Updated: Oct 22, 2018
When I first came to Rome as a university student, I had ZERO understanding about Italy, Italian culture or Italian people, and the only word I knew how to say was ‘ciao’. Everything I thought I knew was based off of pure stereotypes, movies like ‘The Godfather’, and Italian Americans (which is not the same as Italians born and raised in Italy).
So, when I was asked by a group of Italian boys who eagerly asked me what I knew about Italy and which Italian musicians I liked, I was half proud and half embarrassed to say the only artist I knew was Andrea Boccelli. Let’s say that they laughed at me hard enough to realize that I needed to start getting up to speed on some Italian artists.
To save you the embarrassment of what I went through, here’s a quick Italian playlist you need to get you started. Happy listening!
The Heavy Hitters
You already know that romance is a big deal in Italy, so you better believe all of Italy’s greats have enough love songs to last you a lifetime. When you’re craving that big ballad either because you’re going through a breakup or just met the love of your life these artists are a good place to start. Plus, even if the songs listed below aren’t exactly about love they still sound like they are.
Andrea Boccelli (because I can’t not include him)
“Con Te Partiro”
“La Differenza Tra Me e Te”
“En cambio no”
If You’re a Hip Hop Head
You should know by now that rap and hip hop has literally taken the world by storm, so it should be no surprise there are Italian rappers. For the rap purists, keep an open mind and give it a chance, there some goodies in this list.
Capo Plaza & AVA
When it’s Time to Rock Out
I couldn’t neglect rock music even if I wanted to. When you’re in the mood for a mild head bang because let’s face it, Italians are more lovers than fighters, give these artists a listen.
For The Top 40 Lovers
If you’re into whatever has a good beat, is going to make you dance AND you can easily sing along to (or fake sing along too, you know we don’t judge), these will be sure to get in a good mood. We’re betting you’ll hear each of these at least three times on the radio.
Takagi & Ketra
"Amore e Capoeira"