As you may already know, I will move in England and leave behind me my friends, family, habits, culture and dog. Therefore, I’m very likely to suffer from homesickness but I won’t be able to take the first train to home. That’s why I have prepared a playlist, in order to get through tough times without sobbing uncontrollably during hours, begging for a baguette or selling my soul to Satan for a crêpe. This playlist contains thirteen songs, all in French or by French people but it definitely isn’t a gathering of the finest songs you can find in this language. I have selected them because they all mean something special to me.
Matmatah – Les moutons
As this band was created in my hometown, including them in my anti homesickness playlist was absolutely necessary. This song is inspired from traditional Breton music and always cheers me up !
Bigflo & Oli – Nous aussi
One of my favorite songs by these two rappers from Toulouse, I really like appreciate their well thought lyrics.
Indochine – L’Aventurier
A standard of French parties, the kind of song everyone knows by heart without really assuming, maybe because of the non-sense lyrics.
Les Groove Boys – Partenaire Particulier
This is actually a cover and not the original song. It is pretty special because it is performed by instruments used in “bagads”, traditional breton music groups. I really like the sound of these instruments even though a lot of people believe that it’s an “ear torture”.
Casseurs Flowteurs – Fais les backs
Another rap song, even though this is not my favorite one from them, this song always does its job and is less depressing than the others they have made.
Biga*Ranx – My face
I know. This song is not in French. I’m sorry, I’m neglecting all my duties, this is untolerable. But trust me, this artist is French and his reggae is so good (although seeing him live is definitely better).
Emile & images – Les démons de minuit
Another classic French partying song, if you’re invited to some fete you can’t go wrong with this one. Except if your intention is not hearing drunk french people howling the lyrics.
France Gall – Résiste
A work of art. And the title means “resist” which is actually what I will have to do to beat homesickness. Nothing else to say, just appreciate this masterpiece.
La Secte Phonétik – Bienvenue dans la secte
This one is by far less popular than the previous ones but this is truly a little well-written gem.
Petit Biscuit – Sunset Lover
I’m pretty sure than most of you have already heard this one, maybe on the radio or at the supermarket. Just as Kungs’ hit “This girl”, French electronic music tends to be exported beyond the borders. I really enjoy the nostalgic vibe of this song but there’s also a hint of hope !
Stupeflip – Stupeflip Vite !
Everyone who has ever had the privilege (or misfortune) of meeting me knows that I’m a huge Stupeflip fan. My favorite one from them is Gaëlle but I think that this song is more adapted to this context because it makes me want to scream the lyrics at the top of my lungs and this is actually a perfect way to deal with sadness.
Michel Berger – Le Paradis Blanc
Another masterpiece, Michel Berger is actually the one who wrote “Résiste”. This one reminds me of my childhood because my father used to put this in the car when we went for strolls.
Matmatah – Lambe An Dro
And last but not least, another Matmatah song ! Is there anything better than a song about a district of my hometown performed by a local bad to beat homesickness ? I don’t think so.
And you ? Do you have any songs to listen to when you feel sad ? Let me know in the comments !