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I suggest making a list of all French atists you like and which are not necessarily included in the lists of this site.
I hope that Germany, Spain, Peru and other nations will follow suit.
And always with the aim of opening up to foreign cultures.
I put some Best Of just to discover the name of the artist, when I think he is totally unknown out of the country.
No electronic music here, a little beat of rock, but essentially "Chanson Française".
Are you tired to always seeing the same names in the list, this list is make for you :
To start with my favorite French album :
- Serge Gainsbourg :Histoire de Melody Nelson
- Serge Gainsbourg : L'homme à la tête de chou
- Serge Gainsbourg : Vu de l'extérieur
- Serge Gainsbourg : Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg
- Serge Gainsbourg : Initials B.B.
- Serge Gainsbourg : Gainsbourg Percussions
- Serge Gainsbourg : Gainsbourg Confidentiel
- Serge Gainsbourg : Gainsbourg n°4
- Alain Bashung : Play Blessures
- Alain Bashung : Osez Joséphine
- Alain Bashung : Chatterton
- Alain Bashung : Fantaisie Militaire
- Alain Bashung : L'imprudence
- Alain Bashung : Bleu Pétrole
- Alain Souchon : Best Of "1974-1983" and "1984-2001"
- Anaïs : The Cheap Show
- Arthur H : Négresse Blanche
- Arthur H : Adieu tristesse
- Barbara : Best Of "Dis, quand reviendras-tu ?"
- Benjamin Biolay : Negatif
- Benjamin Biolay : A l'origine
- Benjamin Biolay : Trash Yéyé
- Benjamin Biolay : La superbe
- Brassens : The integral (all is production is perfect. A hight level of French is required for understand the beauty of his text, for me, the Beaudelaire of the French singers).
- Brigitte Fontaine : Comme à la radio
- Brigitte Fontaine : L'incendie
- Brigitte Fontaine : French Corazon
- Brigitte Fontaine : Kekeland
- Daniel Darc : Crève-coeur
- Daniel Darc : Amours suprêmes
- Edith Piaf : Best Of
- Françoise Hardy : Best Of
- Jacques Dutronc : Best Of
- Juliette : Le festin de Juliette
- Juliette : Mutatis Mutandis
- Les Rita Mitsouko : Les Rita Mitsouko
- Les Rita Mitsouko : The No Comprendo
- Les Rita Mitsouko : Marc & Robert
- Les Rita Mitsouko : Systeme D
- Les Rita Mitsouko : Cool Frénésie
- Louise Attaque : Louise Attaque
- Louise Attaque : Comme on a dit
- M : Le Baptême
- M : Je dis Aime
- M : Qui de nous deux ?
- M : Mister Mystère
- Mano Negra : Best Of
- Manu Chao : Clandestino
- Manu Chao : Proxima Estacion Esperanza
- Michel Polnareff : Best Of : Passé-Présent
- Nino Ferrer : Best Of : CD story
- Noir Désir : Des visages, des figures
- Noir Désir : 666667 club
- Noir Désir : Veuillez rendre l'âme à qui elle appartient !
- Noir Désir : Tostaky
- Noir Désir : Du ciment sous les plaines
- Philippe Katerine : Robots après tout
- Renaud : Best Of : L'absolutely meilleur of Renaud
- Sebastien Tellier : L'incroyable véritée
- Sebastien Tellier : Politics
- Téléphone : Best Of
- Yann Tiersen : La valse des monstres
- Yann Tiersen : Rue des cascades
- Yann Tiersen : Le Phare
- Yann Tiersen : L'absente
After that, you have some artist, not French, but sing in French but Belgians:
- Dick Annegarn.
And French singers that I like least or that I know little about :
- Yves Montand
- Charles Trenet
- Charles Aznavour
- Léo Ferré
- Jean Ferrat
- Claude Nougaro
- Michel Berger
- France Gall
- Daniel Balavoine
- Jean-Jacques Goldman
- Mylène Farmer
- Vanessa Paradis
- Dominique A
- Jean-Louis Murat
- Les Wampas
- Thomas Fersen
I hope that someone, somewhere, will find happiness.
Nicolas, Michel, PierO, Lagire, Nassim, you don't have album to recommend to our friends ?
And the German, Brazilian, australian, don't have typical unknown albums ?
Hello. Good initiative! Some suggestions, Cortex and Niagara. When I was 14 or 15 I really liked "Soleil d'Hiver" with Niagara a lot.
Hello! I thought over this for a while, and I've re-listened to some of my albums. Now I think I can add some albums to your list:
- Alain Souchon: The pop godfather of french music, I recommend the four albums he issued between 1985 and 1999, clearly his artistic peak.
* C'est comme vous voulez (1985)
* Ultra Moderne Solitude (1988)
* C'est déjà ça (1993): clearly the must have of french pop.
* Au ras des pâquerettes (1999)
- Etienne Daho: another important younger french pop singer. I actually listened to only two albums, which I both consider very good:
* Pop Satori (1986): eighties synthpop influenced.
* Paris Ailleurs (1991): the best of the two IMO.
- Renaud: a controversial artist among rock critics, I decided to like him. I list here what I think are his best albums, although there are always some throwaways on Renaud's albums.
* Marche à l'ombre (1980): the peak of his early "bad boy" period.
* Morgane de toi (1983) and Mistral Gagnant (1985): these albums are two parts of his more tender period. He sings primarily about his newborn daughter, but there are some more political songs, like the anti-Thatcher "Miss Maggie".
I also suggest to listen to the songs "Hexagone", his first 1975 hit, and "Manhattan-Kaboul", a 2002 hit duet with belgian singer Axelle Red.
- Gérard Manset: the "man in the shadow" of french rock. He is often more a producer.
* Manset / Y'a une route (1975): his best album, and the perfect introduction to his work.
- Charlélie Couture: another more obscure rocker, he is also having several other artistic activities. He's currently living in New York.
* Poèmes Rock (1981): by far his most consistent album.
- Vanessa Paradis: I don't listen much to her. But the albums I think are the best are:
* Variations sur le même t'aime (1990): written with Serge Gainsbourg.
* Divinidylle (2007): probably her best album.
I didn't listen to her eponymous 1992 english album.
- Les Wampas: well it's hard to actually find a very strong album. Didier Wampas, the leader, sings completely off-key, and much of their lyrics are forgettable. In fact, the strength of this band is basically due to the enthusiasm they put in their work, and their pop-infused punk. I'd recommend the song "Manu Chao", their strongest hit, and the controversial "Chirac en prison", which was never aired anywhere, except in a satirical show called "Les Guignols de l'info".
I would also add Charlotte Gainsbourg, "5:55" (2006) which divided the critics, but I personally like it.
I support Romain's list of Bashung and Gainsbourg albums, but I would have also added Bashung's "Pizza" (1981), an early album torn between roots rock and new wave, and Gainsbourg's "Aux armes etc..." (1979), a reggae album.
That's all I think about at the moment. I should give a new listen to my Indochine album, since I've still been unable to make myself an opinion about them.
It's good, some of artist I have never listen (Daho, Couture). For Daho, I have only listen "Boomerang" a duet with Danny, a song from...Gainsbourg again.
And for Renaud, I have a very special affection for the song "Manu" which make me cry each time I listen it !
Hubert Félix Thiefaine release another great album.
This guy is always good !
An extract of Défloration 13 (2001):
And for HRS, who love essentially the female voices, here a selection of recent French "chanteuses":
Olivia Ruiz :
LA femme chocolat.
Amélie les crayons :
Le petit caillou.
Je suis un homme.
Mon coeur, mon amour.
J'veux un mec.
Je ferai sans.
La fille de l'après-midi.
Bonne écoute !
Hell Yeah o/