Famous French Lyricists & Songwriters

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 1 Vanessa Paradis

Vanessa Paradis.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France

French singer and actress, Vanessa Paradis, became a celebrity at the age of 14 with the French song Joe le taxi in 1987. She tasted further success with English songs like Be My Baby and many other French songs. She has also acted in several French films and has modelled regularly for high-end fashion products by Chanel like perfume and handbags.

 2 Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf.
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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: December 19, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belleville, Paris, France
Died: October 10, 1963
France’s legendary singer and actor Édith Piaf, or the “Little Sparrow,” is best remembered for her iconic Grammy Hall of Fame-inducted song La Vie en Rose and the classic Non, je ne regrette rien. Raised by the prostitutes of her grandmother’s brothel, she began her life as a street singer.
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 3 Kayden Boche

Kayden Boche.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brest , France

After his mother’s death, Kayden Boche was placed in a foster home, where he suffered abuse. The French model was scouted soon after high school and became a sensation after his Dior Addict campaigns for Christian Dior fragrances. He has also directed Jérémy Amelin's single Oh, Oh!

 4 Barbara Pravi

Barbara Pravi.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

Barbara Pravi is a French actress, singer, and songwriter. As a songwriter, she has contributed immensely to the success of popular artists like Jaden Smith, Julie Zenatti, Yannick Noah, and Chimène Badi. She also contributed to the success of Valentina Tronel, composing J'imagine which helped Valentina win the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2020.

 5 Christine and the Queens

Christine and the Queens.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France

Hélöise Letissier, also known as Christine and the Queens and Chris, often challenges gender stereotypes through her music. The queer electropop and indie artist was inspired by drag queens in London, after she quit theater school following a break-up. Known for her chart-busting debut album, Chaleur humaine, she identifies as pansexual.

 6 Soko

Soko
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France

Soko is a French musician and singer-songwriter. The song We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow, which is part of her debut album I Thought I Was an Alien, reached the ninth position on the Billboard Hot 100. Soko is also a critically acclaimed actress, earning César Award nominations for her performance in films like In the Beginning and The Dancer. 

 7 Françoise Hardy

Françoise Hardy
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
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 8 Thomas Mars

Thomas Mars.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Versailles, France

Phoenix lead vocalist Thomas Mars once spoke about how he had cut off everything that could distract him from making a potential career in music during college. He met Sofia Coppola while composing for one of her films, and the duo got married, leading to more collaborations.

 9 Jain

Jain
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toulouse, France

 10 Indila

Indila
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France

Adila Sedraïa, or Indila, began her career as a composer and even wrote songs for artists such as Axel Tony and Admiral T. She earned a label deal after collaborating with Youssoupha on the song Dreamin’ and reached No. 2 on the French charts with her debut track Dernière danse.

 11 Bilal Hassani

Bilal Hassani.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris

Bilal Hassani is a French YouTuber, singer, and songwriter. He achieved international recognition in 2019 when he represented France at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. He managed to score 105 points in the Eurovision final, finishing 16th. In 2019, he was also honored at the NRJ Music Awards with the Francophone Breakthrough of the Year award.

 12 Anggun

Anggun
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

 13 Amanda Lear

Amanda Lear
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

 14 M. Pokora

M. Pokora
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France

 15 Zaz

Zaz
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chambray-lès-Tours, France

 16 Lou Doillon

Lou Doillon
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France

 17 Yann Tiersen

Yann Tiersen
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brest, France

 18 Afida Turner

Afida Turner
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Auchel, Hauts-de-France, France

 19 Claude François

Claude François
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ismailia, Egypt
Died: March 11, 1978

 20 Claude-Michel Schönberg

Claude-Michel Schönberg
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Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: July 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vannes, France

 21 Victoria Legrand

Victoria Legrand
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

 22 Pomme

Pomme
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Décines-Charpieu, France

Born to a flute-player mother, chanson and folk-rock singer Claire Pommet, better known as Pomme, had mastered the cello by 8. The lesbian singer mostly deals with the theme of love and is most noted for her successful debut album, À peu près, and the songs De là-haut and Pauline.

 23 Joe Duplantier

Joe Duplantier
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

 24 Jacques Dutronc

Jacques Dutronc
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 25 Charles Trenet

Charles Trenet
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Narbonne, France
Died: February 18, 2001

 26 Amir Haddad

Amir Haddad
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

 27 Henry Padovani

Henry Padovani
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bastia, France

 28 Ibeyi

Ibeyi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 29 Michel Polnareff

Michel Polnareff
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 3, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nérac, France

 30 Louise Verneuil

Louise Verneuil
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Famous As: Singer–songwriter
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Corsica, France

 31 Zazie

Zazie
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

 32 Yael Naim

Yael Naim
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 33 Wejdene

Wejdene
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 23, 2004
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France

 34 Michel Berger

Michel Berger
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: November 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: August 2, 1992

 35 Mario Duplantier

Mario Duplantier
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bayonne, France

 36 F. R. David

F. R. David
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Menzel Bourguiba, Tunisia

 37 Lacrim

Lacrim
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: 20th arrondissement of Paris, Paris, France

 38 Julien Doré

Julien Doré
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alès, France

 39 Frédéric Leclercq

Frédéric Leclercq
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charleville-Mézières, Grand Est, France

 40 Louane

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 26, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hénin-Beaumont, France

Louane is a French actress and singer best known for appearing in the popular reality singing competition The Voice: la plus belle voix. She has released successful albums like Chambre 12 which peaked at number one on Swiss Hitparade. Louane is also renowned for her acting skills; she won the prestigious César Award for her performance in La Famille Bélier.

 41 Jehnny Beth

Jehnny Beth
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Poitiers, France

 42 Sébastien Tellier

Sébastien Tellier
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Le Plessis-Bouchard, France

 43 Orelsan

Orelsan
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: August 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alençon, France

 44 Catherine Ringer

Catherine Ringer
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Suresnes, France

 45 Daniel Balavoine

Daniel Balavoine
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Alençon, France
Died: January 14, 1986

 46 Clara Luciani

Clara Luciani
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Martigues, France

 47 Soprano

Soprano
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marseille, France

 48 Michel Sardou

Michel Sardou
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

 49 Manu Katche

Manu Katche
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Famous As: Drummer
Birthdate: October 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France

 50 Renaud

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: May 11, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France