The Greatest Dance Songs That Will Help You Learn French

Ryan Gillett / © Culture Trip
Ryan Gillett / © Culture Trip
Photo of Sylvia Edwards Davis
Writer18 April 2018

Brush up on your language skills as you hit the dance floor with our selection of fun and vibrant dance songs, with vocals en Français to help you practice your French vocab and pronunciation.

Yelle, ‘Complètement Fou’

‘Complètement Fou’ is the title song of the third studio album by French electropop group Yelle, a French band founded by lead singer and namesake Yelle (Julie Budet) and DJ Grand Marnier (Jean-François Perrier). The song’s whimsical and ‘completely mad’ vocals are still popular three years after its release.

Christine and the Queens, ‘Intranquillité’

The strength of the performance of Christine and the Queens, the stage name for artist Héloïse Letissier, is such that the live version of ‘Intranquillité’ is even better than the studio track.

Mika, ‘Elle Me Dit’

Are you sick and tired of people telling you to stop wasting your life? Apparently so is Anglo-Lebanese songwriter Mika in his fun mega-hit ‘Elle Me Dit’.

Le Doux Souris, ‘C’est Avec un Message’

This hypnotic, buttery track is made even more intriguing because not much is known about it. It was part of the 2-CD Francotronic electronica compilation released in 2004. In any case, it ‘comes with a message’.

Stromae, ‘Alors on Danse’

The work grind, money troubles, or a broken heart getting you down? Just leave all your worries behind… so we’re dancing… with this song written and performed by Belgian musician Stromae.

Yooj, ‘Mademoiselle’

Yooj is a San Francisco-born DJ and producer who relocated to Berlin and quickly garnered a following with his Mademoiselle EP, a sensual mix of French female vocals over a driving techno-house texture.

Riot in Belgium, ‘La Musique’

Hitting DJ decks since 2009, ‘La Musique’ is an irresistible dance track by the Riot in Belgium duo, Beni and Joel Dickson.

Julien Doré, ‘Coco Câline’

This cheeky panda – having a particularly good time on his favourite beach – became the soundtrack to the summer of 2017 in France. It’ll be our secret: nobody needs to know that you karaoke to Julien Doré‘s tropical techno.

Salut C’est Cool, ‘Des Fleurs’

Time to jump up and down with Salut C’est Cool‘s sense of humour, as this dance anthem demands equality for all flowers in the bunch.

Paradis, ‘La Ballade de Jim’

A great one to play when you’re winding things down, and yet another popular track by Paradis. This cover of the ’80s hit by Alain Souchon revisits the tender storytelling lyrics.

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