It’s always interesting to take a look at other countries and see how they celebrate the holidays because every culture is different and enjoys slightly different music around Christmas time. France is a good example of this. Although many French Christmas songs include classic carols translated from other languages, the country also has its own unique set of tunes created specifically for the holidays. With that in mind, today we’re going to take a look at some of the best French Christmas songs that would make a perfect fit on any holiday-themed playlist.
You’ll probably recognize this one immediately as Douce Nuit is the French version of the popular Christmas carol Silent Night. The song was originally written in German in 1818 and quickly made its way to French-speaking countries shortly after.
Petit Papa Noel is one of the most popular French Christmas songs for children and means Little Father Christmas (Santa Claus). The song is an original French creation that has no English equivalent and tells the story of a child and his wish to receive toys on Christmas morning.
Unlike the previous entry, L’Enfant au Tambour does have an English equivalent known as Little Drummer Boy. Both versions of the song are extremely fun so sing whether you’re a kid or an adult.
This is a French Christmas song that dates all the way back to 1553 and was only translated into English much later in the 18th century. The song was initially meant to be played during special occasions for the French nobility but eventually became a traditional Christmas carol for all the people of France.
Ever wondered how Jingle Bells would sound like as a French Christmas song? Well, Vive Le Vent is as close as you can get. The melody of this song is identical to that of Jingle Bells, however, the lyrics are completely original and still as catchy as you would expect.
While “O Christmas Tree” is no longer as popular as it used to be in English-speaking countries, the French equivalent known as Mon Beau Sapin remains a classic around the holidays.
Probably one of the most touching French Christmas songs out there. Unlike some of the other entries on our list, this one isn’t a classic carol but a more modern tune about peace and love for all the people of the world, which translates to Christmas for the Children of the World.
The title of this song translates to “the little reindeer with the red nose,” which naturally refers to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Unsurprisingly, Santa’s most famous helper is just as popular in France as he is in English-speaking countries.
No list of French Christmas songs would be complete without at least a couple of religious carols. This particular one tells the famous story of the three mages (or three kings) and their journey to Bethlehem to witness the birth of baby Jesus.
We’re ending our list of French Christmas songs with an oldie but goodie. You might recognize this one as it’s the French version of White Christmas. The song was originally composed by Irving Berlin in the 40s and later popularized by Bing Crosby.
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1. Open the main DVDFab 11 client and open YouTube to MP3 from the Utilities section in the upper menu.
2. Next, go to YouTube and search for some of your favorite French Christmas songs. Copy the URL of the song you want to download and then return to the tool.
3. Click the Paste URL button to start downloading the song. Repeat the process as many times as needed and when you want to download an entire playlist, simply paste the URL of any song found in that playlist.
4. Go to the Finished tab once all your songs have been downloaded and click the folder icon when you want to access them.
We hope you found it interesting to compare some of the French Christmas songs we picked to their English equivalents and enjoyed the ones that are completely unique to France. Whenever you want to download songs from YouTube don’t hesitate to use DVDFab YouTube to MP3 to make things easier for yourself. You can use the software for free and then decide if you want to upgrade to the full version to gain access to all the premium features.
If you are interested in old music, you can have a look at the top 80s Christmas songs.