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11 Amazing Songs to Help Learn Italian

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:

  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

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
Nazional popolare
La voglia di cantare tanto non ci passerà

CONCLUSION:

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. 

Have you heard these songs?? Let me know in the comments below!!

Further Reading:

5 Podcasts for Learning Italian

Charming Italian Sentences I Love

Learning Italian with Cinema

Check out these 31 Italian words for your trip to Italy!

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  • Maria Zucaro
    June 8, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    I have been listening to IL Volo, three charming men from Italy that sing many beautiful songs in Italian. Their mission is to bring the beautiful music of Italy to the world. I have learned a lot from their songs!

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    • Italophilia
      June 9, 2020 at 12:02 pm

      Il Volo is so good their songs are amazing. Me too! Its a great learning exercise. Thanks for commenting!

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  • Paola de'Mari
    October 7, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    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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    • Italophilia
      October 10, 2019 at 11:18 am

      Thanks Paola. So nice of you! If you have any tips, let me know 🙌

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  • Manja Mexi
    September 13, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    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!

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    • Italophilia
      September 14, 2019 at 11:33 am

      They are fun and modern and new. I love the classics too 🙂 Thanks to your amore for sending across new ones!!

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  • LuLu B - Calabrisella Mia
    September 4, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    Great selection of songs! I absolutely love The Giornalisti!! 🙂

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    • Italophilia
      September 10, 2019 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you, they are quite popular and fun@!

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  • Cookingwithloveandspices
    September 1, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    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.

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    • Italophilia
      September 10, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      I really hope you can take out time to learn Italian. It’s so refreshing (and challenging!!) to learn a new language but it opens up another world. xx

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    • Joseph T Madawela
      September 22, 2019 at 5:41 pm

      you can try duolingo it is quite good but also get a good grammar book

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      • Italophilia
        September 25, 2019 at 9:23 pm

        Duolingo isn’t very useful to me to be honest. I prefer videos, movies and podcasts more.

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  • Keith Kellett
    September 1, 2019 at 11:55 am

    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 …) 😀

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    • Italophilia
      September 10, 2019 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks for sharing Keith 🙂

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  • CHINA ALEXANDRIA AUTHOR
    September 1, 2019 at 10:04 am

    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

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