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12 Songs You Need To Listen To When In Paris
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12 Songs You Need To Listen To When In Paris

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Updated: 8 November 2016
Other than the classic French anthems of chanson française by Edith Piaf and the like, this selection includes songs by international acts, as well as contemporary French artists. These tracks are ideal to accompany your explorations, nostalgic reflections, or feelings of wanderlust towards Paris.

Zaz – “Sous le ciel de Paris”

On her album, Paris, Zaz covers popular songs about Parisian joie de vivre in her own impressive style. Here she covers Edith Piaf.

Yael Naim – “Paris”

“Paris” is beautifully sung in Hebrew and in French.

Joséphine Baker – “J’ai Deux Amours”

Joséphine Baker sings about her love for Paris, who welcomed the exotic stranger, as well as her love for her home country.

Pink Martini – “Sympathique”

This ode to lazy days is sung in French by an Oregonian group.

Tiken Jah Fakoly – “Africain à Paris”

Tiken Jah Fakoly’s take on Sting’s “Englishman In New York” describes the immigrant experience that is so common in Paris.

Rone – “Bye Bye Macadam”

Rone is an up-and-coming, born and bred Parisian electronic musician.

Darius – “Espoir”

“Espoir” is a tune from house and “French-touch” producer Darius.

Daft Punk – “Around The World”

Simple lyrics, designed to appeal to the world traveler.

Ladyhawke – “Paris Is Burning”

A catchy tune that references the common “drinking wine on the sidewalks.”

Christophe Maé – “On S’Attache”

This popular performer sings about becoming attached.

Jay Z & Kanye West – “Ni**as In Paris”

This iconic song was performed a record 11 times in a row at their concert in Paris in 2012.

C2C ft. D.Martin – “Happy”

This gem by the French collective of DJs, C2C, does indeed induce happiness.