bands/musicians French New Wave Bands List

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List of French new wave bands, listed by popularity with photos when available. This list includes more than just bands, as new wave solo artists from France are included as well. It's always interesting to see where famous bands got their starts, so use this list to discover some great French music that you've never heard before. The new wave bands and artists below have played their music all over the world, but they all were formed in France. If you think the best French new wave band is missing from the list, then feel free to add it at the bottom so it's included with these other great acts.

List features bands like Phoenix and Air.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are popular new wave bands from France?" and "Which new wave bands started in France?" then this list will answer your questions.

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Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Phoenix Synthpop, New Wave, French rock

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Air is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Air Downtempo, New Wave, Pop music

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Amanda Lear is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Amanda Lear New Wave, Disco, Pop music

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Serge Gainsbourg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Serge Gainsbourg Adult contemporary music, Chanson, New Wave

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Jean-Jacques Goldman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Jean-Jacques Goldman New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

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Alain Souchon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Alain Souchon Chanson, Synthpop, New Wave

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Daniel Balavoine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Daniel Balavoine New Wave, Pop music, World music

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Indochine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Indochine New Wave, Rock music

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Yael Naim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Yael Naim New Wave, Pop music, Jazz

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F.R. David is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list French New Wave Bands List
F.R. David Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

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Space is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Space Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music

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Sébastien Tellier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Sébastien Tellier Downtempo, New Wave, Rhythm and blues

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Les Rita Mitsouko is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Les Rita Mitsouko Chanson, New Wave, Pop rock

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Niagara is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Niagara Synthpop, New Wave, Rock music

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Rockets is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Rockets Synthpop, New Wave, Space rock

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Nouvelle Vague is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Nouvelle Vague New Wave, Lounge music, Pop music

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Taxi Girl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list French New Wave Bands List
Taxi Girl New Wave, Pop music, Alternative rock