..... 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
Ligabue's American Debut
Wednesday, September 10TH, 2014 by kattypiazza
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...