If you're looking for French music to listen to...

Buzzfeed just came out with a list of the 50 French songs you need to hear before you die. Listening to music is a great way to learn a language, and this list seems like a good way to find artists and songs that you didn't know before.

February 5, 2014


I started learning French through music. At first I was listening to Alizee and since I loved her songs I managed to find the lyrics and translation and I learned a lot this way. Then listened to more singers and currently I listen to some 10 of them regularly.

February 6, 2014

If you all want to listen to French Music with subtitles, go to this link and on the description of the video are links to more than 1000 French songs and 2000 italian songs

February 15, 2014

My one french professor hated Alizee with a passion hahah I found it quite amusing

February 7, 2014

Qui fait une liste de chansons francaises et n'y mettre pas "La vie en rose"! :)

Une de les chansons francaises que je les aime, elle s'appele "A ton etoile" et elle est par Noir Desir. Il y a deux versions de cette chanson. Une est fait par Yann Tiersen. L'autre est le version originel de leur album "666.667". Je les aime beaucoup.

February 9, 2014

I posted this same question on the french forums here:

There were some good suggestions on what to listen to. I really like Stromae's song papaoutai. Here is the youtube link with both french and english subtitles:

I'm checking out the other suggestions too.

February 7, 2014

I find french music to be a good way to try pickip the words at a conversational speed. Here's my french youtube playlist:

A lot of the videos I find very well done, not only the music!

February 9, 2014

Those looking for a modern hip-hop, check out MC Solaar:

Also, Booba, IAM...let it go from there on YouTube!

For indie rock, I like Devianz although I've only just started listening to them.

February 9, 2014

I often read threads such as this but never really like the music people suggest. I do like Mc Solaar though. I stumbled across his song 'Nouveau Western' a few months ago, that is my favourite song by him. Hip hop has slowly become my favourite genre. I will definitely look at more Solaar stuff and the others you suggest.

February 10, 2014

Awesome! I can also suggest Lunatic, one of my favorites. He raps slow enough to listen and try to pickup vocabulary, I like that for the learning aspect.

February 12, 2014

I've got so many recommendations. All worth checking out:

My number one recommendation is definitely Stromae. He's amazing. His songs are all really good and the lyrics have some good vocab. (My favorites are Formidable, Te Quiero, Tous Les Memes, Papaoutai, Peace or Violence and Quand C'est)

If you like rap, check out Orelsan. He reminds me a bit of Eminem. I'd start with Suicide Social, Finir Mal, or Mauvaise Idee.

Song of the century goes to: La tribu de Dana by Manau. Legitimately, this song is magical.

Other good rappers: Supreme NTM, and Kery James.

If you want classics, I would definitely check out Jacques Brel. "Ne me quitte pas" is an absolute classic.

If you like quiet cutesie indie music, Coeur de Pirate is that group.

If you like electropop, Yelle has some pretty good songs. (A cause des garcons, Safari Disco Club, je veux te voir, etc.)

Elle Me Dit is a really good song by MIKA.

"Je t'emmène au vent" by Louise Attaque is another great song.

Amusez-vous bien!

February 16, 2014

I would also highly recommend Zaz. :)

February 18, 2014

A good band to consider if you enjoy alternative Grizzly Bear type of music (I cant compare them to any other established bands, but being compared to Grizzly Bear is a compliment) is Suarez, they are a Belgium group whose biggest hits include Qu'est-ce que j'aime ça ( and L'indécideur (

May 10, 2014

I made it to the 80's and it was getting painful. I did like that someone made a list but I think I'm an oldies guy.

February 7, 2014

Very cool! Thank you ;)

February 7, 2014

I prefer benabar he has some of that facepunching sarcastic sense of humour i like. You should also check out Thomas dutronc, he's a clearly Reinhardt imitator but at least he's good one.

February 9, 2014

I'm french and the number 38 of the list (Ophélie Winter)....waw, this have to be a joke.

February 10, 2014

Merci beaucoup! I love French music and I'm always looking for more!

February 10, 2014
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