10 Best French Movie Songs

Saturday, April 9 by Lauren Reinhard

In any film the music helps to set the mood, the 10 best French movie songs set the scene for adventure, romance and comedy. From modern films to old classic movies, these movies employ the use of songs to further the storyline and set the tone of the film.

  1. “La Valse des Monstres.” Prominently featured at the end of the film “Amelie” starring Audrey Tatou, this song is easily one of the best French movie songs.
  2. “Rose." Sung by Zazie and from the acclaimed film “Ma Vie en Rose,” this song was one of the most popular songs in the film. The film is about gender identity in a young boy and the struggle the family and child experience. This, one of the best French movie songs, beautifully expresses the struggle of the child.
  3. “Je n’aime Que Toi.” Written by Alex Beaupain for the film “Love Songs” (or the French, Les Chansons d’amour”). This song is one of the best French movie songs and was sung by three of the film’s stars: Louis Garrel, Ludivine Sagnier and Clotilde Hesme.
  4. “Ashes to the Wind/Roux Returns.” From Academy Award-nominated film, “Chocolat,” starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. The soundtrack, which was nominated for both an Academy Award for Best Original Score and Grammy Award for Best Score Sountrack included this ambient wistful tune.
  5. “Minor Swing.” As one of the best French movie songs,“Minor Swing” was written by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and was first recorded in 1937. The popular gypsy song is the first song featured in the acclaimed film, “Chocolat.”
  6. “Chanson Anglaise.” From the film “Le Coeur sur la Main” comes one of the best French movie songs. The song was performed by famous French group “Bourvil.”
  7. “Tout Pres de Toi Qu'il Fait Bon.” This song is from the film “Serenade aux Nuages” (“Serenade the Clouds”). This mystery romance film has one of the best French movie songs of all time sung by Tino Rossi
  8. “De Bonne Raisons.” The main song in the 2007 film, “Love Songs” (“Les Chansons d’amour.”) This bouncy song by Alex Beaupain, the main songwriter of the film, became an instant hit after the release of the movie. The film starred Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Ludivine Sagnier and Chiara Mastroianni.
  9. “Emmene-moi Danser ce Soir.” From the 1007 film “Ma Vie en Rose,” this song was sung by Michele Torr. The song title meaning “take me dancing tonight” helps to express the desire the main character feels to get away from his real life.
  10. “Si tu n’etais pas la.” Another of the best French movie songs from the movie “Amelie,” this tune was performed by Frehel in 1934. The title of the song translates to “If You Were Not There.”

-Lauren Reinhard