Story of Song
The song “Get Lucky” is essentially a disco song, written with the thought of “getting lucky”, meeting someone that you like, connecting with them, and having chemistry. The song came together when after several years of wanting to work with Daft Punk, songwriter Nile Rodgers was finally able to connect with the group. Pharrell Williams had also been waiting for the opportunity to work with Daft Punk. The three met up in Paris, went over the plans for the song and decided to work on it from there, so everything just had the perfect timing. Nile told Rolling Stone that: “The collaboration felt so unbelievably natural.” Pharrell told the publication that he “first sang his verse for ‘Get Lucky,’” and Daft Punk told him to “sing it again, again, again. Then I did four or five more takes, they picked what they liked, then I sang each of those parts over and over. The robots are perfectionists…I was trying to slice a really good moment and keep it on repeat. ‘Up all night to get lucky’ means you don’t want the night to end. You want that golden moment on repeat, like the music repeats.” Pharrell also told Rolling Stone that: “the music evoked the sense of being on an exotic island during a ‘peachy colored’ sunrise.”
Released on April 19, 2013
Thomas Bangalter – Guy- Manuel de Homem Christo – Nile Rodgers – Pharrell Williams
Daft Life – Columbia
“Get Lucky” entered the UK Singles Chart at number three, only 48 hours after its initial release, and then moved to the number one spot the next week. This was Daft Punk’s first top ten hit in the UK since 2000 with “One More Time.” As of June 2015, the sales of “Get Lucky” were 1,436,000, making it the eighth best selling single of the century and the sixth best-selling single of the 2010s. “Get Lucky” entered the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 19, making it the first time Daft Punk was ever on the chart, and eventually moved up to number two. The song debuted at number one in Daft Punk’s home country, France, and also became their first top single in France since “One More Time” in 2000. Besides the UK and France, “Get Lucky” reached number one in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Europe, Finland, Germany, Greece Digital Songs, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Luxembourg Digital Songs, Mexico, Mexico Ingles Airplay, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, US Dance Club Songs, US Dance / Mix Show Airplay, US Rhythmic, and Venezuela. The song also reached the top ten in Canada, Japan, US Billboard Hot 100, US Adult Top 40, US Alternative Songs, US Latin Pop Songs, US Mainstream Top 40, and US Rock Airplay. “Get Lucky” was certified 6x Platinum in Australia; 5x Platinum in Canada and Italy; 4x Platinum in the United States; 3x Platinum in Switzerland; 2x Platinum in Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom; Platinum in Austria and Denmark; Diamond in France and Mexico; and Gold in Finland and Spain.
Artist’s age on release date
Thomas Bangalter, one half of Daft Punk, was 38 years old at the release of “Get Lucky”, and Guy–Manuel de Homem-Christo, the other half of Daft Punk, was 39 years old at the release of the song
“Get Lucky” was covered by George Barnett; Igor Presnyakov; The Stepkids; Sam Sparro; Skylar Grey; San Cisco for the radio station Triple J; British record producer Naughty Boy for his album Hotel Cabana; Otto and her band Itchy Feet (reggae); Haelstorm (rock); Pentatonix; the Russian Interior Ministry Choir performed a version which was then used in the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi; The Voice 3rd season contestant Anna McLuckie; Walk off the Earth; the English folk band Daughter recorded a cover for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge (Indie); and the Postmen, a Dutch reggae/hip hop band, recorded for 3FM.