11 Amazing Songs to Help Learn Italian

Listening to music is one of the greatest joys while learning a new language. For me, learning Italian got to a whole other level thanks to the easy access of Italian songs though apps and websites. Not only am I now more accustomed to local parlance but also I can start to emulate the way it is spoken. Learning Italian with music bodes really well for language learning. I think as language learners we don’t realize how many words are caught in our subconscious.

Listening to music while learning a language is highly recommended by top YouTubers and language teachers too. Of course, there’s no short cut to learning a language and nothing comes easy in life. We still have to work hard to understand, write and speak the language but don’t forget to add a little zing with music.

I’ve curated a list of Italian songs I currently love (sans the classics, I’ll leave it for another time) and its all here as a Spotify playlist for you all to access easily. You can download the app and start listening to my playlist now! (#NotSponsored).

11 Amazing Songs to Help Learn Italian:

  1. Svegliarsi la Mattina by Zero Assoluto

One of the first Italian music bands I discovered and immediately fell in love with. Zero Assoluto have the best music videos. Check out their other songs- Semplicemente, Sei parte di me and Quello che mi davi tu.

2. L’esercito del Selfie by Takagi & Ketra ft. Lorenzo Fragola, Arisa

A super fun song with great lyrics for my Friday evenings! I love the whole retro vibe and thanks to this song I’ve learnt so many new Italian words!

3. Stavo Pensando a Te by Fabri Fibra

Fabri Fibra’s Stavo pensando a te is another great pick to learn new words because it is slow in parts. Hence it is great practice to listen it on repeat. Although this song might be about heartache and loneliness but it reminds me of Italy …..always.

4. Non Vivo Piu` Senza Te by Biagio Antonacci

I dedicate this song to Diana from Italy Translated who introduced me to this beautiful Italian song. Antonacci brings Southern Italy alive in this video!

5. Riccione by The Giornalisti

This song might be from 2016 but it is the song of EVERY summer! It reminds me of cocktails and beaches by the Italian sun possibly picturing myself in the early 70s or 80s…The video is great too and stays with you for long.

Tra poche ore, tra poche ore… Let’s sing together!

6. Tutto Per Una Ragione by Benji & Fede ft. Annalisa

I might be biased to a the voice of Annalisa but trust me she rules the singing world. And this song too! The lyrics and beats are fun and you’ll probably love the choice of words as much as I did.

7. Tra le Granite e La Granate by Francesco Gabbani

A great summer song to learn new words and also enjoy the video. The tune kind of grows on you…La la la la la la lalala la la…Gabbani also has some great slow songs which you can find in my Spotify list.

8. Despacito by Matteo Bellu

You’ve probably heard the original version of Despacito?? This one is simply amazing and I would have to refute to the saying that “nothing beats the original”. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! 😛

9. Moscow Mule by Benji & Fede

Another beautiful heartwarming song by Benji & Fede with a backdrop of ………………INDIA!!!!!! It was so exciting to learn Italian words with Goa on my mind.

10. Straordinario by Chiara Galiazzo

Chiara’s lovely voice and new verbs is a great way to practice Italian. This song in particular is very reminiscent of my time in Le Marche.

11. Vorrei Ma Non Posto by J-AX & Fedez

I’d like to but I can’t… There’s so much depth to this line. The rap of course is fun but if you are learning Italian, you must focus on understanding the lyrics.

And yet another summer will arrive.. 

……E ancora un’altra estate arriverà
E compreremo un altro esame all’università
E poi un tuffo nel mare
Nazional popolare
La voglia di cantare tanto non ci passerà

Hope you enjoyed this post! I’d love to hear your current favorites??

Meanwhile, don’t forget to check all these songs and many more in my Spotify Playlist here.

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13 thoughts on “11 Amazing Songs to Help Learn Italian

  1. GRAZZI, GRAZZI I HAVE A BOOK SERIES,’MIRANDA COMING OUT IN SUNNY ITALY’ AND SPENT MANY MONTHS IN ITALY DOING RESEARCH.
    I THINK IT IS WORTH POINTING OUT IN SOME DISTRICTS LIKE VENICE THE LOCALS SPEAK A LOCAL DIALECT BUT I LOVE THE SITE AND HOPE YOU TRY MINE CHINA

  2. Being a lifelong Ferrari ‘tifoso’ I can sing (not very well!) ‘Fratelli d’Italia’ but that’s it!

    But, I’ve been reminded of a recent radio programme which said you can make a lot of modern songs into ‘classics; by translating the lyric into Italian and getting a tenor to sing it … the dealt with ‘Unchained Melody’ and ‘Nights in White Satin’ this way.

    (Oh, I nearly forgot! (sings) ‘Vo … lare! Oh … oh …) 😀

  3. I would love to make the time to learn Italian. It’s on my to do list. Just started doing cooking class/pop up supper club events to fundraise for my local food bank. Learning Italian is next on my list. I am going to keep this post in mind.

  4. I remember most of these songs from the radio but had another listen to them. I think they are a good representation of Italian pop culture. Here is one song that amore thought of while listening:

    Occhi da orientale by Daniele Silvestri:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjQ6_FQZfj8

    I love him, and Caparezza, the most of all contemporary Italian singers. And Lucio Dalla. And Malika Ayane of the women!

  5. Simply great!Compliments,the choice of these songs demonstrate how update you’re about Italy.As a teacher of Italian I can sincerely say they can be very helpful.You’re fantastic!

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