Best French Language Songs

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The Top Ten

1 La vie en rose - Edith Piaf UListen to Sample
2 Je t'aime moi non plus - Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin UListen to Sample
3 Amoureuse - Veronique Sanson UListen to Sample
4 Ne Me Quitte Pas - Jacques Brel UListen to Sample
5 Nathalie - Gilbert Becaud UListen to Sample
6 Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles - Francoise Hardy UListen to Sample
7 Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand UListen to Sample
8 Quelqu'un m'a dit - Carla Bruni UListen to Sample
9 L'aigle Noir - Barbara UListen to Sample
10 L'homme Presse - Noir Desir UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Il Faut Savoir - Charles Aznavour UListen to Sample
12 Le Paradis Blanc - Michel Berger

This song is beautiful, but please, THE ORIGINAL!
Not this horrendous, lame version from T.V. show "Star Academy" sung by apprentices singers, it was sort of a school for singers on T.V., "reality television" and not good quality one. So please, listen to the original! - Lotuscandy

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13 La Nuit Je Mens - Alain Bashung UListen to Sample
14 Je L'aime À Mourir - Francis Cabrel UListen to Sample
15 Bonnie and Clyde - Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot UListen to Sample
16 Ça (C'est Vraiment Toi) - Téléphone UListen to Sample
17 Le Sud - Nino Ferrer UListen to Sample
18 Manhattan-Kaboul - Renaud & Axelle Red UListen to Sample
19 J't'emmène au vent - Louise Attaque

Their 2 first albums were produced by Gordon Gano from the Violent Femmes. - Lotuscandy

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20 Tous les Cris les S.O.S. - Daniel Balavoine UListen to Sample
21 Un Homme Heureux - William Sheller UListen to Sample
22 Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M'en Vais - Serge Gainsbourg UListen to Sample
23 Ma Révérence - Veronique Sanson UListen to Sample
24 Le Lac Majeur - Mort Shuman UListen to Sample
25 Tombe la Neige - Salvatore Adamo UListen to Sample
26 Champs Elysées - Joe Dassin UListen to Sample
27 A Toi - Joe Dassin UListen to Sample
28 Le Jardin Du Luxembourg - Joe Dassin UListen to Sample
29 Belle - Garou UListen to Sample
30 C.O.B.R.A. - Marie-Mai
31 Diego Libre Dans Sa Tête - France Gall

Written by her husband Michael Berger.
"Diego libre dans sa tête" (Diego free in his mind/head) denounces the repression exercised by the dictatorships of Latin America (the song is from 1981). Diego being an imprisoned opponent "for a few words which he thought so strongly", he symbolises people imprisoned for their ideas in countries under dictatorship. - Lotuscandy

32 À la Faveur de L'automne - TÉTÉ UListen to Sample
33 Tombé Du Ciel - Jacques Higelin

That's a live version, I would suggest you listen to the original if you don't know the song. - Lotuscandy

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34 Foule Sentimentale - Alain Souchon UListen to Sample
35 Chanson Sur Une Drôle De Vie - Véronique Sanson
36 Couleur Menthe À L'eau - Eddy Mitchell UListen to Sample
37 Amoureux Solitaires - Lio UListen to Sample
38 À ma place - Axel Bauer & Zazie
39 Paris-Seychelles - Julien Doré UListen to Sample
40 Quelques Mots D’Amour - Michel Berger
41 La Chanson de Prévert - Serge Gainsbourg UListen to Sample
42 J'ai Demandé À la Lune - Indochine UListen to Sample
43 Le Temps de L'amour - Françoise Hardy UListen to Sample
44 Madame Rêve - Alain Bashung UListen to Sample
45 L'encre de Tes Yeux - Francis Cabrel UListen to Sample
46 Vivre Ou Survivre - Daniel Balavoine UListen to Sample
47 Quand on a Que L'amour - Jacques Brel

I have no idea who Yanick Hellwig is, but this is obviously not Jacques Brel singing on the sample. - Lotuscandy

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48 Mistral Gagnant - Renaud

This is a nice cover by Canadian singer Coeur de Pirate, but it's a cover, not the original. - Lotuscandy

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49 Solaar Pleure - MC Solaar UListen to Sample
50 Pour Un Infidèle - Cœur de Pirate & Julien Doré
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