I have an extensive playlist of popular French music that is always growing. My students wanted me to compile a list of the songs and videos, and I have uploaded it here for those who wish to use it.
It contains several hundred of the most popular French songs of the last couple of years, sorted by artist. If there is a music video for the song (and it is appropriate), I have included a link to that as well. All of the songs should be appropriate for 9th-12th graders, though if one slips through the cracks feel free to leave a comment about it. Note that many of the songs have dark themes such as war, poverty, and racism.
This music is extremely popular with my students. They are always asking the names of artists and songs to put on their ipods and love to watch videos at the end of class. It is a very easy way to engage them in French culture, and if you're like me, you may end up liking the music better than most English music anyway.