Vanessa Paradis was just 14 when she recorded this song about a Parisian taxi driver.
This was #1 in 14 countries and spent 11 weeks on top of the French charts.
This was the first French-language song to make the top three in Britain since Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg topped the UK charts in 1969 with "Je t'Aime (Moi Non Plus)."
The international success of this song propelled Vanessa Paradis into an acting, modeling and further singing career. Her debut acting performance in 1989's Noce Blanche won her a César (the French equivalent of an Oscar) award for most promising actress. Still a teenager, in 1991 she landed a £300,000 contract with Chanel to appear as a caged bird in a swinging cage in a television advertisement promoting their Coco fragrance. In 1992 Paradis had a further UK Top 10 hit with "Be My Baby," which was written by her then boyfriend Lenny Kravitz. Since 1998 she has partnered the actor Johnny Depp.
Singer, actress and TV host Angélica's Portuguese language remake was a chart-topper in Brazil.
Paradis claimed in a 2011 interview with UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph that her teenage fame was an accident of fate, rather than a result of burning ambition. "If you listen to [Joe le Taxi], it is a very simple rumba; it wasn't meant to be a big pop song at all. I have no idea why it was so successful. It was just one of those moments," she said.