Their surprising appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2006, playing for the first time in the now-iconic glowing pyramid, heralded by Close Encounters of the Third Kind chimes.
Their surprise appearance at the 2008 Grammys during Kanye West's performance of "Stronger". The album version of the song uses samples of Daft Punk's song "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" from ''Discovery; in the Grammy show, Daft Punk themselves appeared and performed that part of the song live.
To clarify what makes this a true Crowning Moment, instead of just Awesome: This was the first time ever Daft Punk had appeared live on television (they'd been on TV before, but always pre-recorded).
After several years worth of award snubs, Daft Punk gets nominated for 5 Grammys for the 56th Grammys, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year, and winning at ALL of them.
Their second live televised performance ever was beside Stevie Wonder, blending "Get Lucky" with a number of other memorable songs. They essentially turned the Grammys into an enormous dance party, with literally everyone in the audience on their feet.
Appearing pretty much As Themselves in TRON: Legacy and turning into a One-Scene Wonder. According to the Disney executives, they not only showed up to the meeting in their robot suits, but spent the meeting (over pancakes) asking them all kinds of questions about the movie to see if it would be "done right".
Getting Leiji Matsumotoout of retirement to not just animate some music videos, but an entire album as a silent film. The end result, Interstella 5555, is distilled awesome.
According to Kanye West, while he feels that his song "Stronger" is a great song, it does not compare to the sampled "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." Considering the person who's saying that, that's saying a lot.
Ditto Random Access Memories, which uses the same idea but with a very different execution. Hell, it made Daft Punk all over again.
All 84 minutes of Alive 2007. That is all.
The "Da Funk/Daftendirekt" remix in particular is just chill-inducingly awesome.
In "One More Time / Aerodynamic", when that epic guitar riff pops in out of nowhere in the middle of the song...
The "Television Rules the Nation/Crescendolls" remix. The two songs go uncannily well together.
"Superheroes / Human After All / Rock'n Roll". Three songs. Three different albums and styles of music. One decade. One absolutely, incredibly beautiful, epic track, and the perfect closer to Alive 2007.
How about their debut album, Homework, all of which was created in Thomas' bedroom?
And of course there's "Get Lucky," an awesome throwback funk track and their first Top 40 hit in the US and one that very nearly topped the charts.
If you were to look up the meaning of the word "groove," "Lose Yourself To Dance" should automatically play.
"Giorgio by Moroder", particularly when the awesome drumming kicks in.
"Contact" from Random Access Memories. They couldn't have picked a better way to close out the album if they tried.
Considering the reception Human After All received, "Technologic" is actually quite good, especially for a song that was recorded within six weeks.
"Instant Crush". Julian Casablanca's vocals are an excellent accompaniment to Daft Punk's groovy beat, and that's even before the sudden guitar solo comes in...