Producer: Daft Punk
Album: Random Access Memories
Can you think of a smoother summertime anthem than Daft Punk's "Get Lucky"? Well... maybe there's one more. But "Get Lucky"'s effervescent optimism was a cool fizzy splash of champagne over everyone's summertime wedding nights, pool parties, and seances. While Pharrell's poised earnestness drove the song's pop songwriting, Nile Rodgers' timeless chicken scratch guitar was the show's real star, proving that with the right groove, repetition doesn't have to feel repetitious.
There are probably still people rocking the 4-minute-loops Internet instigators strung together when the song was little more than a leaked clip and the promise of a disco-retro-future. There was something so agreeable about "Get Lucky," something simultaneously classy yet accessible and translatable. It was the late-'70s steppers' smash that never was, a generation-spanning moment of consensus and keepin' it positive. —David Drake