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These 10 songs can help you improve your French

Listening to music is a good way to work on your French without even trying

Add some French songs to playlist to practise your language skills without even trying Pic: Dejan Dundjerski / Shutterstock

Working on your French can sometimes feel like a chore, but there are lots of ways to improve even when you are simply going about your daily business. 

A great way to get your subconscious into French mode is to pop on a French playlist when you are travelling. 

While you might not be completely focussed on every word of the song, your mind will slowly begin to adapt to the new words and sounds. 

Every country has some classics which everyone knows the words to, and France is no different. 

Each time I have heard Partneraire Particulier played, it is accompanied by a host of French people enthusiastically shouting the words. 

Here are some of France’s most well-known tunes to add to your playlist. 

  1. Partenaire Particulier by Partenaire Particulier 

  2. Les démons de minuit by Images

  3. Non, je ne regrette rien by Edith Piaf

  4. Les sunlights des tropiques by Gilbert Montagné

  5. Les copains d’abord by Georges Brassens 

  6. Le temps est bon by Isabelle Pierre

  7. Les Champs-Elysées by Joe Dassin 

  8. La cabane du pêcheur by Francis Cabrel 

  9. La mer by Charles Trenet 

  10. Je te promets by Johnny Hallyday

Read also: Books to help improve your French

One song you may also recognise is Ça Plane Pour Moi, which was a hit in the UK despite being completely in French. The song has been used on adverts and is instantly recognisable for its chorus. 

Meanwhile, there have been some adaptations of famous anglophone songs into French, such as Cette année-là by Claude François, which is a version of December, 1963 by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons.

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