The Best Italian Songs for Traveling
During those days of forced but necessary isolation due to the COVID-19 virus, together with 3 dear friends, we have been sharing one song each every day. Our goal is to entertain ourselves with good music while at home. I am uploading a playlist with these songs on Spotify called #andratuttobene. When everything ends, we will have at least a nice gift from this difficult period for all humanity. At the same time, I asked myself “Why don’t we share with our readers a playlist with the most famous Italian songs in the world?”
Music is into our daily life and is always with me when I travel. I love to enjoy the sounds that surround me. May be birds, wind, or even cars and horns. But sometimes there is nothing better than the right songs to enjoy the moment. Very often it happens to link a place, an experience, a person with a song. A song that, once home, will remind the emotions you felt in that precise instant.
After all, music is an art and is part of the culture and tradition of a community. Knowing a bit of local music means to discover a bit more of the people and places you visit.
So, is there anything better than some Italian songs while you are visiting Tuscany?
Italian Songs in the World
With a few exceptions, the most famous Italian songs in the world come from the past. We have Opera, classical music, melodic pieces known in every corner of the planet. They have been representing Italy for years, upholding the prestige of our country.
Our opinion as “Generation X” guys or even “Millennial” is that those songs represent the past, the idea of a country that no longer exists, if not in the collective imaginary. Anyway, we are super happy to have collected what we think are the most famous Italian songs in a single playlist for you.
You can listen to it now, at your place while cooking, gardening, relaxing on the couch, or where ever you like.
Even better during your trip to Italy. I imagine yourself sitting on a train looking out of the window. Or driving a car across the panoramic roads of Tuscany. While outside, the beauties of our country flow before your eyes, you are listening to this playlist of Italian songs, impressing memories in your mind that will last forever.
We know that many foreigners enjoy listening to us speaking in Italian. For them, our language is like a romantic melody. Although, I have to admit, sometimes we’re a little too loud when we talk. So, Italian songs can bring romantic notes to your houses when you are not traveling to Italy.
Italian music as a way to learn the Italian language
If you are studying Italian or you wish to learn a few expressions of our language, this playlist of Italian songs could be a good tool. When I was a teenager studying English, the best exercise was listening to English songs. I was also reading lyrics and doing translations in Italian.
Our Playlists of the Best Italian Songs
We made a selection choosing those tracks famous in Italy and abroad, from the very end of the 1800s to nowadays. Most of them are in Italian but we also included a few Italian artists singing in English.
Songs are uploaded in order of the year of release. If you have a keen for the old classics stay on the top. Otherwise, keep scrolling to the end.
To Listen to the full playlist on Spotify click here: The Best Italian Songs for Traveling.
In the following frame, you can have a taste of 30 seconds for each song.
If you prefer videos take a look below or click on the link of the playlist on YouTube.
A few artists included in the playlist
If you like to know a bit more about artists we chose, here is a short bio of a few of them:
- Domenico Modugno is a legend of Italian music. Thanks to Volare, he got two Grammy Awards in 1958.
- Renato Carosone was one of the greatest figures of the Italian music scene in the second half of the 20th. He is the symbol of the Canzone Napoletana (Naples’ song). He performed at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York in 1957.
- Mina is one of the most prolific artists from the ’60s. Thanks to her songs and her beautiful voice, she became an icon for many generations of fans. She is able to pass through the different emotional states just with the power of her voice. From sadness to love, to angriness to happiness. She became famous with a unique performance at “La Bussola“, a historical nightclub in La Versilia.
- Patty Pravo is the third best-selling Italian artist of all time, after Mina and Adriano Celentano. She raised popularity with her song “Ragazzo Triste”, aired as the first pop song by Vatican Radio, which was the Italian version of “But You’re Mine” by Sonny and Cher.
- Adriano Celentano is also known in Italy as Il Molleggiato (the flexible one) for his funny way of dancing. His music was strongly influenced by Elvis Presley and the rock of the ’50s. Many people in Italy think he looks like Jerry Lewis.
- Ricchi e Poveri is the Italian answer to the Abba. They are on the scene since the late 1960s, and they took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 1978. Their energy helped them to gain considerable success and many fans in Italy and abroad.
- Fabrizio De André was a singer-songwriter and socially committed. His songs talk about social problems. They celebrate the marginal life of prostitutes and gypsies and attack the hypocrisies of the Catholic Church. He is considered one of the finest lyricists and musicians of the 20th century and has been described as a hybrid of Leonard Cohen and Georges Brassens.
- Zucchero spent his youth in Forte dei Marmi in northern Tuscany and formed a music band Edo’s uncle. Currently, he lives in Pontremoli in the Lunigiana. Gospel, soul, blues and rock music inspire his music. He is widely known all around Europe, thanks to his collaboration with internationally famous artists such as Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Sting, Bono, Paul Young, Peter Gabriel, Andrea Bocelli, and Luciano Pavarotti.
- Lucio Dalla composed a popular song dedicated to the Italian opera tenor Enrico Caruso. He was shy and enigmatic with the public and media but all hesitations vanished when he was performing on the stage.
- Francesco De Gregori is a singer-songwriter and a poet, the Italian version of Bob Dylan. Exactly Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Fabrizio De André influenced his songs.
- Gianna Nannini is a singer-songwriter and pop musician who became famous abroad especially in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. She is from Tuscany, Siena. In her career, she performed with Sting and Jack Bruce. Together with Edoardo Bennato, she sang the official song of the 1990 FIFA World Cup, composed by another great Italian musician, Giorgio Moroder.
- Laura Pausini is a pop singer-songwriter. She became famous in Italy after the victory at the 43rd Sanremo Music Festival, topping the charts in Italy, Netherlands, and Belgium. She also sings in Spanish and has a huge success in Latin America. In Spain, she became the first non-Spanish to sell more than one million copies.
- Eros Ramazzotti is popular in Italy, in most of the European countries and Latin America. He did duets with artists the likes of Cher, Tina Turner, Patsy Kensit, Anastacia, Joe Cocker, Ricky Martin, and many others. He is very much appreciated for his nasal voice and melodic tunes.
- Andrea Bocelli is probably one of the most popular opera singers in the world. He is from Valdera in Tuscany. In 1999, he got a nominee for Best Artist at the Grammy Awards, and his duet with Celine Dion in the film “Quest for Camelot” won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song. Over the past 20 years, he sold millions of records worldwide. Nowadays he supports charity projects as Celebrity Fight Nights and in 2011, he founded his own foundation to help medical research and fight against poverty.
- Umberto Tozzi gained popularity in Europe, the USA, and Australia with his song Ti Amo. He performed twice at Sydney’s Opera House. Another of his songs, Gloria, became a hit. It was translated in English and performed by Laura Branigan with the tile “Sold Gold”.
- Pino Daniele is a Neapolitan singer-songwriter. His music has influences from pop to blues, passing through jazz and Middle Eastern music. He sang several of his last songs mixing English, Italian and Neapolitan passages. His friend Eric Clapton called him at Toyota Park in Chicago playing with Joe Bossanova and Robert Randolph at Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2010.
- Giorgio Moroder is famous all over the world as a songwriter, DJ and record producer. He is considered a pioneer of electronic dance music producing singles for Donna Summer, Bonnie Tyler. He created a score of songs for performers the likes of David Bowie, Kylie Minogue, Irene Cara, Janet Jackson, Madleen Kane, Melissa Manchester, and Blondie. Moroder also produced movie hits like “Take my breath away” from Top Gun and What a Feeling from Flashdance. Thank this last song, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1983 and 1986.
- Tiziano Ferro is a pop singer who sings in Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, and French. He is very popular in Central and South America. His most famous songs remain “Xdono” and “Rosso Relativo”.
- Francesco Gabbani is a singer of the new generation and he won the Sanremo Music Festival 2017. He gained an enormous success at Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with his hit “Occidentali’s Karma”. He is from Tuscany, from the town of Carrara famous for the white marble and to be Edo’s hometown.
How to install and how to subscribe Spotify
If you are a first-timer on Spotify, follow these instructions to use it. Spotify is easy and free unless you subscribe to a premium service. It allows you to listen to the music with no commercials, download playlists on your devices and listen to them even without an internet connection.
Click here to install Spotify on your Windows/Mac. then click on the button “Download” on the right top. You can subscribe to using your Facebook account, click on the button “Login with Facebook“. Otherwise, use your email address and fill the form in the center of the screen. Once you have subscribed the download starts.
When the download is complete, open the file SpotifySetup.exe and click “Yes” to install Spotify. The process is really easy and automatic, you don’t have to move a finger.
The next step is to log in using your Facebook profile, or the account previously created. Now click on “Is my first time on Spotify”, and start using it to listen to your favorite music.
How to follow our playlist
As soon as you download Spotify on your device, open the link to this playlist “The most famous Italian Songs for your holiday“. The cover is a green rolling hills landscape with My Travel in Tuscany logo.
To add the collection to your favorites, click on the symbol of the heart. On the Spotify desktop version, the playlist will appear in the column on the left of your screen.
Would you like to add Italian songs to this playlist?
If you know any other Italian song you wish to add on this playlist, leave a comment below with the title of the song and the name of the artist. We will be pleased to update the collection, and you will find the song at the bottom.