71 Most famous French songs of France of all time: That everyone knows

Listen to the music of France and learn about some of the most iconic famous French songs of France throughout the decades. True French classics instantly recognizable and loved.

Famous French: two accordion players wearing horse head masks
Famous French: two accordion players wearing horse head masks

“Tourne dans le vide” by Indila (2014) – “Spinning in the void.”

The French song “Tourne dans le vide” is about feeling lost and alone, as if the singer is spinning in a void. She sings about wanting to escape her reality and find someone to love but is unable to do so. 

“Jour 1” by Louanne (2015) – “Day 1”

“Jour 1” is a French song that became an instant hit in France. by the French singer and actress Louane, whose real name is Anne Peichert.

Louane is a French singer and actress , whose real name is Anne Peichert. she who first rose to fame in France as a finalist on the French version of the talent show “The Voice”. Although she didn’t win the competition, her appearance on the show opened up many doors for her and she now has a loyal fanbase. 

The song features an upbeat and energetic melody paired with powerful and emotional lyrics that celebrate new beginnings and the start of a new journey. The song encourages listeners to embrace change and look forward to the future with hope and optimism.

“La c’est die” by Ridsa (2015) – “This place is dope”

“La c’est die” is a toe-tapping French pop song recorded by French singer and rapper RIDSA, known for blending pop, hip-hop, and R&B. 

The song’s title is French slang, meaning “This is it,” as in “The it thing.” The song is about a relationship that’s reached a breaking point, and the singer reflects on love’s ups and downs as he tries to make sense of it all. 

“Je m’en fous” by RIDSA (2016) – “I don’t care.”

“Je m’en fous” is another French rap/hip-hop song recorded by French singer and rapper RIDSA.

The lyrics express that the singer doesn’t care what others think of him and is confident in himself and his abilities. The song encourages people to be self-confident, independent, and proud of who they are and not let the opinions of others hold them back.

“je joue de la musique” by Calogero (2017) – “I play the music”

The song is an upbeat and catchy tune with a fun and playful vibe, and its lyrics celebrate the power of music to bring people together and create a sense of community.

In the song, Calogero sings about the joy of playing music and the happiness it brings him and those around him. He emphasizes the universal appeal of music and how it transcends borders and language, bringing people from all walks of life together in a shared experience.

“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee (2017) – Desperado

I cheated a little here because this is a Spanish language song that was a massive hit in France, so to include it on this list of French songs, I thought I would include the French version of the song “Despacito,” sung by the Puerto Rican Duo. 

Have a listen, and you’ll see why it was such a massive hit in France. The song was even included in the 2019 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records for breaking seven records. The music video clip became the first video to exceed 6 billion views on YouTube. The second most viewed video on YouTube at the time was Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You music video, with only 4.09 billion views.

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Bella Ciao by Gims (2017) – “Hello Beautiful”

“Balance ton quoi” by Angèle (2019 ) – “Denounce Your Thing”

The hit song by Belgian singer Angèle called “balance ton quoi” is a nod to the #MeToo movement in France, where the hashtag #BalanceTonPorc (meaning “Denounce your pig”) was widely used. The song openly addresses the issues of sexism and misogyny in society and advocates for education as the key to overcoming these challenges. Angèle candidly comments on these social issues in her music, making the song a powerful and impactful statement on contemporary gender equality.

“Tout oublier” by Angèle and Roméo Elvis, (2019) – “Forget Everything”

A viral hit in France, with its music video racking millions of YouTube views. The song’s message of wanting to escape from one’s problems and start fresh with someone new resonated with many listeners.

Famous French songs from the 2020s

Only time will tell which French songs will be worth remembering 20, 40 and 50 years from now. 

What are the top 20 songs in France right now?

Although it’s difficult to predict which modern French songs will stand the test of time, here are the top 20 most listened to French songs (on the radio) since the beginning of 2020. Subject to change. 

  1. Assis dans la nuit by Stairs
  2. Facile by Camelia Jordana
  3. Nos celebrations by Iindochine
  4. Desole pour hier sor by Tryo, Mcfly & Carlito
  5. À nos héros du quotidien by Soprano
  6. Jusqu’au bou by Amel Ben & Imen Es
  7. Avant toi by Vitaa & Simane
  8. Si T’es pas la by M Pokora
  9. Donne-moi ton coeur by Louanne
  10. tout au bout du monde by Tiz
  11. Beau-papa by Vianney
  12. Ma soeur by Clara Luciani
  13. Ça ira by Vitaa & Slimane
  14. N’attendons pas by Vianney
  15. La Fête by Amir
  16. Amour censure by Hoshi
  17. Derniere Metro by Kendji Girac & Gims
  18. Malheur Malheur by Gims
  19. Pas Beaux by Vitaa & Slimane
  20. Comme c’est bon by Jenifer


From traditional Chansons and French folk songs to French pop, French rock and French new wave, the French music scene is filled with some of the most iconic and memorable songs and music. 

But more importantly, songs can give you a glimpse into French culture through the decades. French learners, you can benefit too because French songs can also help you learn french. 

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Annie André

Annie André

About the author

I'm Annie André, a bilingual North American with Thai and French Canadian roots. I've lived in France since 2011. When I'm not eating cheese, drinking wine or hanging out with my husband and children, I write articles on my personal blog annieandre.com for intellectually curious people interested in all things France: Life in France, travel to France, French culture, French language, travel and more.

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