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Samuele Bersani - Lato Proibito

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Samuele Bersani relives the past when he was still a pre-teen, starting to have secret thoughts. The video contains plenty of illustrations of the words he is singing.

Mina - Luna diamante View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Ferzan Özpetek directed this video of images from his movie La Dea Fortuna, for which the song "Luna Diamante" (diamond moon) is part of the soundtrack. The song was written by Ivano Fossati and sung by Mina.

Mina - Il Corvo View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

There are various interpretations of this famous song sung by Mina. What or whom does il corvo (the crow) represent? A judge? A priest? An agent? Whoever is seen as an ugly black crow has the power but lacks wisdom.

Simone Cristicchi - Ti regalerò una rosa

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

The poignant text of this song was inspired by the singer-songwriter's experience as a volunteer in a mental institution in Rome and meant to create awareness of the reality of mental illness. It is sung from the point of view of someone who had been deemed insane and shut into a manicomio (insane asylum) for most of his life.

Loredana Bertè - Non Sono Una Signora View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

This song, written by Ivano Fossati and sung by Loredana Bertè with her scratchy voice, has never lost its popularity with Italians.

Zecchino d'Oro - Il casalingo View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

In this song, a child is very proud of his father whose job it is, out of choice, to do all the housework. There's some great vocabulary for beginners.

Zecchino d'Oro - Metti la canottiera View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Italians have a reputation for stressing out about catching a cold or a chill. Thus parents will oblige their kids to wear an undershirt when they go out, like it or not.

Zecchino d'Oro - Il coccodrillo come fa? View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

This song about the sounds animals make was a prize winner at the Zecchino d'Oro, a festival featuring children's songs. When it comes to crocodiles, there are things known about them, but not how they go.

Loredana Bertè - Il mare d'inverno View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

This song is full of images of what the seaside is like in the winter and how alone one can feel.

Massimo Ranieri - Perdere l'amore

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Massimo Ranieri has never stopped being popular in Italy. Here he sings a song about a man who thought he had found love, but then lost it.

Marco Mengoni - Muhammad Ali

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Marco Mengoni was greatly influenced by Muhammad Ali, by his stand on religious and racial freedom, as well as by his physical and mental courage in the ring. This song makes the connection.

Loretta Goggi - Maledetta primavera

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

La primavera (the spring) is traditionally the season for falling in love, but things don't always work out for the best. This famous song curses the spring in 8 rhythmic syllables: Maledetta primavera (damned spring).

Lorenzo Jovanotti - Oh, Vita! View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

This is Italian singer-songwriter Jovanotti's ode to life, in the characteristic hip hop style he is known for. The video was shot in Rome in the places where Jovanotti grew up.

Zero Assoluto - Per Dimenticare View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

This song is one guy's RSVP to a wedding invitation from his ex-girlfriend. He feels he should explain why he is not going to attend. The refrain uses the tricky verb dimenticare (to forget) in three different ways, first as an infinitive: dimenticare, then with a direct object pronoun attached to it: dimenticarti (to forget you), and finally, as a reflexive verb (to forget) with its pronoun attached: dimenticarmi di te (to forget you).

Lucio Dalla e Francesco De Gregori - 4 marzo 1943

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Lucio Dalla and Francesco De Gregori perform the song that was originally titled “Gesù Bambino” [Christ Child] but was changed to Dalla's date of birth after censure from the Sanremo music festival.

Måneskin - Torna a casa

Difficulty: difficulty - Adv-Intermediate Adv-Intermediate

Italy

Måneskin is a band with four musicians who began playing together as students at the J.F. Kennedy High School in Rome. Their participation on X Factor brought about their phenomenal success. The band's name Måneskin means moonshine in Danish, and was a word that Victoria de Angelis, the bassist, knew from her Danish ancestry.

Canzoni per bambini - Tarzan lo fa View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

This is a song by Nino Manfredi and is about a boy who believes he's Tarzan. Being a parent isn't easy.

Domenico Modugno - Meraviglioso View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

Modugno sings a song written by Riccardo Pazzaglia, which quite closely resembles the current interest in gratitude or blessings journals.

Canzoni per bambini - Carletto View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

Corrado, a popular host, launched the song on Italian TV and it was also sold as a single. It was so successful that a sequel, “Sei contento papà?” [Are You Happy, Dad?] was created.

Domenico Modugno - Vecchio frac View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

This beautiful ballad was inspired by Raimondo Lanza di Trabia, an aristocrat known for his electrifying personality and for his romantic relationships (Rita Hayworth and Susanna Agnelli among them). At the age of thirty-nine, he threw himself from a hotel window in Rome.

Zero Assoluto - Svegliarsi la Mattina View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

The pop band Zero Assoluto [Absolute Zero] is made up of two Rome musicians, Thomas De Gasperi and Matteo Maffucci. They have frequently performed at the annual Sanremo Festival.

Le Vibrazioni - Vieni da me View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

This song by the Milanese band is about trying to keep a romantic relationship going. It has had huge success in Italy.

Zecchino d'Oro - Quarantaquattro gatti View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Italy

A song about cats that helps Italian school children remember that 6 x 7 = 42.

Toto Cutugno - L'italiano

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Italy

L'Italiano (The Italian) was recorded by Toto Cutugno in 1983 and presented at the 33rd Sanremo Festival, where it didn't win. That didn't stop it from becoming a top hit and one of Italy's best-loved songs.

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