If you have never been to Belgium or even if you don’t know where it is - I bet you have heard songs from Belgian artists without even knowing it. Stromae is one of the most famous contemporary artists from Belgium. Songs like “Alors on danse” or “Papaoutai” brought him to the front of the international musical scene. Nowadays, many Belgian DJs are emerging and gaining popularity. In this section we aim to present different musical genres so that it is easier for you to discover or rediscover Belgian artists we feel are worth listening to. So, we have created a list of ten Belgian singers and bands - from French variety to electro music to jazz, check them out below.
Even if he is already well-known, we never get bored of his songs, his creativity and his way-too-realistic lyrics. Born in 1985, Stromae is internationally famous today and is a national pride! His single “Alors on danse” propelled him on the global musical stage. He manages to mix a dynamic dance rhythm with very deep lyrics that address social problems that we all face. His very unique musical and clothing styles set him apart and has made him very recognizable. “Papaoutai” was one of his biggest hits. Be sure to check some more, like “Tous les mêmes”, “Formidable” or “Ta fête.”
We hope that you liked this series of Belgian artists and that you enjoyed listening to their tracks!
Belgium is also famous for its summer festivals. In July and August, dozens of festivals pop up across the territory, ranging from electro music to alternative sounds, soul and reggae to rock’n roll and even French variety. Tomorrowland is the biggest of its kind and is famous worldwide. You can be sure to see some of the DJs mentioned in this list, there.
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Having grown up in the French-speaking part of Belgium, I was massively exposed to the French musical market. Therefore, it is very difficult for me to pick only a couple of artists to discuss in this section. There are just way too many singers and bands that I like and I think are worth listening to! So, I will try to break it down into different genres - from timeless music legends to young emerging artists - in order to make a list of TEN French singers, rappers or bands.
In electronic music, it is unnecessary to mention the obvious. I’m sure you all know world widely famous DJs like David Guetta, Martin Solveig or Bob Sinclar. And if you don’t check them out, they’re pretty great. If you like electro pop, electro rock or electro house, let me throw out some more names: DJ Snake, Lilly Wood & the Prick, Watermät, Petit Biscuit, Møme and the famous duo Justice, that you probably already know with their songs “D.A.N.C.E.” or “We are your Friends.” This electro music section brings me to the first artist of this list: Kungs.
4. Daft Punk
One of these timeless bands that will remain popular for a very long time. Daft Punk was formed in 1993 in France. They were very popular in the 1990’s following the French house movement and they managed to maintain their success over the years until todayalways keeping their unique musical style mixing electro pop, funk, techno, disco and rock. The duo almost always wears robot helmets during public appearances, matching their musical style. Released in 2013, “Get Lucky” reached the top ten of the music charts in more than 32 countries.
France went through a a glorious decade of eighties music. Rock bands got everyone grooving. We don’t hear them as frequently today, but they all are still pretty popular and everybody knows some iconic songs. On this list, we could mention, among others, Téléphone, Images, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Rita Mitsouko, Noir Désir, Daniel Balavoine and Louise Attaque a bit later. And if there is one song that everybody will know, it is “L’aventurier” by Indochine.
In French variety, as you have guessed, there are hundreds of singers and bands that are more or less renown. It is again extremely difficult to pick just a couple to present. This section could have a full article on its own and it would probably be too long to read. So I picked one artist that I personally like - Zazie. And if you are interested in French variety you could look it up online or on Youtube, where you will find many more artists. Check out the participants of the charity organization “Les Enfoirés” and you will already find a nice sample of contemporary French singers, musicians and personalities.
We hope that you enjoyed discovering these new and not-so-new French artists. Let us know what you thought about them. Who is your favorite? Who else would you recommend? Leave us your comments and impressions!
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