Top Italian songs of all time

What are the most beautiful Italian songs? Click here to listen and watch videos of the most beautiful songs in the past 60 years or so.

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100 Of The Most Beautiful Italian SongsIn other words, the greatest 100 Italian songs of all time from pop to Neapolitan to opera. Songs like Arrivederci Roma, O Sole Mio, Nessun Dorma, Quando, Quando, Quando sung by the original artists, such Luciano Pavarotti, Adriano Celentano and Maria Callas.
Buy this fantastic Box Set of 5 CDs with the top Italian songs of all time by the original artists.
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A guide to the top Italian songs of all time

Here a list of the Top Italian songs from 1950 to 2015 ranked by sales per year in Italy.

  • La Raspa – Nilla Pizzi & Duo Fasano [1950]
  • Luna rossa – Claudio Villa [1951]
  • Anema e core – Roberto Murolo [1952]
  • Eternamente (Arlecchinata) (Limelight) – Nilla Pizzi [1953]
  • Te voglio bene (tanto tanto) – Renato Rascel [1954]
  • Scapricciatiello – Aurelio Fierro [1955]
  • Maruzzella – Renato Carosone [1956]
  • Chella llà – Marino Marini [1957]
  • Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare) – Domenico Modugno [1958]
  • Arrivederci – Marino Barreto jr [1959]
  • Il Cielo in una stanza – Mina [1960]
  • Nata per me – Adriano Celentano [1961]
  • Pregherò (Stand by me) – Adriano Celentano [1962]
  • Cuore (Heart! I hear you beating) – Rita Pavone [1963]  
  • In ginocchio da te – Gianni Morandi [1964]
  • Il Silenzio – Nini Rosso [1965]
  • La Fisarmonica – Gianni Morandi [1966]
  • A chi (Hurt) – Fausto Leali [1967]
  • Azzurro – Adriano Celentano [1968]
  • Storia d’amore – Adriano Celentano [1969]
  • La Lontananza – Domenico Modugno [1970]
  • Pensieri e parole – Lucio Battisti [1971]
  • Grande grande grande – Mina [1972]
  • Pazza idea – Patty Pravo [1973]
  • E tu – Claudio Baglioni [1974]
  • Sabato pomeriggio – Claudio Baglioni [1975]
  • Ancora tu – Lucio Battisti [1976]
  • Amarsi un po’ – Lucio Battisti [1977]
  • Una Donna per amico – Lucio Battisti [1978]
  • Tu sei l’unica donna per me – Alan Sorrenti [1979]
  • Non so che darei – Alan Sorrenti [1980]
  • Sarà perchè ti amo – I Ricchi e Poveri [1981]
  • Bravi ragazzi – Miguel Bosè [1982]
  • Vacanze romane – Matia Bazar [1983]
  • Fotoromanza – Gianna Nannini [1984]
  • Noi ragazzi di oggi – Luis Miguel [1985]
  • Bello e impossibile – Gianna Nannini [1986]
  • Si può dare di più – Umberto Tozzi & Gianni Morandi & Enrico Ruggeri [1987]
  • Andamento lento – Tullio De Piscopo [1988]
  • Viva la mamma – Edoardo Bennato [1989]
  • Un’Estate italiana (To be number one) – Edoardo Bennato & Gianna Nannini [1990]
  • Rapput (senza fiato) – Claudio Bisio & Rocco Tanica [1991]
  • Non amarmi – Francesca Alotta & Aleandro Baldi [1992]
  • Gli Spari sopra (Celebrate) – Vasco Rossi [1993]
  • Come mai – 883 [1994]
  • Gente come noi – Ivana Spagna [1995]
  • Più bella cosa – Eros Ramazzotti [1996]
  • Laura non c’è – Nek [1997]
  • Solo una volta (o tutta la vita) – Alex Britti [1998]
  • Il Mio nome è mai più – LigaJovaPelù [1999]
  • Vamos a bailar – Paola e Chiara [2000]
  • Tre parole – Valeria Rossi [2001]
  • Per me è importante – Tiromancino [2002]
  • Gocce di memoria – Giorgia [2003]
  • A chi mi dice (Breath easy) – Blue [2004]
  • I Bambini fanno ‘Oh’ – Povia [2005]
  • Svegliarsi la mattina – Zero Assoluto [2006]  
  • La Compagnia – Vasco Rossi [2007]
  • A te – Jovanotti [2008]
  • Domani 21/04.2009 – Artisti Uniti per l’Abruzzo [2009]  
  • La Notte – Modà [2010]
  • Tutto l’amore che ho – Jovanotti [2011]
  • La Notte – Arisa [2012]  
  • L’Essenziale – Marco Mengoni [2013]
  • Il mio giorno più bello nel mondo – Francesco Renga [2014]
  • Roma Bangkok – Baby K feat. Giusy Ferreri [2015]

 

Top Italian songs in albums

Whether you’re new to the songs of Italy or familiar with them, our selection of compilations on CD, MP3 or iTunes, contains the top Italian songs by the original artists, and we think they should be on any Italian music lover’s collection. We have also included recent albums from the Sanremo Festival of the Italian Song, the most popular annual music competition in Italy.

1On iTunes: Sapore di mare

Pregherò, Adriano Celentano – Quando quando quando, Tony Renis – Il cielo in una stanza,  Mina – Cuore, Rita Pavone – Fatti mandare dalla mamma a prendere il latte, Gianni Morandi – Notte di luna calante, Domenico Modugno – Guarda come dondolo, Edoardo Vianello…

2I Grandi Successi Italiani 3

54 Italian hits from the late 1950s to the early 1960s featuring many famous Italian singers like Mina, Adriano Celentano, Tony Dallara, Roberto Murolo, Nilla Pizzi, Renato Carosone, and many more.
View all the “Grandi Successi” albums by various artists.

3Best Italian Hits (50 Hits from the 50s & 60s)

Fantastic hits during those years. Classics like “Marina”, “Tu vuò fa L’Americano”, “Granada”, “Volare”, “Melodia D’amore” and many more! Featuring Rocco Granata, Renato Carosone, Caterina Valente, Tony Dallara, Mina, Dalida – and of course Adriano Celentano! A 3-CD Box full of top Italian songs!

4Italian Pop Hits & Favorites

65 gems of Italian music on 3 CDs featuring the original classic hits. Mina – Il Cielo in Una Stanza, Paul Anka – Ogni Giorno, Umberto Bindi – Il Nostro Concerto, Adriano Celentano Pregherò, Domenico Modugno – Addio… Addio, Nico Fidenco – Il Mondo Di Suzie Wong, Caterina Valente – Personalità, Sergio Endrigo – Io Che Amo Solo Te, Fred Buscaglione – Eri Piccola Così, Giorgio Gaber – Non Arrossire, Peppino Di Capri – St. Tropez Twist, and many many more

5Viva Italia: Festive Italian Classics

An all-time favorite album containing the top Italian songs in US. Lary Mary (Luna Mezza Mare) by Lou Monte, Volare (nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) by Domenico Modugno, Guaglione, Anema E Core, Funiculi Funicula, O Sole Mio, Al Di La, Arrivederci Roma, and many more.

6Eh Paisano: Italian-American Classics

Here’s another best sellers of famous Italian American songs. Mamma Mia! These 18 songs will take you back to the old neighborhood faster than a whiff of homemade marinara! Includes, of course, That’s Amore Dean Martin; Eh, Cumpari Julius LaRosa; Darktown Strutters’ Ball (Italian Style) Lou Monte; Come Prima Tony Reno; Spanish Eyes Al Martino; Angelina & Zooma Zooma Louis Prima, and more. Now that’s Italian!

7Festival Di Sanremo: Gli Anni D’Oro 2

The annual Italian song competition held in Sanremo for over 65 years is the place that still launches many artists into the pop/rock scene and where songs become N.1 hits. Volume 2 of this series contains some of the best songs of the late 60s and early 70s performed by Little Tony, Dino, Giorgio Gaber, Fausto Leali, Wilma Goich, and many more.

8I Grandi Successi Anni 70

Some of most famous songs from the 1970 in Italy are featured in this double CD compilation. This will be a great addition to your collection of top Italian songs.

9I Grandi Successi Anni 80


Pino Daniele, Loredana Bertè, Mango, Mietta, Patty Pravo, Raf, Enrico Ruggeri, Ornella Vanoni, Giuni Russo, Drupi, Litfiba are some of the artists featured in this 2CD compilation of top Italian songs. Some of the best songs on the 1980s in Italy are included here.

10Super Sanremo 2015

The 2015 Sanremo Festival sees many new artists as well seasoned ones. A total of 40 tracks performed by the original artists. Il Volo, Chiara, Marco Masini, Irene Grandi, Gianluca Grignani, Raf, Nina Zilli, Malika Ayane, Annalisa, Nek, etc.

11Sanremo 2016

The best songs from Sanremo 2016, on Disc 1 you’ll find the new songs including the winner Stadio with the song Un Giorno Mi Dirai; on Disc 2 the artists perform covers of famous Italian songs.

12On iTunes: Luciano Pavarotti “Italian Popular Songs”

A must-have for all lovers of classic Italian and Neapolitan Songs performed by Luciano Pavarotti. A total of 21 tracks with titles like: ‘O Sole Mio, Torna a Surriento, Funiculì funiculà, Mamma, Nel Blu dipinto di Blu, Chitarra Romana, Un Amore così Grande, and many more.
The Pavarotti Edition, Vol.10: Italian Popular Songs – Luciano Pavarotti

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