Best Italian songs ever


Best Italian songs
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It is not easy to say which is the best Italian songs.

The term Italian music is a type of music that was born with the Opera, in fact this term as we know it, can be traced back to the late 1800s (for Gianni Borgna one of most important resercher about history of Italian music -  even in the middle of '800 with "Saint Lucia") from the living room or the romance of operetta arias, spread throughout the 900, has its own magic moment of wide spread popular (thanks to the invention of technical means of reproduction and listening at low cost, the turntable and vinyl record) in the 50-80 years with a peak in the 60s and half of the '70s. In short, the first Sanremo Music Festival (1951) to the first free radio (1974).
So, what do we mean when we say the best Italian song?

  • The song has sold more copies?
  • The song that changed most profoundly the Italian musical style?
  • The best song sung?
  • The song that comes closest to 'Opera?
  • The song that has won more awards?
  • Italian song most popular in the world?
  • And when this song was popular, today, 10 years ago, 50, 100?

Update: Best Italian songs ever:

Music is my passion and Italian music I can say that a little bit, I know, and certainly in Italian music there were three more than any other musicians who have influenced, and perhaps influenced, as well as Italian music, the music world:
  1. Giuseppe Verdi
  2. Lucio Battisti
  3. Giorgio Moroder


Nabucco Choir, written in 1836, soon reached a great popularity in Italy, and even now is very popular, we think that years ago, there was a petition, a petition to change the current national anthem with this wonderful choir, however, the choir has as subject the Jews slaves in Mesopotamia, and, although its true meaning was to awaken the spirit of Italian nationalism, in fact this is a Masonic revolutionary song, written by Mason and patriot Giuseppe Verdi (1813 - 1901) , who helped the Italian people to realize that in reality was a slave, a slave of the Austrians, the French, the Spanish and the Vatican, it was thanks to this song that the Italian people, led by Giuseppe Garibaldi, Mazzini, Cavour and King Victor Emmanuel of Savoy, succeeded to make a revolution and become a unitary state in 1861.
Musically, it is one of the most popular pieces by Verdi in the world, and one of the 'songs' lyrical music that influenced melody and lyrical music.

Love to Love You Baby 
Love To Love You Baby (1975), is a song written by Giorgio Moroder with Donna Summer.
Giorgio Moroder, borns in 1940, is an Italian producer, songwriter and performer, very famous in the U.S., he lives in Los Angeles, and winner of three Grammy Awards, is not very famous in Italy, but this song is proof that was one of the most influential Italian composers of the twentieth century.
This song is considered the first disco song in the world, and this makes us understand what may have meant the genius of Moroder for the music world, Italy, to this day is one of the places where they make the most of disco music high quality, and DJ Italians are famous all over the world, from italo disco 80s, Benny Benassi, music and Italian style deeply influenced disco music.


 Lucio Battisti  (1948 - 1998) is considered the best Italian songwriter, and musician who has influenced most of all the so-called 'Italian song'.
He 'was a precursor to almost all genres of music of Italy, listening to music a lot of English and American 50s and 60s, and has always experimented with new forms of music, and together with lyricist Mogol, managed to write the unforgettable songs, that are still heard, played by the Italian radio, and inspiring to this day almost all composers of Italian songs, those, to understand that follow the style of traditional Italian song, with a melody well marked.
"Pensieri e Parole" is a track from 1971, a very special song, Battisti was already having a great success and wanted to write a song very special: they are actually two songs with two different melodies, put together to form one beautiful song .
The producer of Battisti, did not want to publish it, but he insisted Mogol, until one day, they went to Italian television and, thanks to one of the best Italian television directors managed to make this masterpiece, maybe 30 years later than the others, it is in fact a real mash-up, the first, that I have notice..
Battisti: an absolute genius, thank You, to have existed.
Io vivo per Lei (Bocelli), below:


Io che non vivo più di un'ora senza Te.(You Don't Have to Say You Love Me)

This song, written by Pino Donaggio in 1965 is a typical Italian romantic song, and is one of the few translated into English, was able to succeed abroad.
The problem of Italian music abroad, it is this: the translation.
The Italian language is a Latin language, which can easily be translated into French or Spanish, but if the Italian songs are translated into other languages ​​lose all their musicality, or lose their meaning, in fact, the translation of this song is not a real literal translation, as demonstrated by the fact that was a huge success and they were done dozens of covers:
  1. Elvis Presley (Single b/w "Patch It Up") - Recorded June 6, 1970 at RCA's Nashville studios: released October 6, 1970: #11 "Billboard" Hot 100 * No. 1 U.S. easy listening)[7] * #9 UK 1-23-1971
  2. Tom Jones, this is Tom Jones, 1970, The Midnight Special - 1976, 1981 U.S. T.V. SPECIALS
  3. Clay Aiken as an iTunes exclusive bonus track for his 2010 album Tried and True
  4. Lynn Anderson
  5. Jessica Andersson
  6. Michael Ball
  7. John Barrowman
  8. Cher
  9. Vic Damone
  10. Taylor Dayne
  11. Kiki Dee
  12. The Floaters - #28 R&B/ December 1977
  13. The Four Sonics - #32 R&B * #78 "Billboard" Hot 100/ March 1968
  14. Connie Francis
  15. Robert Goulet
  16. Guys 'n' Dolls - #5 UK/ 3-20-1976
  17. Tracy Huang (黃鶯鶯/黃露儀), Taiwanese female singer, on her 1980 LP album Songs Of The 60’s[8]
  18. Teresa Teng on her English album (邓丽君音乐手札07 (英语))
  19. Jill Johnson
  20. Kong Ling (江玲), Hong Kong female singer, on her 1968 LP album Kong Ling Today
  21. Larz-Kristerz
  22. Juliana Luok (陸小雅), Hong Kong female singer, on her 1974 LP album Killing Me Softly
  23. Brenda Lee
  24. Shelby Lynne
  25. Maureen McGovern
  26. Lani Misalucha
  27. Matt Monro
  28. Marissa Paternoster for her side project, Noun
  29. Carla Thomas
  30. Nadia Turner first sang it on 1960s night (Top 12) during American Idol (season 4), and received judges' acclaim.
  31. American Idol season 6 finalist Stephanie Edwards
  32. Ramiele Malubay (released as an American Idol live performance single on the iTunes Music Store in 2008)
  33. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
  34. Denise Welch whose 1995 remake was a double A-side hit with "Cry Me a River" at #23 UK
  35. Mel Tormé issued as a bonus track on 1997 CD reissue of Right Now!
  36. Isao Tomita
  37. Mary Byrne
  38. Jerry Vale
  39. Wall Street Crash, a vocal octet led by Keith Strachan had a #6 hit in Italy with "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" in the summer of 1983 after competing with the song at Festivalbar
  40. In 1983, The Shadows recorded an instrumental version of "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me".
  41. American Idol season 11 finalist Skylar Laine sang a country version of "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" on 1960's night.
There are many other beautiful songs, Italian, but I wanted to put these because, as I said, I seem to be the most important, but if you have any suggestions, please leave a comment, I'll be happy to answer you ...
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