Ma philosophie

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"Ma philosophie"
Ma philosophie.jpg
Single by Amel Bent
from the album Un Jour d'été
Released 29 November 2004
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded France
Genre Contemporary R&B
Length 3:26
Label Sony Bmg Music
Songwriter(s) Amel Bent, Diam's
Producer(s) Volodia, Jean-François Berger
Amel Bent singles chronology
"Ma philosophie"
"La Droit à l'erreur"
"Ma philosophie"
"La Droit à l'erreur"
Audio sample
Amel Bent - "Ma Philosophie"

"Ma philosophie" is a 2004 song recorded by Amel Bent as her debut single, from her album Un Jour d'été. It was released on 29 November 2004 in France, and remains the singer's most successful song, topping the charts in France and Belgium (Wallonia).

Lyrics, music and video[edit]

Written by Amel Bent herself in collaboration with French rap singer Diam's, the song has lyrics that reveal the positive sides of women.

The music video deals with the various types of women and shows Amel Bent alternately as a businesswoman, a materialistic woman, a waitress and a daily woman who is with her friends. The lyrics have a quasi-poetic feel to them, as figurative language is sparsely used, such as the metaphor "Je suis l’as qui bat le roi" and the alliteration of the "i" sound in "injures incessantes". "My Philosophy" was named the Victoires de la Musique as 'Original song of the Year'.

The song was covered by Karen Mulder, Corneille, Lorie, Sandrine Kiberlain, Julie Zenatti and Hélène Ségara for Les Enfoirés' album 2006: Le Village des Enfoirés (seventh track).[1] The song has been parodied by Paral & Piped studio, under the title "Ma Seule Envie".

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the single went straight to number one SNEP Singles Chart on 23 January 2005, staying there for six consecutive weeks. It remained for 12 weeks in the top ten, then did not stop to drop quickly on the chart, totaling 15 in the top 50 and 18 weeks on the chart (top 100).[2] It was ranked third on the Annual Chart[3] and achieved Diamond status.[4] As of August 2014, the song was the 18th best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 569,000 units sold.[5]

The single featured for 24 weeks on the Ultratop 40, from 19 February 2005. It debuted at number 21, then climbed to number three and reached number one the following weeks, staying there for seven consecutive weeks.[6] It appeared in the top ten for 16 weeks, was certified Gold disc,[7] and was the third best-selling single of 2004.[8]

Track listings[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Ma philosophie" — 3:26
  2. "As" with Julien Chagnon — 4:36
  • Digital download
  1. "Ma philosophie" — 3:26
  2. "As" with Julien Chagnon — 4:36

Charts and sales[edit]


Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
Belgium (Wallonia) Gold[7] 9 April 2005 25,000
France Diamond[4] 16 June 2005 750,000 556,201+[13]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Call on Me" by Eric Prydz
French SNEP number-one single
23 January 2005 – 27 February 2005 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Un monde parfait" by Ilona
Preceded by
"Et puis la terre..." by Various Artists
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
5 March 2005 – 23 April 2005 (8 weeks)


  1. ^ 2006: Le Village des Enfoirés, track listing and charts (Retrieved 16 May 2008)
  2. ^ a b "Ma philosophie", French SNEP Singles Chart (Retrieved 5 December 2007)
  3. ^ a b 2005 French Singles Chart Archived 2012-04-04 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 8 December 2007)
  4. ^ a b 2005 Diamond certifications, by SNEP Archived 2009-02-02 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 9 December 2007)
  5. ^ "Top 100 des singles les plus vendus du millénaire en France, épisode 9 (20-11)". Chartsinfrance, PureCharts. 6 September 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  6. ^ a b c Belgian (Wallonia) Ultratop 40 Singles Chart (Retrieved 9 December 2007)
  7. ^ a b 2005 Belgian (Wallonia) certifications (Retrieved 16 May 2008)
  8. ^ a b 2004 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved 8 December 2007)
  9. ^ "Amel Bent — Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Airplay Charts - Lista krajowa 28/2005 (Retrieved 28 August 2015)
  11. ^ a b "Ma philosophie", World Charts (Retrieved 9 December 2007)
  12. ^ "Ma philosophie", Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved 9 December 2007)
  13. ^ 2005 singles sales in France (Retrieved 16 May 2008)