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10 of the Greatest Edith Piaf Songs

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What name comes up more in the topic of French music than Edith Piaf? Many cultured musicians would answer: none. Born Edith Giovanna Gassion, this Parisian rose would eventually become known as “La Môme Piaf” or “little sparrow” in Parisian slang. This nickname of sorts would be oh so fitting for a petite songstress. Sadly, Edith would eventually become addicted to morphine and die on October 10th 1963 at the tender age of 48. Her music would live on for many years though. The 2007 recipient of the Academy Award for best actress, Marion Cotillard, well deserved it portraying Edith in the acclaimed film “La Vie En Rose” which, if you have not yet done so, you must watch. No French singer will ever surpass the sheer emotion Edith put into her music, and she will be remembered forever.


La Foule
The Crowd

The lyrics of this emotional song tell of a woman being carried around by a crowd when she crashes into a man, falls in love. And then just as quickly the crowd tears them apart, never to see each other again. Perfect stuff for Edith Piaf!


Mon Dieu
My God

This emotional song cum hymn is a plea to God to keep alive a loved one for just a few more days or months so that memories can be built. There is much in this song which bears a striking resemblance to aspects of Edith’s life.


La Goualante du Pauvre Jean
The Poor People of Paris

This song should be familiar to most people – it is originally a French folk song brought to international acclaim by Piaf and later re-recorded by many other artists. This is a song about a big-time Parisian hustler who eventually gets arrested, so the usual English title is misleading, making it sound as if the song had been intended to extol the virtues or merry nature of the Parisian poor.


Les Trois Cloches
The Three Bells

This Swiss written song was one of the most popular of Piaf’s songs, and it was the introductory song used in her US tour of 1945/1946. She toured with the male singing group compagnons de la chanson who are also seen in this clip.


Mon légionnaire
My Legionnaire

During Edith Piaf’s rise to fame the French-Algerian conflict was occurring in Northern Africa. This dreary ballad to a young handsome legionnaire or “member of the French legion” defines Edith Piaf’s constant struggle to find true love.


Padam, Padam…
Paris, Paris…

A salute to all of Edith Piaf’s years spent in Paris. This title is a double entendre. Firstly it primarily refers to her home city, where she often longs to be, and loves most in her heart. Secondly, some interpret it to be onomatopoeia of the grueling life of a celebrity. Constantly working and traveling, life never ends leaving the repetitive “Padam, padam, padam, padam” running through your head never ending.


My Lord

Raised in a brothel, Edith Piaf immediately learned some of the darkest lessons in life. Milord addresses the story of a common prostitute yearning to be loved by a British “Lord”, yet never prevailing in her dreams. What inspired Edith to write such a depressing tale? The world will never know.


Hymne à L’Amour
Hymn to Love

Edith Piaf would wed Théo Sarapo in one of her last years, but no man would ever rival her first true love, heavyweight boxer Marcel Cerdan. Legend has it that this solemn hymn was written by Edith Piaf for Marcel after his death as one last display of love.


Non Je ne Regrette Rien
No I do Not Regret Anything

Often known as “Edith Piaf’s Last Lament” this salute to all of Edith’s mistakes and misfortunes defines her positive attitude on life. Determined never to perform again in one of her last years, Charles Dumont convinced Edith Piaf to perform one last time through writing this passionate summary of her life. 2 years later Edith Piaf would pass away having “nothing to regret.”


La Vie En Rose
The Life in Pink

Perhaps no other song has ever gained the recognition and association that this one has with France. Although Edith’s last days were more like “La Vie En Noir”. This anthem of giddy French living possessed a certain warm quality all Americans were striving for during the crazy ‘60s. Edith Piaf will never be forgotten. But should her music ever drift away into the halls of time, La Vie En Rose will forever live on in the hearts of Frenchmen and Englishmen alike.

Contributor: JC123

  • schiesl

    i love her so much!! MERCI BEAUCOUP!!!

  • I didn’t know Edith Piaf was addicted to morphine, how sad :-(. But what beautiful songs!

  • nick


  • stevenh

    JC123: Beautiful!

    I first heard many of these about 30 years ago, and have never tired of them.
    I’ve not seen many of these videos of the little sparrow, and I’m grateful that you’ve tracked them down and put this list together.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • Francois


  • nick: clearly you have great taste.

  • Randall


    Imagine my surprise upon opening List Universe this morning and seeing this list… or… well, you don’t know me, so you can’t imagine my surprise. Just imagine somebody really surprised.

    An ex-girlfriend of mine, from the UK, introduced me to Edith Piaf’s music many years ago (along with Jacques Brel and some others) and I’ve loved her music ever since. (Better than Brel’s, I think). Excellent list, and superb choices.

  • Randall: I thought of you when I posted this list – how right I was to do so :)

  • NiMur90

    nice list!

  • miller

    “interupting ingnorant american” -who?

  • Mom424

    Wonderful list! What a pleasant treat to wake-up to. My parents were in France at the time of her death. The entire country went into mourning and her funeral shut down Paris. An amazing woman.

  • Twinkle

    i thought hymne a l’amour would be number one. but i really did expect seeing No regrets, and la vie en rose at the top three.

    my personal favorite is hymne a l’amour because in the movie, when it was sung, i actually cried. hahaha… marcel…

  • Mathilda

    I love Edith Piaf. One of my favorites is Comme Moi. My French is too poor to even attempt to summarize it. I believe it is about a fantasy/memory of love but then again it could be about her planning what to cook for dinner – as I said, my French is pretty poor!

    My brother was pleased to note that his Blockbuster video store had “La Vie En Rose” properly alphabetized under “V” for Vie rather than the “L” for La. He decided that the store must have decided that those people who were actually looking for that movie particularly were likely to be the same ones who would know that “La” meant “The”!

  • romerozombie

    How do you like your French wine, sir? Rude, obnoxious, arrogant and ungrateful, of course!

  • david

    okay? whats next? 10 best bird tweets? 10 best toenail sizes?

  • WOW!
    Thank you, Jamie!
    Edith Piaf had one of the purest voices ever to grace this poor earth. She is on my short-list of women whose recordings I shall always cherish.

  • kittym

    Edith Piaf! I fell in love with her during my third year French class when I had to translate a skad of her songs. Non Je ne Regrette Rien is one of my favourites, and the first song of hers I ever listened to. Excellent, excellent list!

  • Randall


    You’ve gotten to know me pretty well after a year of this, haven’t you?

  • Kreachure

    Cool list!

    Randall & jfrater: should we leave you two alone for a while? :D

  • Chickensoup

    Ah Edith, j’aime elle… Awesome!

  • JwJwBean

    I learned something new today. :) I had never heard of Edith Piaf before. Since I don’t speak french it would not have meant as much without the little synopsis of the song. Thank you for taking the time to add those.

    And would you others who didn’t think the list was your cup of tea, grow up a little. I am starting to understand why other countries think Americans are rude and egotistical. A non American list? You mean I might learn something about another culture? I will stand for none of this. *Stomps off to pout in the corner.* Get over it.

  • kowzilla

    David (#15)
    I think a list of best bird tweets would be cool.
    Hurry and write it.

  • Trinitrotoluene

    April March is fun but of course not nearly as “cultured”.

  • Crispin

    WHO THE F CARES?????

  • She kind of reminds me of Judy Garland later in life with her looks and some of her mannerisms’.
    Plus they both had addictions and died way too soon

  • Jackie


    I first heard about Edith Piaf when Kevyn Aucoin, a most fantastic makeup artist, made over Christina Ricci to look like Edith in his book Face Forward.

    Still…I never looked up her music, then when La Vie en Rose came out I thought “Oh yeah I need to listen to her music” still…never did (I also need to see the movie)

    And now this list is here today and I had no excuse and I am definitely entranced. Her voice is beautiful and I forget how much I love the French language.

    Oh yeah and I thought I’d never heard any of her stuff before but of course now I realize I know La Vie en Rose!

    Sorry for the epic…anyway I’m quite surprised by how many people disliked this list.

  • Lucy

    lame list.

  • romerozombie

    Thiseth listeth doeth sucketh. Bigeth. I don’t suppose the majority of people who visit this site are fans of French singers. Who sing in French. Or sang. Whatever.

    Thou art more cultured than I.

  • Phender_Bender

    If you don’t like what the list is about why comment? Commenting on a poorly done list is one thing (you will never see around here), but commenting on a list because you don’t like what its about is another.
    Cool list, I’d never heard of her before though, but I requested some cds from the library, we’ll see if I fall in love in a few days!

  • Vera Lynn

    This list was great. I’m in the library so I had to listen very softly. Will play them again later at home. Beautiful voice.

    Kowzilla (22) You’re from Tennessee. You should do the list on Best Bird Tweets. :)

  • Wow, she’s brilliant! I learned a bit about her through my years of taking French through middle school and high school but never actually got around to listening to her music. I wish I had done so sooner!

    I knew “Hymne a L’Amour” but only because Josh Groban covered it on his “Closer” album.

    I’m all for freedom of speech but why waste your time commenting on a list just because you don’t like the topic? I could see if it was a truly poorly written list (which is a rarity on this site anyway) or if it was offensive (another rarity) but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this list except that perhaps it is written on a topic in which some people might not be interested. Boo hoo!

    We need more lists like this, let’s give everyone some culture and education! :)

  • Callie

    My dad LOVES her and I grew up listening to some of these. Thanks for the trip down memory lane :)

    Beautiful woman with a beautiful voice. Tragic.

  • Einar

    Je ni parle ni ecoute les chansons francais, mais j’aime cette liste parce que je peux apprecier la musique et Edith Piaf etait une chanteuse iconique.

    Si vous pouvez comprendre ce que j’ai erit, bien pour vous :)

    I feel so cultured already!

  • Something I’ve noticed on the lists which require a bit more thinking than others is this… there’s no way to say this without sounding as if I feel like I’m somehow smarter or better than others, which *ISN’T* the case at all…a lot of people complain. They make negative remarks about the list: “lame list”, *snore*, okay? whats next? 10 best bird tweets? 10 best toenail sizes?, WHO THE F CARES?????.
    But give these same people a list of non-existent rock bands and they have plenty of positive things to say, yet the posters who loved *this* list weren’t making derogatory comments over on that list.
    What I’m trying to get at is simply let each of us enjoy our own type of list.
    Debate the hell out of them, yes, but the above comment examples don’t invite debate.
    Thats all. I’m done.

  • kim

    Very interesting. I will have to take time to listen to her. Thanks for the French song lesson. I am always willing to learn new things. Sorry some people cant understand a different view on things.

  • JayArr

    Oh ho hooo! Mercy buckets!

    I had forgotten her name, but not the music. Would have been great for someone to include the Anglified lyrics for us poor sotts who don’t speak the longwazh uv luvv!

  • miralea

    Wonderful list! I love Edith Piaf. I’m so glad to see a list dedicated to her music.

  • rubulo

    Though she is not my favorite old french singer, i would have put in this list “mon amant de Saint-Jean” (my love from Saint-Jean) and “sous le ciel de Paris” (under the sky of Paris).

    But you’re damn right about Milord.

  • Cedestra

    Seems we’re really polarizing again. Seems we’ve shaken the wine cask up and the dregs have settled at the bottom yet.
    I can’t listen at this point, but I have no qualms listening to music in other languages. I would prefer to listen to them in their native languages- so many nuances lost in translation.
    WHO THE F CARES????? I care, so fuck you.

  • jc123

    Writing this list I didn’t expect very many people to appreciate or even listen to her music, let alone have it published. Although not everyone like it I’m glad it has brought around an old love for some of you, and a new passion for others.

    segue: I couldn’t say it any better.

    nick, david, crispin, and lucy: Clearly you have a distance to grow before you become half the person Edith Piaf was.

    jfrater: Thank you so much for publishing this list! I’m glad so many people got to understand the sheer beauty of Edith Piaf, and I hope some of the doubtfuls will eventually come over to our side. You are clearly one of the most cultured people on this side of the universe!

    Vive Edith!

  • Randall


    I sympathize. But the fact is as you poke around on the ‘net on various sites (for years as I have done, and maybe you have too) you notice that there are an awful lot of people out there (most of them, I suspect, are kids or at most 20-somethings) who are simply bored or otherwise unfulfilled in the moment, and want to throw something out there and take any opportunity to do so. I’ve come to ignore them most of the time as inconsequential, as long as what they have to “say” is limited to things like “this list sucks” and such. Of course if they get into actually forming sentences and making salient points, them sometimes it’s worth a response.

    But you’ll notice too that the little attacks on lists like this one are a small version of a larger and very old phenomenon…. namely, when a small group–usually to some extent an educated elite, with perceptions and tastes that are more highbrow, we’ll say, than the crowd–has its “artistic choices” placed “out there” for all to see–there’s oftentimes a hostile reaction by those outside the group… the psychological basis of which is resentment. People don’t like feeling like there’s something they “don’t get” when other people do “get it”–and that the implication in this is that they who “don’t get it” are dumber or less cultured or less civilized than those that do. It breeds anger and resentment and then out comes the hostility. It’s particularly acute when there seems to be something elitist about it–hence the resentment of peasants for the artistic tastes of aristocrats, and why during peasants’ revolts and political revolutions, it’s often true that the mob will attack and destroy artifices and objects that seem to symbolize the taste and perceptions of the higher-ups. It’s not only that these structures and artistic objects are connected to the despised elite by association and ownership–it’s also that they symbolize, to the peasant, his or her own inferiority and lower status. Only of course they don’t think it through like that–they simply hate the beautiful objects or buildings.

    This explains the destruction of so many works of art at the hands of the mob over the centuries, going all the way back (and probably much further) to the ruin of the Alexandrian Library.

    Of course it’s trivial to compare the destruction of beautiful objects and great buildings to the hostility of a few kids on the internet to a list of Edith Piaf songs… particularly when in real terms there’s nothing greatly “elitist” about Edith Piaf–she was essentially a pop singer–but I think it’s a very similar principle at work. Lots of people are uncomfortable with what they don’t know and don’t have the inclination to understand or appreciate.

    It’s the kind of thing you just shrug off. But what I do find sad in it is… well, two things really: 1) that attitude of hostility costs the rest of us in access to good things. In an economic/business system where the lowest common denominator rules, the mass gets its way and those few who want a little bit more often have to miss out. It’s an argument for why the arts need to be subsidized better in this country. 2) That so many people make the knee-jerk choice to reject what in fact they may like or come to appreciate, if they only gave it a chance. The one thing you learn about art and music as you get older is that there’s very little of it that you can’t get some kind of a handle on. Much of it–no, not all probably, but much of it–has beauty or qualities all its own, and they can be heard and found if given the chance. It’s too bad more people don’t want to make the effort, and freeze themselves in a position of taste and perception that remains largely unchanged all their lives.

  • big ski

    I,ve heard #8 before thats about it.A very beautiful voice.I,ve heard her name before but didnt know who she was. Guess i learned something new today

  • Callie

    I was making derogatory comments towards certain veiwpoints and people on the other list, not the list itself. It actually finally turns into a music debate around comment 440ish. However, I did love this list. I knew most of these songs, as a matter of fact, and have two or three of them on my ipod. So I’m an enigma I guess. I just think it’s stupid to pigeonhole people- a lot of them can shock you if you do that.

  • mk

    thanks so much for posting this! she was such a talented human being. too bad she led a very tragic life, i wish we could’ve held on to her a little longer.

  • jc123

    Randall I admire every single word in your argument although I would have to disagree with your statement about kids being the rowdy ones. I myself being a 13 year old have many friends who adore Edith Piaf in her music although I understand what you’re saying. If a video of Edith Piaf was ever shown at an assembly the large majority of students would either start talking out of “boredom” or boo the projectionist for putting on such “boring music”. But this is simple because of what you said about fear of the unknown. If perhaps they waited a couple of minutes for the catchy chorus of “Milord” to come around they would be astounded by the beauty of this old diamond.
    Music, which is meant to be a universal language has sadly drifted into regional sects in certain areas of the world, especially America. Sitarists playing at our talent shows are laughed at, Panpipe players on videos about the ancient Maya are often mocked, and even traditional American tunes such as the Erie Canal played in music class are often met with a skeptic chuckle from a few of the students. Hopefully, negative commenters will eventually learn to appreciate beautiful music (from all around the world)like you Randall. That will be the day

  • mk

    and by the way JC123, when i entered the site and saw the name of the list i honestly yelped with joy. lately, i’m sorry to say, the lists haven’t been to my liking- not that they’re not interesting in themselves.

  • dirtyrockerbarbie

    after hearing such rave reviews about her music today, i can’t wait to go home and download some songs! (work blocked the youtube function). i have always been in love with the songs that exhibit true genuine emotion and cut right to the heart of you, not the ones that display a propensity for narcissism and fruitless attempts to become wealthy. i understand a little french (shit is merde :D) and should be able to catch the basics of the songs. thanks for the great list, hopefully i’ll find as much beauty in it as everyone else (sans the bird tweeters… random).

  • Callie


    interesting fact: Merde does mean shit, however it’s also the equivalent of “break a leg” to dancers. I used to have a teacher that would say merde to us before shows and I thought that was the only meaning for years. I was a little embarassed to find out I had been cussing out french speakers for years….

  • kris

    wonderful songs… and my grand mom’s favs

    Is it psbl to download using Realplayer 11?

  • ****
    41. Randall
    I sympathize. But the fact is as you poke around on the ‘net on various sites (for years as I have done, and maybe you have too) you notice that there are an awful lot of people out there (most of them, I suspect, are kids or at most 20-somethings) who are simply bored…
    I know, Randall. I’ve been poking about on the net since ’82. I think I just hit some kind of psychic wall this morning.
    After I posted I went through all of the arguments you presented above, myself, and yet I came damn near just walking away. Right now, as I type this, I can feel that prickling of tears welling up behind my eyes…and it’s all just so stupid. Just a bunch of bored kids with nothing more interesting to do.
    It’s been a bad couple of weeks. I just let myself get overwhelmed. At least the author of the List appreciated my remarks, and that makes me feel better.
    How did you and I escape? How did Vera Lynn escape? Spanner’s a Brit, they’re pretty much forced to, but he would have anyway. No question!
    My kids escaped that mind-set…well, truth to tell, they never had it.
    Your point is valid. One I have believed in, and lived by, my entire life. I’m truly sad for the ones who refuse to open themselves up to the world of new ideas and experiences…to remain trapped inside the mind of an adolescent forever must be horrid.

  • dirtyrockerbarbie


    that’s hilarious!!! oh i can imagine the shock. i can just see some innocent bilingual bystander suddenly hearing, “shit, break a leg!” from a bunch of 13 year old ballerinas… epic. :D

  • frank

    freedom of speech segue… freedom of speech.

  • B_Rad

    Sounds like that entire rant was directed at me. Could you be any more condescending? Thanks for proving that you’re above everyone else. Well, at least in your mind anyways. And that’s what counts right?

    Anyways… I, being a fan of all types of music, find this music very beautiful, never heard it before.

  • Somebody

    Wonderful list! I love Edith!
    Although, I would have included L’Accordeoniste

  • jc123

    somebody: very true indeed! one of the downfalls of writing a list about Edith is the amount of wonderful repertoire she has!

  • I am really shocked at how many people are opposed to this list – seriously – why? The list about Johnny Cash did very well – is this hatred because of a disliking for the French people? I would hope that people reading this site wouldn’t be so shallow!

  • Mom424

    Although there are only 7 negative comments, I too am surprised that there are any. What could possibly be wrong with showcasing one of the great voices of the 20th century? What could possibly be wrong with learning something you didn’t know?

    Romerozombie; you should quit the knee-jerk reaction whenever something doesn’t agree with your narrow tastes. My mom is the most down to earth, farting, swearing woman you could meet and she loves Edith Piaf. You should shut-up some and listen; you never know when something you might like may come along. To cut-off something just because you believe it to be the purvey of the privileged is fucking stupid.

  • dirtyrockerbarbie

    education must make them balk with fear. God forgid having to fire up those synapses.

  • Mr Ed


  • stevenh

    “I’ve been poking about on the net since ‘82.”

    1982, wow that was before NFSNet!

    You must really be an old fellow. I was sure that I pre-dated most of the people here, working with one of the first search engines (archie) in the early 90’s, after having written a basic ftp system a few years earlier.

    For non-geeks: The first ‘public’ web browser was developed in 1993, a university project funded by The Communication Act of 1991 – the bill was introduced and sponsored by Sen. Al Gore. So for the trivia buffs that have read this far – While it was alway obvious that Al Gore did not ‘invent the internet’, it is true that his namesake bill funded some of the critical early stages of its development.

  • stevenh

    whoa, that came off as snooty. sorry for the rant.

  • Kreachure

    Um, I think you’re taking a couple of random comments too seriously.

    First of all, I’m sure there are at least seven people in the whole world who find the career of a musician who passed away over 40 years ago not so interesting, or who do not like the musical style in general, or simply didn’t know about her until they saw this list. Either way, everyone’s entitled to their opinion, even if such opinion comes from ignorance of the subject or not.

    Second, they’re probably (but not necessarily) just bored children (physically or just mentally) who happened to stumble upon a list that’s above their usual narrow cultural upbringing. So their trivial comments should be considered like such, trivially.

  • Cedestra

    53. B_Rad- “Sounds like that entire rant was directed at me. Could you be any more condescending?”
    ::choke:: Could you be any more self-centered? Any rants made over the disgust of the few who feel the need to bring everyone down were generalized; if directed, at those idiots who had already posted to this list. I actually had to double-check to make sure you hadn’t posted already (and you hadn’t). Get over yourself- you’re a rock in Randall’s shoe, nothing more.
    55. jc123- Bless you for having some culture. I, myself, have preferred New Age music over the more popular rock or pop or rap categories. You will have to admit, though, that if someone were to make a stupid comment on a list, he or she would probably be under the age of 20.

  • I am going to buy the greatest hits of Edith Piaf now. :)

  • jc123

    Cedestra: very true I couldn’t imagine my parents posting something negative about Edith Piaf!

    jfrater: You should also buy the film (if you haven’t already) I’ve only seen it in it’s entirety once but wish I had the time to buy it!

  • jc123: I bought it already :)

  • B_Rad

    Self centered? That makes no sense whatsoever but, whatever. I guess you missed the nonsense that went on over at the rockers list. Who are you Metatron, the voice of Randall or something? I couldn’t care less about the “social status” of everyone here, so again, whatever.

  • ObiterDicta

    Great list! I was never into Edith’s music, but I can appreciate her immense importance and influence as an artist.

    I must point out, however, at number 7 that unless I’m missing some subtlety of the lyrics themselves, “Cloches” is not French for “clocks”, it is French for “Bells” :)

  • kittym

    B_Rad: What Cedestra wrote actually makes a lot of sense, at least to me. What you wrote sounded self-centered, whether you meant it to or not. And this is a list on Edith Piaf, not a continuation of the ‘Rockers’ list, so the comments from that list shouldn’t have any stock in what is posted on this new list. Don’t take this as an attack, or me being condescending, because I’m not trying to be. I’m just pointing out that, to an outside point of view, your post sounded a tad self-centered. That’s all.

    Jc123: Good job on this list, it was very entertaining and brought back terrific memories for me!

  • jc123

    I believe Crispin needs a little lesson in comment etiquette. And obviously you are completely wrong, thousands of people care plus a small collection of very intelligent invidual academy members. Would Marion Cotillard win an academy award for portraying a character who no one cares about? You may not care but others do. Plus using caps lock makes everyone not care about you.

  • jc123

    ObiterDicta: Yes you are correct. Cloches is the plural form of bells. Horlage means clocks although cloches could be an informal french slang for some sort of clock with a bell..I’m not sure.

  • ****
    60. stevenh
    1982, wow that was before NFSNet!

    You must really be an old fellow. I was sure that I pre-dated most of the people here, working with one of the first search engines (archie) in the early 90’s, after having written a basic ftp system a few years earlier.

    For non-geeks: The first ‘public’ web browser was developed in 1993, a university project funded by The Communication Act of 1991
    Okay, jeeze, poor choice of words – shoot me…I got my first apple in 1982, and was on several posting-boards for writers…we did research for each other and shared support and critiques, and I’m not a “fellow”.
    When I could do research online, (1993 if you say so), it was a godsend.
    Should I kneel and kiss your ring? Or will a sincere Thank you, do?

  • Crispin

    edith who?

    now if this list was about edith bunker, that would be somehting, edith bunker could sing baby!

  • ****
    53. B_Rad
    Sounds like that entire rant was directed at me.
    If you had actually read the posts above it, you would have seen that I had lifted *exact* quotes from four posters, none of them were you.

  • Crispin

    I meant something

  • Vera Lynn

    segue (50)
    Thank you for including me. Made my day. It amazes me that I have your respect, as such. I feel quite inferior to you, world experience and intellectually. I’ve never been anywhere or done anything. All I do is read and teach.

  • jc123

    Crispin: Do you think we care about Edith Bunker in this list? No. So do something productive and attempt to prove that Edith Bunker was better by writing a list about her.

  • Csimmons

    well this list was great, I discovered a new singer :)

  • Crispin

    Marion Cotillard who is that?

    Marion Cunningham was a great actress, just aske Joanie and Richie

  • jc123: Congrats on the list!

    Those of you upset about the tendency of the “less cultured” and immature to come here and make derogatory comments without taking the time to discover the beauty of Edith Piaf’s music – did you notice that jc123 him/herself is a 13 year old (I apologise if I misread comment 45!). Segue, Randall, Jackie,, JwJwBean, etc, take heart ;-)

  • Crispin

    Actually I took the time and read about Edith Piaf’s life.

    She was a great women….

    …I would love to have done some morphine with her and listen to some OZZY

  • Gord in Canada

    great! a wonderful list! a small quibble…Marcel Cerdan, Edith Piaf’s lover, was a middleweight not a heavyweight.

  • okay! I bought the album! I love it. Thanks jc123 for reminding me of her music with this list.

  • MPW

    It is great to come here and discover something new, thanks a lot and great list. :)

  • Diogenes

    magnificient talent, but its the voice recorded for me and although I am aware and have heard her here and there and at different atmospheric levels–wait, thats it exactly(well maybe not exactly..but for emphasis, let it stand) certain is sure that I am unwilling to watch these Youtube computer uploads. I have seen a few pictures on the albums I heard from within the times that i have been open to the moment, but the voice alone is enough. Its like the best of Lydia Mendoza for me. You childrens ever heard (of) her?

  • Diogenes

    p.s. I’ll watchem later, twist my arm,but for now I dissolve into the clouds of the voice and weather, it hooks me like a flying fish into the sun.

  • danieller

    wow what a great list

  • Catty

    Love her music, it reminds me of when I was younger, and my Dad hooked up the speakers to the kitchen, and on Friday’s he would play her music and we would all make homemade pizza’s. I loved it, especially when it was winter time and it would be cold outside, but the house would smell of pizza and be filled with the warmth of the oven!!


  • jazjsmom

    I’ve heard of her, of course. She seems to have such a tragic tendre to her voice. She does remind me a lot of Judy Garland, I hope I’m not offending anyone. I really wish I understood French, but I took Spanish. I’m not very well educated by some people’s standards, but I constantly educate myself by reading whatever I can get my hands on. I do appreciate talent though, and not being very familiar with her work, I would love to find out more. So, thanks for the list, now I’ll have to find some books about her because I’m so curious.

  • k1w1taxi

    Having heard of Piaf over the years but considering her to be somewhat nasal in tone and with high school French receding further with every year I must say I still haven’t worked out why I went to see La Vie En Rose. But I am bloody glad I did. While I still don’t think I can take her voice in large doses I am impressed with what she achieved given her beginnings and the ongoing tragedy that was her life.

    For those of you that have discovered Edith as a result of this list I say get that movie it is called La Vie En Rose. Watching the youtube clips showed me what a great job Cotillard did catching Edith’s stage presence especially the seeming uncertainty/diffidence/what-do-I-do-now immediately after she finishes singing.

    Jc123, thank you for the list. Jamie?, thank you for the clips.


  • Mama-Kali

    Thank you JC123 and thank you Jamie. It’s for moments like this that I’ve been hounding this universe for some time now.
    She was/is magnificient, it’s the emotion she puts in it I think. I believe I have everything she ever made. And “je ne regrette rien” is become my credo. And for the ranters out there, her vinyls are right next the very first Black Sabbath from 1970 in my collection. Keep an open mind, you might actually learn something.
    On to the next singer songwriter, Jaques Brel.
    Randall mentioned him in the first posts. He too puts his heart and his soul in his songs.
    Sorry about the ranting, could not keep quiet faced with these idiocies.

  • Mama-Kali

    Just need to set somthing straight.
    “piaf” is slang for sparrow
    “la môme” is slang for little girl

    Just needed to say this, sorry

  • astraya

    Great list JC123. I wish I’d had your breadth at the age of 13. Keep experiencing. Keep learning. I love learning new things. I wish this site had existed when I was 13.
    I knew the broad story of Edith Piaf’s life and music, but had only heard items 2 and 1.
    As I was listening to item 2, my wife, who is Korean, came in and did a very creditable lip-synch.
    There a some voices which represent and even define an era. Hers was one.

  • jc123

    Gord in Canada: Very good research I always appreciate the knowledge of a Canadian…afterall you are much closer to the french than us Americans.

    Mama-Kali: Yes you’re right about the individual words but when combined it simply becomes “the little sparrow”. “Mome” is a feminine word in french so it always has the la in front of it. It’s not that mome means little girl, but the actual word itself is feminine. Mome means “child” or most would say “kid” but the word itself is feminine. It’s hard to explain/understand for a non-french speaker but in many languages words have genders also. For example: “La pizza” pizza isn’t a girl, but the word has feminine connotations from many many years ago. This is probably too much but this is basically what comes of trying to translate french informalities into english!

  • Val

    Edith Piaf! hehe ^_^ nice to see this!

    Nice to see the negative comments as well – if you’ve listened and don’t like it, move on… no need to say “boring” or anything like that, since obviously, to most people it is not boring.

  • david

    the comments on these pages are the worst! i mean you do love the sound of yourselfs don’t you? (randall) its a comment not a blog on what you think about other comments, also i would never want to be half the woman she was, i’ll stick to being completely man thanks.

  • rhharley

    I didn’t like this list. Does that mean I’m not cultured?

    Just to clarify, I didn’t HATE this list either. I feel rather ambivalent about the whole thing. =/

  • Val

    rhhayley – No, it doesn’t mean you’re not cultured. And I thank you for saying you didn’t like it and not something like “Boring” or “This sucks”. It’s not for everyone ;)

  • Contributor: JC123. That you for this List.
    It was so well written I would never have guessed you were 13! Your parents and teachers must be very, very proud of you…but most importantly, be proud of yourself.
    Having a healthy self-worth is far more important than others opinion of you. I’m not talking about being an ego-maniac, everyone hates them (usually even themselves, somewhere deep inside), I talking about being sure of your worth, being proud of your worth, and never, ever, being satisfied with leaving your worth as-is.
    You are already a fantastic person. Keep it up!

  • Che

    Number One translates to “The Pink Aeroplane” (in Glasgow).

  • S.D.Schaffer

    People will be listening to the music of Edith Piaf long after the majority of what passes for “popular music” these days is assigned to the dustbin of musical history.

  • It really is amazing you are only 13 JC123. You should be very proud of yourself. Thank you for turning many of us on to Edith Piaf.

  • MelClev

    Wow, everyone seems to be in a “mood”.

    I’ve never heard of Edith Piaf. I would like to read some of her bio…where can I find that? I don’t speak French so English sites please. :D

  • jc123

    segue: Your comment “I’m not talking about being an ego-maniac, everyone hates them (usually even themselves, somewhere deep inside)” made me laugh out of the fact that it was so blunt, yet true. Thanks for the compliment!

  • ****
    #76. Vera Lynn
    segue (50)
    Thank you for including me. Made my day. It amazes me that I have your respect, as such. I feel quite inferior to you, world experience and intellectually. I’ve never been anywhere or done anything. All I do is read and teach.
    Vera Lynn, the most undervalued members of society are teachers. It is to teachers we entrust our children daily. You help their minds grow, gain new knowledge, experience new ways of looking at the world.
    Without teachers, children would have little chance of ever having any knowledge beyond that of their parents…*some* would, of course, *some* always do. But it’s teachers who are the very life-blood of a growing, healthy, viable society.
    Of all the possible professions, teachers are among the top 5 of those I admire above all others.
    Okay, that’s the generalized portion of my response to your post…here is the personal response.
    You are so much more intelligent than you give yourself credit for, that it actually pains me. I mean that.
    I don’t know where you got this idea, Vera Lynn, but it’s so *off*, it’s so *wrong*, that it’s almost impossible to address. So rather than ramble on endlessly, let me just say this:
    You are brilliant. Perhaps you haven’t fulfilled *your* expectations yet, in which case all you have to do is take the time (free time, I know you can’t just say ta-ta to your job!), and study the subjects that would make you feel more fulfilled.
    I’ve never stopped learning. I never will. The only thing that will stop me is death. Make this your own goal. You’ll love it!
    Start with Diane Ackerman’s A Natural History of the Senses.
    It will blow you away.

  • ****
    #104. jc123
    segue: Your comment “I’m not talking about being an ego-maniac, everyone hates them (usually even themselves, somewhere deep inside)” made me laugh out of the fact that it was so blunt, yet true. Thanks for the compliment!
    jc123, sometimes I’m feeling rather blunt. Then again, I figured you’d get it.
    And you’re welcome. It was a sincere compliment.

  • Cedestra

    B_Rad: “Who are you Metatron, the voice of Randall or something?”
    If I was the voice of Randall, I would be very hoarse by now.
    Most people who post from one topic to another tend to start over with a clean slate. Of course, MPW and Vera Lynn will always love each other, whether it’s a list of the Top 10 Robots of All Time or 20 Items That Look Like the Virgin Mary (hey, I’m handing them out here!), but mostly people won’t attack someone from one list on another. Seems to be in bad manners.
    Now, Randall wrote a generalized statement. Everyone, except you, took it to be a generalized statement. You came in and said, “Hey! Why are you picking on me?”. It made me laugh, because either your delusional/paranoid and have a guilty conscience, or you’re full of yourself and think everyone *must* be talking about you. Real craziness isn’t as funny as being a pompous asshole, so I went with the latter.

  • antlyon

    So this is the lady in all the crossword puzzles?
    Impressive. I had never heard of her outside of puzzles.

  • Randall

    Just for the record, my statement WAS generalized–directed at no one in particular.

    I should have stayed out on the sailboat longer and not come inside. It’s too beautiful a day for this shit.

    JC, it’s still a great list, and you are one perceptive, cultured kid. Nice work, sprog.

  • Armystrong

    Wonderful list. My husband was a Legionnaire during the Algerian War and the song Mon légionnaire brought tears to his eyes. Such a beautiful voice in her own distinct sort of way. Too bad that it seems that the most talented artists die young from drug addictions or complications from the same.

    As for the negativity, let go of the Xbox (or whatever it is you play) and learn that there is life outside of video games. I enjoy many different kinds of music to include WWII German marches and US Civil War music(not meant to offend anyone)even though Im 27 years old and many of my peers think that my music is weird and that it sucks. There is a whole world out there people, go see it you might be surprised what you find.

    Thanks for the outstanding list JC123.

  • Armystrong:

    “As for the negativity, let go of the Xbox (or whatever it is you play) and learn that there is life outside of video games.”

    How is that comment related to any of the negativity expressed by other commenters on this list?

  • Tomo

    Ok, so I don’t have any particular liking for french songs or singers, at least now I know that there was a french singer called Edith Piaf and a lot of people love her music. Knowledge shared is never knowledge wasted. Ooh that’s such a cool quote, maybe I should copyright it.

    BTW, Randall and Jfrater, get a room!

  • Armystrong

    That was meant for the people who write boring, *snore*, and the other things of that nature. I didnt mean it to come across the way it did. My apologies I was rather uptight after an 18 hour workday on 3 hours of sleep. I spent a lot of that time dealing with kids in the Army that have the same feeling about the things we say to them. Again, my apologies.

  • Armystrong: That’s cool, thanks for replying :-)

    As someone who buys and sells videogames and consoles for a living (mostly) and who has a boyfriend who creates videogames for a living (mostly), I tend to ‘pounce’ when people make comments that I think perpetrate the stereotype of gamers as being anti-social, violence-loving teenagers.

  • Armystrong

    LOL, I dont hate gamers or games. I myself have quite the library for Xbox,Xbox360,Wii,PS2,PS3, and all the old school game consoles. And I so dont believe that violent,antisocial kids are caused by video games, thats lack of parenting IMHO.

  • Armystrong:

    “Xbox,Xbox360,Wii,PS2,PS3, and all the old school game consoles”

    That’s quite a collection! Most of the stuff I buy is for the older Sega (Master System, Mega Drive, Saturn), Nintendo (NES & SNES), and Sony consoles (PSX & PS2) :-)

    I tend to think that people who personify (I think that is the correct word) the gamer stereotype prefer the more violent games because they’re (the person) anti-social, not the other way around where people think violent games turn previously ‘ok’ people into that stereotype.

  • i dont even know who edith piaf is. hahaha =)

  • Cedestra

    Hmmm, Tempyra, I may have some games you might want…
    I think my husband is trying to lose his collection of video games (the older ones, we still have our PS3, PS2, and Wii) and Gamestop told him not to sell them back- we could make more money selling them on eBay.

  • Anne O’Nemus

    Every time I hear La vie en rose I feel young and happy again… but that’s the optimistic “rose-tinted glasses” that Edith Piaf had the ability to make one feel; though, it’s probably not good to listen to this song after heartbreak. :) How I wish I could live like her without bitterness…

  • ****
    #119. Anne O’Nemus
    Every time I hear La vie en rose I feel young and happy again… How I wish I could live like her without bitterness…
    No one lives without bitterness 100% of the time. What’s important is to balance the times of bitterness with times of joy, and to live the balance of your life with as much serene acceptance as possible.
    Note the “as possible”.
    Acceptance is an acquired talent. Something one learns by practice, by failing, and trying again and again and again.
    I know whereof I speak; both of learning acceptance, and of failure.
    All in all, I am better at acceptance than I was when I started trying to learn.
    Some days, I totally forget to be sad or angry or bitter.
    Some days, I have nothing but sunshine and ocean breezes.
    Practice, Anne O’, practice.

  • Anne O’Nemus

    Acceptance dear segue? One can only swallow so many insults by Fortuna before loosing patience… or perhaps a savage will to succeed and conquer is needed in addition to acceptance. After all, a too passive individual will not end up achieving great ends. But then, as Marcus Aurelius said, “how ridiculous and what a stranger he is who is surprised at anything which happens in life.”

    I too have ceased to be surprised at the increasingly bizarre twists this life has taken. But I digress. And no, I am not a megalomaniac. Just attuned.

  • ****
    121. Anne O’Nemus
    Acceptance dear segue? One can only swallow so many insults by Fortuna before loosing patience…
    You don’t know my story, many here do, though no one here knows my back-story.
    When I said “I know whereof I speak”, that was not said lightly.
    But everyone’s pain is personal. No one should tell another to take heart, perhaps.
    Suit yourself.

  • tres, tres bien

    tres, tres bien

    Je salute Edith Piaf.

    Une belle femme.

  • Ellen

    These songs are great, I’m very surprised at the number of people who have never heard of her though! she’s very famous after all. I went to see her grave in the pere-lachaise cemetery which was awesome :D like most people I love Non Je ne Regrette Rien and La Vie en Rose, but I’ve heard them so many times so I’m glad to see some other songs like my favourites Padam Padam Padam and Milord get some recognition.

  • Ray

    To those of you who do not have anything good to say about Edith Piaf, have you seen the film, have you read her biography, can you sing in tune or write songs? I wouldn’t mind betting most of you can’t.
    I beleive Edith Piaf’s life was tragic from the beginning and she had a voice to die for.
    I do not speak french at all but I could listen to her songs for hours, I am now on the search for her songs.
    her voice was 10 times better than Caren Carpenter.

  • kaykay

    Oh la la! Je t’adore Edith Piaf!Je t’adore!

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  • doc judd

    I first heard Ediths song in the early days of the vietnam conflict,sang by a viet songstrss in danang





  • Nazli

    I honestly listen to almost nothing except Rock/Metal and classical music but I’ve been absolutely in LOVE with Edith Piaf ever since I first heard her songs. her voice and music is untouchable. That’s the thing about good music: it transcends genres.

    Thanks a lot for making this great list. My favorite song of hers is one of her lesser-known songs called “Elle a Dit”. Ever heard it? I don’t speak a word of French but the first time I heard it I cried. No joke.

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  • Floy O’Neal

    I thought Edith sang O MELODIE DO AMOR

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