..... 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
Best Italian Music I
Thursday, June 04TH, 2015 by FrancescaBezzone
Some suggestions about the best of Italian music   Quartetto Cetra (Stevan Kragujevic/wikimedia)   I Classici   Claudio Villa  Known to his fans as "Il Reuccio," the little king, Claudio Villa was indeed the king of Italian melodic music. His voice, full, powerful and reminiscent of that of operetta tenors, has enchanted generations of Italians. His name has been always associated to the Festival di Sanremo, and to the old-times-Italy of Bel Canto. Villa, almost 30 years after his death, still remains an icon of Italian music.  Get to...
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....
Tuesday, June 30TH, 2015 by admin
Jovanotti "OYeah" cover photo by Pierpaolo Ferrari   JOVANOTTI When Jovanotti, Italy’s iconic pop star, decided to break into the US market, he took an unusual route.  Rather than play the obligatory round of venues typical for a major Italian language artist, Jovanotti, an unabashed fan of New York City, took up residency in the Village and spent the summer of 2009 working out a mostly US-based band in the downtown club scene.   Also unusual is Jovanotti’s relationship with the Latin music world.  Unlike compatriots Laura Pau...
Italian American Singers
Tuesday, June 30TH, 2015 by admin
Italian-American Crooners Speaks the Language of Love   Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra   The early years For nearly a century, the tantalizing recorded voice of the Italian crooner has touched the hearts of music lovers everywhere. Modern-day troubadours, Pavarotti and Bocelli carry on this recorded musical tradition, a tradition that began when Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) made his first gramophone recording in Milan, Italy, in 1903. The recording brought the great tenor's voice into thousands of homes. Later, he recorded "La Donna è Mobile" on...
Zucchero Fornaciari
Saturday, June 27TH, 2015 by admin
      Zucchero     "blues is blues: it's full of soul" claims Zucchero, one of Italy's greatest musicians, in a recent interview. Zucchero's philosophy is that there is no distinction between Italian blues and American blues, or the blues of any other country - however, that is only one form of music Zucchero is devoted to. He has a vast love for classical music as well, having been greatly influenced by Puccini and Verdi in his youth. Since then, he has divided his attention between classical music and blues throughout h...
Malika Ayane
Saturday, June 27TH, 2015 by ancos
The talented Malika Ayane, the daughter of a Moroccan father and an Italian mother, was born in Milan on January 31st, 1984 and now brings her own unique vision to her art.   Malika Ayane (Alessio Campo/flickr)     How It began Malika began her singing career in 1995 as part of  the famous La Scala Theatre's choir. In 2005 the singer was featured on a commercial for YOMO yogurt, singing “Over the Rainbow,” but Malika wasn’t really noticed until the following year when Fernando Arnò's agency commissioned her to sing “Time Thief” for a DTC’s ad...
Saturday, June 27TH, 2015 by admin
Celebrating the 120 Years of Italian Radio, by remembering how it all started   It was 1995 when Italians celebrated the 100 years anniversary of the invention of the radio. Guglielmo Marconi was the mind behind a creation that was to change human comunication for ever. Today, 120 years after that faithful day, the radio still represents a companion to the days of many. And not only that: radio signals are still a relevant way of communicating in specific fields, such as aviation.  ... It was more than a century ago when Guglielmo Marconi, up on top of a s...
Niccolò Paganini
Friday, June 26TH, 2015 by admin
    Niccolò Paganini was an Italian composer and virtuoso violinist who many still consider to be the greatest violinist that ever lived. His radical and brilliant innovations in violin technique are still heralded to this day; and his 24 Caprices are considered some of the most difficult music ever composed - only a handful of violinists at any period of time ever reach the heights of technique and musical ability required to play them. Although Paganini displayed a fearsome level of virtuosity that surpassed everyone else's, he didn't restrict himself to running f...
Laura Pausini
Friday, June 26TH, 2015 by admin
  Laura Pausini was born in Faenza, province of Ravenna, on May 16, 1974. When she was only eight years old, she began to sing with her father in piano bars. On February 26, 1993, she sang "La Solitudine" at the Sanremo Music Festival. She won the title in the Young Performer's category: this was the beginning of a music sensation. Shortly after her win at Sanremo, Laura published her first album, "Laura Pausini:" it was released in Australia, Europe and Japan and sold over 2,000,000 copies. It topped the music charts, not only in Italy, but in  several countries worldwide...
Elio e le Storie Tese
Friday, June 26TH, 2015 by ancos
What’s in a name? Well, in the case of the band Elio e le Storie Tese, which translates to Elio and the Tense Stories, the name indicates that the band is one of the most peculiar to appear on the Italian music scene in the last 30 years. Singer Stefano Belisari, aka "Elio,” and “Le Storie Tese,” the group of performers behind the leader, are talented musicians who are able to play many instruments with great skill. What is wonderful about this group is that their songs are nothing like normal Italian pop music. Instead, Elio and his motley crew create songs filled with wit, sarcasm,...