A style of French popular music of the 1960's sung by solo girl singers. Major performers included Françoise Hardy ("Tous les Garcons et les Filles," "Ton Meilleur Ami"), Sylvie Vartan, Chantal Goya, and France Gall ("Sacré Charlemagne," "Poupeé de Son"). Several of the better yéyé songs were written by Serge Gainsbourg (e.g., "Les Succettes," a naughty confection about what kind of lollipops Annie REALLY likes) and "Baby Pop," both sung by France Gall. Many of the yéyé genre were French language covers of American songs; but some of the best-loved ones were written by Françoise Hardy as her own material and covered such themes as loneliness, unrequited love, the passing of time, and the sometimes treachery of best friends.
French yéyé music never caught on big in the United States due both to the language barrier and to the simultaneous British invasion of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
by Duckbutt March 21, 2006