Whenever you look up French music, you’ll always find people mention the oldies. In fact, I find that French-language teachers rarely share cool songs that students want to hear! It’s a shame because listening to music everyday is a great way to improve your French.
While the classics are great, I want to listen to more modern stuff.
So here’s a list of the top most recent French songs from 2015 and 2016. If you like French music then you can also check our list of top 100 French songs you need to hear at least once.
NOTE: we also have a list with Top French music from 2017. Check it out.
On Verra – Nekfeu
Video released May 12, 2015
An anthem for the youth, Nekfeu’s iconic single is filmed in Paris. My favorite part is at 50 seconds.
This song reached #14 in France and the album, feu, reached number 3.
If you enjoyed this song then you’ll like his other song, Ma Dope.
Les Princes – MZ featuring Nekfeu
Video released February 19, 2016
This song has more of a “chill” vibe. The sort of stuff you’ll listen to while rolling around the Périph at one in the morning.
The beat drops at 20 seconds with the second verse and the rap by Nekfeu making it awesome.
Conmigo – Kendji Girac
Video released March 18, 2015
The dashing Kendji Girac won a competition known as the Voice. He later released this hit which was heard across French night clubs throughout the summer. The song reached number 7 in France.
The song is an interesting mix of French with a tiny bit of Spanish.
Le Chant Des Sirènes – Fréro Delavega
Probably one of the most relaxing French songs still played on the radio.
Cosmos – Soprano
Another mega hit by Soprano… The intro of this song alone made French night clubs go wild. You’d sometimes here this song two or three times during a night…
Jour 1 – Louane
You won’t hear this French song in a club, but it’s played on the radio somewhat often.
92i Veyron – Booba
Video released February 6, 2016
What do you get when you add Booba, auto-tune, and an exotic sports car? This song.
Fresh Prince – Soprano
Video released March 18, 2015
A popular club song which makes reference to the TV show “the Fresh Prince of Bellaire” by Will Smith. The chorus mentions Carlton as well as Jeffery the butler – common phrases that French teens would sing to the top of their lungs.
Rien qu’une fois – Keen’V
French song released December 2015
In this goofy video we see Keen’v act as a matchmaker to help a guy get the girl he likes. The first time I heard this song, I didn’t care for it. But it grew on me after a couple listens.
Andalouse – Kendji Girac
Another hit by Kendji, reaching #3 in France.
Je ne dirai rien – Black M.
Another popular French song by Black M. – you’ll hear this on the radio a lot.
Sapé comme Jamais – Maître Gims
Song released October 19, 2015.
I’m not a huge fan of this one, but I love his other song Je me Tire.
La C’est Die – RIDSA
French song released September 2015
One funny paradox I’ve found with French people is that many of them do not like “modern” French music. While French music is common in France, many French people wind up listening to American music… You’ll hear tons of Top 40 hits from the USA.
A popular American song can rack up BILLIONS of views on YouTube while popular French songs barely break 100 million views.
So with your help, we can make French music more popular. Feel free to share this list and add some French music to your day!
If you think any other songs deserve to be on this list of French songs that were popular in 2016, let us know in the comment section below.
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