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This article is about the song by French singer Hugues Aufray. For the German band, see Santiano (band).
Single by Hugues Aufray
Released 1961
Format 7" single
Genre Pop
Writer(s) Jacques Plante, Dave Fisher

"Santiano" is a 1961 song, inspired by the sea shanty "Santianna", as it uses the same tune. However, it refers to a ship leaving Saint Malo bound to San Francisco, described as a wealthy place. The French-language version was popularized first in the 1960s by Hugues Aufray.

Original version[edit]

In the early 1960s, the song was recorded in French language by artist Hugues Aufray. It is by far the most well-known shanty in France and was released in 1961. French lyrics were composed by the French writer Jacques Plante. The song was included on the singer's 2007 compilation Les 50 plus belles chansons.

Star Academy France[edit]

Single by Star Academy 5
from the album Les Meilleurs Moments
B-side Instrumental
Released November 11, 2005
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded France, 2005
Genre Pop
Length 2:39
Label Mercury, Universal Music
Writer(s) Hugues Aufray
Jacques Plante
Dave Fisher
Star Academy 5 singles chronology
"Je ne suis pas un héros"
"À bicyclette"

In 2005, the song was covered by Star Academy 5 on the album Les Meilleurs Moments on which it features as first track. Released on November 11, 2005, as second single from the album, it achieved great success in France, where it topped the chart, and in Belgium (Wallonia). As of July 2014, it is the 87th best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 325,000 units sold.[1]

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Santiano" — 2:39
  2. "Santiano" (instrumental) — 2:39
Digital download
  1. "Santiano" — 2:39

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France 323,695 (272,067 in 2005[2] + 51,628 in 2006[3])


Chart (2005-2006) Peak
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[4] 2
Eurochart Hot 100 4
French SNEP Singles Chart[5] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[6] 18
End of year chart (2005) Position
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[7] 30
French Singles Chart[8] 15
End of year chart (2006) Position
French Singles Chart[9] 94
Preceded by
"Hung Up" by Madonna
French SNEP number-one single
December 10, 2005 - December 17, 2005 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Mon Plus Beau Noël" by Johnny Hallyday

Other cover versions[edit]

"Santiano" was also covered by Laurent Voulzy in 2006. It features as 17th track on his studio album La Septième Vague. The "Oktoberklub", a folk-band from the GDR covered the song with new lyrics under the title "Da sind wir aber immer noch" - a fight-song. Another cover of the song using the same tune and nautical theme, but entirely new lyrics in German, was released under the title "Santiano" by the German band Santiano.


  1. ^ "Top 100 des singles les plus vendus du millénaire en France, épisode 2 (90-81)". Chartsinfrance. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  2. ^ 2005 best-selling singles in France (Retrieved November 1, 2008)
  3. ^ 2006 best-selling singles in 2006 (Retrieved November 1, 2008)
  4. ^ "Santiano", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved October 30, 2008)
  5. ^ "Santiano", French Singles Chart (Retrieved October 30, 2008)
  6. ^ "Santiano", Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved October 30, 2008)
  7. ^ 2005 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved October 30, 2008)
  8. ^ 2005 French Singles Chart (Retrieved October 30, 2008)
  9. ^ 2006 French Singles Chart (Retrieved October 30, 2008)