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Most popular female singers in France these days

If you go to this website: you will see that there are more than 360 French singers!

If the links don’t work anymore, just copy-paste the name of the artist and the title of her song on YouTube, the video clip should come.

  • Hélène Segara: (born on 26th February, 1971 in Six-Fours-les-Plages)

Hélène Ségara (born as Hélène Rizzo) is a famous French singer.

Her father is Italian and her mother Armenian. She said that she had been traumatized in her childhood by the divorce of her parents when she was 8, and by the death of her grandfather when she was 16. As she wanted to become a singer, she left school and family at the age of 14. Then she had many successive jobs including performances in the piano bars of the French Riviera. At 18, she gave birth to Raphael, her first son.

In 1993, her first single entitled “Loin” was released, but didn’t meet success. In 1996, accompanied by her young son, she moved to Paris where she met Christian Loigerot, who became one of her composers. She also met the famous producer Orlando, Dalida’s brother, who supervised and gave new impetus to her career.

Ségara began to have success with “Je vous aime adieu”, the first single from her debut album, Cœur de verre (1996), and with the duet “Vivo per lei”, performed with Andrea Bocelli. She then played the role of Esmeralda in the musical Notre-Dame de Paris, composed by Richard Cocciante. While she was auditioned for this role in 1997, she was selected in 1999, following the withdrawal of the Israeli singer Noa. “When the fate knocks at the door for a second time, we must not let it get away”, said Ségara.

However, her career was jeopardised when Dr. J. Abitbol diagnosed a cyst on the vocal cords, while she continued to perform in a show. During a show in Canada, she lost her voice. Her producer then resold her contract to Orlando while Dr. J. Abitbol carried out a laser operation to treat the singer’s vocal cords.

After her convalescence, she recorded her second album, Au Nom d’une femme in 2000. The album topped the charts, and became Diamond disc. Five singles from this album were all successful. Ségara then began a concert tour that lasted about two years. A video recording of the concert she gave at the Olympia in Paris on this occasion was released. According to a poll made by the IFOP, Segara was at the time the favourite French singer of the French people.


* Spring 1997: The Sacem awarded the price Rolf Marbot to Hélène Segara and Thierry Geoffroy, Christian Loigerot and Christina Vié, the writers and composers of the song “Je vous aime adieu”.
* 1999: Segara was sacred Best Female Singer during the the ceremony of the ‘Trophy of Women in Gold’ in Courchevel.
* 22 January 2000: Revelation of the year at the ‘NRJ Music Awards’ in Cannes.
* 17 November 2000: Female Artist of the Year “M6 Music Awards” in Lille.
* 16 December 2000: ‘Trophy of Little Princes for the Best Singer of the Year’ on TF1.
* 20 January 2001: She received at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes a ‘NRJ Music Awards’ for the francophone album of the year.
* 17 February 2001: She won at the Olympia a ‘Victoire de la Musique’ for female artist of the year.
* 2 May 2001: She won the ‘World Music Awards’ in Monaco for the highest selling disc in France for 2000/2001.
* 20 October 2001: IFOP poll, ordered by the magazine TV Star, revealed that Ségara is the favourite French singer and the performer of the most beautiful love songs.
* 25 October 2001: Ségara made her entry in the famous Who’s Who.
* 27 December 2001: Segara formed a part of 10 stars who made 2001, according the French people, for the magazine “Gala”.
* 10 July 2002: She won the ‘IFPI Platinum Europe Awards’ in Brussels.
* 1 October 2002: She had her status at the Grevin Museum in Paris.
* 13 January 2005: During the Fête de la Musique on France 2, “Il y a trop de gens qui t’aiment” was awarded ‘Most beautiful love song’.


* 1996 : Cœur de verre
* 1998 : Notre Dame de Paris (musical)
* 2000 : Au Nom d’une Femme
* 2001 : En concert à l’Olympia
* 2002 : Hélène (in Spanish-language)
* 2003 : Humaine
* 2004 : Le Best of
* 2006 : Quand l’éternité…
* 2007 : Les 50 plus belles chansons
* 2007 : Collection prestige
* 2008 : Mon pays c’est la terre


* 1993 : “Loin
* 1996 : “Je vous aime adieu”
* 1996 : “Une voix dans la nuit”
* 1997 : “Les Larmes” (remix)
* 1997 : “Auprès de ceux que j’aimais”
* 1997 : “Vivo per lei” (Je vis pour elle) (duet with Andrea Bocelli)
* 1998 : “Loin du froid de Décembre” (soundtrack from Anastasia)
* 1998 : “Vivre” (soundtrack from the musical Notre-Dame de Paris)
* 1999 : “Les Vallées d’Irlande”
* 1999 : “Il y a trop de gens qui t’aiment”
* 2000 : “Elle, tu l’aimes…”
* 2000 : “Parlez-moi de nous”
* 2001 : “Tu vas me quitter”
* 2001 : “Au nom d’une femme” (Remix)
* 2001 : “Mrs Jones” (Live Olympia 2000)
* 2002 : “Donner tout”
* 2003 : “L’Amour est un soleil”
* 2003 : “Encore une fois”
* 2003 : “On n’oublie jamais rien, on vit avec” (duet with Laura Pausini)
* 2004 : “Humaine”
* 2004 : “On ne dit pas”
* 2004 : “Ailleurs comme ici”
* 2006 : “Méfie-toi de moi”
* 2007 : “Rien n’est comme avant”
* 2007 : “Tu ne seras jamais libre”
* 2007 : “Father”
* 2008 : “La Moitié de nous” (duet with Bruno Pelletier)
* 2008 : “Qu’est-ce qu’on faire avec ce monde (Sodad)”

She has been the favourite female singer in France for several years now!

Her most popular songs are:

Elle tu l’aimes:

L’amour est un soleil:

Les vallées d’Irlande:

On n’oublie jamais rien (with Laura Pausini):

Vivo per lei (with Andrea Bocelli):

Il y a trop de gens qui t’aiment:\

  • Mylène Farmer: (born on 12th September, 1961 in Pierrefonds, Québec)

Mylene Farmer famous French singer

Mylène Farmer is a French singer, songwriter, occasional actress and author. She has sold 25 million records and is among the most successful recording artists of all time in France.

Her parents moved from France to Canada in the late 1950s as Farmer’s father, Max, pursued an engineering contract on a dam. Her family returned to France when she was eight, settling in the Parisian suburb of Ville-d’Avray. In her teenage years, Farmer was passionate about horse-riding, going on to qualify as a riding instructor at the equestrian centre in Saumur. At 17, however, Mylène Farmer discovered her other passion, acting, and she abandoned the stables to take a three-year course at the Cours Florent, a drama school in Paris. Changing her name to Mylène Farmer (after her favourite American actress Frances Farmer), she began to earn a living as a model acting in several TV ads.

In 1984, Farmer met Laurent Boutonnat, a young film student also enrolled in Cours Florent, when she replied to a newspaper ad for an actress for a small film he was working on. Farmer and Boutonnat became friends and forged a creative partnership, writing and producing all her music. Boutonnat, whose ambition was to become a film director, was also the driving force behind Mylène’s videos. Much of Farmer’s fame and success can be attributed to elaborate and theatrical music videos which are often eight minutes or longer. Her concerts and videos are often compared to those of Michael Jackson and Madonna (“Pourvu qu’elles soient douces” lasts 17 minutes, while “California” was directed by Abel Ferrara and cost $700,000).

Farmer is the most successful and provocative female French recording artist, the only artist to have each of her studio albums sell over a million copies in France. She is also popular in the French-speaking countries Belgium and Switzerland and is also liked in Russia and parts of Eastern Europe.

Among her best-known songs are “Désenchantée”, “Pourvu qu’elles soient douces”, “Sans contrefaçon”, “Libertine”, “C’est une belle journée”, and “Rêver”.


Pourvu qu’elles soient douces:

Sans contrefaçon:

C’est une belle journée:


  • Patricia Kaas (born on 5th December, 1966 in Forbach)

Kaas is a French singer, songwriter and actress. She is one of the most successful French-speaking singers in the world.

She was born in the mining town of Forbach, in the Lorraine region near the German border.

Her father, Joseph (a miner), was French, and her mother, Irmgard, German. Kaas grew up in Stiring-Wendel, between Forbach and Saarbrücken on the French side of the border. Until the age of six she spoke only a German dialect. Her Franco-German heritage resulted in a constant interest in improving the relationship between the two countries.

Her mother encouraged Kaas to become a singer from a very young age. At the age of 8, she was already singing in piano-bars with songs from many artists such as Sylvie Vartan, Claude François, Dalida, Mireille Mathieu & Liza Minnelli but also English-language songs such as New York, New York, at various small events; among others the marriage of her brother. Her first great success came when she received first place at a pop song contest. At her first appearances Kaas was already displaying the throaty, smoky voice that would lead to comparisons with Édith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich.

Kaas has sold over 16 million records worldwide. She had her greatest success in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, Russia, Finland, and Korea with her third album Je te dis vous. Kaas is almost constantly on tour internationally. In 2002, Kaas had her film debut in And now… Ladies and Gentlemen beside Jeremy Irons. Kaas goes on a world tour in the beginning of 2009. Kaas will represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia.


* 1988 : Mademoiselle chante…
* 1990 : Scène de vie
* 1991 : Carnets de scène 1
* 1993 : Je te dis vous
* 1995 : Tour de charme 1
* 1997 : Dans ma chair
* 1997 : Black Coffee (not publicly available)
* 1998 : Rendez-vous 1
* 1999 : Le Mot de passe
* 1999 : Christmas in Vienna VI (with Plácido Domingo and Alejandro Fernández accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra)
* 2000 : Long Box (contains the albums Scène de vie, Je te dis vous, Dans ma chair and Le mot de passe as a box set with booklet)
* 2000 : Ce sera nous 1
* 2001 : Les indispensables de Patricia Kaas 1
* 2001 : Rien ne s’arrête/Best Of 1987–2001 2
* 2002 : Piano Bar
* 2003 : Sexe fort
* 2005 : Toute la musique… 1
* 2007 : Ma Liberté contre la tienne 2
* 2008 : Kabaret

Other recordings:

* 1997 : Les Misérables (Soundtrack to the film of the same name by Claude Lelouch)





until 1989


Victoire de la Musique

“Discovery of the year” for D’Allemagne


Victoire de la Musique

“Female musician with most record sales abroad”



Golden Europa

“Female singer of the year”


Victoire de la Musique

“Female interpreter of the year”, “Female musician with most record sales abroad”

World Music Award

“Best French female artist of the year”


“Female artist of the year”


Victoire de la Musique

“Female artist with most record sales abroad”


3rd place “Best international female singer”


L’Oscar de la musique


Victoire de la Musique

“Artist with most record sales abroad”

La femme en or

World Music Award

“Best French female artist of the year”


Platinum Europe Award

for Tour de charm


IFPI Platinum Europe Award

for Dan ma chair

from 2000


Victoire de la Musique

Adenauer-de-Gaulle Prize


Goldene Europa

“International female artist of the year”



Order of Merit First Class of the Federal Republic of Germany for her efforts in improving German-French relations


Radio Regenbogen Award


Zalatoi Gramafon (Gold Gramophone)

Song “Ne Pazvanish (You Won’t Call)” with Uma2Rman

Mon mec à moi:

Mademoiselle chante le Blues :

D’Allemagne :

Les hommes qui passent :

L’aigle noir:

  • Zazi: (born on 18th April, 1964 in Boulogne-Billancourt)

Zazie famous French singer

Zazie is a French singer and songwriter. She also co-produces her own albums with other producers. Her songs range from upbeat rock or pop songs to languid down tempo tunes and are characterised by the wit of their lyrics based on puns, alliterations, homophonies and double entendres.

She is one of the most successful female singers in France.

In 1997, Pascal Obispo and Zazie released the single “Les Meilleurs Ennemis”.

In 2001, Zazie teamed up with Axel Bauer on the single “À Ma Place”. It was her most successful single in France, reaching number four on the French charts.

She is noted for her playful use of language, which has led to the coining of the French word zazisme, or “Zazie-ism”.

In 2007, she wrote several songs for Christophe Willem’s album, Inventaire.

Je suis un homme:


Les meilleurs ennemis:

À ma place:

Ça fait mal et ça fait rien:

Rue de la paix:


  • Jenifer Bartoli: (born on 15th November, 1982 in Nice)


Jenifer Bartoli famous French singer

Jenifer is a pop singer who has, since 2002, had a number of hit singles in the French and Swiss charts.

Her most popular songs are:

Tourner ma page:

Au Soleil:

Ma Révolution:

Donne-moi le temps:

C’est de l’or:

Le souvenir de ce jour:

Des mots qui résonnent:

J’attends l’amour:

  • Nolwenn Leroy: (born on 28th September, 1982 in Saint-Renan)

Nolwenn Leroy French singer

Just like Jenifer Bartoli, Nolwenn Leroy was revealed by Star Academy, a popular French TV reality show, in 2002. She is probably best known for her hit singles “Cassé” and “Nolwenn Ohwo!”:


Nolwenn ohwo:

Suivre une étoile:

Mon ange:

Le dernier mot:

  • Nadiya: (born on 19th June, 1973 in Tours)

Nadiya French singer

Before becoming a singer, Nadiya was a specialist of the 800 m. At the age of 16, (in 1989) she became the French champion of the 800 metres (her brother Kader was also champion of the world in French boxing). The following year, she won the French Championship again.

Her most popular songs are:

Si loin de vous:


Et c’est parti:

Tous ces mots:

She has also produced a song with Enrique Iglesias: Tired of being sorry:

Nadiya French singer

  • Chimène Badi: (born on 30th October 1982, in Melun)

Chimene Badi French singer

She lost of the French reality TV show, Popstars, but Badi released her first single Entre Nous in 2003, which reached number 1 in the French charts. An album of the same name reached number 4 in domestic charts, and became the 5th best selling French album of 2003.

Entre nous:

Je viens du sud: (this is a rendition of Michel Sardou’s original song)

  • Julie Zenatti: (born on 5th February, 1981 in Paris)

Julie Zenatti French singer

Julie Zenatti is a famous French singer who is said to have one of the most beautiful voices in the world.

Si je m’en sors:


La vie fait ce qu’elle veut:

  • Olivia Ruiz: (born on 1st January, 1980 in Carcassonne)

She was revealed by Star Academy in 2001 even though she was not the winner.

Her most popular songs are:

J’traine des pieds:

La femme chocolat:

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