As summer comes to an end and you start getting tired of the Top 40 hits you’ve been jamming to since June, freshen up your music library with an international twist. Songs by these French artists have been rocking Parisian radio stations all season and are so catchy they’re guaranteed to have you singing along with the windows down, even if you don’t know what all the words mean!
Israeli-born pop queen Tal is currently one of the hottest commodities in the French music scene. She is relatively new as an artist and released her first album just two years ago in 2011. Many of her songs are self-written and carry inspirational messages, although she has also collaborated with big American names such as Sean Paul and Flo Rida.
Favorite song: “Sens de la vie”
The diversely talented Christophe Maé is well known for his sunny, upbeat acoustic songs with a lighthearted feel. His music has taken France by storm since 2008 with each of his four albums reaching #1 on the charts. Listen closely and you’ll detect a hint of New Orleans jazz, which the singer-songwriter claims as his greatest inspiration.
Favorite song: “Tombé sous le charme”
Stromae began his musical career as a rap artist has since established himself in the house genre. You may recognize his 2010 single “Alors on danse,” which made a brief appearance in the United States and eventually became part of a collaboration with the Black Eyed Peas. Stromae’s Latin-infused beats are now some of the most popular songs in dance clubs across Europe.
Favorite song: “Papaoutai”
M. Pokora became instantly famous in 2003 as part of the winning all-male band on the French reality show Popstars. However, the group broke up a few months later, and M. Pokora began his hugely successful solo career. His soulful love songs are constantly evolving with time, but you’ll still get a hint of that boy band feel from the early 2000s.
Favorite song: “Juste un instant”
Shy’m entered the French music scene at the age of 20 and immediately took on pop with a major go-girl attitude. Her most recent album, Caméléon, reflects the changes she’s made in the past few years and her growth as a young woman.
Favorite song: “Je sais”