My Level 1 French students have songs to recommend. These are songs where they like the tune and we have listened to them a few times since I introduced them. The first time I play the song we do Interpretive activities, which you will find below. Later we listen to the songs while we are working.
Most of these songs I found on TV5 Monde’s Paroles de Clips. The site has music videos for teaching French and activities which are leveled. I have found the offerings to be current and carefully chosen. I collect appropriate French music for teaching on a Music Video Board on Pinterest.
We watch the video as we listen to the song, because the visual gives context and for that reason I especially like videos that tell the story of the song. Seeing that I teach 7th and 8th graders, the song’s lyrics and its video has to be appropriate for that age. I have a native speaker at each grade level, so I can’t get away with anything!