Famous French Lyricists & Songwriters

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 1 Edith Piaf

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 19, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 11, 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.

 2 Charlotte Gainsbourg

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 21, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of French singer Serge Gainsbourg and English actor Jane Birkin, made her singing debut at age 12. She is best known for her César Award-winning roles in La Bûche and An Impudent Girl. Her performance in Antichrist won her an award at the Cannes Film Festival.

 3 Jane Birkin

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Famous As: Singer, songwriter and actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
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 4 Carla Bruni

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Spouse of the President of France (2008-2012)
Birthdate: December 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy

Carla Bruni is an Italian-French fashion model and singer-songwriter. She gained international recognition after marrying the then president of France Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008. Also known for her political activities, philanthropy, and charity work, Bruni established the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation in 2009; the foundation helps promote access to knowledge for all. She also supports organizations, such as PETA.

 5 Serge Gainsbourg

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 2, 1991
French musician, singer, and actor Serge Gainsbourg had experimented with a variety of music forms, such as jazz, pop, and reggae. Renowned for songs such as Bonnie and Clyde, he also included sexual overtones in his lyrics. He had also acted in and directed films and written a short novel.

 6 Charles Aznavour

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 1, 2018

Charles Aznavour was a French-Armenian actor, singer, diplomat, and lyricist. One of France's most famous singers, Aznavour was called the Frank Sinatra of France. One of the best-selling musicians of his generation, Aznavour sold 200 million records. In 1998, CNN named him the Entertainer of the Century. In 2017, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 7 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.

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 8 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. 

 9 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.

 10 Jacques Brel

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schaerbeek, Belgium
Died: October 9, 1978

Jacques Brel was a Belgian singer, actor, director, and songwriter. He is remembered for composing and performing thoughtful, literate, and theatrical songs. Apart from inspiring French musicians, Brel's works have also had a major influence on English-speaking performers like David Bowie, Scott Walker, Rod McKuen, Marc Almond, and Alex Harvey. Brel is the third-best-selling Belgian music artist of all time.

 11 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.

 12 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.

 13 Amanda Lear

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

 14 M. Pokora

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

French singer Matthieu Tota, better known as M. Pokora, is often compared to singers such as Justin Timberlake for his singing style. Though initially aspiring to be a footballer, he later found success in music after winning the show Popstars. He has also starred as Robin Hood in a French musical.

 15 Anggun

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

 16 Jain

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toulouse, France
French singer-songwriter Jeanne Louise Galice is better known as Jain. She began her career posting videos on Myspace. The fact that she sings in English has made her quite a sensation across Europe and Canada. Her hit video Makeba earned her a Grammy nomination. She has also delivered hits such as Souldier.

 17 Françoise Hardy

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

A major figure of the 1960s’ yé-yé movement, French singer-songwriter Françoise Hardy is known for tracks such as Tous les garçons et les filles. She also appeared in supporting roles in a few films. Following her diagnosis of lymphatic cancer and the subsequent radiation therapy, she pleaded for assisted suicide.

 18 Bilal Hassani

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France

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.

 19 Zaz

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

 20 Yann Tiersen

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

Yann Tiersen is a French composer and musician. He often composes film soundtracks and is renowned for his contribution to French cinema. The 2001 romantic comedy film Amélie houses tracks from Tiersen's first three studio albums. Apart from making music, Yann Tiersen also dedicates his time to charity work. He mainly supports the international humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

 21 Lou Doillon

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

 22 Benjamin Biolay

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter and producer who wrote music for several French films including Clara et Moi and Pourquoi tu Pleures
Birthdate: January 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Villefranche-sur-Saône, France

 23 Afida Turner

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

 24 Victoria Legrand

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

Victoria Legrand is a French-American musician best known as one-half of the popular dream-pop duo Beach House where she performs as the lead vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter. Legrand is blessed with a contralto vocal range and her voice is often compared to those of Hope Sandoval and Nico.

 25 Claude-Michel Schönberg

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

 26 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.

 27 Florent Pagny

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter who greatest hits include "N'importe quoi", "Savoir aimer" and "Ma Liberté de penser"—all three were number one in France
Birthdate: November 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chalon-sur-Saône, France

 28 Claude François

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

 29 Joe Duplantier

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

 30 Ibeyi

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

 31 Jacques Dutronc

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

 32 Henry Padovani

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

 33 Charles Trenet

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

 34 Amir Haddad

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

 35 Ana Tijoux

Ana Tijoux
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lille, France

 36 Patrick Bruel

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tlemcen, Algeria

Patrick Bruel is a French singer, actor, songwriter, and professional poker player. Many of his studio albums have reached number one positions on French and Belgian music charts. A world-class poker player, Bruel won the 1998 World Series of Poker bracelet. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Bruel is part of a charity group called Les Enfoirés.

 37 Michel Polnareff

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

 38 Georges Brassens

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 22, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sète, France
Died: October 29, 1981

 39 Yael Naim

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

 40 Uffie

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: December 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Uffie is an American-French rapper, singer, songwriter, DJ, and fashion designer. She is best known for her debut studio album Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans which peaked at number 18 in the UK Dance Albums Chart. Uffie's life and career inspired a documentary that was showcased at the 2019 FIPA film festival.

 41 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.

 42 Louise Verneuil

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

 43 Jehnny Beth

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

 44 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

 45 F. R. David

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

 46 Orelsan

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

 47 Mario Duplantier

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

 48 Frédéric Leclercq

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

 49 Julien Doré

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

 50 Michel Sardou

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