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"Waterloo Road"
Waterloo Road by Jason Crest.png
Single by Jason Crest
Released28 February 1968
Songwriter(s)Michael Anthony Deighan, Michael Wilshaw
Jason Crest singles chronology
"Here We Go Round (The Lemon Tree)"
"Waterloo Road"
"Place in the Sun"
"Les Champs-Elysées"
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Single by Joe Dassin
from the album Joe Dassin (Les Champs-Élysées)
B-side"Le Chemin de papa"
Released11 May 1969
LabelCBS Disques
Songwriter(s)Pierre Delanoë, Michael Wilshaw, Michael Deighan
Producer(s)Jacques Plait
Joe Dassin singles chronology
"Me que me que"
"Les Champs-Elysées"
"C'est la vie, Lily"

"Waterloo Road" is a 1968 song first popularized by Jason Crest. The song, which refers to Waterloo Road, London, is from the British songwriting team of composer Mike Wilsh and lyricist Mike Deighan. A year later, French-American singer Joe Dassin recorded his own version in French as "Les Champs-Élysées", referring to the Paris Avenue des Champs-Élysées.


The song was written in English as "Waterloo Road" (lyrics by Michael Anthony Deighan, music by Michael Wilshaw) and released by the British rock band Jason Crest. French lyricist Pierre Delanoë then adapted the lyrics into French.[1][2]


The French adaption of the song, "Les Champs-Élysées" was released by Joe Dassin as a single in 1969, with "Le Chemin de papa" on the B-side.

The single entered charts in multiple European countries, with its best performance in Wallonia (French Belgium), rising to No. 4.[3]

Track listing

7" single (CBS 4281)

  1. "Les Champs-Élysées" (2:40)
  2. "Le Chemin de papa" (2:22)


Chart (1969) Peak
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[5] 5
West Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 31
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[7] 4


In the same year (1969) the song was covered by Slovene (then Yugoslav) singer Majda Sepe under the title Šuštarski most (Shoemakers bridge in Ljubljana). This cover was itself later covered by a Slovenian punk cover band Odprava zelenega zmaja.

The melody of Les Champs-Élysées was later used for the television commercial of CJ CheilJedang's dessert brand Petitzel Eclair in 2016, with lyrics sung by I.O.I.

The refrain of the song, accompanied by a yellow bouncing ball over the lyrics, was played during breaks in NBCSN's coverage of the 2018 Tour de France.

The entire song plays under the closing credits of Wes Anderson's film The Darjeeling Limited (2007).

In 2018, the song was remade to honor Chelsea Football Club and France National Football Team star N'Golo Kante.[8] This adaptation achieved great popularity in France during the French team's title run in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and also among Kante's teammates.[9]


  1. ^ "Veteran French Lyricist Pierre Delanoe Dies". Billboard. 29 December 2006. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  2. ^ Éric Neuhoff (11 July 2011). "Les Champs-Élysées de Joe Dassin". Le Figaro. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  3. ^ " - Joe Dassin - Les Champs-Élysées". ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  4. ^ " – Joe Dassin – Les Champs-Élysées" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  5. ^ " – Joe Dassin – Les Champs-Élysées". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  6. ^ " – Joe Dassin – Les Champs-Élysées". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2020-02-28. To see peak chart position, click "TITEL VON Joe Dassin"
  7. ^ " – Joe Dassin – Les Champs-Élysées" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  8. ^ Rachmanda, Kenchal. "N'golo Kante song". YouTube. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  9. ^ "The Whole Nation of France Singing N'Golo Kante Song!". YouTube. Retrieved 17 May 2020.