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!!
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
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 ;)
i've heard of a french singer called Zaz. I don't know if she's good but i've heard of her. :)
I really adore Indila and Tal.I don't like much Stromae,but you may enjoy!!!
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 ;)
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.
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
Some Québec flavor here:
Les trois accords, Les cowboys fringants, La rue Kétanou
Le vent du nord
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.
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.
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. :-)
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.
Clever idea, I listen to Spotify everyday and somehow never thought of this haha...
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!
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.
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
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.
My french teacher loves generation goldman -I think they're okay and they've done some good covers on french classics?
Ok, here's some alternative rock/folk/indie music in french for you:
Noir Désir: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrgcRvBJYBE
Louise Attaque: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0emXuhPTWUM
Tetês Raides: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwKZy6sIYKw
Debout sur le Zinc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sylTRE5UMro
Coeur de Pirate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaUI6Tvd1sA
La Maison Tellier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLOQCqGKVt8
Dominique A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6oBgyM_WHo
As de Trêfle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5TkQw38dmo
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.
Les Trois Accords! Also check out L'ours by Tricot Machine. That is some weird stuff.
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/