vinyl single
No.TitleLength
1."Music Sounds Better with You"6:48
CD single
No.TitleLength
1."Music Sounds Better with You" (7" Edit)4:24
2."Music Sounds Better with You" (12" Club Mix)6:48
3."Music Sounds Better with You" (Bob Sinclar Remix)6:46
CD single (re-release)
No.TitleLength
1."Music Sounds Better with You" (7" Edit)4:24
2."Music Sounds Better with You" (12" Club Mix)6:48
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
No.TitleLength
1."Music Sounds Better with You" (Bibi & Dimitri from Paris's Anthem from Paris Mix)10:30
2."Music Sounds Better with You" (DJ Sneak's 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 certifications[edit]

Use in other media[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ UK Singles Chart info Chartstats.com. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco 1974–2003, (Record Research Inc.), page 244.
  4. ^ "Music Sounds Better with You" (single liner notes). Stardust. Roulé. 1997.
  5. ^ "Love Might Bring Us Back Together: Stardust Talk Revisiting & Remastering 'Music Sounds Better With You' 20 Years Later". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  6. ^ "Love Might Bring Us Back Together: Stardust Talk Revisiting & Remastering 'Music Sounds Better With You' 20 Years Later". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  7. ^ "The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 50-21 | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  8. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott; Schreiber, Ryan, eds. (November 2008). The Pitchfork 500. Simon & Schuster. p. 152. ISBN 978-1-4165-6202-3.
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  10. ^ "Top 100 Best Tunes Ever! - Clubxtrem.net". 2001-06-11. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
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  43. ^ French certifications, database Infodisc.fr (Retrieved April 15, 2010)
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  45. ^ "British single certifications – Stardust – Music Sounds Better with You". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 21 June 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Music Sounds Better with You in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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