8 great Italian singers to help you improve your Italian

If you are a great auditory language learner (you learn very well what you are listening to) or you are just a music lover, you want to dig more into the world of Italian contemporary music. 

There are tons of reasons why learning by listening to catchy Italian songs is just another efficient way to internalize the language in a fun way.

  • Songs are catchy, they raise emotions, and sometimes they get stuck in your head on a loop. Learning Italian vocabulary like this is an easy win.
  • It’s an activity you can do anytime, anywhere.
  • It gives you a chance to immerse yourself in the Italian language when you are not living in Italy.
  • Italy has its own Festival of Music f Festival “the Festival of Sanremo,” a competition amongst famous Italian singers and bands, which happens every February every year. It’s the most-watched television show in Italy every year!

In this post, you will find my shortlist of my favorite Italian singers and some of their best songs. The list does not cover up, by no means, all the beautiful contemporary Italian music. You won’t find anything like Volare Sole Mio, because it is not what Italian people listen to nowadays! I know that tastes differ a lot, but you hope this will inspire you to make your Italian music playlist. 

Max Gazzè – Italian Pop Rock 

Max Gazzè is a Roman musician and a singer-songwriter known in Italy for his high-pitched voice. His songs will make you dance like no one is watching or cry like a baby. His lyrics are poetry for everyday life, simple but straight to the point. Good for picking up new Italian vocabulary! 

La vita com’è 

Lyrics in Italian, English and many other languages 

Franco Battiato – Experimental, Progressive Pop Music 

Battiato is a Sicilian-born singer-songwriter, composer, painter, filmmaker, writer. He is known in Italy as “il Maestro – the Master” for its prominence in the world of music. Love or hate him, but most probably love him! Its themes are a combination of poetry, esoteric religious concepts and philosophy. Perhaps the best Italian still-alive music personality in the Italian contemporary music scene. 

His most famous song is “La Cura,” which many think is the most beautiful Italian love song of all time. 

Lyrics in Italian and English

Mannarino – Pop Folk

Mannarino is an emerging Italian singer-songwriter and musician. His songs are a combination of poetry and ordinary people (his lyrics are often inspired by the suburbs of Rome, where he grew up). Some of his songs contain verses in the Roman dialect, making its overall production somehow refreshing and unique in the contemporary Italian music scene.

L’arca di Noè 

Carmen Consoli 

She is known in Italy as “la cantatessa”, a Sicilian born singer-songwriter, guitarist, and musician known for her distinctive and tenacious voice.

Lyrics in Italian and English

Fiori d’arancio

Lyrics in Italian and English 

Mario Biondi – Jazz 

Do you like jazz? Mario Biondi is the most famous jazz musician in Italy and an internationally recognized jazz artist. He sings (and plays) with his deep warm voice worldwide, both in Italian and English.

Jovanotti – Italian Pop

Lorenzo Cherubini, known as “Jovanotti” is one of Italians most favorite contemporary pop singers and rappers. He has been a symbol of youth culture in the 90s, but today, he enjoys a ton of success across different generations.
Besides being a singer, he is also considered a prominent social figure in Italy for his social commitment. In 2010, he was the first Italian singer to be invited to the University of Harvard to teach human rights.

Oh vita

Lyrics in Italian and other languages

Motta – Indie Rock 

Motta is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and an emerging voice in the Italian Indie Rock music scene. 

Dov’è l’Italia 

Lyrics in Italian, English and Spanish


Fabrizio de André – Italian Folk Music

Fabrizio de André was an Italian singer-songwriter. Although dead, he is still considered one of the greatest Italian songwriters of the Italian music scene of all times. He was, and he is known for his sympathy toward pacifism and anarchy. His lyrics often feature the marginalized people of society. There is no Italian that doesn’t know at least a couple of his songs.

La ballata dell’amore cieco 

Lyrics in Italian and many other languages

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