When you eat Parisian, you hear American

Croissants at Loustic

This was a random detail I noticed as we ate and drank our way around Paris. I would estimate that nearly 95% of the places we stopped in were playing American oldies. There was Neil Young at Palais de Tokyo, Don McLean at Le Mary Celeste, or Stevie Wonder at Andy Wahloo. I (stereotypically) expected to hear French classics, like the Serge Gainsbourg or Jane Birkin, but it was *mostly* American hits from the the 60’s to the 80’s, maybe the 90’s. I suppose I didn’t realize the amount of influence American music had on French culture until visiting.

2 Comments When you eat Parisian, you hear American

  1. Maya August 5, 2015 at 1:24 PM

    After visiting 22 countries in 14 months, I can tell you it’s not just Paris.

  2. W Hilton August 16, 2015 at 6:05 AM

    Hey! I lived in Paris (transplanted from California as a 12 year old) when my father was transferred there about 10 years ago. I was intrigued, as well, that most of the music that I would hear walking around or inside of buildings were old American classics, and if not a classic, certainly an American singer or band. I think I remember doing some research a while back and I learned that the French government actually instituted a law that somewhere around 20% of music played in an establishment must be of French origin.

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