"One More Time"
Single by Daft Punk
from the album Discovery
Released13 November 2000
Recorded1998
GenreFrench house
Length
  • 3:55 (short radio edit)
  • 5:20 (radio edit)
  • 8:00 (club mix)
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Daft Punk
Daft Punk singles chronology
"Revolution 909"
(1998)
"One More Time"
(2000)
"Aerodynamic"
(2001)
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 stylistically autotuned vocal performance by Romanthony.[1] 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 two on the UK Singles Chart, and number 61 on the US Billboard Hot 100.

"One More Time" was listed at number five 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."[2] Rolling Stone listed it at number 33 of their top 100 songs of the decade (2000–2009)[3] 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.[4] Also, "One More Time" was ranked at number 11 on The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop annual year-end critics' poll. The song was uploaded on YouTube by Daft Punk on 24 February 2009.

Composition

Daft Punk considered "One More Time" to be the link connecting Homework to Discovery.[5] The song was completed as early as the beginning of 1998, where it remained "sitting on a shelf" until its eventual release on 13 November 2000.[6][7] It prominently features a vocal performance written and sung by Romanthony.[8] As stated by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, "we thought the funkiness of his voice fit the funkiness of the music."[9]

The song was considered an example of French house's frequent use of audio filters, featuring heavily processed auto-tuned vocals. 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 synthesizer... 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."[1] 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."[1] 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 album version of the track includes a two-minute breakdown.[11] Bangalter remarked that, "The break is so long it's not even the break. The song itself is the breakdown."[12]

"One More Time" contains a sample of the 1979 disco song "More Spell on You" by Eddie Johns, which is uncredited in the Discovery liner notes. Johns, who has been destitute for decades, did not receive royalties for the sample. A representative for Daft Punk confirmed the use of the sample and that the duo continued to pay royalties to GM Musipro, the French publishing company that owned the rights to "More Spell on You". A representative of GM Musipro said they had never been able to locate Johns, and that they would follow up on the matter after an investigation by the Los Angeles Times in 2021.[13]

Release

The single also contains an eight-minute version of "One More Time" featuring extended vocals absent from the album version. An "unplugged" rendition was included in the remix album Daft Club. The remix album 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.[citation needed]

"One More Time" was sampled and incorporated in Miliyah Kato's song "Future Lover -Mirai Koibito-" in January 2016.[14] The electronic dance song peaked at number 30 in Japan.[15]

Music video

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

CD-maxi single (Virgin – 724389721126):

No.TitleLength
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

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.[16] "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 two 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

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