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Recommend Me French Songs

Hey everyone! Can anyone recommend me some French songs, melow songs (like adele, lewis capaldi, james arthur), or songs that I'll be able to sing to practice my pronunciation. I've searched on Youtube, but i only found like edm music or something.

thank you

April 24, 2020



Indila - Dernière Danse this is my favorite french song my foster brother taught it to me when i was younger he's from albania but grew up in poland , albania and france i hope you like it and there is a english version too that you can look up so u can know the english version so you can know what you are saying . :-)


Found a new song by one of the same artists I mentioned earlier. The song is Comme Avant by GiedRé.


Here is my rough translation, see if you agree:

Do you remember
When we never used to wash our hands,
Even when we just touched the handrails on the subway?
And afterward we picked from our teeth the leftovers from lunch.

Do you still remember
When we used to lie down in the public transit?
When we breathed in the air of the sports stadiums?
When we crowded in the airport?

I would like everything to be as it was before
When we stopped to pass the time with our children
When we stopped to take the news of our parents
I would like everything to be as it was before … the confinement.

Do you remember when we didn’t care about
The working conditions of cashiers and nurses?
It was the good time when we had no culpability (guilt?)
About having things delivered that we already had at home

Do you remember when we were the strongest?
When the dolphins didn’t occupy our ports?
We could even change the color of the sky,
Ah that small grey film, say, do you remember it?

I would like everything to be as it was before
When we stopped to pass the time with our children
When we stopped to take the news of our parents
I would like everything to be as it was before … the confinement.

Some remarks on the guitar: It's a very easy progression. I taught myself to play it in about two minutes. It's F#m-D-E-A, but she uses a Kapo so the fingering is like Em-C-D-G but two steps up on the fretboard. I added some sustained chords to give it a bit of tension, then the A chord yields dénouement, but that's a personal preference.

I like her style. Nothing glamorous, but easy to follow. Bearing in mind that that F#m is the relative minor of D, and that you can begin on an A chord, then the 1-4-5 progression is A-D-E. At least that's how I understand it. My education in music theory is weak, but I can follow her fingering pretty well.

Also, the French is pretty simple. And the words are universally relatable.


Vendredi Sur Mer - Écoute Chérie.

She has very clear dictation and is easy to follow. Catchy music too! Hope you enjoy and this helps :)

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Ne me quitte pas - Jacques Brel (Belgium)
Mon Pays - Gilles Vigneault (Canada)

Both classics from the 60s. The latter is not quite "mellow", but because of its iconic nature, and that fact that I could find the lyrics for you to follow along, it would be a good choice.
Enjoy! - hm


These are a few songs I know https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1R3W5UC-Z8 (La lettre - Renan Luce) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5WdpSPeQUE (tout va trés bien, madame la marquise) Jacques Brel: he was a belgian singer with mostly French songs (a few in dutch but with a heavy French accent) he has a lot of song! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ_OsuQCu0M ( this is a link to a French musical Notre Dame the paris) Hope the links will work, let me know. If i can get up with other I let you know


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3Kvu6Kgp88 ( Edith Piaf, Non je ne regrette rien) stromae is a new modern singer but I only know his song on the radio, don't know if they are easy to sing along


These are some famous french singers: Raphael, Pascal Obispo, Florent Pagny, Calogero, Alain Souchon, Daniel Balavoine, Marc Lavoine, Johnny Hallyday, Michel Berger, Serge Gainsbourg, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Etienne Daho, Mylène Farmer, Patricia Kaas, Garou, Renaud, Claude François, Georges Brassens, Charles Aznavour, Francis Cabrel, Patrick Bruel, Julien Clerc...

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Benabar - Politiquement Correct https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=benabar+politiquement+correct (comes with a free video tour of several French cities )

Carmen Maria Vega - La Menteuse https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1XPcjfXhYY

Mon Homme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnqB4ZPQo1Q

Zaz - I love Paris /J'aime Paris https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_RA6pFIewI

Each of the above have many other songs - get searching !!

Good luck !!

Oh and here's Mireille Mathieu singing an ABBA song ( en francais)



So far the only French singers I listen to are Alizée, Shy'm, and Edith Piaf.


amour plastique-videoclub


Hey you can listen the group videoclub. They are young but it's easy to undertsand i think


Hello, NabilViole! I'm glad to hear you're looking into this. This was one of the ways that helped me learn vocabulary and pronunciation the best, so keep up the good work! I don't know if you've heard of "Fluent in 3 Months" but it has been a great resource for me. One of the articles (https://www.fluentin3months.com/french-songs/) is specifically about music for various levels of comprehension and practice with all different kinds of genres. Enjoy!


I don't know if it was alredy mentioned here, but a song in French that I quite like and it's fairly easy to sing along is "Avant toi, by Vitaa and Slimane".

Here's the YouTube video for that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6BzCEkGd3I


Thank you guys for all your songs suggestions! it really helpful <3 I have a lot of references and french songs lists right now. I hope this discussion will help everyone who is looking for french songs <333


Willy William - Ego Indila - Dernière Danse Stromae - Papaoutai


I don't know if this will help but i found a song by Bigflo et Oli called Plus Tard and i rlly like it. I am using it to help learn words.


I also like Indila. Sorry if this isn't what you're looking for but you might enjoy anyway. She has an amazing singing voice!


Bujisho à tout dit. Je pense que Florent Pagny à de beaux textes relativement faciles et particulièrement audibles.

Bujisho said it all. I t Florent Pagny has beautiful texts relatively easy and particularly audible.


Some of my personal French-speaking (Belgian) singers:

  • Angèle

  • Axelle Red

The latter especially has some nice mellow songs


OMG I already checked that out and ANGELE IS MY FAVORITE SO FARRR. thank youuuu for letting me knowww


I just got a little heart attack because I'm so happy that someone finally ASKS for it :) I personally like Vianney, he really makes the sort of music you asked for. He has a really beautiful song with Joyce Jonathan called Les Filles d'Aujourd'hui, I think you will really like it!! Angèle is also amazing, I think you will especially like her orchestral version of Ta Reine! One of my personal favorites is Pomme, a very underrated French singer with beautiful, soft songs with poetic lyrics, she is definitely worth a try :) Stromae is also one of my favorites, he has very interesting lyrics especially for people who are learning French. I think you will like his song Formidable, I personally think it is one of the most beautiful songs existing. Loïc Nottet, who is actually a French-speaking Belgian singer, usually sings in English but his latest song is one in French, it's quite a long song but the lyrics are AMAZING, I'd definitely recommend you to give it a listen :) Another beautiful beautiful beautiful song is Je te laisserai des mots by Patrick Watson, it is truly amazing; I learned to play it on the piano!! Of course, La vie en rose is also a beautiful classic. That's all that I can think of right now, haha. Some other artists that I like are Lomepal, Videoclub, and Zaz but I don't know if you'll like the sort of music they make. It's definitely worth a try tho if you have some spare time. Sorry that this post is so long, I hope it's still useful for you! If you have any other questions you can always ask :)


OMG I like Pomme! Thank you for suggesting meee. I also like Angele too. They both amazing <3


I'm glad you like it!! I also love Pomme, I maybe want to go see her live. And Angèle is really our Belgian pride hahaha :)


NabilViole, je vous dis...
Salut (Joe Dassin) https://youtu.be/-5KRa3-ddKk

Si vous voulez apprendre beaucoup des nouvelles...
Paroles, paroles (Dalida avec Alain Delon) https://youtu.be/LYAvhujK4nA

en français, il pourrait être une bonne idée que...
Mademoiselle chante le blues (Patricia Kaas) https://youtu.be/g17yeAGwJos

Bonne chance à vous!


Indila "Love Story", Florina" Va Va Vie", Megan "Sous Ma Peau" I also listen to Celine Dion "On ne change pas", "Je sais pas", S'il Soufficait d'aimer", "Zora Sourit" and I also listen to Mireille Mathieu "L'americain", Ce soir je t'ai perdu", "Bravo, tu as gagne" (Winner takes it all by Abba), "Santa Maria", "Made In France".


Well first off, Music is what got me into French...so this is nice. Here we go..Haiti by Arcade Fire, a band that's sings in English about 90% of the time but the other 10% happens sometimes. Haiti is sung by the group's frontwoman, Regine Chassagne, who I adore so dearly (plz help..lol). She sings about her roots and her story that orginates from the country of Haiti. Most of the song is french but some lines are sung in English. It's a nice song sung by a beautiful woman. It's also off an amazing albhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGvpUgo7ayYum...so there you go.


Beaucoup by Lolo Zouaï https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqvY9dKny4E It's a very sweet song and I often hear it on repeat! :)




edith piaf songs maybe? :)


My favorite French song is J'en ai marre by Alizée :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6omsDyFNlk


celine dion "pour que tu m'aimes encore" celine dion "on ne change pas" stromae "alors on danse" angunn "la neige au sahara" good luck !


You can listen to "Soldat" by Aya Nakamura. It's a really good one! :)


Also another one like is France Gall's Poupée de cire, poupée de son....It's a bit faster but dang..it's good! https://youtu.be/7cv9NIzGmSI p.s Arcade Fire covered this too.


so many great suggestions. It is going to take me a while to go through all of them, but I am already finding new favorites! I am glad peeked at the discussions today.

A few of my current favorites that are also easy to hear all the words Indila https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZthUo-Z97uw Stromae https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiKj0Z_Xnjc

And for some songs to sing along to, the Yé-yé girl groups/singers from the 60s are fun. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yé-yé


You can listen to Angèle’s songs, Boulevard des airs...


And Indila is a good singer too

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