Les Bêtises

"Les Bêtises" (French translation for Stupid Things) is a 1985 song recorded by French artist Sabine Paturel. Released in March 1986 as her debut single from her album Cœur Bébé, released two years later, on which it is the sixth track. The song was a smash hit in France, even if it failed to top the chart. It was covered by several artists throughout the years and became a popular song.

"Les Bêtises"
Les bêtises.jpg
Single by Sabine Paturel
from the album Cœur Bébé
B-side"J'crois que j't'aime"
ReleasedMarch 1986
Format7" single
Recorded1985, France
Songwriter(s)Sylvain Lebel
Dominique Pankratoff
Producer(s)Bernard Ricci
Sabine Paturel singles chronology
"Les Bêtises"
"P'tit Bouchon"
"Les Bêtises"
Les bêtises (Bébé Lilly).jpg
Single by Bébé Lilly
from the album Mon Monde à moi
B-side"Le Coupe du monde"
ReleasedJune 2006
FormatCD single
Recorded2006, France
LabelHeben Music
Songwriter(s)Sylvain Lebel
Dominique Pankratoff
Bébé Lilly singles chronology
"Allô Papy"
"Les Bêtises"
"La Jungle des animaux"

Song informationEdit

Written and composed by Sylvain Lebel and Dominique Pankratoff, "Les Bêtises" is a song recorded as a nursery rhyme. It was qualified as full of mischievousness that could be subtitled "the rhyme of a calamity". In the lyrics, "the performer tells the disasters which she carried out to punish her boyfriend for having left her".[1] Paturel performs the song with a childlike voice.

As proof of its notability, the song was included on many French compilations released in the 2000s, such as Absolument 80 : Tubes français vol. 1, Nostalgie Classiques 80, Nos années 80 - Platinum Collection, Top 50 - Vol. 2 and Les 100 plus grands tubes 80's.

Chart performancesEdit

In France, the single debuted at #50 on the SNEP Singles Chart on March 22, 1986. It climbed quickly and entered the top ten in its sixth week. It remained in it for 19 weeks, including a peak at #2 for five consecutive weeks, being unable to dislodge Princess Stéphanie of Monaco's huge hit "Ouragan" which topped the chart then. The song fell off the chart (top 50) after 30 weeks.[2] On the 1986 Year-End Chart, the song ranked #3, behind "Les Démons de minuit" and "Ouragan".

The song is currently the 260th best-selling single of all time in France.[3]

Cover versionsEdit

The song was covered in 2006 by Bébé Lilly. Produced by Teetoff, the song was the second single from the album Mon monde à moi and was released on June 2, 2006. This version, released in a CD single version containing the 3:02 cover version, the 4:33 song "Le Coupe du monde" and a techno version of the music video for "Les Bêtises", achieved success in France where it was a top 8 hit and remained on the chart (top 100) for twenty weeks. The song was ranked for two weeks in Switzerland and peaked at #90.[4]

"Les Bêtises" was also covered by Leslie on her cover album 80 Souvenirs. In 2010, Les Enfoirés recorded a cover of the song for their album La Crise de nerfs! ; the singers on this version are Jean-Louis Aubert, Zazie, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Jean-Baptiste Maunier and Jenifer Bartoli.[5]

Track listingsEdit

7" single
  • "Les Bêtises" — 3:00
  • "J'crois que j't'aime" — 3:15

Certifications and salesEdit

Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales
France[6] Silver 1986 200,000 707,000[7]


Chart (1986) Peak
Eurochart Hot 100 24
French SNEP Singles Chart[2] 2
End of year chart (1986) Position
French Singles Chart 3


  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 75 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ a b "Les Bêtises", French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved November 18, 2008)
  3. ^ Best-selling singles of all time in France Infodisc.fr Archived 2008-11-13 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved November 18, 2008)
  4. ^ "Les Bêtises", by Bébé Lilly, in French and Swiss Singles Charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved November 18, 2008)
  5. ^ "Les Enfoirés, La Crise de nerfs!, track listings and charts" (in French). Lescharts. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  6. ^ Sabine Paturel's certifications in France Chartsinfrance.net Archived 2008-10-06 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved November 18, 2008)
  7. ^ Sabine Paturel's certifications and sales in France See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "Sabine PATUREL" Infodisc.fr Archived 2012-03-07 at WebCite (Retrieved November 18, 2008)