Les trois cloches

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"Les trois cloches" is a Swiss song written in French by Jean Villard Gilles.[1] Edith Piaf and Les Compagnons de la chanson started their US tour in 1945/46 with this song, which was one of Piaf's greatest hits. The song was covered by The Browns in 1959 in English as "The Three Bells" (with words adapted by Bert Reisfeld)."[2] Dutch singer/comedian André van Duin had a Dutch Top 40 number one hit in 1982 with his Dutch comedy version of the song titled "Bim bam".[3]

Tina Arena version[edit]

"Les trois cloches"
Single by Tina Arena
from the album In Deep
Released January 21, 2000 (January 21, 2000)
Format CD single
Genre Pop
Length 3:50
Label Sony
Producer(s) Christophe Battaglia, J. Kapler
Certification Gold (France)
Tina Arena singles chronology
"Aller plus haut"
"Les Trois Cloches"
"Live (For the One I Love)"

Australian singer Tina Arena released her version of the song as a single from her 1997 album In Deep.The song became a huge hit in Belgium (Wallonia) where it topped the chart for three weeks and remained in the top 40 for 20 weeks, and in France, where it was charted top ten for 13 weeks and peaked at #4 for 2 weeks. The single was certified gold by the SNEP.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Les trois cloches 3:50
  2. Burn (version acoustique) 5:34


Chart (2000) Peak
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 1
European Hot 100 Singles 15
French Singles Chart 4
Swiss Singles Chart 49

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (2000) Position
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[4] 17
French Singles Chart[5] 28


Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[6] Gold 270,000[7]

^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Preceded by
Lucky Star (Superfunk song) feat. Ron Carroll
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
April 15, 2000 - April 29, 2000 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Oops!... I Did It Again" by Britney Spears

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "TROIS CLOCHES LES". ACE Title Search. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Show 11 - Tennessee Firebird. [Part 3], Big Rock Candy Mountain. [Part 1] : UNT Digital Library". Digital.library.unt.edu. 1969. Retrieved 2011-04-06. 
  3. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 33, 1982". Retrieved March 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ 2000 Belgium (Wallonia) Singles Chart [1] (Retrieved April 19, 2009)
  5. ^ 2000 French Singles Chart [2](Retrieved April 19, 2009)
  6. ^ "French single certifications – Tina Arena – Les trois cloches" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  7. ^ Infodisc.fr "InfoDisc : Les Certifications (Singles) du SNEP (Bilan par Artiste)". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 

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Preceded by
"Someone Loves You Honey" by June Lodge & Prince Mohammed
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
"Als je huilt" / "Bim bam" by André van Duin

21 August 1982 – 11 September 1982 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Twilight Zone" by Golden Earring