La chanson française: Exploring the ins and outs of iconic French music

The recent death of Jane Birkin is a reminder of just how attached the French are to la chanson française, which literally means “French song,” but is much more than that. French chanson is a very unique genre of music intertwined with French culture and history. Several styles of French chanson have emerged over the years, but the defining characteristic that ties them all together is that it’s all about the lyrics. In this episode of The French Connection, we take you on a musical journey through the songs of France.

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