Ces soirées-là

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"Ces soirées-là"
Ces soirées là.jpg
Single by Yannick
from the album C'est ça qu'on aime
B-side"Qui ne tente rien n'a rien"
ReleasedMarch 25, 2000 (2000-03-25)
FormatCD single
GenreRap, pop
LabelM13, Sony Music
Songwriter(s)Bob Gaudio, DJ Effa
Judy Parker, Yannick
Producer(s)DJ Effa
Yannick singles chronology
"J'aime ta maille"
"Ces soirées-là"
"Fais ce qu'il te plait"

"Ces soirées-là" is a 2000 song recorded by French-born singer/rapper Yannick. It was the second single from his debut album C'est comme ça qu'on aime and was released in March 2000. Based on a Claude François' song (Cette année-là), it achieved a smash success in France, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Background and structure[edit]

In 1976, the band Four Seasons recorded the hit single "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)". The same year, Claude François adapted the song in French-language under the title "Cette année-là" ("That Year"). In 2000, Yannick made a partial cover of François' version: it used almost the same music, but changed the verses. The song, a "dancing and joyful rap", is "festive and lively". According to an analysis of an expert of French charts, the song is characterized by "the brass instruments support[ing] then punctuat[ing] the refrain, the rhythmic tune so characteristic (...) and the bass [playing] in the soloist passage".[1]

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the song debuted at #13 on March 25, 2000, then climbed and reached #1 three weeks later. It stayed there for 15 consecutive weeks, then dropped rather slowly. It totalled 24 weeks in the top ten, 36 weeks in the top 50 and 37 weeks on the chart (top 100).[2] Certified Diamond disc by the SNEP, it is to date the 13th best-selling single of all time with more than 1.5 million copies sold.[3]

"Ces soirées-là" was also successful in Belgium (Wallonia). It went to number 33 on May 6, 2000 and reached number one three week later. After 10 weeks atop, it kept on dropping and fell off the chart (top 40) after a total of 24 weeks.[4]

The song was #4 for two weeks in July 2000 in Switzerland, but remained on the chart for 30 weeks, 14 of them in the top ten.[5]

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by The Song Family on the cover album of the same name.[6]

Pierre Palmade and Patrick Timsit recorded their own version of the song on Les Enfoirés' album 2002: Tous dans le même bateau, on which it features as second track.[7]

It is also the opening number in worldwide smash-hit musical Jersey Boys, which features the life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Ces soirées-là" (edit radio) — 3:21
  2. "Ces soirées-là" (extended version) — 4:43
  3. "Qui ne tente rien n'a rien" — 4:45
Sales in private circuit
  1. "Ces soirées-là" (edit radio) — 3:21
  2. "Ces soirées-là" (house mix) — 5:08
  3. "Ces soirées-là" (version instrumentale) — 3:21
  4. "Ces soirées-là" (a capella) — 3:25

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[12] Diamond 2000 750,000 1,512,000[13]
Switzerland[14] Gold 2000 25,000


  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 494 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ a b "Ces soirées-là", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved September 29, 2008)
  3. ^ Best-selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr Archived 2012-03-26 at WebCite (Retrieved September 29, 2008)
  4. ^ a b "Ces soirées-là", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved September 29, 2008)
  5. ^ a b "Ces soirées-là", Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch[permanent dead link] (Retrieved September 29, 2008)
  6. ^ Ces soirées-là, track listing Lescharts.com (Retrieved September 29, 2008)
  7. ^ 2002: Tous dans le même bateau, track listings and charts Lescharts.com[permanent dead link] (Retrieved September 29, 2008)
  8. ^ "Ces soirées-là", Dutch Mega Top 100 Dutchcharts.nl[permanent dead link] (Retrieved September 29, 2008)
  9. ^ 2000 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved September 29, 2008)
  10. ^ 2000 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com Archived March 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved September 29, 2008)
  11. ^ 2000 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived October 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved September 29, 2008)
  12. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com Archived February 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved September 29, 2008)
  13. ^ Yannick's certifications and sales in France See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "YANNICK" Infodisc.fr Archived November 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved September 29, 2008)
  14. ^ Swiss certifications Swisscharts.com (Retrieved September 29, 2008)