Top 10 Best French Songs of All Time

Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Best French Songs of All Time till 2017. French artists have been known for their great songs and people love and listens their music globally. When it comes to art there have been always the sophisticated kinds. There have tried to keep this history of great music for a long time and some tracks have managed to achieve classic status and have become most popular. Some songs are written in French and translated in English version by famous artists like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley among others. Here are top ten most memorable songs of all time.

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List of Top 10 Best French Songs of All Time till 2017

10. La Madrague by Brigitte Bardot

Originally it was written by Jean-Max Riviere and then Bardot made it popular in 1963. She first performed it on TV program Bonne annee Brigitte and was one of her best known song. Since then many artists have covered including Reunion group Zong in 2006, CameliaJordana in 2009, Marie France in September 28, 2009 who sung in Bardot’s 75th birthday and LoanaPetrucciani who made a video clip, claiming that he was welcomed to La Madraguewhich her husband declared not true.

9. Les Copains D’Abord by Georges Brassens

He recorded his song in 1964, it talks about friendship. He was born on 22 October 1981 in Sete, Herault, France. His music has been covered by Asleep at the Wheel band in English.

8. Valse D’AMelie by Yann Tiersen

Well known in a famous French movie Amelle’s as a piano piece. It is most recognized and has won many accolades for its stellar soundtrack. it was directed by Jean- Pierre Jeunet who changed Yann piano driven music and put it in CDs. She released her song in April 23, 2001 and produced it by herself. This track has won many hearts by her voice.

7. Je T’aime…Moi Non Plus by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin

It is French duet song written by Serge which means ‘I Love you ….me neither’. Brigitte Bardot wrote and sung it in 1967 but it was not released until 1986. These two lovers recorded it in 1967. It was number one in UK, number two in Ireland, but it was banned in several counties because of its sexual content.the song is about desperation and impossibility of physical love. It has sold over four million copies. It was peaked first single in foreign language to top charts. It was made top 100 in United States, achieving number 58 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. After Mercury Records received criticism that the song was obscene there limited it to airplay lowering US sales to around 150,000. Later it was re-released by Atlantic Records in 1974 and peaked number 31 and charting for 9 weeks.

6. Ne Me Quitte Pas by Jacques Brel

It means ‘Don’t Leave Me’; it was published in 1959 by a singer and songwriter Jacques and recorded on 11 September 1959. This song has been covered by many artists and translated and performed in many languages, for instance a well-known English lyrics ‘If You Go Away’ by Rob McKuen. It has been used in many TV shows and Movies.

5. Non, Je Ne RegretteRien by Edith Piaf

It was composed by Charles Dumont and recorded in 1959. It was made popular by Edith Piaf in 1959. This track was peaked and spends over seven weeks in top French singles and Airplay Reviews Chart. It had been used in many great films like Intolerable Cruelty, Bill Durham and in Christopher Nolan’s Inception. The lyrics echo rhythm melody following typical French meter which is stress final syllable in iambic and anapestic composition. This is one of the Top 10 Best French Songs of All Time till 2017.

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4. La Mer by Charles Trenet

He is a singer, songwriter and a composer. This song was recorded by Roland Gerbeauin 1945. It has been a chanson classic hit and has achieved Jazz standard status since 1946. He first wrote version of song’s lyrics as a poem at the age of 16 before he came up with a tune. It became popular internationally and was recorded in many languages with English version Beyond the Sea being popular and becoming signature song for Bobby Darin, American singer.

3. Tous Les Garcon Et Les Filles by Francoise Hardy

It talks about feelings of a young person who has never known love and being envious of love-struck couples. She is a popular French singer who released it in 1962. During the election of president of French republic, it was telecast in music interlude on Sunday, October 28, 1962. It became famous and sold over 500,000 copies by that year. He later recorded it in English version ‘Find Me a Boy’ in 1964, Italian and German.

2. A Toi by Joe Dassin

He is a music legend who is well known in France. He was born to an American film director Jules Dassin and Beatrice Launer in New York City. He signed with CBS Records where he recorded his song. In 1970 his song was peaked top of charts in France and it made him popular. He later recorded this song in German, Italian, Spanish and English version. This love song is about memories of a couple in love.

1. La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf

It is a classic music song which was released in 1947. It became popular in USA in 1950 with more different versions reaching Billboard charts. In 1977 a new version by Jamaican singer Grace Jones was also successful international. Since then it has been covered by several artists including Louise Armstrong, Donna Summer and Harry James. Mack David did the English lyric and was reached number 9 in Billboard chart. In 1998 it received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

These are the Top 10 Best French Songs 2017. In the field of classic music France artists are known to be best. Their produce good songs that can make you feel relaxed when listening to them. Above are among the best you can choose from.

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  1. Music in david guetta songs are always good. I like his songs a lot. Background music will be awesome!! I love it..

  2. ‘Are you with me is a very good song. But is not completely french. You are not supposed to do this. We need information about complete french song.

  3. Bon article!!!
    Very much informative about french songs.
    Hey mama is a very good song and i love it.. i expected that i would come in the 1st three ranks..

  4. Hey mama is my fav track of this list. It is trippy and catching. David Guetta has rendered a magic with that. Loved Nicki in that song.

  5. All those English songs in the list are pretty great though. I don’t know why they’ve found places in French songs list. They are the most popular in English.

  6. Best one is take me to church. Not a perfect French song though. All other songs are pretty great too. But update the list.

  7. Plenty of English songs have been mentioned. I can’t figure out why is it so and on what basis is it done. Anyhow, I just love shake it off, love me like you do, hey mama songs. They are still in my Playlist.

  8. I love hey mama for Nicki and Guetta’s works. He is so good and I guess that song from him is incredible with perfect beats and dancing tempo.

  9. I don’t think all of these are French songs. There are English hips hops too. I don’t know why they are included in the list.

  10. Nicki Minaj in hey mama is awesome. David Guetta makes it much better. The song seems trippy to me. The beats go so well too. One best Dance track this.

  11. Love me like you do by ellie is a killer song. Omg. I love it. She is outstanding and her voice in the song is stunning. The song is very popular and it is one of my favs still.

  12. Hey mama is a trippy track! Beats by David Guetta and voice of Nicki make the track a great track for dance.! It’s cracking good!

  13. Hehe I love shake it off. Taylor Swift is an amazing talent. Her songs are very catchy and shake it off has very good beats. It’s different form other songs by her.

  14. Hey mama is a dang awesome song. Nicki Minaj and Guetta just kill it. The beats and tempo are so very good for a dance number. Very catchy and Guetta has shown why he is the best in the business.

  15. Love me like you do is an amazing song. The voice of ellie Goulding gives me goosebumps. It is very meaning full and the tune of the song is so good. I love to listen it over and over. She is one finest emerging artist with some other awesome songs under her name.

    • Ellie Goulding kills it in Love me like you do. The variations of picth and voice is so impressive. The tempo is rocking and the tune is also very catchy. I love that song.

  16. Hey mama by Nicki Minaj is a catchy track. Beats from David Guetta are awesome too. It’s a perfect dance track for any party. The bass is damn good for the loud speakers. Nicki Minaj has rocked in the song.

  17. Ain’t nobody loves me better than you wow love this song n love you hannah my love it reminds me of you whenever I see Yeah amazing

  18. Hey mama is my favorite I will agree with him what he commented it’s quite catchy song that gets stuck in your mind and keep on repeating

  19. Taylor Swift – Shake it off wow amazing peppy tune heart catching just keep on listening to it again and again and get so excited whenever I hear it yeaaaaahhhh! You go girl

  20. David guetta ft nicky minaj amazing damn girl you really burn it up love the way she say Hey Mama MAMA, REAL amazing song and video to am dancing to its right now hahah

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