26. Paris, France
Thankfully, the French capital has produced more than just the pleasant accordion music you might hear while sipping coffee in the city’s street cafes.
The emergence of the Elvis Presley wannabe Johnny Hallyday made it was clear that rock ‘n’ roll had found its way across the Atlantic to the French Republic.
The chain-smoking provocateur Serge Gainsbourg became a bone fide star in the 1960s; his sleazy, double entedres and laid back Gallic charm earning him an international audience. Gainsbourg’s music spanned many decades and genres; venturing from rock to jazz to pure pop and synth.
In the 1970s pioneering punk band Métal Urbain earned strong critical if not commercial success. In more recent years though, Paris has got a reputation for producing cutting-edge electronica, with the likes of Daft Punk and Air rising to prominence in the late 1990s, helped by their acclaimed music videos which found heavy rotation on MTV.
In the noughties, the Versailles based Phoenix rose to internationally prominence, with their insanely catchy pop rock.
Furthermore, the French capital is also home to the famed Père Lachaise Cemetery; which hosts the graves of The Doors’ Jim Morrison and French singer Edith Piaf amongst others, making it a top destination for rock ‘n’ roll pilgrims.
Associated acts: Johnny Hallyday, Serge Gainsbourg, Métal Urbain, Cassius, Phoenix, Daft Punk, Air
Landmarks: Rue de Verneuil, Père Lachaise Cemetery