La Fête Nationale – a.k.a. French National Day – a.k.a. Bastille Day (as us stupid Americans commonly know it) is less than five days away. If you’re in Paris at the moment to take part in the festivities — which include air shows, parades, fireworks, and most importantly everyone getting righteously hammered underneath the Eiffel Tower — you know you’re stoked. Even those with French blood living in the US get pumped up for the biggest national holiday of their forefathers.

And it’s not hard to see why. Sure, the French get some flack for being soft, and cowardly. They only eat baguettes. They sound like frogs. But those stereotypes are far outweighed by awesome French things. Paris is universally agreed upon as the most romantic city in the world. Like most of Europe, France seems to have perfect weather, skate spots, and women. These are the people who gave us the ménage à trois, for god’s sake!

One aspect of cultural contribution that’s hard to deny is French pop music. While you may consider yourself an anti-pop anarchist, it’s hard to deny the heavy hitters that have risen from “the land of tartare” to conquer the charts and plant songs in our heads that we can’t get out. Whether you like it or not, French DJ’s are responsible for a current resurgence in disco-centric beats. Artists like Justice, David Guetta, and M83 have invaded our airwaves and redefined electronic music. Also, is there anyone in the world who dislikes Daft Punk?

So, in honor of Bastille Day, the beginning of the French Revolution and the Storming of the Bastille, we give you our 10-track SlamXSounds playlist *loosely* based around French pop music. We guarantee it will make your day better.

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