Ah, Bastille Day…don’t worry, no one else knows what the hell it is either.
Since Detroit was founded by the French, we thought bringing Bastille Day to the forefront would make sense. The French have given us so much over the years: croissants, their style of toast, fries, and who could forget their world class arrogance. What you may not be aware of is their pretty badass resume in popular music. Here are seven songs to fill your Bastille Day celebration playlist.
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk
THE song of summer 2013. Daft Punk have been around for about 20 years now, but mostly as an underground act. This funky groove put the robots on the radar of even the most oblivious dance music fans.
“Lisztomania” – Phoenix
A French band, named after a US city, singing a song in English about a Hungarian composer. The premise is a tad confusing, but it remains as one of the most catchy tunes ever about 19th century composers.
“Midnight City” – M83
One of the best songs of the last 10 years. Not opinion, FACT. Bonus points for the Frenchman fronted M83 playing at MO POP Festival this year in Detroit. Just hearing those first couple notes gives us a tingle.
“Pompeii” – Bastille
Not technically French, but they’re named after this holiday for fuck’s sake. Bastille has recently released a new album, so it feels like a good time to dig up their original monster hit “Pompeii”.
“Wake Up” – Arcade Fire
For the sake of this list, French Canadian is still French. Arcade Fire have LOADS of great songs, but “Wake Up” is the most enjoyable to celebrate to. So crank this baby up as you gulp your wine and nibble on your cheese.
“Detroit 67” – Sam Roberts Band
Another French-Canadian act, Sam Roberts wrote an ode to the good ol days in Detroit. Seems only appropriate to include this jam on the list honoring Bastille Day celebrations in the motor city.
“Play Hard” – David Guetta
A rather consistent theme seems to be the use of electronic music amongst the French. DJ David Guetta has of course made his entire career on the use of electronic music and carries the torch for French musicians nicely.