Yes, French people don't have Madonna or Michael Jackson to make the crow dance. But when it comes to love, we aren't bad at all. For your wedding playlist, here's 10 songs you should have !
1. La vie en rose, Edith Piaf
"Happy, happy to die of love" says Edith in her song. Her voice is the most beautiful one and the song is all about the butterfly you feel when you are in love.
2. Je t'aime...moi non plus, Gainsbourg & Birkin
They were one of the most famous couple for a while. Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin sing together about love. Translated by "I love you... neither am I", the song is very sensual, even sexual as Gainsbourg talks a lot about hip thrust and go/ back between her kidneys. Bad news, parents might not like it. Good new, it's in French, nobody will understand.
3. Je l'aime à mourir
What makes this song so great ? The lyrics. They are just so beautiful. "I love her so much I could die, She’s erased the numbers On the clocks around here, She’s made of my life Paper hens And roars of laughter". Who would not fall for that?
4. Et si tu n'existais pas, Joe Dassin
Ok, it is a little bit cheesy. But isn't it the typical French love song ? Come on, you can give it a try! Listen and read the English lyrics, I bet you are going to fall in love with the kitsch side of it.
5. Le Tourbillon, Jeanne Moreau
This song was used in one of my favorite French movie LOVE ME IF YOU DARE (a must-see by the way).
6. T'es belle, Volo
"You are pretty when..." and the music goes on. They are telling you that you are pretty anytime anywhere! Isn't it great?
7. Quand on n'a que l'amour, Jacques Brel
This song is beautiful. "When we only have love" was first sang in 1956 by Jacques Brel. Since then, a numerous amount of singers made their own version of it.
8. Les mots d'amour, Debout sur le zinc
The band is very active since 1995. Their song "the word of love" is about how the singer wants to be able to write love songs with a lot of love. The music is a mix of yiddish, rock and tziganes sounds.
9. La vie ne vaut rien, Alain Souchon
"Life worth nothing" is the title. I know what're you thinking. "Here we go French sleen". Not at all. The song has a twist. "Life worth nothing... but we I hold the two small boobs of my friend, I say nothing." Basically, the singer is saying life is nothing if you don't love a special someone.
10. Mon idylle, Vanessa Paradis
Vanessa Paradis... Yes you know her. She was Johnny Deep's love for a long time, until he went to get a younger version. Whatever. Her song is about the man she loves and desires. The perfect man.