Italian songs have long been a favorite with people around the globe. This genre of music has enchanted millions over the years and it continues to enchant new generations as well. Naming ten of the most popular Italian songs is difficult, as there are literally hundreds of favorites in existence today. But, for our purposes, here are ten Italian songs that reflect a broad array of songs that millions of people love.
10. Perdere l’amore was written by Giampiero Artegiani and Marcello Marrocchi. The song came out in 1988, performed by Massimo Ranieri. His rendition earned him a win in the San Remo Music Festival of 1988.
9. Senza una donna was considered a big hit in 1991 when it was released as a duet. The single soon became a smash hit around the globe. Rustici’s guitar solo can play a part in the song’s huge popularity.
8. Tu Vuò Fa’ L’Americano
This song was written in 1956 by Renato Carosone, who sings and plays the piano in the video. This work was actually a collaborative work between Carosone and Nicola Salerno. The song remains one of Italy’s most loved and recognized songs. Tu vuò fa’ l’Americano is often thought of as a musical satire on the Italian immigrant’s pursuit of what is commonly called the American Dream.
7. Quando, Quando, Quando
This song came out in 60s and is considered to be one of the best of that era. The lyrics were written by Alberto Testa; the music was composed by Elio Cesari, who is also known as Tony Renis.
6. Minuetto is a song written by Franco Califano. This song is also known as Il Maestro, and Dario Baldan Bembo. During the 70s, this song became one of the biggest success of that era. The single was released by Mia Martini.
5. Al Di Là is most often associated with Emilio Pericoli. The song was written by Giulio Rapetti Mogol. It has been recorded by many artists including Betty Curtis and Luciano Tajoli.
4. Meraviglioso was written by Domenico Modugno. This composer is often considered the father of the Italian cantautori. He is also known as one of Europe’s greatest artists. Riccardo Pazzaglia wrote the lyrics.
3. Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu was written by Modugno and is often considered his signature song. The song is also known as Volare, and it won the 1958 Grammy Award for Song of the Year. In 1959, it became the first Grammy that was awarded as Record of the Year.
2. Canto della terra was written by Lucio Quarantotto and Francesco Sartori. It was first released on the Bocelli’s successful album, Sogno.
1. Caruso was written by Dalla and was dedicated to opera singer Enrico Caruso. The song details the tenor’s complicated and often unhappy life in Italy. It is considered a classic by many experts.
While the above are some of the most beloved Italian songs, they are by no means the only ones. In fact, ask fans of Italian music and you will almost always get different answers to the question: what are the ten best Italian songs? And that is enough to make anyone more interested in this exciting genre of popular music.