La bourse des chansons (1955-1961)
The first French chart was published in October 1955 in the newspaper "Le Figaro", in a section of the paper headed "Aux quatre coins de Paris" (suggesting that, perhaps, it was a Parisian, rather than a truly national chart, at least at first). Like the first published charts in the UK, it was based on sales not of records but of sheet music (the first record chart came later; I will see if I can find it later on and post it alongside the charts in 'Disco revue' which are here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=94938
and the charts from 'France disques' which are here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=102090
The chart had thirty positions. As a sheet music chart, it was songs rather than recordings which were tracked, and only the song titles were listed. Where these were adapted from foreign sources, I have included the original title in parantheses. For the purposes of these posts, I have added in the names of known popular recordings for each title, with the performers listed in alphabetical order.
The chart appeared monthly, and was based on sales for the previous month; thus the first chart, published in October, was based on sales for September 1955.
1. "Les lavandières du Portugal" - Jacqueline François
2. "C'est magnifique" ("C'est Magnifique") - Lucienne Delyle; Luis Mariano; Dario Moreno
3. "Mambo italiano" ("Mambo Italiano") - Dario Moreno; Line Renaud; Georges Ulmer
4. "L'homme et l'enfant" - Eddie Constantine et Tania
5. "La grenouille" - Yvette Giraud; Francis Lemarque; Lucienne Vernay
6. "Un petit peu d'argent" - Yvette Giraud; Lisette Jambel; Michèle Matey
7. "La prière péruvienne" - Andrè Claveau; Andrè Dassary; Luis Mariano; Patrice et Mario; Claude Robin; Tino Rossi
8. "La prière" - Georges Brassens
9. "La complainte de la Butte" - André Claveau; Mouloudji; Patachou; Cora Vaucaire
10. "Un enfant de la balle" - Eddie Constantine; Patachou
11. "Un jour tu verras" - Michèle Arnaud; Marie Darmont; Dany Dauberson; Jacqueline François; Anny Gould
12. "La chéribiricoccola" - Marie-José
13. "I Love Paris" ("I Love Paris") - Lucienne Delyle; Yvette Giraud; Renée Lebas; Luis Mariano; Dario Moreno
14. "Mon pote le gitan" - Yves Montand; Germaine Montrero; Mouloudji; Jacques Vérières
15. "Un ange comme ça" - Lucienne Delyle; Dario Moreno
16. "Viens au creux de mon épaule" - Charles Aznavour; Patachou
17. "Le tango des jours heureux" - André Claveau
18. "La chanson pour l'Auvergnat" - Georges Brassens; Les Compagnons de la Chanson; Juliette Gréco
19. "Anne-Lise" - Dario Moreno
20. "Prisonnière" - Marie-José
21. "Bonjour Pierrette" - Maria Candido
22. "Je t'aime comme ça" - Charles Aznavour; Eddie Constantine
23. "Tchi tchi ou tchi" - Big Mike; Edouard Duleu; Tohama
24. "Magicien" - Lucienne Jeunesse
25. "Luxembourg polka" - André Claveau; Luis Mariano; Line Renaud
26. "Petit indien" - Yvette Giraud; Henri Salvador
27. "Je veux te dire adieu" - Charles Aznavour; Gilbert Bécaud; Patachou
28. "Je t'attendrai" - André Claveau; Marie-José
29. "Mon ami mon ami" - Tino Rossi
30. "Ça bardait" - Eddie Constantine
The song at # 1 ("Les lavandières du Portugal") would become a US smash the following year for Joe "Fingers" Carr as "Portuguese Washerwoman".
The song at # 4 ("L'homme et l'enfant") would be taken into various American charts as "Little Child", both by Eddie Albert and Sondra Lee and by Cab and Lael Calloway.
Big Mike, one of the featured artists at # 23, was in fact Michel Legrand under a pseudonym.
Coming up: October 1955