Un enfant de toi

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"Un Enfant de toi"
Un enfant de toi (1987).jpg
Single by Phil Barney
from the album Recto-verseau
B-side "Ma Vie c'est la musique" (original version)
Instrumental (duet version)
Released 1987
4 June 2002 (duet version)
Format 7" single (original version)
CD single (duet version)
Recorded France
Genre Pop
Length 3:46 (original version)
4:05 (duet version)
Label Zone (original version)
M6 (duet version)
Songwriter(s) Pierre Zito, Phil Barney
Producer(s) Pierre Zito
Phil Barney
J.P. Daine
Phil Barney singles chronology
"Un Enfant de toi"
"Avec qui tu vis"
"Un Enfant de toi"
"Avec qui tu vis"

"Loin de tes bras"
(1992) Loin de tes bras1992

"Un Enfant de toi"
(2002) Un Enfant de toi2002

Alternative cover
2002 release, with Marlène Duval
2002 release, with Marlène Duval

"Un Enfant de toi" is a 1987 pop song recorded by the French singer Phil Barney. It was released as a single twice : first in 1987 from the album Recto-verseau, then as a duet with Marlène Duval in 2002. Both versions were hits, reaching the top three on the French Singles Chart, and the cover version being more successful than the original.


"Un Enfant de toi" was written and the music composed by Pierre Zito and Phil Barney.

With a romantic melody, the song deals with the story of a man whose wife being pregnant. However, the delivery takes place badly and the woman dies by giving birth to a boy, named Jason. The father, who addresses directly his deceased wife in the song, tells ten years later how he brought up their son.[1]

In 2002, Marlène Duval, a contestant of the French TV reality show Loft Story 2, regularly sang the song when she participated in the show. Therefore, when she came out the loft, Barney proposed her to recording the song in a duet version. She accepted and the song was released as a single.[2] The two singers started a tour to promote the song.[3]

Chart performances[edit]

In France, the original version charted for 23 weeks in the top 50, from 5 September 1987 to 6 February 1988. It debuted at the bottom of the chart and eventually reached a peak of number three in its 10th and 15th weeks. It remained in the top ten for ten consecutive weeks.[4] The single earned a Gold disc awarded by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.[5] According to Infodisc website, it version is the 669th best-selling single of all time in France, selling about 467,000 units.[6]

The duet version entered the French Singles Chart at number 70 on 1 June 2002, although being officially released three days later (several stores sold it before the official date). It directly climbed to number two, topped the chart for three consecutive weeks, then dropped on the chart, totalling seven weeks in the top ten, 16 weeks in the top 50 and 21 weeks on the chart (top 100).[7] About one month after its release, it was certified Platinum disc[8] and ranked at 12 on the year-end.[9] As of July 2014, it is the 89th best-selling single of the 21st century in France, with 321,000 units sold.[10]

On 29 June 2002, the single started at number 20 on the Belgian (Wallonia) Ultratop 40, then jumped straight to number one. It stayed there for four weeks, then kept on dropping and fell off the chart after 14 weeks.[11] It was the 13th best-selling single of 2002.[12]

Track listings[edit]

1987 version
7" single
  1. "Un Enfant de toi" — 3:46
  2. "Ma Vie c'est la musique" — 4:12
2002 version
CD single
  1. "Un Enfant de toi" by Phil Barney and Marlène Duval — 4:05
  2. "Un Enfant de toi (instrumental) — 4:05


Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Stach Stach" by Bratisla Boys
French SNEP number-one single
15 June 2002 - 29 June 2002 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Stach Stach" by Bratisla Boys
Preceded by
"Without Me" by Eminem
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
6 July 2002 - 27 July 2002 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"J'ai demandé à la lune" by Indochine


  1. ^ Habib, Elia. Muz hit. tubes (in French). Rouillon: Alinea Bis. p. 115. ISBN 2-9518832-0-X. 
  2. ^ Habib, Elia. Muz hit. tubes (in French). Rouillon: Alinea Bis. p. 558. ISBN 2-9518832-0-X. 
  3. ^ "Marlène la cruncheuse ne déplace pas les foules !" (in French). Lyon People. 1 July 2002. Retrieved 25 April 2008. 
  4. ^ a b "Phil Barney, "Un Enfant de toi", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 25 April 2008. 
  5. ^ a b French certifications Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved April 24, 2008)
  6. ^ Best-selling singles of all time in France (original version) Infodisc.fr (Retrieved April 25, 2008)
  7. ^ a b "Phil Barney and Marlène Duval, "Un Enfant de toi", French Singles Chart" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 25 April 2008. 
  8. ^ a b French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved April 24, 2008)
  9. ^ a b 2002 French Singles Chart Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved April 25, 2008)
  10. ^ "Top 100 des singles les plus vendus du millénaire en France, épisode 2 (90-81)". Chartsinfrance. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-15. 
  11. ^ a b "Phil Barney and Marlène Duval, "Un Enfant de toi", Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 25 April 2008. 
  12. ^ a b "2002 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 25 April 2008. 

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