When you hear “French” you know you’re talking about the country.
So when you hear it used to describe the French in pop culture, the first thing you think of is that you don’t have the same kind of access to music as other Americans.
But that’s not the case.
The term “French music” originated in the United States in the mid-1970s, when French artists such as Cherie DeVille, Lionel Richie, and the Temptations formed a band called the Flaming Lips.
By the mid-’80s, the genre was gaining traction with popular artists like The Beatles and the Beach Boys.
It was also popular in France, where French producers like Claude Baudelaire and Louis-Michel-Dreyfus were making their mark in popular music.
“In the ’90s and early 2000s, France started a big cultural revolution, so I think that we’ve become the first country in the world to be really conscious of its cultural heritage,” says M.C. De Ville, who is the director of the French Culture Center at the Sorbonne in Paris.
“The music that we were born with is in the DNA of the country and it’s something that has been passed down through generations.”
While French music has had a lot of hits in the U.S. and Europe, the country has always been known for producing some of the best pop acts.
In the past 20 years, there have been dozens of French artists making waves across the globe.
Here are some of our favorite French pop artists: The Temptation: French singer-songwriter Jean-Paul Gaster has been working with a French producer named Lenny Kravitz since 2002.
Gaster’s latest album, The Tension, was released in October 2016.
He has released five albums in France in the past decade, including 2010’s Charming.
The Lamps: French vocalist/musician Léon-Mickey Dallaire is one of the most famous French singers of all time, and his songs have been translated into over 100 languages.
He released his first album in 1992 and is the first French artist to be awarded a Grammy for Best Instrumental Song.
“I always felt like I had the potential to be an amazing singer and a great singer and I always thought I would be,” Dallary told NPR in 2015.
“But my parents were very strict and they were very hard on me, so that was hard.”
He recently released his second album, Charming, which is out May 11.
The New York Times named it “The Album of the Year,” while Billboard named it the best new music of 2017.
He also has two EPs, the 2015 and 2017 singles for which he won a Grammy.
The Pines: French rock band The Pains recently broke up.
In March, the group released their first album, Songs of the Seasons, in the UK.
They’re also the first band to win two EMI Music Awards in 2017.
The Strokes: The Stroke were the first American rock band to chart on the Billboard 200, but their album, I Don’t Wanna Live Forever, has been a big hit in the States.
They recently announced that they’ll release an EP, a new album, and a live show in 2019.
They also recently announced the band would record a new song in 2018.
“We always knew that we wanted to be in the US, but it wasn’t like it was like we were going to get an opportunity,” frontman Matt Helders told NPR.
“So we just kind of pushed it a little bit harder and we wanted it to happen.”
The Killers: The Killer is a band with an eclectic musical heritage, from the bluesy soul of “Masters of War” to the psychedelic punk of “Black Hole Sun.”
The band also released its first EP, “Makers of Silence,” in 2010.
The band’s first album was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London.
It reached number three on the U