J'ai un problème

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"J'ai un problème"
Single by Sylvie & Johnny
from the album J'ai un problème
Released 1973
Recorded 1973
Genre Pop
Length 2:59
Label Philips
Writer(s) Jean Renard and Michel Mallory
Certification Gold

"J'ai un problème" is a famous French language song, a duet by Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday. However, the single cover credited a shortened version of their name as Sylvie & Johnny.

The single[edit]

The song appears on an album of Vartan's that remains untitled, but is commonly known as the J'ai un problème album because of the appearance of the famous song as the first title track on the album

"J'ai un problème" is written and composed by Jean Renard and Michel Mallory. The musical direction for the song was done by Gabriel Yared. the song was a huge hit in France staying at the top of the French Singles Chart for seven weeks during July and August 1973.[1] making it one of the biggest successes of Sylvie Vartan, wife of Hallyday. The song was a success on many international charts as well and translated to a number of languages, most notably German and Italian.


  • Side A: "J'ai un problème"
  • Side B: "Te tuer d'amour"


Charts (1973) Peak
French Singles Chart 1[2]

Marie-Ève Janvier & Jean-François Breau version[edit]

"J'ai un problème"
Single by Marie-Ève Janvier and Jean-François Breau
from the album La vie à deux
Released 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop
Writer(s) Jean Renard and Michel Mallory
Marie-Ève Janvier singles chronology
"Tout pour être heureux"
"J'ai un problème"
Jean-François Breau singles chronology
"Tout pour être heureux"
"J'ai un problème"
Music video
"J'ai un problème" on YouTube

In October 2011, the Canadian artists Marie-Ève Janvier & Jean-François Breau released the song as a duo from their joint album La vie à deux, a successful topping album by the couple.

The music video for the new version was a tribute to the original singers, as it shows both Breau and Janvier on a motorcycle being affectionate with each other, exactly as in the original Johnny & Sylvie shooting.

Other Versions[edit]

Language versions[edit]

In Autumn 1974, Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday recorded a German version in Paris as "Vielleicht bist du für mich noch nicht die große Liebe"; It was reelased as the B-side of their 45 rpm single that included "Te tuer d'amour" as side A. In 1975, Hallyday and Vartan released an Italian version "Il mio problema" as a double A side 45 rpm single alongside "Voglio tutto di te" that became a #1 hit on the Italian Singles Chart during May 1975.

Musical versions[edit]

Paul Mauriat and his orchestra played a musical score of the song and included it in his album Goodbye My Love, Goodbye as the second track in the album.

Live versions[edit]

Many artists have made rendition of the song on occasion. For example: