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French language music recommendations

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Lynn226, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. Lynn226

    Lynn226 Well-Known Member

    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.;)
  2. flowerpower

    flowerpower Well-Known Member

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  3. Ozzisk8tr

    Ozzisk8tr Well-Known Member

    Tina Arena
  4. MarieM

    MarieM Grumpy Cynical Ice Dance Lover

    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, Machistador 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 or La Femme Chocolat
    - La ceinture 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 ;)
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  5. flowerpower

    flowerpower Well-Known Member

  6. flowerpower

    flowerpower Well-Known Member

    Fantastic suggestions, MarieM.
  7. MarieM

    MarieM Grumpy Cynical Ice Dance Lover

    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" 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 !
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  8. MarieM

    MarieM Grumpy Cynical Ice Dance Lover

    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 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.
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  9. MarieM

    MarieM Grumpy Cynical Ice Dance Lover

  10. MarieM

    MarieM Grumpy Cynical Ice Dance Lover

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    Libertango New Member

  12. MarieM

    MarieM Grumpy Cynical Ice Dance Lover

  13. Celine82

    Celine82 Well-Known Member

  14. rjblue

    rjblue Having a great day!

    Coming after my post, it sounds like you were saying Quebecois singers aren't really french...

    Here's another Quebecois who's a pop superstar. My francophone co-worker loves him, and I like his voice. Garou

    France's entry into the Eurovision song contest is by Anggun- a fabulous Indonesian artist. Think Annie Lennox singing in french.
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  15. Lynn226

    Lynn226 Well-Known Member

    Please do.:)

    Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'll definitely be checking them out. I've heard of some of them before, but it's great to hear what French speakers are listening to.
  16. shah

    shah Shhh... shhh...

  17. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    Please please please go and listen to Daniel Belanger: http://www.danielbelanger.com

    Other Quebecois artists I like are Pierre Lapointe, Eric Lapointe (no relation), Karkwa, Jean-Pierre Ferland- (his mid-70s albums are now being remastered and rereleased on CD, and there is an excellent album called Le Petit Roi of Quebecois singers covering his songs.
  18. Wiery

    Wiery Well-Known Member

    Thank you so much! I do the same thing with Spanish and French music, but have a just bit more trouble finding songs in French.
  19. MarieM

    MarieM Grumpy Cynical Ice Dance Lover

    And try to find anything by France D'amour (if I remember her name correctly), she's ... so ... fun ? Neat ?
    And I also love Isabelle Boulay's voice. Je t'oublierai if I remember the name of the song that is best known to me.

    Ben l'oncle soul is quite fun to listen to. Soulman for example.

    William Sheller has great songs : Excalibur, Basket Ball, Un homme heureux

    Do you need more ?? :lol:
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  20. Lynn226

    Lynn226 Well-Known Member

    I think I have enough for a lifetime.:lol: But feel free to add more. If I'm not fluent in French by the time I listen to everyone's suggestions, then there is no hope.:)
  21. FarFarAway

    FarFarAway Four the Dark Side

    I love M Pokora. He is not perfect, but so cute :) Also you can try listening his Mise a Jour album (previous to the one mentioned). Probably Mylene Farmer will do, Rod Janois, Les Enfoires (the have some remakes of the world hits in French), Shy'm, Ycare, TAL, Thomas Dutronc, ZAZ, Michael Miro :)
  22. Andora

    Andora Skating season ends as baseball season begins

    Pour Ton Sourire by Jorane (with guest Daniel Lanois, though he's normally an english artist) is amazing. I love a lot of her stuff.

    Anggun! She doesn't come up nearly enough.
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  23. Gazpacho

    Gazpacho Well-Known Member

    I don't know what general level you're at, but listening to children's songs can be very helpful in learning and retaining a language.
  24. Nomad

    Nomad Celebrity cheese-monger

    If you like Piaf and are interested in her contemporaries, Lucienne Delyle is a good choice.

    Charles Trénet sang the original version of Beyond the Sea.

    I also like Juliette Gréco.

    Lastly, Aussie jazz singer Janet Seidel has an album of standards called Comme Ci, Comme Ça sung half in French, half in English. It's available on iTunes.
  25. moebius

    moebius Well-Known Member

    Atour de Lucie
    Francois & the Atlas Mountain
  26. VALuvsMKwan

    VALuvsMKwan Wandering Goy

    When I was quite young, there seemed to be enthusiasm for Mireille Mathieu as "the new Piaf", and I have seen many YouTube videos showing performances of hers from many points in her career. Is her style no longer in favor?
  27. cailuj365

    cailuj365 Well-Known Member

    My French really improved when I started listening to French music too. I started by listening to KYO, which I think of as the French Linkin Park. :lol: It's pretty much emo pop/rock, but it's catchy and hey, I was in middle school and angsty teen lyrics were the norm. Une Dernière Danse and C'est Ma Faute are on the slower side and have simple lyrics that shouldn't be too much trouble to comprehend on first listen.

    As mentioned above, Les Enfoirés are a group of famous Francophone artists who sing a bunch of covers in a charity concert every year. I used to watch that and pick out the songs or artists that I really liked. A few songs that I was introduced to by that show:
    Petite Soeur - Lââm
    Mon Frère - Maxime Le Forestier. (Great review of le conditionnel passé and plus-que-parfait in the first verse alone, haha.)
    Mourir Demain - Pascal Obispo and Natasha St Pier. (Lots of le conditionnel and le futur tense here).

    And a recent favorite:
    Elle Me Dit - Mika
  28. flowerpower

    flowerpower Well-Known Member

    For something different, try Zachary Richard (Cajun singer/zydeco).

    His site has free downloads plus lyrics from some songs.