Italian music, artists and songs
When people think of Italian music, they often think of either the folkloric style with mandolins and accordion or the contemporary pop and classical artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini, and Eros Ramazzotti.
The modern music of Italy has roots in the earlier melodic form evolved from the opera compositions and arias.
During the early 20th century many popular songs had the structure of these classical arias.
Later in the 30s and 40s, foreign influences such as jazz from United States brought the Italian songs to a more universal style with artists often similar to the crooners of those years.
Best sellers in Italian MusicDuring the 50s, the Festival di Sanremo highlighted songs that still maintened the early classical melodies but introduced a rhytmic base in line with the styles from USA, and other parts of Europe.
In the last 50 years the Italian music style has taken inspiration from foreign influences, from pop to rock, and the singer-songwriters ballads with more compelling lyrics about social and political issues.
Although opera is still a big part of the music scene of Italy, especially with artists like Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli, the modern influences of pop culture have somehow blended in, and the Italian song is now considered by some critics just a reflection of this pop culture, disposable and forgettable.
There are however, several contemporary Italian artists that keep producing excellent music, among them Francesco De Gregori, the late Lucio Dalla, Lucio Battisti and Fabrizio De Andrè, and singers that rivals if not surpass international stars, like Mina, considered the best Italian singer of the past century, Ornella Vanoni, Giorgia, Carmen Consoli, Zucchero, Jovanotti, Vasco Rossi, and many more.
For more information about Italian music, you can visit the excellent Wikipedia article, or see a list of Italian artists.
There are many places where Italian music can be purchased in the form of CD or MP3 to download. Please refer to our links to buy Italian music in USA or directly from Italy.
Italian music links
- Festival di Sanremo - RAI
Il sito ufficiale RAI del Festival di Sanremo
- Ti Lascio Una Canzone
Protagonisti assoluti 40 giovani interpreti di età compresa tra i 6 e i 15 anni, provenienti da tutte le regioni d'Italia, che canteranno le canzoni che hanno segnato la storia della musica italiana.
- Radio Italy Live New York
Italian music only. Live streaming from Manhattan, New York City.
- Music of Italy wikipedia.org
A comprehensive guide to the music of Italy from early ages to contemporary music.
- MTV Italia, Video
La musica, i video, le news, le classifiche musicali e le serie tv in onda su MTV.
- Pausa Caffè.
Il portale dedicato a musica, video, nuovi album, concerti, giochi, hi-tech, style e molto altro.
- Lawrence Branchetti
Lawrence Branchetti is an Italian/American entertainer who sings the classic songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Henry Mancini, and Johnny Mercer in the style of Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
- Mimi Palmiero Neapolitan Songs
Musica classica napoletana. Concerti per piazza e teatro con voci, chitarre, mandolini, tamburelli e ballerine.
- Orchestre Italiane
Il portale delle Orchestre, DJ e Piano Bar.
Rockit il più grande portale di musica italiana. MP3, recensioni, testi canzoni, foto, video, blog, nuovi dischi, concerti, eventi, servizi, community. Online da oltre 15 anni.
- Sette note
La community dei musicisti, studi di registrazione, locali, discografici e tutti gli operatori delle sette note.