It’s time for a music update! If you’re wondering what we’re listening to here in Italy right now, this post is for you. The most popular Italian songs of spring 2018 are decisively less feel-good than the music we kept on repeat last summer. The songs are just as easy-on-the-ears though. Many of them are quieter, inviting you to think, to consider, to imagine rather than to dance it up in the club. Here’s a summary of what is in the charts in Italy right now, what is trending on Shazam or YouTube, and what I hear regularly on the radio. You’ll see quickly that it’s influenced a lot by the 2018 Sanremo music festival that just finished a month ago.
This song is a fun one! Una Vita In Vacanza by Lo Stato Sociale has an incredible 22 million views on YouTube right now. Considering that it was released just over a month ago, you can imagine how often it’s been played around here. The song is included on the album Primati. With it, Lo Stato Sociale came in at second place at the Sanremo Music Festival 2018. As of this week, it is number one in the charts in Italy.
Da Sola/In The Night
The most Shazamed Italian song right now in Italy instead is the ear worm Da Sola/In The Night by Takagi & Ketra featuring both Tommaso Paradiso, frontman of the Thegiornalisti, and the super famous Elisa.
It is very 80ies/90ies inspired. Check out the music video below to see what I mean. It already has over 14 million views on YouTube. And it’s from the same people who brought us last summer’s hit Esercito del Selfie. So I don’t think it’s going away anytime soon.
“Dear Italy”, Cara Italia, is how you would start a letter in Italian. And this song in fact is a letter addressed to Italy. It comes to you from rapper Ghali, an Italian born in Milan with Tunisian parents. In this song he calls Italy his better half, but also points out her flaws. He introduced this song with a beautiful dedication on Instagram that ends with him asking Italy to take into consideration his thoughts. You can read the full lyrics of the song in Italian and English here: Cara Italia, Dear Italy. It is on spot number 2 in the Italian MTV charts right now. It has an incredible 53 million views on YouTube.
Il Mondo Prima Di Te
Il Mondo Prima di Te is another song coming to you from Sanremo 2018. It came in third place at this year’s festival and is currently on its way up the charts. It’s on spot 4 on MTV as well as those of Radio 105. It has over 18 million views on YouTube. Annalisa was born in 1985 and has received 3 Platinum disc and 5 Gold discs already. She was one of Italy’s most famous singers in 2017.
Non è detto
Just released and already topping the album charts. There’s no slow climb up the ranks for the latest album of Laura Pausini, Fatti Sentire. First week out = first place, for this powerhouse of Italian singers. I suspect that it’s in large part due to her much listened to song Non è detto. She sang it as a special guest at…. you guessed it…. Sanremo 2018. This recently released ballad has already garnered 12 million views on YouTube and over 100,000 Shazams.
Non mi avete fatto niente
This year’s winner at Sanremo, Non mi avete fatto niente is a collaboration between the Albanian Ermal Meta and the Italian Fabrizio Moro. So far it hasn’t been able to reach first place in the Italian singles charts. However, this song might get a second wave of popularity as it is set to represent Italy at the Eurovision Song Contest later this year. And since its release a month ago it has almost received 16 million views on Youtube.