I remember that I’ve learnt a lot of French while listening to French songs and translating them so that I could know what they were about. And even nowadays I listen to them quite often, since I believe that it’s one of the most useful ways to learn a language – alongside with watching TV shows (that’s how I’ve learnt English, basically) and reading books.
However, songs have one huge advantage that the other examples don’t – it doesn’t take much time to play one song and you can do it during your every day activities (especially walking somewhere, you can practice your language while you go grocery shopping or on your way home). And it’s so much fun! Many of us (including me) listen to music on daily basis and so it’s really easy to just add some foreign songs into your playlist and you’re good to go! (although sometimes you must translate them in order to understand them at first, but.. then you’re good to go!)
I’ve decided to present you my top French songs because I know how hard it was for me to find some good songs in the beginning. And I was also inspired by my friend Veronika and her German and Italian songs, so if you’re interested, check them out as well!
KIDS UNITED – ON ÉCRIT SUR LES MURS
This is so far my most favourite French song. I find it beautiful, adorable and meaningful. I’ve actually only found this one recently but I already love it.
ZAZ – JE VEUX
When someone talks about French music, I imagine Je veux by Zaz. It seems to me like this one just sounds like Paris and… well, France. The lyrics are also quite easy. And it’s against money and luxury (and for love and freedom), so that makes it even better!
ZAZ – SI JAMAIS J’OUBLIE
Beautiful. Love it.
SIDOINE – ON NE VIT QU’UNE FOIS
That’s my go to song on a sunny summer day.
NOIR DÉSIR – LE VENT NOUS PORTERA
Okay, so I’ve just found this one RIGHT NOW on youtube. And I’ve instantly fell in love, so there you have it. It’s quite poetic and it’s not the easiest song, but it’s really beautiful. And a bit depressing (which is good for not so sunny not so summer days, right?).
STROMAE – PAPAOUTAI
You must have guessed it would come. Stromae is from Belgium but that doesn’t really change anything; and his songs are reaaally famous in Francophone countries. Papaoutai and Formidable were one of the first songs I translated and downloaded.
MIKA – ELLE ME DIT
I LOVE THIS ONE. It’s energetic, it’s happy, it’s awesome. And it’s quite easy.
HOW FAR I’LL GO from MOANA in FRENCH
As some of you might already know, I consider How far I’ll go as one of my favourites of all time. I love it not only in English, but also in French. And as Veronika says in her posts, Disney songs are very easy to listen to in foreign languages, they’re beautiful and we usually already know them in a different language, so it’s much easier to understand what’s going on – which makes them the perfect choice for learning new languages!
EDITH PIAF – NON, JE NE REGRETTE RIEN
This post can’t exist without our famous Edith Piaf. To be honest, I don’t listen to her songs very often; but they’re easy and slow, so there you go.
POMME – J’SUIS PAS DUPE
I’ve listened to a couple of Pomme’s songs and most of them are quite slow, nostalgic and interesting. Great for rainy days or just.. melancholic days, really. Huh.
LOUANE – AVENIR
For partying and running. And learning sign language, I guess.
INDILA – DERNIÈRE DANSE
The last one is Indila with her Dernière Danse, which was one of the first Francophone singers I listened to along with Stromae. Again, the lyrics are not difficult. I don’t really listen to her anymore but her songs have been very helpful.
That’s probably all for now. Do you know some great French songs? Don’t hesitate to mention them in the comments below!
Thank you for reading/listening, I hope this post has been helpful and see you soon.