French Female Musicians

Throughout history, there have been many French female musicians who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great French female musicians such as Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Paradis, Kathie Lee Gifford, Nadia Boulanger, Germaine Tailleferre.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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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

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

Jane Birkin
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Famous As: Singer, songwriter and actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England

 4 Carla Bruni

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 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

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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 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.

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 8 Ève Curie

Ève Curie
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 2007

French and American writer, journalist, and pianist Ève Curie was one of the daughters of scientists Marie Curie and Pierre Curie. She was the only one in the Curie family who did not choose a career in science. She authored her mother’s biography and was actively involved with UNICEF, helping women and children in developing countries.

 9 Sara Dallin

Sara Dallin
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: December 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bristol

 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 Amanda Lear

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

 12 Anggun

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

 13 Jain

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.

 14 Khatia Buniatishvili

Khatia Buniatishvili
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: June 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Batumi, Adjar SSR, Georgian SSR, USSR

Khatia Buniatishvili is a Georgian-French pianist. Buniatishvili has been playing since the age of three and gave her first concert when she was just six years old. She then went on to play at an international stage at the age of 10. Buniatishvili is known for her association with Sony Classical, which has produced many of her solo piano albums.

 15 Françoise Hardy

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.

 16 Mylène Farmer

Mylène Farmer
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
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.

 17 Zaz

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

 18 Nadia Boulanger

Nadia Boulanger
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Famous As: Music Teacher
Birthdate: September 16, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22, 1979

Born to a music instructor father, French composer and conductor Nadia Boulanger was no stranger to music as a kid. The first woman to conduct prime orchestras, she had the who’s who of the music industry, such as Elliott Carter, Roy Harris, and Quincy Jones, on her list of students.

 19 Lou Doillon

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

 20 Afida Turner

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

 21 Tina S

Tina S
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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: April 7, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

 22 Victoria Legrand

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.

 23 Ginette Neveu

Ginette Neveu
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: August 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 28, 1949

 24 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.

 25 Caterina Valente

Caterina Valente
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 14, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

Caterina Valente is an Italian-French guitarist, multilingual singer, actress, and dancer. Valente, who sings in 11 languages, has worked with artists around the world. She has worked with international stars like Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, and Chet Baker. One of her songs titled Bongo cha cha cha was used in the 2019 American film Spider-Man: Far From Home.

 26 Elsa Lunghini

Elsa Lunghini
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Famous As: Singer, Actress known for her 1988 album Elsa which achieved double-platinum status by 1993
Birthdate: May 20, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 27 Cathy Guetta

Cathy Guetta
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Famous As: Socialite who became known as the wife of singer David Guetta
Birthdate: March 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dakar, Senegal

 28 Ibeyi

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

 29 Delphine Chanéac

Delphine Chanéac
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Valence, France

 30 Lili Boulanger

Lili Boulanger
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: August 21, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 15, 1918

 31 Yael Naim

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

 32 Ana Tijoux

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

 33 Barbara

Barbara
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 24, 1997

 34 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.

 35 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.

 36 Louise Verneuil

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

 37 Desireless

Desireless
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France

 38 Jehnny Beth

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

 39 Lætitia Sadier

Lætitia Sadier
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vincennes, France

 40 Clara Luciani

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

 41 Zazie

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

 42 Hélène Grimaud

Hélène Grimaud
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: November 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Aix-en-Provence, France

Hélène Grimaud is a French pianist whose recordings have earned her numerous accolades, such as the Cannes Classical Recording of the Year, Grand Prix du disque, Midem Classic Award, and Echo Klassik Award. Apart from being a virtuoso pianist, Grimaud is also a passionate human rights activist, wildlife conservationist, and writer. She is credited with founding the Wolf Conservation Center.

 43 Catherine Ringer

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

Catherine Ringer is a French singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer, dancer, actress, and choreographer. She is credited with co-founding the popular pop-rock group Les Rita Mitsouko which was one of the most acclaimed French musical acts in the 1980s and 1990.

 44 Nolwenn Leroy

Nolwenn Leroy
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint-Renan, France

 45 Wejdene

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

 46 Melody Prochet

Melody Prochet
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Puyricard, France

 47 Cécile Chaminade

Cécile Chaminade
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Famous As: Former Pianist, Composer who was awarded the Légion d'Honneur, a first for a female composer
Birthdate: August 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 13, 1944

 48 Fania Fenelon

Fania Fenelon
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: September 2, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 19, 1983

 49 Tal

Tal
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hadera, Israel

Tal is an Israeli-French dancer, singer, and songwriter. Apart from coming up with hit singles, Tal also takes an active part in charity; since 2013 she has been one of the most prominent members of the Les Enfoirés. In 2013, 2014, and 2016, Tal was honored at the NRJ Music Awards with the Francophone Female Artist of the Year award.

 50 Hélène Ségara

Hélène Ségara
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Six-Fours-les-Plages, France