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04-07-2012, 02:28 AM
I started studying French again about 1.5 years ago. I've found that listening to Latin music helps me retain my Spanish language skills when I don't have the opportunity to speak the language, so I thought I would try the same with French.

Of course, there are Celine Dion and Edith Piaf, but I'd like to expand my knowledge of French music. I've found a few blogs about it. I'm listening to an album by M Pokora (A la poursuite du bonheur) that I downloaded. So far I like it, but I only understand about one in twenty words. Obviously, my French could use some work.:lol:

Any recommendations?

Merci beaucoup.;)

04-07-2012, 02:47 AM
Comme les Enfants by Coeur de Pirate (http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=coeur%20de%20pirate&source=video&cd=1&ved=0CDwQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D7ch 2ERjRpTQ&ei=tZt_T8CPLYH30gHVi9zbBw&usg=AFQjCNH76J6adc4JoKLVQFla43_FmG7HMg)

Ma Belle Sophie by Les Cowboys Frigants (http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=ma%20belle%20sophie&source=web&cd=3&ved=0CDMQtwIwAg&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DfH0 51pQv5m8&ei=I5x_T4K-PIbz0gG_xZn6Bw&usg=AFQjCNHJZRCCj01K-P-kF2lAr8an0PHiFg)

04-07-2012, 06:39 AM
Fais-moi la tendresse (Ginette Reno)

ETA: Here's a version with lyrics, so you can read and listen.

Love this song.

04-07-2012, 06:48 AM
Tina Arena

04-07-2012, 07:22 AM
If you want real french singers, you can dig :
- Anything by Maurane like http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2pv12_maurane-sur-un-prelude-de-bach_music
- Anything by France Gall or her late husband Michel Berger
- Gainsbourg is a must have :P
- M of the current generation like his songs Onde Sensuelle (http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=onde%20sensuelle&source=video&cd=1&ved=0CDgQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymotion.com%2Fvideo%2Fxpo be_mathieu-chedid-onde-sensuelle_music&ei=1PV_T5uFBMam8gPHu7CuBg&usg=AFQjCNFBZVNbbzYTDXiDThaoeJt95ZVJhA), Machistador (http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=machistador&source=video&cd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CDsQtwIwAQ&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymotion.com%2Fvideo%2Fx4d mtb_m-machistador_music&ei=4_V_T63qCcTg8APd7cWPBg&usg=AFQjCNEc7QzChY3Mm1DZgLww0uTr65EHXg)or Je dis M
- Sinclair with Ensemble or Si c'est bon comme ça
- Jean Jacques Goldman my favorite being his album "Entre Gris Clair et Gris Foncé"
- Olivia Ruiz with J'aime pas l'Amour (http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=j'aime%20pas%20l'amour&source=video&cd=5&ved=0CEoQtwIwBA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D1Ac CKvsUZvM&ei=t_V_T8G4FIfQ8gPn8ISaBg&usg=AFQjCNFC-xp-hWrUJcDMCQ7dSOEvo3fURQ) or La Femme Chocolat
- La ceinture (http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=la%20ceinture&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CEAQtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailymotion.com%2Fvideo%2Fx1x ens_la-ceinture_music&ei=kvV_T97OBcLm8QOh8ryeBg&usg=AFQjCNF5rEPsLvxGlNm-GhppZqzE0cElVA) by Elodie Frégé
-Telephone's Cendrillon or Ca se sent que c'est toi or Hygiaphone or le Jour s'est levé.

And I could go on forever ;)

04-07-2012, 07:42 AM
Dégénérations by Mes Aieux

And for a skating connection, Carron/Jost used this song for their OD in 07/08.

04-07-2012, 08:08 AM
If you want real french singers, you can dig....

Fantastic suggestions, MarieM.

04-07-2012, 08:26 AM
Dégénérations by Mes Aieux

And for a skating connection, Carron/Jost used this song for their OD in 07/08.

I could argue that it's not "french" :lol: but I do love this song and band a lot.

Oh I could have added others to my list :cool:
- Diane Dufresne. Anything. Everything by her.
- Diane Tell *love*
- Robert Charlebois
- Louis Chedid (he's the father of M by the way) and his "T'as beau pas être beau (http://video.mytaratata.com/video/iLyROoaftl9k.html)" that I love.
- Jacques Higelin. I think the song that is more easy to get is "Tombé du ciel".

:lol: I will stop because it feels like I'm giving too much artists !

04-07-2012, 08:29 AM
I must add at least one more :
Daniel Balavoine. A must have. How could I forget him ?

And my mother would kill me for not giving out her own Eddy Mitchell. La dernière séance (http://www.wat.tv/video/eddy-mitchell-derniere-seance-txoi_2ey2h_.html) is the song I like from him. I couldn't give you any other. Maybe Vieille Canaille.

I didn't give Noir Désir, but still I have to :P
Marlène, Le vent nous portera, Un jour en France, Aux Sombres Héros are the songs easy to get.

04-07-2012, 09:01 AM
And others you can listen too :cool:
Sous le soleil de Bodega (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3tk2Atn2vE)
J'veux du soleil (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4at6VGroDQ)
Renaud Hantson performing La Chanson de Ziggy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWJVCoihp1M) or Quand on arrive en ville (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWIdwAg6Hzs&feature=channel) or J'suis un enfant de la pollution (http://www.wat.tv/video/starmania-enfant-pollution-ijc6_2g7bz_.html) from Starmania.

04-07-2012, 09:01 AM
New generation :
-Anything by Keren Ann : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDLmi2uTVm4
-Anything by Benjamin Biolay : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEvIZZg_5c0
-Anything by Claire Denamur : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEISNo_P1OA*
-Anything by Aldebert : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEWXRJMG9ng
-Anything by Daphne : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMLW0QgtGJE

And the good old :
-Francoise Hardy : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fjPZ9fUqUg&ob=av2n
-Barbara : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6rCLQb-GSU&ob=av2e or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ogvbEXEcEs

04-07-2012, 09:04 AM
Ton héritage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh7wls1TxfA&feature=related) by Biolay ! I love love LOVE that song.

Bashung. Madame rêve (http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=madame%20r%C3%AAve&source=video&cd=1&sqi=2&ved=0CD4QtwIwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DTea ToYHqOfE&ei=nvZ_T_zfA4n08QPMyJ2aBg&usg=AFQjCNE6yBbX-W4RJRmHataLBcb2_9rs3Q) is a favorite of mine.

04-07-2012, 09:14 AM
You could also try Carla Bruni :D Quelqu'un m'a dit
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYD5UJnIjFU&feature=related), Raphaël (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMsGSukA8RQ)

04-07-2012, 09:26 AM
Or we could point you to some of the songs you get to learn while going to camp !

Le petit âne gris (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km4hdtZ7Iyg)
Dis moi Céline (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GueQZ0w4Lc)
Santiano (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37vsE00YBSg&feature=related)
Stewball (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD2W5_lsGNE&feature=related)
La ballade des gens heureux (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_S3Ci0gd7o&ob=av3n)
San Francisco (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDtXXlD98kw)
La petite fugue (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvIp3_RWjx4&feature=channel)
Une belle histoire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2UhQAhLc2Y&feature=related)
L'oiseau et l'enfant (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH84tFRUkT4&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=AL94UKMTqg-9A54ijZIx1NHXMNG42lOoNg)

04-07-2012, 11:02 AM
I would add

Bénabar Le dîner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X-KbPmOx8s&ob=av2e) L'effet papillon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa3bylD7K0s) Politiquement correct (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_I5YrBaUfw)
Lynda Lemay Les maudits Français (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uuZGzyz3kI) ;) La centenaire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCF-axEubpc) Pas de mot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDhCeyVKebE)
Calogero Prendre racine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-dJ3gsFImk) La fin de la fin du monde (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6wrEPodMI0) Danser encore (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISh3HAIZhcQ&feature=related)

Interesting lyrics, though some might be a tad complicated for someone who isn't (more or less) fluent in French.