Foule sentimentale

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"Foule sentimentale"
Foule sentimentale.jpg
Single by Alain Souchon
from the album C'est déjà ça
Released October 1993
Format CD single
Recorded 1993
Genre Pop
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Alain Souchon
Producer(s) Michel Coeuriot
Alain Souchon singles chronology
"Quand j'serai K.O"
"Foule sentimentale"
"L'Amour à la machine"
"Quand j'serai K.O "
"Foule sentimentale"
"L'Amour à la machine"

"Foule sentimentale" is a 1993 popular song written, composed and performed by the French artist Alain Souchon. The song was released as a single in October 1993 and was the first one from his 1993 album C'est déjà ça. It achieved success in France.

Lyrics and music[edit]

In this song, Alain Souchon criticizes "the superfluity of the materialistic society". In the lyrics, he also cites Paul-Loup Sulitzer and Claudia Schiffer as examples of people highlighted in the media for their success in their respective fields, saying thus all that causes great harm to the TV viewers.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

According to the magazine Platine, this song was "clean and efficient".[2]

The song won the award of the song of the year at the 1994 Victoires de la Musique and the Victory of Victories of the original song of the last twenty years in 2005.

Chart performances[edit]

The song appeared on the French SNEP Singles Chart from 30 October 1993 to 9 April, then from 23 to 30 April 1994. Thus it stayed for 26 weeks on the chart and jumped from #14 to #1 on 12 February 1994. The song has become one of the most emblematic songs of the singer.[3]

Covers and tributes[edit]

In 1997, the song was covered by Les Enfoirés and features on their album Sol en Si (track 15, 5:09), released on 6 October. It was performed by Francis Cabrel, Michel Jonasz, Catherine Lara, Maxime Le Forestier, Maurane, Zazie and Alain Souchon himself.[4]

In 2006, the song was also covered in Portuguese-language by the female singer Bia under the name "Tão Sentimental" (3:14), that features on her album Coeur Vagabond.

The song also exist in Russian-language by DJ Smash under the name "Москва ждёт Февраль" (4:17). Rose and Renan Luce covered it live in the French television show Pour Haïti, broadcast on 24 January 2010 on France 2.

In The Netherlands, Herman Van Veen used the music of the song in one of his children theathre shows about Alfred J. Kwak. The song is called Andere Namen.

As tribute to this song, French singer-songwriter Renaud wrote the song "Sentimentale mon cul" in 2006 on his album Rouge Sang.

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[5] Silver 14 April 1994 125,000 218,000[6]


Chart (1994) Peak
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 1
Preceded by
"Happy Nation" by Ace of Base
French SNEP number one single
12 February 1994 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Happy Nation"
by Ace of Base
Preceded by
"Le Chat" by Pow woW
Victoires de la Musique
Song of the year

Succeeded by
"Juste quelqu'un de bien" by Enzo Enzo


  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 285 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ Platine, December 1993 - January 1994
  3. ^ a b "Foule sentimentale", French Singles Chart (Retrieved February 18, 2008)
  4. ^ Various artists, Sol en Si (Retrieved February 18, 2008)
  5. ^ French certifications Archived 2009-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved January 15, 2009)
  6. ^ Alain Souchon's certifications and sales See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "SOUCHON Alain" Archived 2012-03-07 at WebCite (Retrieved February 18, 2008)