Aux arbres citoyens

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"Aux arbres citoyens"
Aux arbres citoyens.jpg
Single by Yannick Noah
from the album Charango
B-side "Danser"
Released February 12, 2007
Format CD single, Digital download
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:18 (album version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Christophe Battaglia
Cyril Tarquiny
Producer(s) Christophe Battaglia
Yannick Noah singles chronology
"Donne-moi une vie"
"Aux arbres citoyens"
"Destination ailleurs"

"Aux arbres citoyens" is a 2007 song recorded by French singer Yannick Noah. It was his second single from his successful album Charango, on which it features as third track, and his 12th single overall. Released on February 2007, the song became a hit in France, where it was Noah's first number-one hit, and in Belgium (Wallonia).

Song information[edit]

The song was written and the music composed by Christophe Battaglia and Cyril Tarquiny. The title refers to the line Aux armes, citoyens! in the chorus of La Marseillaise but the words 'aux armes' ('to arms') are replaced by 'aux arbres' ('to the trees'), because the song deals with an ecological theme, explaining in the lyrics the need to mobilize to find solutions. The music video was produced as an animated feature and illustrates the lyrics.

The song was included on many French compilations, such as Hit Connection - Best of 2007, NRJ Summer Hits Only 2007, Été 2007 and M6 Hits.

On French TV show La Chanson de l'année, hosted by Flavie Flament on TF1 on June 1, 2007, "Aux arbres citoyens" was awarded "Song of the Year" thanks to an exclusive poll directed by the IFOP,[1] among about 50 songs released in 2007.[2]

In France, the single went straight to number-one on February 17, 2007, and stayed there for three weeks. It totaled 12 weeks in the top ten and 20 weeks in the top 50. It fell off the chart (top 100) after 26 weeks[3] and is currently Noah's fourth biggest hit in France, behind "La Voix des Sages (No More Fighting)", "Saga Africa (ambiance secousse)" and "Simon Papa Tara".[4]

The single entered the Belgian chart at #28 on February 17, 2007, climbed regularly and finally peaked at #2 in its eighth and ninth week. It stayed for 12 weeks in the top ten and 26 weeks on the chart, becoming Noah's second longest chart trajectory for one of his singles in Belgium (Wallonia).[5]

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Aux arbres citoyens" (radio edit) — 2:55
  2. "Danser" — 3:00
  3. "Aux arbres citoyens" (video)
Digital download
  1. "Aux arbres citoyens" (album version) — 3:18
CD single - Promo
  1. "Aux arbres citoyens" (radio edit) — 2:55

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales Digital doawloads
France[6] Silver June 21, 2007 100,000 139,300[7] 18,220[8]


Preceded by
"Marly-Gomont" by Kamini
French SNEP number-one single
February 17, 2007 - March 3, 2007 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Mauvaise foi nocturne"
by Fatal Bazooka featuring Vitoo


  1. ^ "La chanson de l'année est... "Aux arbres citoyens", de Yannick Noah", Patrice L., June 2, 2007 Archived October 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved October 11, 2008)
  2. ^ "Les audiances du vendredi 1er Juin", Télé 2 Semaines, N.-L.G., June 4, 2007 (Retrieved October 11, 2008)
  3. ^ a b "Aux arbres citoyens", French Singles Chart[permanent dead link] (Retrieved October 11, 2008)
  4. ^ Yannick Noah's certifications and sales in France See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "NOAH Yannick" (Retrieved October 11, 2008)
  5. ^ a b "Aux arbres citoyens", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[permanent dead link] (Retrieved October 11, 2008)
  6. ^ French certifications (Retrieved October 11, 2008)
  7. ^ Best-selling singles of 2007 in France + sales Archived June 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved October 11, 2008)
  8. ^ Best-downloaded singles of 2007 in France (Retrieved October 11, 2008)
  9. ^ "Aux arbres citoyens", Swiss Singles Chart[permanent dead link] (Retrieved October 11, 2008)
  10. ^ 2007 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Archived May 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved October 11, 2008)
  11. ^ 2007 French Digital Chart (Retrieved October 11, 2008)
  12. ^ 2007 French Singles Chart Archived April 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved October 11, 2008)