Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Italian songs of all time 2017, Italy, a country of fine wines, excellent food, friendly people and of course, excellent music. Italians love their culture, and take great pride in its rich history, and that includes its music. We’ve compiled some of the best loved songs of this ancient and historical land, from the great tenors of opera, to the crooning voices of pop stars that had the ladies curling their toes as they dreamed of future love, the music of Italy is in a class all its own, and as they say, the best is yet to come.
- 10. Non ho L’Eta (I’m Not Old Enough) – Gigliola Cinquetti
- 9. Azzuro (Blue) – Adriano Celentano
- 8. La Forza del Destino – Giuseppe Verdi
- 7. La Guerra di Piero (Peter’s War) – Fabrizio De André
- 6. Sapore di Sale (Flavor of Salt) – Gino Paoli
- 5. Ancora Tu (You Again) – Lucio Battisti
- 4. O Sole Mio – Luciano Pavarotti
- 3. Tua – Jula de Palma
- 2. Ti amo (I Love You) – Umberto Tozzi
- 1. Caruso – Lucio Dalla
Here we present the list of top 10 best Italian songs of all time 2017.
10. Non ho L’Eta (I’m Not Old Enough) – Gigliola Cinquetti
In 1964 Gigliola Cinquetti represented Italy in the Eurovision Song Contest performing “Non ho L’Eta (I’m Not Old Enough). She won the competition, with her rendition of the song an internationally success. “Non ho L’Eta” rapidly climbed up the charts where it spent 17 weeks on the UK Singles Chart, and was certified platinum in August 1967. Today she is a performer and television presenter in her native Italy. Her interpretation of “Non ho L’Eta” is considered a classic part of Italian musical heritage and pride.
9. Azzuro (Blue) – Adriano Celentano
In 1968 the multitalented Italian performer, Adriano Celentano recorded the Italian pop song, “Azzuro”. “Azzuro” was composed by Paolo Conte with an assist from Vito Pallavicini with Celentano in mind. The composition is a simple and melodic one, and speaks of the sometimes conflicting aspects of love. Celentano’s “Azzuro” hit the Italian music charts at number one. Since then “Azzuro” has been covered by various artists, such as Mina, Gianni, Morandi and the German punk band Die Toten Hosen, but it is Celentano’s interpretation that remains the most famous in Italy.
8. La Forza del Destino – Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi composed the exquisite Italian operatic masterpiece, “La Forze del Destino” (The Power of Fate) “La Forze del Destino” is one of the most famous representation of Italian compositions. “La Forza del Destino” is an opera with four acts, and takes place in Spain and Italy, circa 1750. The overture for “La Forza del Destino”, with its heavily laden feeling of angst and foreboding, almost foreshadowing what is to come, is often considered a fundamental choice for an orchestras repertoire, and is often performed as the opening composition for classical concerts in Italy.
7. La Guerra di Piero (Peter’s War) – Fabrizio De André
Fabrizio De André was an Italian composer and performer who was deeply motivated by politics and activism, and is regarded as the most important Italian musical influence in postwar Italy. His songs focused on those groups in society who were often left behind, or looked down upon. 1964’s “La Guerra di Piero” (Peter’s War) was a dark composition, which examined the ideas of anarchy and pacifism, and carried those ideas into the music charts. The good people of Italy thought so much of his contribution that after his passing, they named several institutions after him.
6. Sapore di Sale (Flavor of Salt) – Gino Paoli
“Sapore de Sale” was recorded by Gino Paol in 1963 and remains his most famous song. . A prolific composer and performer, Gino Paol is considered by many as the father of modern Italian pop music, and holds an extensive discography. “Sapore de Sale” is a composition that conveys the depth of love a man holds for a woman who he espied swimming at a beach in Sicily, and revolves around his fantasies of love, as he watches her frolic in the water, while he watches, alone.
5. Ancora Tu (You Again) – Lucio Battisti
Arguably considered one of Italy’s most influential composers, Lucio Battisti wrote chart toppers for many of Italy’s top performers. The most choice material, however, Battisti decided to use for his own career. “Ancora Tu” was a huge hit on the Italian charts in the 70’s, it blended an unapologetic emotional ballad style with a danceable disco beat. Though he was content to remain within the bounds of his beloved Italy, and not seek international fame, Battisti is still considered an important pop influence in music.
4. O Sole Mio – Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti was an Italian tenor who not only reached the hearts and souls of opera fans, but also was a successful crossover artist, even performing “My First, My Last, My Everything” with Barry White. Pavarotti’s recording of “O Sole Mio” won him the 1980 Grammy Award for the Best Classical Vocal Performance “Ole Sole Mio” was composed by Eduardo di Capua with lyrics by Giovanni Capurno in 1898, and has since been performed by a multitude of singers. However, no list regarding the greats of Italian music would be complete without Pavarotti’s cover of Ole Solo Mio.
3. Tua – Jula de Palma
Jula de Palma is known as one of the great Jazz singers of our time. She had an uncanny ability to interpret lyrics in such a way that she trully reached people. This gift, however, was sadly to turn into a controversy. In 1959 de Palma chose to sing the song “Tua” at the “Festival di Sanremo”. This turned out to be a bad decision. While the song itself is well written and beautiful, her passionate rendition of “Tua” was found to be a bit shocking for 1959 television. As a result she was banned from appearing on Italian television for many years. However, the public loved her, and still continued to support her talents until she retired from show business in 1974.
2. Ti amo (I Love You) – Umberto Tozzi
Italian singer/songwriter Umberto Tozzi released on of the top pop songs in Italy, “Ti amo”. “Ti amo”, which translates to “I love you” was released in 1977 by Umberto Tozzi, off his album, “E nell’aria…ti amo” and found its place on many European and Latin American charts. The tracks into is powerful and majestic with a slow fade which introduces Umberto’s raspy vocals. Ti amo is a solid proclamation of love and it’s conflicting emotions that can sometimes occur.
1. Caruso – Lucio Dalla
Lucio Dalla was a prominent composer and performer in Italy, with an extensive discography of 22 studio albums. His most famous contribution to Italian musical culture and history, is his composition entitled “Caruso”, which he wrote in 1986. The composition is dedicated to the great Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso. After Dalla’s passing, “Caruso” charted on the Italian Singles Chart, and was certified platinum. Since then, “Caruso” has been covered extensively by a vast variety of musical talent, including Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti, Josh Groban, Julio Iglesias, and many more.
As can be seen by our offering, Italy’s musical soundscapes have been influenced by not only their love of fine culture, but also their politically turbulent history as they struggled to emerge from a war torn land. This is the music of a brave people, a people of love and culture, forever giving of themselves, and it shows in their musical heritage.