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French Song – ‘Champs-Élysées’

31 December 2018

"Champs-Élysées" is one of Joe Dassin's biggest hits and it was released in 1969. It is essentially what it says on the tin, a song about a short love story taking place on the eponymous boulevard. Read More

‘Les Copains d’abord’

25 October 2018

We’ve presented songs by Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour and Edith Piaf, all great French musical legends. Let’s add another to the list! This month we’ll be listening to ‘Les Copains d’abord’ by Georges Brassens. Read More

French Song – ‘La Seine’

23 August 2018

‘La Seine’ was released in 2011 as part of the soundtrack for the film ‘Un Monstre à Paris’. Its vocalists are the lovely Vanessa Paradis and Matthieu Chedid. Read More

French Song – Tous Les Mêmes

18 July 2018

‘Tous Les Mêmes’ is an electro-pop song and was produced by Belgian artist, Stromae. It was released in 2013 and proved to be a major hit across Europe, reaching number one in the French and Belgian charts. Read More

French Song – La Vie en Rose

25 June 2018

‘La Vie en Rose’ is a classic French song by Edith Piaf that encourages us to look at life through a cheerful lense! The song was a major hit when it was released in 1947. Read More

French song – Soulman

22 March 2018

Soulman is the second track on the eponymous album by Ben l’Oncle Soul. It’s a simple, catchy song about Ben declaring himself as a ‘soulman’. Read More

Le tourbillon de la vie

23 January 2018

The song ‘Le Tourbillon de la vie’, sung by actress Jeanne Moreau in famous Nouvelle Vague film Jules et Jim, tells the story of a man and his helpless love for a femme fatale. In the film, Moreau’s character, Catherine, is herself a femme fatale figure, whose involvement with both of the eponymous protagonists brings about grave consequences. Read More

Il Neige Sur Liege

18 December 2017

Jacques Brel, born in 1929, was a multitalented artist, working as a poet, composer, actor and director in his lifetime. However, he is best known for his work as a singer; his meditative and melancholic songs were, and still are, highly popular in the French speaking world, meaning that his albums have sold 25 million copies worldwide. Read More

Christmas Song: ‘Vive le vent’

22 November 2017

'Jingle Bells' is one of the most famous Christmas songs of the English speaking world. Its popularity encouraged author and actor, Francis Blanche, to translate the lyrics into French in 1948. However, while the original talks about 'dashing through the snow, in a one horse open sleigh', the translation conjures up images of pine forests and rural villages, full of… Read More

Mon enfance

31 October 2017

The French singer Monique Andrée Serf, who went by the stage name Barbara, was renowned for her often melancholic songs about memories of lost lovers and past experiences. Read More


11 August 2017

For this month's French song of the month we look at a traditional French nursery rhyme. This is typically sung in the playground and practically every French child will know this inside out. Read More


28 July 2017

This 1977 hit by Renaud cemented the introduction of verlan, or French slang, into mainstream popular culture. This showed a mark in the acceptance of this slang language, which could be argued as previously reserved for groups or gangs, amongst the majority of the French public. Read More


29 June 2017

As the month of July is so often spent by the sea, what could be a more appropriate song for the month of July than ‘La mer’ by the French showman Charles Trenet?… Read More

Mon Coeur, Mon Amour

23 May 2017

This month we have chosen the song 'Mon coeur, mon amour', a French pop classic by Anaïs from the early millennium. The video takes place on a tennis court and depicts her frustrations towards loved-up couples!… Read More

Aux armes et caetera

28 April 2017

This song is Serge Gainsbourg’s take on the French National Anthem. The title is taken from the first line of the chorus in the national anthem ‘aux armes citoyens’ but instead Gainsbourg uses ‘aux armes et caetera’. Read More

The Rabbit Song

31 March 2017

This month, somewhat fitting with our Easter theme, we have chosen the song ‘Un Lapin’ sung by French icon Chantal Goya. Read More

Charlotte Chante

1 February 2017

Get to grips with some colloquial language with this humorous song by up-and-coming French singer, Charlotte Chante Charlotte! … Read More

The Letter Song

31 December 2016

En relisant ta lettre lyrics - This is our French song selection for the month of January. Listen to the lyrics of this song to learn some grammar rules!… Read More

Paris Song

31 October 2016

SONG OF THE MONTH: This month we have chosen the song 'Paris sera toujours Paris'. Read More

October Song

10 October 2016

Discover the words of a French song to help boost your vocabulary! This month, the beautiful song by Francis Cabrel, ‘Octobre’. Read More


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