20. ‘La Bohème’ – Charles Aznavour
First recorded in 1965, this classic of the chanson genre is both a tribute to the Armenian-French singer’s upbringing in Montmartre and a lament to the changing face of his beloved neighbourhood. Aznavour’s signature song – which would become an international hit, thanks to Italian, Spanish, English and German re-recordings – is an adieu to the long-gone days of real, villagey, bohemian Montmartre. In it, he remembers a hungry yet contented childhood spent toiling away at artworks in this northern area of Paris, which has today, in parts, become a victim of its own success. Although it has nothing on the original, also check out this 9-minute rework from Chilean composer-producer Nicolas Jaar, which does a decent job of transposing Aznavour’s nostalgia and melancholy to the dance floor.