Whenever I hear an English song which I think has been adapted from a French song, I often say to my husband: "Oh! I love the French original version." To what my husband replies: "I think the original version is actually the English version." After a few "No, it isn’t." and “Yes, it is.", we agree to "Google" it.
I did a bit of research about "la chanson française" and I have decided to share with you a list of 10 French songs that were subsequently adapted into English. Sometimes, I must admit, the English version sounds better than the French one and/or was even more popular than the original version…
This is a non-exhaustive list so please add any song (preferably the two versions) you think of in a comment below if you wish!
1. La vie en rose by Edith Piaf (1947) / La vie en rose by Luis Armstrong (1950)