A fun way to prepare for your road trip around France is to compile a playlist of French music to listen to on your drives between stops. You can also listen to these before you travel, and choose your favorite songs. Immerse yourself in the French lyrics, melodies and rhythms, as you look forward to your vacation! 

Search for the following songs on iTunes, Spotify, and Deezer. You can also listen to them on YouTube, just to see if you like the style!

 

Oldies

Yves Montand

A Bicyclette

 

Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf was one of France's most famous international starts of all time. A singer-songwriter, cabaret performer and film actress, her life was recently depicted in the film 'La Vie en Rose', with Marion Cotillard playing Edith Piaf. 

Non je ne regrette rien

La vie en rose

Hymne à l’amour

Milord

La Foule

Sous le ciel de Paris

 

Charles Trenet

La Mer

Douce France

Y’a D’la Joie

 

Louis Mariano

La Belle de Cadix

 

Joe Dassin

Champs Elysées

 

French singers from the 60s-70s

Claude François

Comme d’habitude (My Way)

Alexandrie Alexandra

Un Lundi au Soleil

Belles Belles Belles

Même si tu revenais

Si j’avais un marteau

 

Dalida

Dalida was a French singer and actress, born in Cairo, Egypt to Italian parents. She began a singing career in 1956 that spanned over three decades, selling 170 million albums and singles worldwide. There is a famous bust of Dalida near where she lived in the Montmartre district of Paris. 

Il venait d’avoir 18 ans

Bambino

Besame mucho

Gigi l’Amoroso

 

Serge Gainsbourg 

Le poinconneur des lilas

Je t’aime...moi non plus

La javanaise

Bonnie & Clyde (with Brigitte Bardot)

 

Sylvie Vartan

La plus belle pour danser

Comme un garçon

Irrésistiblement

 

Singers from the 80s-90s

Michel Berger

Michel Berger wrote many songs for the most famous French singers of the 70s to 90s.

La groupie du pianiste

Quelque chose de Tennessee

Seras-tu là

Diego libre dans sa tête

Les Uns Contre les Autres

Starmania (musical)

 

Michel Sardou

Les Lacs du Connemara

Je vais t’aimer

En chantant

Le France

Etre une femme

La maladie d’amour, et mourir de plaisir

 

Charles Aznavour

La Bohème

Hier encore

Comme ils disent

Emenez-moi

 

Johnny Hallyday

Maybe the most popular French singer (of all generations) alive today.

Le Pénitencier

Que je t’aime

Requiem pour un fou

Noir c’est noir

Toute la musique que j’aime

Ma gueule

Allumez le feu...

 

Patrick Bruel

These are some of his modern songs, but he also has a nice album with old French songs from the 30s called Entre-Deux.

Alors regarde

Place des grands hommes

Qui a le droit

Casser la voix

 

Patricia Kaas

Mon mec à moi

Pigalle

Mademoiselle chante le blues

 

Jean-Jacques Goldman

Envole-moi

Il suffira d’un signe

Comme toi

Il changeait la vie

Je marche seul

Encore un matin

Au bout de mes rêves

 

Maxime Leforestier

San Francisco

L’education sentimentale

Mon frère

 

Téléphone

La Bombe humaine

New York avec toi

Un autre monde

 

From the year 2000 onward

Yannick Noah

Former tennis player and one-time winner of the French Open, Yannick Noah has released a few songs and performed all over Europe and in the US. He released his first singles in the 90s and continued through the 2000s.

Les Lionnes

Saga Africa

Angela

 

Dany Brillant

Suzette

Quand je vois tes yeux

Dans ta chambre

Viens à Saint Germain

Dieu

Les Parfums de l’Orient

 

Louise Attaque

J’t’emmène au vent

Léa

Ton invitation

Fatigante

 

Les Innocents

Un homme extraordinaire

L’Autre finistère

 

Contemporary singers

Christophe Maé

One of the most famous pop singers in France today.

C’est ma terre

Ça fait mal

Dingue dingue dingue

Belle demoiselle

 

Stromaé

He is a very successful singer from Belgium. 

Formidable

Papaoutai

 

Carla Bruni 

Carla Bruni is also the former First Lady of France, as the wife of President Nicolas Sarkozi.

Quelqu’un m’a dit

L’Amoureuse

Le plus beau du quartier

Raphael

 

Patrick Sébastien

Patrick Sébastien has some good music for wedding parties - you might enjoy this if you’re in France on your honeymoon or celebrating a wedding anniversary!

Tourner les serviettes

La Fiesta

Les Sardines

Le petit bonhomme en mousse

Pourvu que ça dure

 

Alizée

Alizée is a French singer, dancer and musician, who was born and raised on the French island of Corsica. Her first pop album Gourmandises went platinum within three months, and her first single Moi...Lolita went to number 1 in many countries in Europe and East Asia. It also reached number 9 in the UK charts in 2001, a great feat for a foreign-language song. 

Moi...Lolita

J’en ai marre

J'ai pas vingt ans

 

Christine and the Queens

Christine (‘Tilted’ in English)

Paradis Perdus

Chaleur Humaine

Damn, dis-moi (‘Girlfriend’ in English)

 

MC Solaar

La belle et le bad boy was played in the final episode of the ‘Sex and the City’ TV series, when ‘Mr Big’ is searching for Carrie in Paris. 

 

Kendji Girac

Kendji Girac, also known just as ‘Kendji’ won season three of The Voice in France. He has had three successful albums, ‘Kendji’, ‘Ensemble’ and ‘Amigo’. He is ‘Catalan Gitano’ - gitano means ‘gypsy’ in Spanish - and his first language is Catalan. He grew up in the Catalan region of southern France and sings in both French and Spanish.

Color Gitano (in French and Spanish)

Les Yeux de la Mama

Pour oublier

La Boheme

 

Indila

Dernière Danse

MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS

Soundtrack from the movie ‘Amelie’

Comptine d`un autre ete

 

‘Midnight in Paris’

Bistro Fada

 

‘Les Choristes’ (The Chorus)

Vois sur ton chemin

Cerf volant

 

Songs from Brittany, France

Nolween Leroy

She released an album called Bretonne.

Tri Martolod

 

Tri Yann

Look for his album Tri Yann an Naoned

 

From Overseas France

France has five regions overseas, known as ‘Départements d’outre-mer - DOM’. These are  Guadeloupe and Martinique, both islands in the Caribbean; French Guiana in South America; and La Réunion and Mayotte, both islands in the Indian Ocean.

 

La Compagnie Créole 

This group’s music is often played at wedding parties. Its members are from the French Caribbean islands and French Guiana.

Ca fait rire les oiseaux

Le Bal Masqué

Le Douanier Rousseau

C’est bon pour le moral

 

Francky Vincent 

He is a famous singer-songwriter from Guadeloupe, famous for his very ‘hot’ lyrics!

Fruits de la passion

Alice ça glisse

 

Corsica 

You can try any “Symphonie Corse” songs, men’s choirs singing Corsican songs in a traditional style - quite moving when they are all singing together in many different harmonies.

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