Every once in a while the universe manages to come close to being exactly as it should be. For instance, right now Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” is at number 19 on the Hot 100, which isn’t exactly the placement it deserves, but isn’t too far off either.
This isn’t the French robot duo’s first appearance on the chart (“Around the World” made it to number 61 in 1997 and “One More Time” did the same in 2000), but it’s the highest spot that they’ve achieved. More importantly, it’s the first time that they’ve charted since EDM—a genre that they’ve had as big an influence on as any other single act—has become a competitive player in mainstream pop music. Right now they’re sharing the Hot 100 with EDM artists Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, Baauer, Zedd, and Skrillex (albeit via a beat for A$AP Rocky), as well as more pop-oriented acts like Will.i.am, Icona Pop, and Awolnation that have prominent EDM streaks. And aside from Baauer, who’s still cruising off his seemingly unkillable “Harlem Shake,” they’re higher up than any of them. Which is exactly as it should be, since Daft Punk is better than all of them.