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French music?

So, I know this has been discussed before...But I haven't really found any bands that I have enjoyed so far. Can anyone recommend some sort of indie, artsy or really just anything interesting or intriguing to listen to? And in French please! I would appreciate any and all suggestions, thanks!!

November 16, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/-TashaJ-

Yelle - Safari Disco Club

Stromae

Zaho

Black M

Christophe Maé

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hypnlp

Christophe Mae is very popular in France.

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/-TashaJ-

I know ^-^

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jamesjadams

Personally, I enjoy listening to songs from musicals, so I adapted this to my language lessons and listen to the French versions daily! Songs from The Lion King, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady and others can all be found on YouTube. Even if you're just a fan of the Disney classics, give them a go in French if that's your thing! For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slP4oNsJsHs

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/highschoolhope

I love these songs! Thanks for the link:)

November 16, 2014

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No problem, I'm glad! They're awesome for language learning, because you can sit there reading the lyrics as you're listening along. And if you're more of a Frozen person, check out Let It Go in French too ;)

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/klavache

i've heard of a french singer called Zaz. I don't know if she's good but i've heard of her. :)

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/myramalik

zaz is a good singer

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/chibi_usa

Some people might like her. Personally, she isn't for my tastes. :p

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/panagiotis_ts

I really adore Indila and Tal.I don't like much Stromae,but you may enjoy!!!

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/e-Xcat

Indila is great.

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/FiveMagicsMaster

S.O.S is my favorite song

November 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza

Stromae is the best for me (listen to Papaoutai or Tous les mêmes). There is Indila (Dernière danse). I don't think Black M is a good recommendation for those who want to learn french with music. But Try it, I will not stop you ;)

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/-TashaJ-

Here is a cover of "Papaoutai" by Pentatonix :)

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/toussaintlou

I saw that one a while ago...nice choice.

November 16, 2014

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I only saw it yesterday and was surprised at how good it is ^-^

November 16, 2014

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I started listening to Yelle (two full albums are on Youtube) and they are very catchy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEGeWHaAf0Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikHarpTyvIk

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Alexander1019

I know a band that sings in different languages, in French some of his songs. "Manu Chao" is named, is a good band and have great lycris.

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/thenoblesunfish

I second this - to my ears his French is very easy to understand (and you can also learn some Spanish and other languages). Check out this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sibérie_m'était_contéee

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/M.Dantes

Some Québec flavor here:

Les trois accords, Les cowboys fringants, La rue Kétanou

Le vent du nord

Vincent Vallières

Damien Robitaille

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/chibi_usa

If you like rap I enjoy the bilingual Loud Lary Ajust. As for indie, here's some of my tops: AuDen, Yelle (pop), Alfa Rococo (pop), Alex Nevsky, Valérie Carpentier, Jason Bajada, Thomás Jensen, Camille Estelle (pop), François Lachance, Stéphanie Lapointe, and Mozart, l'opéra rock (pop-rock). Maybe you might enjoy one of those.

Hope this helped. Best of luck learning.

Edit; most of these are from Quebec, so hopefully you don't have a preference for location.

November 16, 2014

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Zaz, she's a solo artist. She has a jazzy sound. Her biggest hit, "Je Veux" was EVERYWHERE a few years back. Personally, I love the melody and her voice in "Elbouie Par La Nuit." Gregoire has some nice songs. "Toi plus Moi" is the one I remember most from him. If you go on YouTube for these, it's very easy to find more and more French artists in the suggested lists. And then there's always Francoise Hardy and some Brigitte Bardot songs if you want the oldies.

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Gavier

Oh try 'Jacques Dutronc'! He's a bit swinging sixties, a bit punk, a bit arty - very funny at times. Plenty on youtube. Try 'Mini Mini Mini' or 'Cactus' for staters. :-)

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hackneyduo

Jean Ferat is really good. And he's in French.

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/AmandaCard909971

I like Stromae and Yelle

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Aystia

I've grown fond of Mes Aieux and Coeur de Pirate personally.

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/cswrawr

I really like Mickael Miro. And Benabar is really funny. If you use Spotify, search French, click show all results, and then click playlists. That's how I've found all the ones I listen to.

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Zacharylfc

Clever idea, I listen to Spotify everyday and somehow never thought of this haha...

November 16, 2014

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Wow, thank you so much for this idea. I rarely use Spotify (due to excessively long ads), so I did not think of this. But taking your advice has quickly helped me discover a bunch of fun songs in short order. I tried to find French songs using Pandora and YouTube with little luck finding anything good. And the only good station I've found in French on Pandora is Carla Bruni, and even then half the songs are in English or Spanish. Most "French" Pandora stations (based on a French song or artist) just play 50-75% English/Spanish/Italian/Portuguese music, and the rest is "meh" to crappy French music.

And I've found more enjoyable artists now through Spotify than all the ones listed in this thread specifically. I'm giving you a lingot as thanks!

November 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ArgentWago

I really like Calogero

November 16, 2014

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There's a bunch of modern indieish/artsy singer-songwriter types, check out e.g. Jean-Louis Murat, Benjamin Biolay and Philippe Katerine for starters...

Also personally I have enjoyed a bunch of sort-of-folk-rock bands like Les hurlements d'Leo, Têtes raides, Paris Combo and Les negresses vertes who are both indie and moving between artsy and dancey.

November 16, 2014

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Alcest

November 16, 2014

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Wow, tons of great suggestions. I'm going to check out every single one, I like music!! You guys are awesome. thank you, this will keep me occupied for a while haha

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/G.kent0

Okay i don't think this is the style you are looking for but it is french and i enjoy it. Stromae. look him up on youtube, and some of his good songs are Papaoutai , Tous le mêmes, Carmen, and Ta Fête. All of those are on his Racine Carrée album, but check out his others.

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/duoliberty

french indie ? -- http://www.last.fm/tag/french%20indie/artists

if you find an artist that you like, then find more like them via the "similar artists" function.

want a different genre of french music? jus use the search bar at the top :)

November 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/DaisyDream

My french teacher loves generation goldman -I think they're okay and they've done some good covers on french classics?

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jackmchugh12

Personally i like the artist 'Tal'

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/k0biz.a

I like this band Gazoline, and my favorite song from them is ''Du feu'' You can find em' here, they're not so bad. http://gazoline.bandcamp.com/

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ron_fr

Suarez is a great Belgium band, and Julien Doré

November 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/e-Xcat

Try Indila: http://www.deezer.com/album/7350949 She has not got a single bad song. The entire album is magnificent.

November 17, 2014

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Elisapie Isaac has a beautiful voice and a lot of her songs are in French. I particularly like Moi, Elsie. Also check out Da Vinci Claude by Chapitre 7.

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hypnlp

And of course there is Charles Trenet

November 17, 2014

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Les Trois Accords! Also check out L'ours by Tricot Machine. That is some weird stuff.

November 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/VakkerKriger

Here's a list of French songs for you with music videos all embedded : http://lululangues.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/quinze-chansons-formidables-en-francais/

November 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Sanjay8624

J'adore Indila!

Derniere danse est le chanson meilleur!

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