https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son

Improve Your French By Listening To French Music

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Awhile ago, I picked up some advice that if you wanted to improve your French it'd be a great idea to listen to a few great French music artists. I did find some great songs to listen to but I never took it to the next level.

What I mean by that is, I just "listened" to the song. I think the key to becoming fluently in another language not just in written form but also verbal and auditory is by saying what you hear and hearing what you say.

When you find a great song don't just listen to the melodies. Look up the lyrics and sing the lyrics. Don't just "sing" the lyrics, "decipher" the lyrics so the next time you play the song you'll know what you're saying and how to annunciate the words better which each listen.

As for recommendation of what type of songs you should listen to, I would say, of course, go with the genre(s) of music you love best. My music taste is very eclectic. I listen to Rap, Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Classical, etc.

When I stumbled upon the advice to listen to French songs I immediately went on YouTube and found an artist called "Stomae" with the song "Alors on Danse". It was a great song but I never looked a lyrics to I didn't know what he was saying but I was captivated by the production of the music.

As of today, I've listened to more of his music which is AWESOME and finally took my own advice and decided to look up the lyrics, annunciate the lyrics, sing the lyrics and now I can get through one of his songs "Formidable" (Wonderful [no pun] song btw) and know what I'm saying. My annunciation is still a work in progress but I'm getting there.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfOkfmPABJw

Today I listened to his most recent album and I LOVE IT! I also stumbled upon another French artist "Indila" with a beautiful voice that I LOVED! The song "Dernière Danse" almost made me cry.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5KAc5CoCuk

So put those headphones and look up some music artists in the language you're trying to learn and ENJOY the tunes! =)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/APMohar

I don't use DuoLingo anymore, I just listen to the music and it is way more effective.

Papaoutai- Stromae (Français Belgique) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiKj0Z_Xnjc

Zombie- Maître Gims http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yDEYu61piI

Elle me dit- MIKA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiHWwKC8WjU

Tous les mêmes- Stromae (Français Belgique) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAMWdvo71ls

Dernière danse- Indila http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5KAc5CoCuk

Alors on danse- Stromae (Français Belgique) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pKrVB5f2W0

Bella- Maître Gims http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMltoD1jCGI

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ynwa12
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"Ou est ton arme" by Maitre Gims is a good one too

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Darby55153

I love learning and improving my French through music! I have a site where I translate French song lyrics and break down the vocabulary, so if you're interested you can check it out. The translations are very in-depth and help you learn more about common French expressions and slang.

I hope it's OK that share some links, they have videos on all the posts so that you can listen to the songs while you read the translations. I've designed them to help people who are learning French. :)

Some thing basic is Stromae Alors On Danse: https://www.frenchlyricstranslations.com/alors-on-danse-stromae-french-lyrics-and-english-translation/

Or the very popular dance song Papaoutai: https://www.frenchlyricstranslations.com/papaoutai-french-english-translation/

For something classic, this translation of Edith Piaf's "La Vie en Rose" is very popular: https://www.frenchlyricstranslations.com/la-vie-en-rose-edith-piaf-french-lyrics-and-english-translation/

If you remember the song from Inception, it's Edith Piaf's "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien." https://www.frenchlyricstranslations.com/non-je-ne-regrette-rien-edith-piaf-french-lyrics-and-english-translation/

I also like Christophe Mae (pop music), Coeur de Pirate (indie pop), Ariane Moffatt (indie pop), and The Lost Fingers (a Québecois gypsy jazz band, very cool!).

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TomHilton1
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I listen to a lot of French-language popular music anyway (April March, Fabienne Delsol, or classic Yeye like Francoise Hardy or France Gall), but since I started Duolingo I've been listening a lot more closely...still missing most of the lyrics, but I am starting to pick out more (I cracked up when I heard "Ces bottes sont fait pour marcher"--it sounds exactly like a Duolingo lesson).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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Lmao at "Ces bottes sont fait pour marcher" =D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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France Gall's melodies are usually well known to English speakers. Did you know Quentin Tarantino used an English cover of one of her songs for the end credits of Death Proof (Laisse tomber les filles )? This song is terribly appropriate for the plot of the movie.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TomHilton1
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Yup, and the cover was by April March (mentioned in my comment above). She also recorded a French version.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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I didn't know who sang it, thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TomHilton1
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I like her a lot. She did an album of mostly covers (Francoise Hardy, etc.) called "Paris in April", but on later albums she also does some French-language originals.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/1RickD

Just tried some April March - good stuff, merci.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jpk6
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Listen to Serge Gainsbourg. You will learn about love, as well as French.
Au fait, c'est son anniversaire aujourd'hui. (R.I.P. Serge!)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smearedink

I love Serge Gainsbourg, though the more French I understand, the more weirded out I get when I listen to Histoire de Melody Nelson. (As if the album cover wasn't warning enough, haha)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kwijybo
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I feel the same way about 'Lemon Incest' sung with his daughter Charlotte.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smearedink

Yeah, that is at least as ridiculous!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TTANTAWY
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Isn't he Charlotte Gainsbourg's father? Charmante cette femme! <3

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jpk6
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Oui....le charmant produit conjugal de lui et l'actrice Jane Birkin.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Moonlight1920

Yes .... the charming conjugal product he and actress

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/branbee
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I like Edith Piaf and Francoise Hardy

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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I'll listen a song of theirs

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Azais
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A few days ago i gave on duolingo a list of songs and artists i like, here they are again :

Serge Gainsbourg : Well, he's a french legend from the sixties. This song is not his most famous one though : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iyNCs1Pzao

Noir Désir : French rock band from the nineties (quite controversial now because the band leader spend some time in prison). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ty0gH7wPQuA.

Marie Pierre Arthur : She's from Quebec and this track was released two years ago i think. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvj-SbZFny4

Mademoiselle Berry : I guess this song is how most people think french songs are : nicely depressing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jOuIlTqWGA

Orelsan : Some kind of french rap. Very impressive in live. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2kvtRprvkk

Versari : Not very famous but i like this band https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu0WTCizik8

Fràncois and the atlas Mountains : Indie band, they sing in french and english and their album was released this year : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpvYGbg31a4

I would also recommend :

Nouvelle Vague : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss7CxJ-AyUg Alain Bashung : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-k_236V4agA Lescop : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dncv67AdhtM

Enjoy :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FKrasniqi
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I like Maitre Gims as well and Sexion d'assaut of course :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pomrou
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Stromae is an amazing artist !! I also like Shy'm, Thomas Fersen, M. Pokora, Carla Bruni, Olivia Ruiz and so much more. You should check out French radio, you can stream a number of stations on your computer like Alouette FM, Chante France, Le Mouv, etc.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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Thank you for those suggestions!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Darren_Mart

+1 for http://www.chantefrance.com , that has led me to discover all kinds of good stuff.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cantchooseaname
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https://www.duolingo.com/TonyLBH

Manu Chao has some great songs with clear and repeating lyrics. Sounds great too!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/boringtomi
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Nothing beats Mylène Farmer IMHO

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TTANTAWY
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I'm not even into electronic or new wave music but this is really interesting. Listening to the L'Autre album right now. Her voice is o relaxing, kind of reminds me of Enya (not a big fan either but I like some stuff). Thanks for the suggestion!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/boringtomi
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You are very welcome... it was specifically the “L’Autre” album that made me fall in love, so you started at the right place :-) I’m glad you like it too!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ratizi
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I've listened to Yelle long before I started learning French. I got to see them live in Austin and got an autograph and photo with Yelle. So glad she's a part of my musical world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAzgp7CCxMc

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mae_dictionary

Has no one mentioned Coeur de Pirate yet? Maybe I missed it in the comments, but she's really good (piano and guitar based on her 1st album, 2nd album is more retro rock). Also, M is pretty awesome if you like 90s/early 2000s pop rock - listen to "Qui De Nous Deux" or "Onde Sensuelle."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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Here's a song by Coeur de pirate, with lyrics.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/coloraday
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FWIW, Stromae comes from the verlan version of Maestro.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ron_fr
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Something I recommend everyone doing is going on the iTunes store and scrolling all the way down until you see an icon of your country's flag, click it and you'll be directed to different country's iTunes stores...Hit the French (or whichever want you want) and browse! Check out the top charts (unfortunately it's filled with a lot of English music) or new releases, it's fun!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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I appreciate old artists (but people recommended France Gall, Édith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy, so I'm apparently not alone ;-) ), I like Georges Brassens, Charles Trenet, Charles Aznavour, Joe Dassin, just to name a few. They have amazing lyrics. As for French Canadians, I recommended Plume Latraverse before on Duolingo, but not so much his popular songs, if you dig a little bit, you can find masterpieces from him (his lyrics are also incredible). Jean Leloup is another good one.

For specific titles, search for these, among others :

A few good websites for finding lyrics :

  • Let's Sing It, to search for lyrics, you can search by a couple of words in the lyrics if you know neither the artist nor the song title, has lyrics in other languages than English too;
  • Lyrics Translate, a website that offers to translate lyrics by bilingual volunteers, you can ask for a specific song if it isn't already on the site;
  • Lyrics Training, a karaoke style player to help with language learning;
  • Other helpful websites can be found on the unofficial duolingo wiki site.

Edit : Added links for the songs.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wandering.Seeker
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Joe dassin FTW! :D ... BTW I was bit surprised you haven't mention "les cowboys fringants" yet :( ... (and they are from Quebec too) ... between so many francophone singers and bands this one is still one of my top listened.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/smearedink

I also enjoy Bernard Adamus from Québec, though be prepared for a looot of informal contractions that make even reading the lyrics difficult for French learners. Good music, though. :-)

EDIT: here's a sample http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66TsZ3Fq0Kg

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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I know them alright. And they're good, but they're popular enough that I was sure if I talked about Quebeckers someone would bring them up, as well as Coeur de Pirate. I wanted to allow less known ones to be discovered.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Wandering.Seeker
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like "Stromae" isn't, while everyone is recommending him? XD

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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Yeah, music trends seem to be short lived indeed!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kwijybo
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I agree with your Charles Aznavour tear-eyedness. The song Comme Ils Disent gets me every time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOjsaS-tfaY (complete with lyrics in the description)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ad.vict
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I've listened to Alan Mills (Canadian, I think). He has a album for french folk songs for children. I am quite surprised at how much I can understand what (in a general sense) he is saying.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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Canadian French? Hmm...would the pronunciation be different from what we've learn on Duolingo?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jpk6
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It would be more precise to call it "français québécois". There are many differences including pronunciations, the names of meals, etc. The following link will give you a good overview:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quebec_French

4 years ago

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thank you!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dojo480

My friend is canadian and they said they learned french in school

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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Yes, French Canadian are different accents and much different from what you'd hear in France. You should note that there are between 2 and 3 million people speaking French in the 9 other provinces besides Quebec, they may have different accents than the Québécois most people (specially in Europe) associate with Canadian French. I'd say though that in song, it usually doesn't matter too much, unless the singer really sings in joual instead of a more international French. If you want some examples, look up Rideau from Plume Latraverse for joual, or Rêver mieux by Daniel Bélanger for international French sung by a Quebecker.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeChatGrincheux

it's funny you mention the song ""Alors on Danse", because that's the first song I found when I was looking for songs in French. Thanks for the advice.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pop08

Listen guys <3 Maître Gims - Zombie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yDEYu61piI&feature=kp

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dojo480

learning other languages is fun

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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D'accord

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruby_Anna

I LOVE Stromae!!! Have you also heard of La Fouine? I find that analysing the language in his songs is really effective, since it is all mostly rap. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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He's such a great artist!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lucija71995

thanks for sharing! I love Stromae too

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bensouhil

you can improve your level quicly by listening the news ( radio tv) can we discuss via skype please i can help you for you french i would to improve my level in english

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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I wish I could Skype but my labtop is broke

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JDThompson

Greatly appreciating this post. Thanks for sharing!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/robstar1a

Check out Corneille and Les Nubians if you like RnB

Les Nubians - Makeda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22HL5ZOOHGI

Corneille - Parce qu'on vient de loin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDr3qCcXKXk

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elanaknt

They don't sing exclusively in French (they also sing in Bamara, English, and sometimes a bit of Spanish and other African languages) but I LOVE the Malian duo Amadou & Mariam. They have a very eclectic style of music and their French is a bit slower and easier to understand than in other French music.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TomHilton1
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Couple more recommendations....

One of my favorite groups right now is The Liminanas (Spanish, but they often sing in French), blending elements of classic French pop with garage, spy music, and spaghetti western themes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk9EdnErhMk

Marie et les Garcons ('70s new wave): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyXediwyqYg

Charlelie Couture ('70s, new wavish): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDfdSqf30Qg

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SourireCache

Totally agree! I use a French radio app and listen to music with it whenever I get bored with Duo lessons. It's a much more fun way to learn and pass the time. I also find it easier to practice hearing smaller words that way. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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Very much indeed! When it comes to learn you have to make it fun or it'll become boring and you'll see no results in absorbing knowledge

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SourireCache

Très très vrai!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TTANTAWY
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If you like French rap you might wanna check Keny Arkana (Echos is a nice example). Berry (Demain) is a nice pop group. Eths (Adonai) is a great alternative rock/metal band.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/znseaman
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or IAM who were influenced by the Wu-Tang Clan.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/65hickman

This one this nice: Bertrand Pierre

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXK53AQ9Vko

4 years ago

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    Couldn't agree more with you on this. Personally, I also find listening to songs helps a lot with learning a foreign language. As you say, you have to sing along, and look up the meaning of the lyrics. It really works. Good luck to all!

    4 years ago

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      Hmm...maybe I'll post a question for Spanish songs suggestions. I can't seem to find any suitable Spanish songs. Either I come across very boring romantic ones, or reggaeton. I figured reggaeton is probably the worst to listen to if you're trying to learn proper Spanish, plus it's difficult to understand in the first place.

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      https://www.duolingo.com/boringtomi
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      Try Selena... she was a quickly uprising star until she got shot...

      4 years ago

      [deactivated user]

        Thanks.

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        https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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        Omg I love Selena! It's so sad she left before her time! I still listen to her songs!

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        https://www.duolingo.com/Tintin_73
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        Shakira, maná, heroes del silencio, buena vista social club, Ibrahim Ferrer, Soda Stereo, Celia Cruz, among many many others

        4 years ago

        [deactivated user]

          thanks!

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          https://www.duolingo.com/Tintin_73
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          You're most welcome- Bersuit Vergarabat, Enanitos Verdes, Los Prisioneros, Silvio Rodriguez. I totally agree with comment about reggeaton it is total trash and makes my ears bleed...

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          https://www.duolingo.com/TomHilton1
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          Lima, Peru had a thriving garage band scene in the mid-'60s; if you like psych/garage at all, check out Los Saicos or Los Yorks. Los Saicos were punk nearly a decade before punk--amazing stuff.

          For a mor Peninsulares kind of language, check out a couple of compilation albums called Sensacional Soul (volumes 1 2). '60s pop from Spain, some really good stuff there.

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          https://www.duolingo.com/wyeager84
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          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/RodPolako

          I have been a big fan of this approach as well. As I am a Canadian I wanted to focus on Quebec French so I looked to artists from that space. I found Éric Lapointe was a great choice (if you like rock/heavy metal) since he has a lot of songs on Youtube and all of his lyrics are on his website so it is easy to know what he is saying.

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/TomHilton1
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          Are you familiar with Les Breastfeeders? Neo-garage/punk band from Quebec: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSpnZ-c_N90

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/IloveBooks2

          This is great! I think you're so right. Keep it up!

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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          Merci

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/IloveBooks2

          Bienvenue! :)

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/alelleverino

          I do that, I think that listening to music in other lenguage, in this case for learning French it's easier to remember words, or how to make the phrases.

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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          Indeed. Right now I'm listening to a few of Stromae's songs from his recent album "Racine Carree" and I'm trying to memorize the lyrics by not only looking at them but also pronouncing them as I listen to the song. So far I have memorized about two verses from the song "Formidable" Its really fun and engaging. =)

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/kiamehrat

          hi

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/Dojo480

          Thanks for the advice.

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/ollie_dee

          Yeah music is a really cool way! I'm an English teacher in Haiti and I use songs in two ways!

          1) I find a French song which we then translate together into English 2) My students listen to an English song, they write down the words and phrases they recognise, then we translate the phrases they heard

          • Music is great way to learn because giving words a tune makes them much more memorable! Thanks for a great post!

          Ollie

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaTall
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          https://www.duolingo.com/itscady

          This is definitely a fantastic way to learn! :) my french teacher gives me a new song a week and we break them down so I understand everything. My favs right now are the BB Brunes, Camélia Jordana and Marie Laforêt but I also absolutely love french disney! It sounds stupid but they contain lots of useful words and lovely sentences plus they're really pretty songs.

          Here are a few links to some of my favourite songs:

          Marie Laforet - Mon Amour Mon Ami (this was also covered in the movie 8 femmes which is also a really nice version) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EepuwKxdM9o

          Camélia Jordana - Calamity Jane https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6HOCjvZMQ4

          BB Brunes - Coups et Blessures https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF5etHMRMMM

          I See The Light - Tangled https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5MxBMu1HXQ&list=PLEEC579F34F23A32B

          Part of Your World - The Little Mermaid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUWbWozIjSo

          Beauty and the Beast https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NY0kUTGlVX8

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaTall

          thanks Itscady (with a lingot)

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/Darren_Mart

          Stromae is awesome, I've been addicted to Racine Carrée for a couple months now. As far as French music as a learning tool, I've found it can be hit-or-miss. Like you said, it depends on whether you're willing to go beyond "hearing" the song and truly understanding the song. Plus some artists enunciate more clearly than others.

          I put Marc Lavoine in the easy-to-understand category: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAVrkkIchkM

          But Eiffel, one of my favorites, is very tough to absorb unless you actually study the lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-lhB8GF6rE

          And since a lot of folks are listing their favorite French artists, here's a link to my journey into French music so far: http://darrenmart.com/france/143/french-music-the-highlights

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/dewtwo

          Hi, I also think it would help me to learn french. But, unfortunately I don't have much french music reference. I'm just listening to Stromae now. I like kind of pop indie music, maybe any of you have recommendation for french music in that genre? Thanks! :D

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/hsgeoboy
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          indila, mika, and stromae is awesome

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/DanielOlso1

          Lots of good music suggestions. Here's one I like, and it's easy to understand. Aldebert - Carpe Diem https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4mATvRZXaI

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/awesomez2003

          it ll be fun lol

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/NavarreDavid

          My favorites do include Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet because they're so much easier to understand than most singers, but Maitre Gims, M. Pokora, Keen'V and Christophe Mae might suit more modern musical tastes. Stacey Kent, Joyce Jonathan, Melody Gardot and Alizee might work best for those who like a chanteuese (as well as each being easy on the eyes).

          Whenever I want to find a new French language singer, I go onto Amazon.fr and find the top selling albums. Unfortunately, you can't purchase downloads directly from Amazon.fr to the US, so I have to go to their US site, which doesn't always have all the music. On our last trip, though, there was a Christophe Mae album for sale in a gas station and I bought it!

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/dewtwo

          Hi, I also listening to one of Edith Piaf's song, La vie en rose

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/CarolJean1
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          I really like Ben l'Oncle Soul. He sings in both French and English. You can find him on YouTube. Enjoy:)

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/CLMekvold
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          It was actually french music that started my interest in the language. Some of the songs are simply beautiful!

          Thank you for the tip though, it is invaluable for those who have not begun doing so yet.

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/AuntieTC

          Merci pour les chansons.

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/LiamNoir
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          Two of my favourite French bands are Alcest and Les Discrets. Amazing atmospheric prog rock. I'd love to discover more bands that sound similar if anyone has any suggestions.

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/bahia_nb_92

          I adore edith piaf and Joe dassin , while listening to them i feel like iam flying in the sky

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/stormericT

          Stromae and Indila are my favorite singers of moment with very much talent. I feel Indila like Edith Piaf of 21st century. And yet I am not gentle with artists nowadays and French artists. I am French I said. You chose a very good sincere songs. Indila since I could not find more songs that really make me something. In fact I do songs that are only interested Tubes without really wanting to. But do not talk to me lyrics because I rarely pay attention to the meaning of the lyrics, songs like French English lol. Villages peoples have had a cold shower for me loool By cons I was told to learn English watching movies and series VOST ... But frankly I'm watching all the U.S. series in English VOST for over 4 years, I have no more lool learned. By cons I used facicules CD as "Instant English" and it works really well.

          You should so listen "Gabriel" of Najoua Belyzel. She has a beautiful voice, and I would like your opinion on this song was a hit in the past in France. (And the singer is too pretty I admit too!). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYmWLakvgIY

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/hsgeoboy
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          LOOOVE both of these artists! Ive been trying to learn French through duolingo, and have recently gotten hooked on French music more so than American msuic lol. I would also give a listen to Sexion D'Assaut (including Black M, Maitre Gims, and Maska) and Magic System. They are all superb artists. I'll try your advice!

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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          have fun =)

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/Aweub

          I like to listen to a lot of rap and R I recommend La Fouine, OrelSan, Keen'V, Sextion D'assaut, Corneille, Black M, Maïtre Gims, Cœur de Pirate, Disiz, and many more! If anybody wants even more artists do not hesitate to ask me!

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.s_Son
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          I will research those artists! Merci

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/hsgeoboy
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          Sexion D'Assaut is life. Have you heard "AVF" by Stromae, Maitre Gims, and OrelSan? I also enjoy Corneille, even though he is little known

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/PaulMarcDaniels

          I recently stumbled across an artist named Pierre Lapointe who sings many wonderful songs. His song Je deteste ma vie was so beautiful and depressing that I check out many of his others, his older songs are more my style slow and sad, lol. Also he is French Canadian so he probably speaks in that dialect and might have an accent that you don't want to learn if you're aspiring for standard French. I honestly can't tell the difference at the moment. Anyway...

          When I listen to French music I practice pronouncing it properly, listening to small differences in annunciation and try to notice patterns but I'm not so far in french where I can understand words that well so Most of the time I just sing without knowing literal translations or any translations...I feel like that might come with an increased level of French.

          And sorry about the long post, lol. If I mad any errors in the French Canadian thing please feel free to correct me, I'm always curious about different dialects.

          4 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/PetetheJuggler

          Anyone here have a Spotify playlist that I could follow?

          3 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/cricket392

          Indila has a gorgeous voice! I can't get enough!

          3 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/mmoumdji
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          I'm surprised nobody mentioned Vicky Leandros (she is of Greek origin). Par exemple, le chanson "l'amour est bleu" est génial. https://youtu.be/nD4ib9-laGY

          3 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/OlaGhobachi

          I would recommend also "Zaz", smooth rhythms and easy words to follow.

          3 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/AdamCamero3
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          If anyone is still reading this, I'd recommend:

          • Louane. Seems to be really big in France the last few years.

          • Stromae, as everyone already said. Very smart lyrics.

          • Yelle. Great pop music. Quirky and unique. LOVE this one.

          • Camille

          • Zaz

          • Indila

          • Essaie Pas. Montréal electronic duo, they released their début this year. I like them, but they're probably not for everybody.

          • Indochine. 80s band. Love their songs ''3e sexe'' ''Canary Bay'' (don't be fooled by the title, the song is fully in French except for those two words.)

          • Céline Dion. I really don't know how no one has mentioned her in this thread. An absolute legend. She has tons of French material as well as English, her most recent album is completely in French, and I think she's releasing another French album this year.

          • Arcade Fire. The female singer is French-Canadian. Their songs are mostly in English but they have some French ones too, and many of their songs switch between English and French.

          • Cœur de pirate. Stunning voice, nice lyrics.

          • Christine And The Queens. Cannot stress this one enough. She is AMAZING. I think she's about to blow up outside of France too.

          • La Femme. This is a really unique band. You might recognise their song ''Sur la planche 2013''. They have a new album coming out this year I think, their new single ''Où va le monde'' is really promising too.

          • Amir. France's Eurovision entry this year. ''J'ai cherché'' and ''On dirait'' are two great pop songs.

          • Shy'm. Seems to be a big popstar in France.

          • Édith Piaf. Probably the queen of the chanson française. I guarantee you'll recognise at least a few of her songs.

          • Zoe. Represented Austria in the Eurovision this year with ''Loin d'ici''. Yes, Austria - French is her first language, I think, and her début album is entirely in French.

          • Pomme. New French singer, ''J'suis pas dupe'' is nice.

          • Grace Jones' rendition of ''La vie en rose'' is very good, imo!

          • Ariane Moffatt. She's French-Canadian too, I think. Some really catchy songs.

          • Marie-Mai. Another Québécois, I think she makes mostly dance music, I'm not majorly impressed by her, but maybe some people will like her.

          • Slimane.

          • Desireless. From the 80s. Made the list for ''Voyage voyage'', if nothing else.

          • Angélique Kidjo. Beninese singer who has some nice songs in French.

          • Lilly Wood and The Prick. French-Israeli duo. You'll probably recognise their song ''Prayer in C'', it was a HUGE hit not so long ago. Their songs are mostly in English, but they have some French ones too. I love ''N'importe quoi''.

          • Vanessa Paradis. More 80s French music.

          • Brigitte. ''Hier encore'' is my favourite at the moment.

          • Sianna. Female rapper.

          • Jacques. New French electronic artist, more underground than mainstream really. I like his new song ''Dans la radio''.

          • Diam's. Another female rapper, seems to be quite well-liked by people.

          • Serge Gainsbourg.

          • Françoise Hardy.

          • France Gall. LOVE ''Poupée de cire, poupée de son''.

          These are just some of the artists I like. Christophe Mae, Booba and Amir seem to be quite big in France right now, never listened to the first 2 though.

          2 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/snowflakerisotto
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          I listen to French language Eurovision entries. There are quite a lot and many of them are really good imo. There is even a website http://diggiloo.net/ which gives you the lyrics in the original language and an english translation if you really get stuck

          2 years ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/YefimLavrenko

          I have a playlist of 12 songs in french. Artists Indila with songs "love story" " dernière danse" and "SOS", Joe Dassin with songs "À toi" and " et si tu n'exitais pas", Zoë with song "loin d'ici", Alma with song "requiem", Hillsong with song " A la croix", Edith Piaf with song "non, je ne regrette rien" and listening a bit to Johnny Hallyday song "Que je t'aime" and I also saw a video on YouTube of song "alors on danse" by Stromae.

          Thanks for advice i'm gonna continue to listen and sing lyrics of songs.

          1 year ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/Ali691359

          can you give us websites for french songs other than youtube thanks in advance

          1 year ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/Nicolas127684
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          Joyce Jonathan's music really helps, if you like some pop tracks like je ne sais pas, un peu d'espoir or else. or louane, the band kyo, indila etc

          1 year ago

          https://www.duolingo.com/Rubyathena

          Great idea! I've been doing the same and have fallen in love with Heloise Lettissier whom is better known as Christine and the Queens! Excellent artist! Check her out here:

          https://www.youtube.com/user/ChristinetheQueens

          Also, Carla Bruni, ther French First Lady, is an awesome singer. Very soothing music, LOVE HER!

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EC7Re8cczj0

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