One More Time (Daft Punk song)

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"One More Time"
DaftPunk OneMoreTime.jpg
Single by Daft Punk featuring Romanthony
from the album Discovery
Released13 November 2000[1]
RecordedEarly 1998
GenreFrench house
  • 3:55 (short radio edit)
  • 5:20 (radio edit)
  • 8:00 (club mix)
Producer(s)Daft Punk
Daft Punk singles chronology
"Revolution 909"
"One More Time"
Audio sample
Daft Punk – "One More Time"
Music video
"One More Time" on YouTube

"One More Time" is a song by French electronic music duo Daft Punk, first released as a single on 13 November 2000 and later included in their 2001 album, Discovery. It is a French house song featuring a vocal performance by Romanthony that is stylistically autotuned.[2] The music video of the song forms part of the 2003 anime film, Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem. "One More Time" was a commercial success, charting at number one on the French Singles Chart, number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, and number 61 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

In addition to commercial success, "One More Time" was also a critical hit. The song has also received multiple accolades. The song is listed at number 5 on Pitchfork's top 500 songs of the 2000s, with the magazine writing that it "distill[s] 25 years of pop and house into five and a half minutes of first-time joy."[3] Rolling Stone listed it at number 33 of their top 100 songs of the decade (2000–2009)[4] as well as number 307 on its amended "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list in May 2010. It was voted by Mixmag readers as the greatest dance record of all time.[5] Also, "One More Time" was ranked at number 11 on The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop annual year-end critics' poll.


"One More Time" was completed as early as 1998, where it remained "sitting on a shelf" until its eventual release in 2000.[6] It prominently features a vocal performance written and sung by Romanthony.[7] As stated by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, "we thought the funkiness of his voice fit the funkiness of the music."[8] The song was considered an example of French house's frequent use of audio filters, featuring heavily processed auto-tuned vocals. The album version of the track includes a two-minute breakdown.[9] When questioned on the effects, Thomas Bangalter stated "A lot of people complain about musicians using Auto-Tune. It reminds me of the late '70s when musicians in France tried to ban the synthesiser... What they didn't see was that you could use those tools in a new way instead of just for replacing the instruments that came before."[2] According to Bangalter, Romanthony enjoyed the alterations to his vocal on the track. "He has done a lot of different things and he always tries to innovate, which is what we like to do on our records. He never had his voice treated like an instrument like that."[2] He also elaborated:

We care less now than we used to about what critics say about our music. We liked the track, Romanthony liked it, we can be disappointed about what they said about the song, but still we liked it. It's just music, it's just entertainment, and as long as we believe in it that's what is important. It's what we wanted to do. We love to be able to use instruments the way we want to. Criticising the Vocoder is like asking bands in the '60s, 'Why do you use the electric guitar?' It's just a tool... no big deal. Creation is interaction. The healthy thing is that people either loved it or hated it. At least people were not neutral. The worst thing when you make art is for people to not even be moved by it. Love and hate are interesting because it's deep and intense. It's one side of our music that people might be sensitive to and others might not.[10]

The single contains an eight-minute version of "One More Time", featuring extended vocals absent from the album version. An "unplugged" version was also released in the remix album Daft Club. The remix album also contains a remix of "Aerodynamic" by Daft Punk featuring elements of "One More Time". The "short radio edit" of "One More Time" from the single was later included in the compilation album Musique Vol. 1 1993–2005. A live version of "One More Time" coupled with "Aerodynamic" is featured in the album Alive 2007.

It was observed that "One More Time" contains a sample of "More Spell on You" by Eddie Johns,[11][self-published source] but this is uncredited in the Discovery liner notes. Bangalter reportedly denied using any samples for the song.[12] However, a later report indicated that the "More Spell on You" sample had been officially approved.[11][verification needed]

The song is featured in the Wii video game Boogie and PlayStation 3's SingStar. It also appeared in the MTV animated series Daria in the fifth-season episode "Aunt Nauseam" and the UPN/CW television mystery-drama Veronica Mars second season episode "I Am God". Marc Mysterio released a cover version of "One More Time", featuring the vocals of Yardi Don. Bartouze and Crazibiza released a cover version of "One More Time" featuring parts of "More Spell on You".[13]

Music video[edit]

The music video features scenes that would later form part of Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, a 2003 anime film that acts as a visual realisation of Discovery. The video features a pop band of humanoid blue-skinned aliens performing the song to a crowd on their home planet while a mysterious force approaches it. Like the rest of the feature film, it was directed by Kazuhisa Takenouchi under the visual supervision of Leiji Matsumoto.

Track listing[edit]

CD-maxi single (Virgin – 724389721126):

1."One More Time" (short radio edit)3:55
2."One More Time" (radio edit*)5:20
3."One More Time" (club mix)8:00
Total length:17:15

*Note: The radio edit is identical in length to the album version, but ends with a fade out.

Chart performance[edit]

In both Daft Punk's native France and Canada, "One More Time" topped the national singles charts. In the United States, "One More Time" peaked at number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 (tying with previous Daft Punk hit, "Around the World"); by June 2013 it had sold 1,052,000 digital copies there, and became Daft Punk's first million-seller.[14] "One More Time" peaked at number one on the dance chart in the same country. On the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles chart, the song debuted at number one, one of the few songs to do so.

In the United Kingdom, "One More Time" peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, Daft Punk's highest-charting single in the country until "Get Lucky" reached number one in 2013; the song also topped the dance chart. It was also a hit in Australia, debuting at number 46 and peaking at number 10. It thus became Daft Punk's most successful song in Australia until "Get Lucky", the first single from their 2013 album Random Access Memories, topped the ARIA chart in 2013.

Charts and certifications[edit]


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