..... Beyond 'O Sole Mio'

Italian singers / Italian music in brief


Popular Italian singer Elisa

Popular Italian singer Elisa

Some Americans seem to equate Italian music with O Sole Mio and Funiculi Funicula.Meaning no disrespect to these great songs, Italy has a popular music tradition that provides strong competition to popular and rock music from other countries such as the United States and England.


I would divide Italian popular music into four different categories (that overlap to some extent).

  • Melodic music
  • Italian Rock
  • Singer-songwriters (Known as "cantautori" )
  • Their own styles
Il Volo wins Sanremo 2015
Thursday, February 19TH, 2015 by FrancescaBezzone
      All is justified during the week of the most famous Italian music kermesse, this year won by well-known (at least in the US)  trio Il Volo. After having been away from Italy for the good part of 15 years, this was the first Festival di Sanremo I somehow followed since the late 1990s: as all good, well loved traditions of Italy, I was happy to see very little has changed. Music is only one of the things keeping people hooked to the tv screen when it comes to Sanremo: it is controversy that makes us all interested, and this year we had plenty....
Ligabue's American Debut
Wednesday, September 10TH, 2014 by Katty
Luciano Ligabue in concert. Ph. credit Ansa   In 2014 Luciano Ligabue, Italian singer, songwriter, film director and author, is giving his first concerts in the United States. The dates are part of his "Mondovisione Tour - Mondo 2014".  The concerts will be October 19th at Manhattan's Terminal 5, October 22nd in Los Angeles (at the Whisky a Go Go), October 24th at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco and October 26th in Miami at the Grand Central.   Ligabue released his first record relatively late, at the age of 30, in 1990, but he soon became one of most lo...
Covering a popular song is a pretty common occurance in American music: artists pay tribute to others by doing so, often freshening up the success of a tune. Some examples? Well, the first coming into my mind draw from my grunge-punk (god bless the 1990s!) background, still provide good examples: Nirvana's cover of Bowie's "The Man who Sold the World", Social Distortion's "Ring of Fire", by legendary Johnny Cash, or Cash's own amazing rendition of industrial icons Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt". Jimi Hendrix covered Dylan's 'All along the Watchtower" (also later covered by U2) and it was Prin...