music: mika

Multilingual songs

Here is a list of all the songs in more than one language I have in my music playlist. They’re all linked to their music video. Add yours! :)

  • 城ヶ崎美嘉(CV.佳村はるか)、神崎蘭子(CV.内田真礼)、前川みく(CV.高森奈津美)、二宮飛鳥(CV.青木志貴)、一ノ瀬志希(CV.藍原ことみ)


Sung by: Mika Jougasaki (城ヶ崎美嘉) [CV:Haruka Yoshimura (佳村はるか)],
Ranko Kanzaki (神崎蘭子) [CV: Maaya Uchida (内田真礼)],
Miku Maekawa (前川みく) [CV: Natsumi Takamori (高森奈津美)],
Asuka Ninomiya (二宮飛鳥) [CV: Shiki Aoki (青木志貴)], &
Shiki Ichinose (一ノ瀬志希) [CV:Kotomi Aihara (藍原ことみ)]

Basically, artists and songs that I enjoy listening to in my French-learning endeavor. As any playlist, it’s completely subjective, as well as a tad bit messy (since I’m not very systematic when music is concerned so expect time eras to overlap freely), but I hope you will like it anyway!

Also in this series: Random Music in Spanish

  • Édith Piaf – no surprises here, she really is a classic (and understandably so). I also love older music, so it wasn’t long before I was obsessed with a couple of songs. Personal favorites are Les Mômes de la clôche [x] (this one is reeeally old, it dates back to 1936!), L’Accordéoniste [x], Sous le Ciel de Paris [x] and the universally known Non, je ne regrette rien [x].
  • Zaz – definitely a more recent one, even though she has covered many classic pieces; I’m mostly in love with her jazzy voice and vocalizing. The first song I listened to was Je Veux [x], but I would also recommend On Ira [x], Gamine [x] and her wonderful cover of Dans Ma Rue [x] (be ready to bawl your eyes out). 
  • Michel Sardou – whatever your opinion on the movie La Famille Bélier, it’s difficult to deny that its musical side was pretty cool. Listen to Je Vole [x] (here goes also Louane’s version [x]), En Chantant [x], and, if you are a les Mis fan, enjoy him Enjolras-ing in the Original French Concept album [x]!
  • Stromae – I’m well aware he’s actually Belgian, but I shall use the term French to designate the language here. There’s probably no further need to recommend him as I’m sure he’s pretty well known, but I like him so much that I’ll do it anyway, haha. Personally, I enjoy his original take on Bizet’s Carmen [x], Tous Les Mêmes [x], and of course Papaoutai [x].
  • Georges Brassens – a singer-songwriter that inspired many (and among those Fabrizio De André), his witty lyrics and rich voice are timeless. Listen to La Mauvaise Réputation [x], Mourir Pour Des Idées [x], and Les Passantes [x].
  • Joe Dassin – I’ll be honest and admit that I don’t have extensive knowledge of his discography, but I do know Les Champs Élysées [x] and truthfully it such a fun song to sing along to that I just had to include it in this list.
  • Les Choristes – actually a movie and not an artist; I first saw it in my last year of primary school and had its soundtrack stuck in my head for weeks. If you like choirs, these songs should be a good fit: Vois Sur Ton Chemin [x], La Nuit [x] and Caresse Sur L’Océan [x].
  • MIKA – kinda sure you’ve heard of this guy ;) There’s not much more to say other than his songs are extremely catchy in any language. The only ones I know well are Boum Boum Boum [x] and Elle Me Dit [x], but I’ll gladly listen to more if I find them!
  • Dalida – the Egyptian-born Italian-French singer (!), who tragically committed suicide in 1987, sang both in French and Italian. Personally, and for obvious reasons, I am more versed in her Italian production, but I can say that T’Aimer Follement [x] is a huuuge earworm for me, just like the French version of Ciao, Amore, Ciao [x] (I’ve got to warn you, though, if you aim for a native-like pronunciation don’t imitate her, for as far as I can tell she has a discernible Italian accent).

MIKA for JoePie

Name :MIKA

Nickname : Mika Moose

High: No idea, under 2 mt. I think

Weight: 73,5 kg

I would like to sing a duet with: Nina Simone: because it’s always better to dream imposibble things

I’m secretly addicted to: Pasta, Any kind, any colour, any sauce … even for breakfast

The craziest thing I have heard/read about myself : That I like football

The most embarrassing thing I have done: My behaviour after a gig when I was 22. I decided to take my garden hose and “clean” inside of my apartament

Nobody Knows that mika: Can’t spell, it’s hard!

My favorite snack: Salted peanut, they’re terrible for you but …

My celebrity crush: Gross … none. Celebrities are monsters.

If I could interview someone, I would choose: No idea, maybe someone like Walt Disney 

I know I’m inlove when: I say it’s not serious

I would never love someone who : was a snob, that can’t be fixed

Best things about being a celebrity:

A) Getting free clothes and stuff: kinda …

B) Going to premiers and awards shows: no way

C) Meeting other famous people: uhmmmm …. no

D) Something else (Fill in ): You have a work that you love + you work by yourself

Describe yourself in 3 words: Crunchy munchy koop