I love listening to music in class! It’s a great way to get kids engaged, and students love hearing new music. Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite French songs for teens, plus a few that have been recommended by other French teachers. I avoid songs with bad words or mentions of alcohol, kissing, and other stuff, because…teenagers. That said, make sure you watch the video and check to see if it is appropriate for your students.
I try to include a lot of diversity in the styles of music I share with kids, because they all have different tastes. One of my main objectives when introducing music is to expose them to different cultures, but it’s also a great way to help them retain grammatical structures. Music just makes sentence structure stick in their heads, so recalling it is that much easier! Below, you’ll find some great francophone artists. There are some obvious favorites, like Stromae, that are not included, because I’ve already listed other French songs for teens in this post or here in this post.
Here are some more of my favorite French songs for teens. Click on any title to see the song on YouTube.
Dommage -Bigflo & Oli
This song is one that I think tons of teens will love! It’s got an amazing message about going after what you want (and also has the conditional antérieur to help kids with that one!) Merci, Stephanie! I didn’t know about this song until you shared it with me. 🙂
Je te le donne – Vitaa & Slimane
I really like their songs they do together. I find the mix of their voices really beautiful. I’ve not listened to this one with students, but if I had older high schoolers, I would play it for them.
A coup de rêves – Ben L’oncle Soul
I ❤️ this one! His voice is just amazing! Again, the message is super-positive, and his style is quite different from the other singers listed here. I think it’s not only important to present kids with a diverse variety of singers, but also of styles.
La Parisienne – Christophe Maé
I like this one, because he makes a lot of references to the cultural differences between Paris and his hometown in southern France. It’s a fun way to look at regional differences. Merci to Liz for recommending this one! 🙂
On savait -La grande Sophie
This one is great when studying the imparfait. I used to make a cloze activity with some of the verbs and have students fill in the missing words. This is a great French song for teens, because it talks a lot about being younger using the imparfait using a lot of different verbs.
Tout le bonheur du monde – Kids United
Just love this one! It’s so positive and uplifting! My son plays this one all the time, and we are always singing it around the house.
Je cours – Marie Mai
This is a great French song for teens when you are teaching the passé composé. It’s got a nice mix of past participles, present tense, and futur simple, and the refrain has some direct object pronouns. The repetition is great for helping students retain new grammar structures.
Un coup sur mon cœur – Marc Dupré
I just like this song a lot. It’s great for exposing kids to some new vocabulary and analyzing the lyrics. I’d listen to this with intermediate to advanced kids who have the proficiency to discuss it in French. In the video, they go swimming, so give it a watch to see if it is appropriate for your students. You can always listen without showing the video.
Ça ira – Joyce Jonathan
I like this one, because it’s got a lot of commonly used irregular verbs used in several tenses, making it great for those advanced classes who could use some in-context review.
C Okay – Le Groupe Swing
When you need a pick-me-up, this is a go-to song! It’s catchy, easy for even beginners to pick up a bit, and it’s got a super-positive message.
Sur ma route – Black M
Kids just totally love this song. It’s catchy, fun, and they love to sing along. 🙂
Crier tout bas – Cœur de Pirate
I just particularly love Cœur de Pirate, so her songs will always make my lists. This one is particularly beautiful. She’s one of my favorites. ❤️
Donnez-moi – Les Frangines
I am currently so obsessed with Les Frangines! If you don’t know them, give them a listen! This song is fun and catchy, and their voices are really beautiful.
Anja – Amir
I particularly love this one, because it tells such a strong story. For any classes studying a bigger theme of human’s rights, particularly children’s rights, this is a great song to introduce. You can read an interview with Amir at the Unicef site.
Une seule vie – Gérald de Palmas
This one is a little older, but I love it! I get overwhelmed with things, and I think it’s okay to have this conversation with kids. It’s okay to feel stressed, okay to slow down, and okay to ask for help.
My students love listening to French pop songs and Big Flo & Oli have a few of my favorites!!! We love “Demain” along with “Dommage. Demain is so much fun to dance too and teach future tense. We also love Louane. And anything by ZAZ because she seems to use so much Paris scenery in her videos. But our favorite is Magic in the Air and Écrit sur les Murs ❤️ My kids know all the words!
Yes, those are definite favorites here, too! My kids ask for “Magic in the Air” all the time, and they love the songs from Kids United! I don’t know “Demain,” so I’ll be sure to check it out! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Good idea of topic, always useful! thanks for sharing!
Genius topic. Remind me when I started learning English
Some great choices here. I teach Primary and mostly the lyrics are too hard for my students. I’d really love a list of the simplest songs- once they get to year 4/5/6 (depending on the group) they often prefer cooler teen music to the purposely made for kids/fle songs.
Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll consider it for a future post. I agree that it’s not easy to find content for that age group. I have a kiddo that age at home, and he is so ready to be a teen! Sadly, the stuff he likes often isn’t a good fit for a ten year old.
These are great ideas, thank you for posting! It’s really useful when you add ideas for ways of teaching or grammar focuses in the songs. I haven’t taught through song yet but I’m keen to start because I know how much pupils love it! I will be using some of these ideas when we go back to school.
You’re welcome! I have always used music in all my classes, because kids love it! It’s such a good way to help them retain structures that might be challenging for them. 🙂
Worth taking a peek at the March Madness Manie Musicale! So much fun!
This is so fun! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
My students have been asking me for Flou by Angèle a lot this year!
Thank you for sharing! I’ll check it out! 🙂