(Relaxnews) - There are a handful of iconic places in the world that should be visited at least once in a lifetime. They have always had a particular draw, attracting waves of visitors every year. They have inspired novels, poems, songs and films, and become icons. Relaxnews has compiled a playlist of music that is quintessential to each of these iconic destinations.
Paris is a city that lives up to its own clichés: romantic, artistic, sophisticated and yet bohemian, Paris satisfies tourists of every disposition. No other city has been the subject of so many novels, poems, songs and movies. Getting lost in Paris while strolling through the streets of Le Marais, the Latin Quarter or the Champs-Elysees is a tourist's dream.
Paris, also known as the City of Love and the City of Light, has earned a reputation for sophisticated shopping and dining, as well as for its architectural beauty and cultural events. Home at one point or another to famous talents such as Albert Camus, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway, Paris has been the scene of cultural movements which have influenced the entire world, from Impressionism to Cubism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco and the Nouvelle Vague cinema of the 1950s and 60s.
Must-do and must-see features include the Eiffel Tower, walking around Montmartre, picnicking along La Seine or strolling through the city's biggest flea market at Porte de Clignancourt.
Paris, the city of romance, artists and culture, has inspired songwriters from within France and around the world for years. Associated with artists such as Serge Gainsbourg and Edith Piaf, Paris also boasts a buzzing contemporary music scene, peopled by artists from around France -- and the world -- who prove that the city can create as well as inspire musicians.
01. Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin - "Je t'aime, moi non plus" (1969)
One of the quintessentiel ‘French' or ‘Paris' songs, "Je t'aime, moi non plus" sees one of France's greatest artists speaking of love and sex. The song was originally banned from radio in several countries around the world due to its erotic content.
02. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong - "Summertime" (1957)
Ella Fitzgerald's performance of "Summertime" brings to mind a golden age of jazz, perfect listening when relaxing with a coffee, people watching on one of Paris's famous café terraces.
03. Friendly Fires - "Paris (Aeroplane remix)" (2008)
This modern tribute to the City of Lights imagines a young couple's dreams of moving to Paris.
04. Peter Starstedt - "Where do you go my lovely" (1969)
This 1969 hit pictures a smalltown girl who has made it as a socialite in Paris and references some of the city's most famous streets and inhabitants.
05. Serge Lama - "Les p'tites femmes de Pigale" (1973)
In this 1973 track Serge Lama sings of a love lost and of losing himself among the traditionally seedier Pigale area of Paris.
06. Louise Attaque - "Depuis Toujours" (2006)
Louise Attaque was, at one point, one of Paris's biggest bands and is proof that as well as inspiring songwriters Paris also produces them.
07. Granville - "Le Slow" (2012)
Granville has been pegged as one of the biggest upcoming French bands this year and their 1960s-inspired French language pop makes for the perfect summer soundtrack.
08. Emilie Simon - "To The Dancers In The Rain" (2006)
"Just a sunny day in Paris, please give it back to me," sings Montpellier-born Simon in this love song from her self-titled 2006 album.
09. First Aid Kit - "Ghost Town" (2010)
The upcoming Swedish siblings of Ghost Town sing of missed chances and "a dream of Paris in the morning" in this haunting chilled out track that makes a perfect companion to lazy afternoons in the Jardin du Luxembourg.
10. Eiffel - "Place De Mon Coeur" (2012)
Longstanding rock band Eiffel proves that French bands can hold their own, taking on the international scene with this upbeat track, translated as "Place In My Heart"; perfect for an energetic night out in Paris's more happening spots.
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