Your favorite songs with French lyrics?
I like to listen to music while I work. I would like to listen to more music in French. I don't have preference for genre or anything like that.
I have been listening to the French recordings of Les Misérables and artists like Emilie Simon. I would love to listen to more songs with French lyrics! I'd appreciate any recommendations.
I love Cœur de pirate; here are a few of my favorites by her:
- La Petite Mort
- Comme des Enfants
- Oublie Moi
- Mistral Gagnant (this is a cover of the original by Renaud, which is also great)
I also like:
- Où va le monde - La Femme
- Elle ne t'aime pas - La Femme
- Laissez passer - Maître Gims (dance-pop)
- Ne sois pas si bête - France Gall (yéyé music)
- D'abord dis-moi ton nom - Chantal Goya (also yéyé music; can't find the lyrics anywhere for this one though for some reason, though...)
- Où est ma tête - Pink Martini (if you want to practice your listening comprehension, the lyrics are very clear/easy to hear)
- Le premier bonheur du jour - Pink Martini and the Von Trapps (lyrics here)
- Quoi - Evelyne Brochu (love this one)
- L'escalier - Les Pirouettes
- Comment lui dire - Les Pirouettes (cover of France Gall's version)
- Je suis malade - Dalida (her voice is so expressive and powerful, very emotional song)
- Papaoutai - Stromae
- Tous les mêmes - Stromae
- Alors on dance - Stromae
- Plus vite que ton corps - Pierre Lapointe
- Nos joies répétitives - Pierre Lapointe
- Je deteste ma vie - Pierre Lapointe
- La valse à mille temps - Jacques Brel (old-fashioned)
- Quelqu'un m'a dit - Carla Bruni (pretty popular song)
- Elle me dit - Mika (upbeat pop)
- Paris sera toujours Paris - Zaz (pop)
- Que Veux Tu - Yelle (Madeon Remix)
I'm probably forgetting some....
If there are any without lyrics already in the video, you can usually find them on lyricstranslate.com
Here is a list of my favorite French song from French-Canadian artist Marie-Mai:
C'est Moi with lyrics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ohv4FF2NPQ
Overall I found this great YouTube Channel that can help you improve your French. There are many music videos that have both the French and English translations side to side. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLOGvUn51HA7iVgUL2yFS6g/videos?shelf_id=1&view=0&sort=p
Not the happiest song(s), but I like them.
This (and La Vie en Rose of course)
Another oldie but goodie
So 60s and it makes me laugh
I have made a Spotify list with French chansons by Serge Gainsbourg, Joe Dassin, Jacques Brel and many others.