Daft Punk - Around the World - 1997

Daft Punk's "Around the World" is a song that has left an indelible mark on the landscape of electronic music. Released in 1997 as part of their debut album, Homework, this track stands out for its minimalistic approach, catchy bassline, and the repetitive, yet mesmerizing phrase "around the world" which is the sole lyric of the song. The French duo, consisting of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, utilized this simplicity to create a piece that transcends language barriers, making it a global hit and a staple in dance music.

The music video, directed by Michel Gondry, is equally iconic, featuring a variety of characters dancing on a spinning platform, each group representing different instruments used in the song. This visual representation adds another layer of appreciation for the song's structure and composition.

Understanding "Around the World"

The Making of a Hit

The song's creation showcases Daft Punk's innovative use of technology and their ability to create music that feels both timeless and futuristic. Using a mixture of synthesizers, drum machines, and the vocoder for the vocals, they crafted a sound that was distinctive and ahead of its time.

Music Video Analysis

Michel Gondry's direction for the music video is a masterpiece of choreography and concept, visually interpreting the music through precise movements and patterns. The synchronization of the dance with the music offers viewers a deeper understanding of the song's structure.

Impact and Legacy

"Around the World" is more than just a song; it's a cultural phenomenon that contributed to the rise of electronic music in mainstream culture. Its influence can be seen in various music genres and has inspired countless artists around the globe.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

What year was "Around the World" released? (1997) (!1995) (!1999) (!2001)

Which album features "Around the World"? (Homework) (!Discovery) (!Random Access Memories) (!Human After All)

Who directed the music video for "Around the World"? (Michel Gondry) (!Spike Jonze) (!Chris Cunningham) (!David Fincher)

How many times is the phrase "around the world" repeated in the song? (144) (!80) (!100) (!128)

What makes "Around the World" distinctive in terms of lyrics? (The sole lyric is "around the world") (!It contains lyrics in both French and English) (!It was Daft Punk's first song to feature lyrics) (!The lyrics were written by a famous poet)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is the nationality of Daft Punk? (French) (!American) (!British) (!German)

In what year did Daft Punk form? (1993) (!1989) (!1996) (!2000)

Which Daft Punk album is "Around the World" from? (Homework) (!Discovery) (!Random Access Memories) (!Human After All)

How many members are in Daft Punk? (2) (!3) (!4) (!1)

What is a distinctive feature of Daft Punk's public appearance? (They wear robot helmets) (!They always wear black) (!They perform without any lights) (!They use real names instead of stage names)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What is unique about the lyrics of "Around the World"? (They consist of only one phrase) (!They are in French) (!They tell a complex story) (!They include a hidden message)

How does the song's structure relate to its lyrics? (The repetitive lyrics match the looping bassline) (!The lyrics change with each verse) (!The song has no bassline) (!The lyrics are sung by a choir)

What effect do the song's simple lyrics have on its appeal? (They make it universally accessible) (!They limit its audience to French speakers) (!They make it difficult to understand) (!They require knowledge of French culture to appreciate)

Why did Daft Punk choose to use only one phrase in the lyrics? (To focus on the song's production and sound design) (!To make a political statement) (!Because they couldn't write any more lyrics) (!To pay homage to traditional French music)

How do the song's lyrics contribute to its rhythm? (The repetition creates a hypnotic effect) (!They disrupt the song's rhythm) (!They add multiple layers of complexity) (!They vary the song's tempo)


Daft Punk French Electronic Duo
"Around the World" 1997
Michel Gondry Music Video Director
Homework Album Name
Repetitive Lyrics Song's Unique Feature

Open Tasks


  1. Explore different genres of electronic music: Listen to at least three electronic tracks from different subgenres (e.g., house, techno, trance) and compare them to "Around the World" in terms of rhythm, melody, and mood.
  2. Create a playlist: Compile a playlist of songs that share a similar vibe to "Around the World" and explain your choices.


  1. Analyze the music video: Watch the "Around the World" music video and identify each group of dancers' representation of the song's instruments. Write a short analysis of how this visual representation enhances the understanding of the song.
  2. Daft Punk's influence: Research and write a short essay on how Daft Punk has influenced the electronic music genre and other artists.


  1. Create your own track: Using a digital audio workstation (DAW), try to create a simple electronic track inspired by "Around the World". Focus on creating a catchy bassline and repetitive structure.
  2. Choreograph a dance: Inspired by the music video, choreograph a simple dance that could visually represent another song of your choice. Describe or record your choreography.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the significance of minimalism in electronic music, using "Around the World" as a case study.
  2. Analyze the impact of "Around the World" on global music culture and its role in popularizing electronic music.
  3. Explain the role of music videos in the promotion and understanding of songs, with a focus on "Around the World".
  4. Debate the importance of lyrics in electronic music, considering the example of "Around the World".
  5. Describe how "Around the World" exemplifies the characteristics of Daft Punk's musical style and its influence on the genre.

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