France has a rich and diverse musical history from the classical to the contemporary.

The French language is lauded as the most pleasantly romantic language to listen to. It is the language of courtship.  It is no wonder then that many people love French music.

Listening to today’s French music many non-French speakers want to learn the language. The alluring accent, as well as the lyrics and timbre of the songs, create a curiosity to know what the sultry singers are singing about.

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Going International

Consequently, French music is gaining popularity quite fast and the demand for it is growing.

There are a number of French performers within and without France that are making an international impact.

Here are a few of the artists to look out for not only in France but also elsewhere in the world.

Celine Dion

Born Celine Marie Claudette Dion, this phenomenal performer is always relevant.

She was born in Quebec, Canada and is famous for hits such as ‘My Heart Will Go On’. This track debuted on the movie ‘Titanic’ which was a global success.

Other hit tracks include:

  • I’m Alive
  • Because You Loved Me
  • It’s All Coming Back to Me

Dion also has a variety of songs in her native French. Her French album, D’eux, is the bestselling French – language album of all time.

Dion remains a timeless artist who is expected to rule the airwaves for a long time to come.

Matt Pokora

Matthieu Tota is a French artist from Strasbourg, France who rose to fame when he participated in the third season of Popstars in 2003.

He won the season and formed the boy band Linkup with two other winners, Lionel and Otis.

The band enjoyed some success but disbanded later due to poor album sales.

Tota then went solo and adopted the stage name M. Pokora or Matt Pokora.

Some of his hit tracks include:

  • Tombé
  • Les Planetes
  • Le Monde


This group is creating quite a stir in Paris.

The group was formed in 2012.

One of the members, Charles, describes their coming together as a domino effect.

Their hit single, a song named Vanille Fraise, hit the airwaves in 2015 and catapulted the group to the top of the charts. Amazing!

Their concerts are quite electric.

The group’s debut album is called Matahari.

Manu Chao

Manu Chao is a French-born artist of Spanish origin. He was born José – Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao.

He sings in French as well as a variety of other languages.

These include English, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Portuguese and a few more.

He Started off in a band called Mano Negra but went solo after it broke up in 1995.

His style of music includes reggae, rock as well as the Algerian raï. Some of his hit tracks include:

  • Me Gusta Tu
  • Je ne T’aime Plus


There are quite a number of French artists that have made a mark on the international scene apart from the four discussed. Many of them have classics that will stand the test of time and will be enjoyed for years to come. Some of them have become anthems for engagement parties.