I have always loved the sound of an accordion, but my real love of French music began during my trip to Paris in 2012. As I mentioned before, I spent a month in Paris taking French classes which included a class on French music. This was probably one of the most fun classes that I have ever taken. One of the professors was also a professional singer and gave the most beautiful a cappella performance of “La Vie en Rose”. I literally got goosebumps and tears came to my eyes it was that good.
When I came back home, I longed for these culturally rich experiences. I found a way to continue my French music education and listening pleasure: Spotify. I signed up and found a 1920s French music playlist that is still one of my favorites to this day. A picture of it is shared below if you want to check it out.
There are other great Spotify French music lists like French Café , French Jazz, etc. A few years later, I wanted to tie in a French music experience into my wedding. We asked our wedding decorator to showcase this record player in a corner of the venue to create a little area where guests could sit, relax, and listen to this charming Françoise Hardy vinyl album. It was such a unique and personal touch to the day that everyone loved.
After discovering new (to me) artists and songs through Spotify, CDs, and through my French classes, I found I wanted to be able to listen to French radio stations, too. This is when I found the Radios France app! I was delighted to see the variety of French radio stations I could now enjoy at home or in the car. Although they play a lot of American songs, one of my favorites is Alouette.
I hope that this post helps you get started listening to and learning about French music. If you have any recommendations, please leave a comment below!
Photo Credit: Living Frenchly