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The Very Best Of Edith Piaf, Edith Piaf

Edith Piaf

May 21st, 2012

Birth Name:
Édith Giovanna Gassion

Edith Piaf

French Pop

Years Active:
'30s, '40s, '50s, '60s


Classic French Pop
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Edith Piaf


Edith Piaf is almost universally regarded as France's greatest popular singer. Still revered as an icon decades after her death, “the Sparrow” served as a touchstone for virtually every chansonnier, male or female, who followed her. Her greatest strength wasn't so much her technique, or the purity of her voice, but the raw, passionate power of her singing. (Given her extraordinarily petite size, audiences marveled all the more at the force of her vocals.) Her style epitomized that of the classic French chanson: highly emotional, even melodramatic, with a wide, rapid vibrato that wrung every last drop of sentiment from a lyric. She preferred melancholy, mournful material, singing about heartache, tragedy, poverty, and the harsh reality of life on the streets; much of it was based to some degree on her real-life experiences, written specifically for her by an ever-shifting cast of songwriters. Her life was the stuff of legend, starting with her dramatic rise from uneducated Paris street urchin to star of international renown. Along the way, she lost her only child at age three, fell victim to substance abuse problems, survived three car accidents, and took a seemingly endless parade of lovers, one of whom perished in a plane crash on his way to visit her. Early in her career, she chose men who could help and instruct her; later in life, with her own status secure, she helped many of her lovers in their ambitions to become songwriters or singers, then dropped them once her mentorship had served its purpose. By the time cancer claimed her life at age 47, Piaf had recorded a lengthy string of genre-defining classics — “Mon Légionnaire,” “La Vie en Rose,” “L'Hymne à l'Amour,” “Milord,” and “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” among them — that many of her fans felt captured the essence of the French soul.

Top Albums

The Very Best Of Edith Piaf, Edith Piaf
1. The Very Bes..
La petit rose, Edith Piaf
2. La petit ros..
Greatest Hits, Edith Piaf
3. Greatest Hit..
Best of Edith Piaf - Heritage Songs, Edith Piaf
4. Best of Edit..
Edith Piaf : The 40 Most Essential Songs (The Very Best of Edith Piaf - 2010 Digital Remastering Edition), Edith Piaf
5. Edith Piaf :..
Edith Piaf, Edith Piaf
6. Edith Piaf
The Voice of the Sparrow - The Very Best of Édith Piaf, Edith Piaf
7. The Voice of..
Serie los Inmortales: Edith Piaf - The Souvenirs Collection (Remastered), Edith Piaf
8. Serie los In..
La vie en rose, Edith Piaf
9. La vie en ro..
Édith Piaf : 30e Anniversaire (double album), Edith Piaf
10. Édith Piaf ..
Very Best Of Edith Piaf, Edith Piaf
11. Very Best Of..
Postcards From Paris, Charles Trenet
12. Postcards Fr..
La Vie en Rose, Edith Piaf
13. La Vie en Ro..
The Early Years Vol. 1 - 1936, Edith Piaf
14. The Early Ye..
The Early Years Vol. 5 - 1950-1962, Edith Piaf
15. The Early Ye..
Greatest Hits, Edith Piaf
16. Greatest Hit..
L'intégrale 1936-1945, Edith Piaf
17. L'intégrale..
Edith Piaf: The Complete Collection, Vol. 3, Edith Piaf
18. Edith Piaf: ..
The Early Years Vol. 3 - 1938-1945, Edith Piaf
19. The Early Ye..
Non je ne regrette rien, Edith Piaf
20. Non je ne re..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
La Vie en Rose Greatest Hits 3:10 $0.99
Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien (1960) Edith Piaf 2:21 $0.69
Non, je ne regrette rien Serie los Inmortales: Edith.. 2:42 $0.99
La Vie En Rose (1947) Edith Piaf 3:07 $0.69
La vie en rose Voice of the Sparrow – The .. 3:07 $0.99
Milord (1959) Edith Piaf 4:32 $0.69
La vie en rose (2010 Digital Remaste.. Edith Piaf : The 40 Most Es.. 3:05 $0.99
Non Je Ne Regrette Rein (Inception -.. Very Best Of Edith Piaf 2:26 $0.99
Ca Gueule Ca Madame (feat. Edith Pia.. Greatest Hits, Volume 1 3:26 $0.99
Autumn Leaves Les Feuilles Mortes En.. Greatest Hits, Volume 3 3:25 $0.99
Toi qui sais Anthologie, vol. 7: The Ver.. 3:58 $0.69
C'est un homme terrible Anthologie, vol. 7: The Ver.. 2:10 $0.69
T'es beau tu sais Anthologie, vol. 7: The Ver.. 4:05 $0.69
La goualante du pauvre Jean Anthologie, vol. 7: The Ver.. 2:02 $0.69
Sous le ciel de Paris Anthologie, vol. 7: The Ver.. 3:32 $0.69
Mon Dieu Anthologie, vol. 7: The Ver.. 3:46 $0.69
Quoi Ça Sert L'amour (1962) Greatest Hits 2:27 $0.69
Sous Le Ciel De Paris (1954) Greatest Hits 3:20 $0.69
Paris (1949) Greatest Hits 2:42 $0.69
L'Accordéoniste (1940) Greatest Hits 3:09 $0.69
Milord (1959) Greatest Hits 4:30 $0.69
La Goualante Du Pauvre Jean (1954) Greatest Hits 2:03 $0.69
Hymne A L'amour (1950) Greatest Hits 3:25 $0.69
Padam, Padam (1951) Greatest Hits 3:17 $0.69
La Foule (1957) Greatest Hits 2:57 $0.69

Top Music Videos

La vie en rose (Ed Sullivan Show Live 1952), Edith Piaf
1. La vie en rose..
Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots (Ed Sullivan Show Live 1956), Edith Piaf
2. Black Denim Tr..


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