Traditional French Songs Enjoy Revival The French song -- or la chanson française -- is making a comeback. Inspired by legendary performers such as Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, a new generation of singer-songwriters is finding commercial success without mimicking American or British music. NPR's Nick Spicer reports.
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Traditional French Songs Enjoy Revival

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Traditional French Songs Enjoy Revival

Traditional French Songs Enjoy Revival

New Artists Embrace Classic Style of La Chanson Française

Traditional French Songs Enjoy Revival

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Singers Vincent Delerm, left, and Bénabar are among the new generation of French singer-songwriters. Adam Berry hide caption

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The French song — or la chanson française — is making a comeback. Inspired by legendary performers such as Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, a new generation of 30-something singer-songwriters is finding commercial success.

The style may be traditional, but the songs are sprinkled with references to handbags, cigarettes, cell phones and other symbols of modern life. NPR's Nick Spicer reports on the new singers — including Bénabar, Vincent Delerm and Sanseverino — who no longer mimic American or British music in the hopes of making it big.

New French Singers

Listen 'Sac a Main' - Bénabar

Listen 'Cigarette' - Sanseverino

Listen 'Les Filles de 1973 Ont Trente Ans' - Delerm
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