It might sounds weird but the French singers let down the french language for theirs songs. For the last years, we can see a come back to the French language for some singers. For a very long time French music artists had the feeling that French songs were a little bit lame, has been. Its explains by the fact that, the famous songs in French are from the 80’s where every single french person would know the lyrics by heart.

Those songs are play for weddings, birthdays, celebration in a village or town. Most of the French people would enjoy those songs especially when they are drunk.. I don’t, probably because I listen those songs too much time. Here some of the (very old) hits:

Number one to sing with your friends when you are waste. I am pretty sure that the Irish people did not know that the drunk French are singing about the lakes of Connemara.

Michel Sardou – Les lacs du Connemara

Another one,
Images – Les Démons de minuit (The midnight demons)

Last one,
Indochine – l’Aventurier (The adventurer)

Now, let’s see what are the latest and famous French songs pop. I made a selection of the Top 3 trendy French pop music artists in 2019 that I like (and I realized after but this Top 3 is mostly french pop singer female) :

1 – La Femme
Group that I enjoy to listen, it was founded in Biarritz in 2010. I found on their website their biography that I am going to quote the beginning :

“We became friends with some Californian surfers who were in Biarritz for surfing contests. We wanted to travel and play outside France so our new friends helped us make connections; we earned a little money with summer jobs and flew to California a few months later. It was crazy; we ended up doing 27 gigs in 3 months! Since hitting the west coast, the gang’s reputation for finely tuned and taught stark anthems has spread like sea spray. No sooner than their debut album was released, it hit No.1 in the French digital charts and La Femme became the cover darlings for Magic, this summer they made crowds dance across Europe’s premier festivals.” 

Their first hits from their first album “Psycho Tropical Berlin” (2013):

Sur la planche 

Si un jour 

Welcome to America

They released in 2016 another great album “Mystère” (to me).



This one probably their biggest hit of the album
Ou va le monde

2 – Clara Luciani
One of the rising french artist in France. She is linked to the group La Femme. She song on two of their songs, on the album Psycho Tropical Berlin, on the track La Femme and It’s Time to Wake Up (2023). She made also a featuring on the album Cyborg of the excellent French rapper Nekfeu:

Avant tu riais

On April 6th , 2018, Clara Luciani published her first album, “Sainte-Victoire”. Then, on the January 11th, 2019, she was named to the “Victoires de la Musique”, in the Revelation category for her album “Sainte-Victoire”. She won the award on February 8, 2019 and she was surprised by winning this award.

In this one, she is talking about her new image and how she lives the celebrity “coming” to her
Nue (=Naked)

La Baie (Cover in French : The Bay – Metronomy)

3 – Alice et moi
The name of the artist is Alice and me but there is only Alice. She was a student at the prestigious public university of Science Po. She went through a master degree and after that she made a deal with her parents : take a gap year to try out a music career. At the end, it went pretty well for her she released in 2017 her fist EP “Film moi”:

Film Moi

C’est toi qu’elle préfère 

Recently, she released her second EP “Frénésie”:

Je veux sortir avec un rappeur (2018)

Did you know those artists? Want more recommandations? Read the last article about 10 French music artists that you need to listen in 2019. Do want me to publish a French playlist on Spotify about French pop musics? Let me know in the comment section 🙂