Music Sounds Better with You

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"Music Sounds Better with You"
Stardust - Music Sounds Better with You.png
CD single.
The 2019 reissue features a blue background with golden stars and letters
Single by Stardust
Released20 July 1998 (1998-07-20)
28 June 2019 (2019-06-28) (Re-release)
Format
Recorded1997
StudioDaft House
GenreFrench house
Length6:48
LabelRoulé (original 1998 release)
Because Music (2019 reissue)
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Thomas Bangalter
Music video
"Music Sounds Better With You" on YouTube
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. The same month, the song also spent two weeks atop the US Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. The song uses a sample of the song "Fate" by Chaka Khan.[2]

History[edit]

The track was recorded in Paris at Daft House,[3] 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, in addition to releasing other house music tracks solo or with other partners.[4]

2019 re-release[edit]

In June 2018, the band announced it would be releasing a remastered version of the song, in celebration of the track's 20th anniversary, marking the first time it will be available on streaming platforms.[5] This version was released on 28 June 2019.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Music & Media wrote about the song: "This sideline of Thomas Bangalter, one half of French experimental funksters Daft Punk, is set to be hugely successful in its own right. The track, which features a sample of Chaka Khan's Fate, has been a club staple ever since the first batch of 12-inch vinyl copies were handed out to DJs at the Miami Dance Conference about five months ago. Subsequently, it not only developed into a genuine club anthem—well ahead of its commercial release—but it's also turned out to be something of a radio staple."[7] 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.[8] It was ranked 46th on Pitchfork's Top 200 songs of the '90s.[9] The publication included "Music Sounds Better with You" in its collection of The Pitchfork 500.[10] 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.[11][12] The song also appears at number six on Mixmag's 50 Greatest Dance Tracks of All Time in 2013.[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Music Sounds Better with You" has sold more than two million copies worldwide.[14] It topped the charts in Greece and Spain[15][16] and peaked within the top 10 in at least nine other countries. It has been certified platinum in Australia and the United Kingdom,[17][18] gold in Belgium[19] and silver in France.[20] In the United States it topped the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart for two weeks and also appeared on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 62.[21][22]

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 sales[edit]

Use in other media[edit]

References[edit]

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