|Single by Alain Souchon|
|from the album C'est déjà ça|
|Alain Souchon singles chronology|
"Foule sentimentale" is a 1993 popular song written, composed and performed by the French artist Alain Souchon. The song was released as a single in October 1993 and was the first one from his 1993 album C'est déjà ça. It achieved success in France.
Lyrics and music
In this song, Alain Souchon criticizes "the superfluity of the materialistic society". In the lyrics, he also cites Paul-Loup Sulitzer and Claudia Schiffer as examples of people highlighted in the media for their success in their respective fields, saying thus all that causes great harm to the TV viewers.
According to the magazine Platine, this song was "clean and efficient".
The song won the award of the song of the year at the 1994 Victoires de la Musique and the Victory of Victories of the original song of the last twenty years in 2005.
The song appeared on the French SNEP Singles Chart from 30 October 1993 to 9 April, then from 23 to 30 April 1994. Thus it stayed for 26 weeks on the chart and jumped from #14 to #1 on 12 February 1994. The song has become one of the most emblematic songs of the singer.
Covers and tributes
In 1997, the song was covered by Les Enfoirés and features on their album Sol en Si (track 15, 5:09), released on 6 October. It was performed by Francis Cabrel, Michel Jonasz, Catherine Lara, Maxime Le Forestier, Maurane, Zazie and Alain Souchon himself.
In 2006, the song was also covered in Portuguese-language by the female singer Bia under the name "Tão Sentimental" (3:14), that features on her album Coeur Vagabond.
The song also exists in the Russian-language by DJ Smash under the name "Москва ждёт Февраль" (4:17). Rose and Renan Luce covered it live in the French television show Pour Haïti, broadcast on 24 January 2010 on France 2.
As tribute to this song, French singer-songwriter Renaud wrote the song "Sentimentale mon cul" in 2006 on his album Rouge Sang.
Certifications and sales
|Country||Certification||Date||Sales certified||Physical sales|
|France||Silver||14 April 1994||125,000||218,000|
|French SNEP Singles Chart||1|
- Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 285 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
- Platine, December 1993 - January 1994
- "Foule sentimentale", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 18, 2008)
- Various artists, Sol en Si Lescharts.com (Retrieved February 18, 2008)
- French certifications Disqueenfrance.com Archived 2009-02-11 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved January 15, 2009)
- Alain Souchon's certifications and sales See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "SOUCHON Alain" Infodisc.fr Archived 2012-03-07 at WebCite (Retrieved February 18, 2008)