Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern forms in the US and the UK during the mid-1950s.
French pop grew primarily out of the cabarets and music halls of turn-of-the-century Paris and has of course shifted and evolved with new popular trends over the years.
The best French pop usually has an elegant, refined sound, but without coming off as distant or unemotional; in fact, the dominant feeling of each song — romantic longing, nostalgia, sentimentality, eroticism, etc. It is usually played to the hilt while retaining the music’s stylishness.
Prior to World War II, French pop was rooted both in cabaret singing and in the sort of traditional orchestral pop common in the U.S. as well. Performers like Maurice Chevalier and the much-beloved Edith Piaf got their start in this format, becoming wildly popular in their home country and achieving recognition across national borders as well.
Although French pop continued to be dominated by the cabaret tradition, the sound of American and British pop/rock began to creep in during the '60s. Most of the rock & roll rhythms weren't of the hard-driving variety, rather, they drew from more compatible styles like American girl-group pop (especially singer/songwriter Françoise Hardy), pre-British Invasion dance crazes like the Twist, and the orchestrated, groovy, swinging-London sound of British singers like Petula Clark.
Rock&roll and club-oriented dance music eventually eroded French pop's hegemony both in France and in other parts of Europe, but classic performers who have managed to stick around can still command sizable audiences.
Some French Pop songs to get you humming are:
C’est Beau la Bourgeoisie by Discobitch (2008)
Kennedy Boulevard by Axelle Red (1989)
Sensualité by Axelle Red (1993)Pop’N’Gum by Superbus (2005)
Lola by Superbus (2007)
Butterfly by Superbus (2006)
Travel the World by Superbus (2007)
Je t’adore by Kate Ryan (2006)
Voyage voyage by Kate Ryan (2007)
Toi + Moi by Grégoire (2008)
Oser by Elsa Lunghini (2008)
Few of noteable French Pop artists/groups include names such as La Femme, Clara Luciani, Alice et moi, Pépite, Stromae, Indila, Zaho, etc.
You can enjoy French pop music on RadioFM's list of french pop radio stations, such as NRJ, Virgin Radio, Radio Nova, Chérie Frenchy, Radio M's, Radio Croco.