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.
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.