Famous French Lyricists & Songwriters

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Jane Birkin
(Singer, songwriter and actress)
Jane Birkin
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Birthdate: December 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
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Serge Gainsbourg
(One of the World's Most Influential Pop Musicians)
Serge Gainsbourg
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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.
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Christine and the Queens
(Pop Singer Known for Her Unique Fusion of Music, Art, and Performance)
Christine and the Queens
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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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 4 
Thomas Bangalter
(French Musician, Record Producer, DJ, Composer and One Half of the Former French House Music Duo 'Daft Punk')
Thomas Bangalter
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Birthdate: January 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

French musician Thomas Bangalter had been part of the six-time Grammy-winning electronic music duo Daft Punk for 28 years, before it split. Known for wearing their signature helmets while performing, he and his partner, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, released iconic hits such as Da Funk and Get Lucky.

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Barbara Pravi
(Singer-songwriter)
Barbara Pravi
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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.

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Indila
(Singer-songwriter)
Indila
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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.

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Charles Aznavour
(One of the Greatest Songwriters in the History of Music and an Icon of 20th-Century Pop Culture.)
Charles Aznavour
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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.

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Jain
(Singer-songwriter)
Jain
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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.
 9 
Fab Morvan
(French Rapper and Half of the Pop Duo 'Milli Vanilli')
Fab Morvan
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Birthdate: May 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

Fab Morvan is a French singer, rapper, songwriter, model, and dancer. He is best known for his involvement in one of the biggest scandals in the history of pop music; the scandal surfaced when it was found that neither Fab Morvan nor Rob Pilatus, the other half of pop duo Milli Vanilli, had sung on any of the duo's recordings.

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Amanda Lear
(Singer)
Amanda Lear
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Birthdate: June 18, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
 11 
Anggun
(Singer-songwriter)
Anggun
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Birthdate: April 29, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
 12 
Françoise Hardy
(French Singer-Songwriter Known for Singing Melancholic Sentimental Ballads)
Françoise Hardy
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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.

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Maître Gims
(Rapper, Singer-Songwriter and Former Member of the Hip Hop Group ‘Sexion d'Assaut’)
Maître Gims
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Birthdate: May 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Democratic Republic Of The Congo

Congolese-French hip-hop artist Gandhi Bilel Djuna, better known as Maître Gims, or Gims, soared to fame with the group Sexion d'Assaut and then launched a solo career. Best known for tracks such as Zombie and Bella, Gims had initially studied graphic art but later followed in his singer father’s footsteps.

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Bilal Hassani
(French Singer-Songwriter, YouTuber Who Represented France in Eurovision Song Contest 2019)
Bilal Hassani
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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.

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Mylène Farmer
(French Pop Singer and Songwriter)
Mylène Farmer
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Birthdate: September 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pierrefonds, Montreal, Canada

French-Canadian singer Mylène Farmer is best known for her hits such as Libertine and Les Mots, and for her collaborative acts with Laurent Boutonnat. Born Mylene Jeanne Gautier, she later changed her name to Mylene Farmer in honor of Hollywood star Frances Farmer, who was her idol.

 16 
Zaz
(Singer-songwriter)
Zaz
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Birthdate: May 1, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chambray-lès-Tours, France
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Lou Doillon
(Singer-songwriter)
Lou Doillon
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Birthdate: September 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
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Benjamin Biolay
(Singer-songwriter and producer who wrote music for several French films including Clara et Moi and Pourquoi tu Pleures)
Benjamin Biolay
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Birthdate: January 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Villefranche-sur-Saône, France
 19 
Afida Turner
(Singer)
Afida Turner
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Birthdate: December 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Auchel, Hauts-de-France, France
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Florent Pagny
(Singer-songwriter who greatest hits include "N'importe quoi", "Savoir aimer" and "Ma Liberté de penser"—all three were number one in France)
Florent Pagny
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Birthdate: November 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chalon-sur-Saône, France
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Claude-Michel Schönberg
(Record producer)
Claude-Michel Schönberg
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Birthdate: July 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vannes, France
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Pomme
(Singer-songwriter)
Pomme
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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.

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Claude François
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Birthdate: February 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ismailia, Egypt
Died: March 11, 1978
 24 
Joe Duplantier
(Musician)
Joe Duplantier
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Birthdate: October 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
 25 
Patricia Kaas
(Singer Known for Her Debut Album 'Mademoiselle chante')
Patricia Kaas
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Birthdate: December 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Forbach, France

Patricia Kaas is a French actress and singer who has sold more than 17 million records all over the world. Kaas took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and finished eighth. Over the years, she has received several prestigious awards, such as World Music Awards and Golden Europa's Female Singer of the Year award.

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Jacques Dutronc
(Singer-songwriter)
Jacques Dutronc
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Birthdate: April 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Henry Padovani
(Musician)
Henry Padovani
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Birthdate: October 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bastia, France
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Charles Trenet
(Singer-songwriter)
Charles Trenet
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Birthdate: May 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Narbonne, France
Died: February 18, 2001
 29 
Michel Polnareff
(Singer-songwriter)
Michel Polnareff
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Birthdate: July 3, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nérac, France
 30 
Ibeyi
(Singer)
Ibeyi
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Birthdate: December 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Ana Tijoux
(Singer)
Ana Tijoux
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Birthdate: June 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lille, France
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Amir Haddad
(Singer-songwriter)
Amir Haddad
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Birthdate: June 20, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Georges Brassens
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Birthdate: October 22, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sète, France
Died: October 29, 1981
 34 
Yael Naim
(Singer-songwriter)
Yael Naim
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Birthdate: February 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Louane
(Singer)
Louane
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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.

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Jehnny Beth
(Musician)
Jehnny Beth
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Birthdate: December 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Poitiers, France
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Louise Verneuil
(Singer–songwriter)
Louise Verneuil
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Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Corsica, France
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F. R. David
(Singer)
F. R. David
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Birthdate: January 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Menzel Bourguiba, Tunisia
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Uffie
(Singer-Songwriter)
Uffie
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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.

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Michel Berger
(Singer-songwriter)
Michel Berger
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Birthdate: November 28, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: August 2, 1992
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Mario Duplantier
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Birthdate: June 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bayonne, France
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Frédéric Leclercq
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Birthdate: June 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charleville-Mézières, Grand Est, France
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Clara Luciani
(Singer-songwriter)
Clara Luciani
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Birthdate: July 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Martigues, France
 44 
Zazie
(Singer-songwriter)
Zazie
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Birthdate: April 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
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Julien Doré
(Singer-songwriter)
Julien Doré
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Birthdate: July 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alès, France
 46 
Michel Sardou
(Singer-songwriter)
Michel Sardou
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Birthdate: January 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Sébastien Tellier
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Birthdate: February 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Le Plessis-Bouchard, France
 48 
Orelsan
(Rapper)
Orelsan
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Birthdate: August 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Alençon, France
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Manu Katche
(Drummer)
Manu Katche
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Birthdate: October 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France
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Melody Prochet
(Musician)
Melody Prochet
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Birthdate: April 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Puyricard, France