International Music: French Favourites

By Alice Rouget

(As seen in Pegasus Pages, December 2013)

The world of French music has long been dominated by dramatic figures such as Serge Gainsbourg, Jacques Brel, and Edith Piaf, amongst others. France has never really been considered a great exporter of music “for the youth”; however, this has all changed in the last decade or so with the emergence of new groups and successful comebacks.

The emergence of groups like C2C, as well as the relatively successful comeback of artists like Vanessa Paradis (now more internationally known as Johnny Depp’s ex-wife) and Daft Punk (yes, they are French, you can Google it) have seen a rise in French music again.

The French equivalent of Britney Spears, Shy’m, has been enjoying a wider range of support outside of France, as have the indie rock band, BB Brunes. However, it is understandable that many of these names may be unfamiliar to you, since despite an increase in international popularity, modern French music has not yet had the chance to truly explode onto the world scene, partly because, in the eyes and ears of many, a large proportion of it is shockingly bad.

This unfortunately leads to the rest of it being overlooked, which is a great shame as no one should be deprived of the greats, such as Francois and the Atlas Mountains, Woodkid, Phoenix or M83, whose music has been featured heavily on Made in Chelsea. This means that 99.9% of you will have been listening to them at some point on a Monday evening after 10pm.

Parisian David Guetta has been excellent at surreptitiously spreading his French influence on radios all over the world, and remains one of the most globally successful DJs ever. So next time you get lost in YouTube as we all do at some point, give some of the following ‘French Favourites’ a try:

  • ‘Ca Plane Pour Moi’ by Plastic Bertand
  • ‘Down The Road’ by C2C
  • ‘Reunion’ by M83
  • ‘Qui t’a dit’ by Sexion d’Assaut
  • ‘Rome’ by Phoenix
  • ‘Hey You’ by Pony Pony Run Run
  • ‘Paix ou Violence’ by Stromae
  • ‘Run Boy Run’ by Woodkid

Amusez-vous bien!

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2 Responses to International Music: French Favourites

  1. Mr Todd says:

    I thought Plastic Bertrand was Belgian, does that matter?

    • PegasusPages says:

      True, Mr Todd; well spotted. He is, however, half French and half Ukrainian (according to Wikipedia) and one of the few French-speaking artists to have made it onto the Billboards.

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