Listening to the music of another culture is one of the greatest joys while learning a language. For me, learning Italian upped to a whole other level thanks to the easy access of Italian songs these days. So I curated a list of 11 amazing Italian songs I currently love (sans the classics) to help you learn Italian. These songs are perfect for a road trip too!
11 Amazing Songs to Help Learn Italian:
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
This is NOT an Italian song but a version from the original. 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
La voglia di cantare tanto non ci passerà
These Italian songs about love, family and broken hearts are beautiful and poignant. 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. Additionally, I think as language learners we don’t realize how many words are caught in our subconscious.
Listening to music is a great way to improve your language learning journey. What’s more when even language teachers and YouTubers swear by it!
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. All these songs are here on my Spotify playlist for easy access.