AUCP students are always on the lookout for ways to practice their French – and one of the easiest ways to do so is to listen to French music. But even when in France, it can be hard to discover French music in a global music market where America’s top 40 infiltrates the airwaves. So here is a roundup of music across genres – tout en français. Who knows, you just might find that one song you’ll listen to on repeat for the rest of the week.
Navii – J’écoute du Miles Davis
Navii is one of France’s breakout stars of this year. This song is one of our favorites (because who doesn’t love Miles Davis?) – and bonus, this is a lyric video so French learners can follow along!
Julien Doré – « Paris-Seychelles »
Navii clearly is inspired by Julien Doré, a real institution in today’s popular French music. Winner of the fifth season of France’s version of American Idol, La Nouvelle Star, Doré is an accomplished singer-songwriter with a knack for music videos that can make you scratch your head, but his poetic lyrics and departure from ‘typical’ French music is refreshing.
Willy William – « EGO »
On to Franco-Jamaican DJ/musician Willy William, and his song « EGO, » which brings together a trumpet section, a Latin house beat and an addictive rhythm. Willy William is one of the most sought-after producers in France today.
Maître Gims – « Tu vas me manquer »
Ah Maître Gims – a dividing subject. Some love him, some just…don’t. But like him or not, this 29-year old rapper/singer from the Congo is one of the most recognizable voices of French rap today. After starting his career within the well-known rap group Sexion d’Assaut, Maître Gims launched his solo act. Strongly influenced by latin and reggae beats, Maître Gims’ last two albums reached the number 1 spot in France and Belgium. Definitely worth a listen.
Christine & the Queens – « Christine »
French singer-songwriter Héloïse Letissier, better known as Christine & the Queens, is France’s indie-pop androgynous princess of the moment. For her 2014 album Chaleur Humaine, she won Best Female Artist and Best Video Clip at the Victoires de la Musique, the French equivalent of the Grammy Awards. An accomplished dancer with look all her own, Christine & the Queens is one to be watched!
Soprano – « Barman »
A pop-rapper, singer and songwriter born in Marseille, Soprano’s family is from the Francophone Comoros Islands, off the coast of East Africa. With four albums under his belt, Soprano has slowly moved away from typical rap and into a more world-music influenced « pop/hip-hop » (his words, not ours)! Check out Barman to see what we mean.
Fréro Delavega – « Ton visage »
After their stint on French The Voice in 2014, Fréro Delavega, made up of duo Jérémy Rérot and Florian Delavega, became a breakout hit. Their first album, released following the season, went triple platinum and sold more than 300,000 copies. It remained at the number one spot for 82 weeks. This song is from their recent album Des ombres et des lumières. The original music video is unfortunately blocked in the US, but this acoustic version gives a laid-back look at their musical style.
La Fouine – Insta ft. Lartiste
La Fouine is an established figure in French rap. Of Moroccan origin, La Fouine has released 11 albums since 2005. His 2013 album, Drôle de parcours, went platinum and reached number one on the French charts. Insta, released in December of 2015, is his first single from his upcoming album. Again, the original music video is blocked in the US. This song talks about the rappers desire to put Instagram filters on people he meets in real life…
La Reine des Neiges – « Liberée, Delivrée »
It’s Frozen’s « Let it Go », in French. Because not only are French Disney movies translated, the songs are too! And because why not.
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