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Do you want to learn French with music, but don’t know any artist?

Today is your lucky day.

You’re about to discover the world of French music with this diverse selection of songs you can use to learn French.

I tried to include different genres and artists from various French speaking country so you’re guaranteed to find songs you enjoy.

Oh and I highly recommend you to check out the Mimic Method if you’re looking for a fun way to improve your pronunciation with music.

Note: I didn’t include links to all the songs for legal reasons, but you can easily find most of these artists on Youtube or Spotify.

Chanson française

Chanson française is a genre you probably never heard about.

And to tell you the truth, nobody seems to know what it is either.

The only certainty is that artists in the chanson française genre usually attach lots of importance to lyrics and tend to speak clearly which makes it an ideal genre for a French learner like you.

Here are a few famous singers of chanson française:

Jacques Brel

Jacques Dutronc

Alain Souchon

Carla Bruni

Yves Montand



Georges Brassens

Charles Trenet

Serge Gainsbourg

Edith Piaf

Mano Solo

Leo Ferré

Jean Ferrat


Charles Aznavour

Maxime Le Forrestier

Lynda Lemay

Variété française

learn French through music

The difference between variété française and chanson française is rather unclear and many singers seem to belong to both groups.

Here are a few singers of variété française:

Michel Sardou

Pascal Obispo

Joe Dassin

Plastic Bertrand

Christophe Maé

Renan Luce

Vanessa Paradis


Françoise Hardy

Michel Jonasz

Charles Trenet

Bernard Lavilliers

Véronique Sanson



French speaking songs

France Gall



Cookie Dingler


Jane Birkin

Étienne Daho


Alain Bashung

Noir Désir

Eddy Mitchell


les cowboys fringants


Manu Chao

Mano Negra

Pop rock

French bands


BB Brunes




Neg Marrons



Folk pop

Coeur de Pirate

Lisa Leblanc


MC Solaar

Maître Gims

Oxmo Puccino

Grand Corps Malade


Disney songs

I know there are some Disney fans in the French Together community, so here are a few songs you may enjoy:



Le Roi Lion

What are you favorite French songs and artists?

I love Grand Corps Malade and Danakil. What about you? Who are your favorite French artists?

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Published by Benjamin Houy

Bonjour ! Je suis Benjamin Houy, the creator of French Together and author of the Amazon bestseller How to Learn French in a Year. I help English speakers learn French naturally so they can quickly have their first conversation in French. I learned English and German on my own and am now learning Russian.