Vive le France: home of high culture, world-beating cuisine and musical savoir faire. It’s no secret that France has produced some of the world’s most unique and groundbreaking talents: from synth innovators to sophisticated wordsmiths, the best French musicians are true originals who exude charm and sophistication, with music which ranges widely from genres such as chanson and yé-yé to techno and indie-pop. Irresistibly cool and beguiling, these iconic francophones have enriched pop-music history.
Best French Musicians: 10 Artists Who Put France On The Map
10: Christine And The Queens
Describing herself as pansexual and genderqueer, Héloïse Adélaïde Letissier has helped bring LGBTQ+ visibility into mainstream culture thanks to her boundary-pushing work under the stage name Christine And The Queens. Mixing art-pop and choreographed dance, Christine was born in the Loire region of France and has been bridging the gap between synth-pop and alternative R&B ever since the release of her acclaimed debut album, Chaleur Humaine. Recalling the androgynous styles of David Bowie and Prince, Christine And The Queens’ UK Top 20 hit Tilted instantly elevated her among the best French musicians, and her later dance-pop duet with Charli XCX, Gone, positively simmers with sexuality. As a one of the most pioneering LGBTQ+ musicians of the 21st century, Christine has already made a significant impact on her pop contemporaries, and there’s no reason to believe she won’t continue to do so in the coming decade.
Must hear: Tilted