My Top 5: Italian Male Singers

1.  Eros Ramazzotti
Even if you aren’t an avid listener of Italian music, chances are you know who Eros Ramazzotti is. He has released numerous albums and has been a staple in the Italian music scene since 1984. His albums have been released worldwide and he has done duets with many talented and well-known artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Cher, Andrea Bocelli, Laura Pausini and more recently Ricky Martin.

Check out these songs by Eros Ramazzotti:
“I Belong To You” featuring Anastacia
“Non Siamo Soli” featuring Ricky Martin
“L’Aurora”

2. Tiziano Ferro
Although Tiziano is a relatively “new” artist to the Itailan music scene, his popularity has grown exponentially.  In 1997, he was a participant in the San Remo Music Festival however didn’t make it into the finals.  He returned in 1998, and this time became one of the 12 finalists. It was there that he was discovered and in 2002, released his debut album entitled “Rosso Relativo”.   The albums first single “Perdono” blew up on the Italian music charts and led him to release a Spanish version of his debut album called “Rojo Relativo” increasing his popularity in South America.  In 2006, he released “Nessuno è solo” which debuted at #1 on the Italian charts and featured songs used in the popular Italian film “Ho Voglia Di Te”.

Check out these songs by Tiziano Ferro:
“Ti Scattero Una Foto”
“Perdono”

3.  Fabrizio Moro
Fabrizio has been in and around the music scene since 2000 when he released his first album.  However, it wasn’t until 2007 when his song “Pensa” dedicated to vicitms of the mafia won the “youth” category at the San Remo Music Festival that Fabrizio Moro catapulted into super stardom.  In 2008, he released “Domani” and is expected to release a new album later this month.  With his unique style and incredibly powerful lyrics, there is no question that his star will continue to climb.

Check out these songs by Fabrizio Moro:
“Pensa”
“Libero”

4.  Daniele Battaglia
Before making his official debut as a singer in 2007, Daniele worked in a small radio station in Bologna and also as a writer, producer and composer with his father’s record label.  Daniele learned a lot about the music industry through his father, Dodi Battaglia, the guitarist for popular Italian group Pooh.  In 2007, Daniele stepped out as a singer with a duet featuring Brenda entitled “Vorrei dirti che è facile”.  It was entered into the San Remo Music Festival however was not selected.  Later that year, Daniele released “Tutto Il Mare Che Vorrei” his debut album and in 2008, he returned to San Remo with his song “Voce Nel Vento”.  He was eliminated early on in the competition but it is certain he will be back as he continues to release music, build a growing fan base and tour all over Italy.

Check out these songs by Daniele Battaglia:
“Tutta Ma Nessuno”
“Voce Nel Vento”

5.  Nek
Nek, born Filippo Neviani, is a popular Italian singer-songwriter who like Tiziano Ferro has recorded and released albums in Italian and Spanish.  Nek released his first solo album in 1992 and participated in the San Remo Music Festival with his song “Laura Non C’e'”. He has released numerous albums over the past decade and shows no signs of retiring.  He is releasing his 10th studio album later this month.

Check out these songs by Nek:
“Laura Non C’e'”
“Sei Solo Tu” featuring Laura Pausini
“La Vita E'”

  1. stellina

    August 26, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    you need to listen to biagio antonacci. love, love, love his music 🙂

  2. Rachel

    January 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Thank you so much for the list and the comments. I love the Italian language and tried to take italian classes a few times. Only ever listened to Tiziano and LOVE HIM! But want to listen to other Italian artists and this is a great list of new (for me) singers to check out.

  3. Anthony

    June 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Tiziano ferro- sere nere

  4. Silvio

    October 16, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Tiziano is the best!!

  5. M

    October 15, 2012 at 5:27 am

    OH PLEASE!!!

    If you want to listen GOOD italian music listen to:
    – Fabrizio De Andrè
    – Roy Paci
    – PFM (“impressioni di settembre” is amazing)
    – Zen Circus
    – Vasco Rossi
    – Gianna Nannini
    – Edoardo Bennato
    – Nobraino
    – Domenico Modugno

    I suggest you to translate their lyrics: Italian music’s grounded on poetic words.

  6. Maryann

    September 9, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Dove Jovanotti?

  7. Anuj

    April 16, 2012 at 3:41 am

    My best champs is Nek

  8. Diane Gallagher

    April 8, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for posting this – I just bought Tiziano Ferro’s L’Amore e una cosa semplice (pardon the lack of accent on the e). I hadn’t heard of him before but I love this album.

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  10. abdul1983

    March 3, 2012 at 7:35 am

    could you please post a list of your fav top 5 female italian singers… i’m trying to learn italian through songs.

    1. LuLu

      March 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Hi,

      You can take a look at my Top 5: Italian Female Singers here http://calabrisellamia.wordpress.com/2009/05/26/my-top-5-italian-female-singers/
      I am going to start working on an updated version because over the years my tastes have changed a bit.
      Hope it helps!

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  12. sacha

    April 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I found it – Patrizio Buanne.

  13. sacha

    April 21, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    There was one singer I recently discovered, and I can’t find him. Young man, tall, blonde. Last name I think starts with a B (buono, bueno, something like that).

    Can anyone help me out?

    Could it be Matteo Becucci (www.myspace.com/matteobecucci) ?? Do you know the name of the song? or some lyrics within the song?

  14. melissa

    June 10, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I don’t think Tiziano Ferro is a good singer… he is too crappy and he doesnt sing that well
    I think eros is great
    and the best is NEK
    his voice is awesome and he even writes his own songs !!!!

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  16. jo

    April 11, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I would like to know something about female singers…
    top 10 by popularity

  17. Thomas

    April 3, 2009 at 5:54 am

    I agree than the above singers are the best that Italian music scene has, but I stronlgy disagree about the songs of Gigi D’Alessio. It has a great voice, numerous fans in Italy and for his kind I think is the best.
    Certainly his songs doesn’t seem the same, and the lyrics (if you know italian language are poetry)
    Finally the duets that has done with International artists (such as Lara Fabian) indicate his quality as an artist.

  18. darkeve

    March 12, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Yaaaaaay!! Tiziano Ferro! I only listened to a couple of songs and I’m currently using his songs to learn Italian. More interesting than classes and economics haha!!

    And eros has been a personal favorite of mine since like forever!!

    Great post! Will check out the other singers!!

  19. Jessica

    January 17, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Lulu, I honestly don’t remember because I don’t even know any of Nek’s songs. Or maybe I do but can’t tell him apart from all the other Italian male singers. It was about 2.5 years ago, so whatever was popular in 2006?

  20. Carla

    January 17, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Saw Tiziano in concert a while back…I used to like him a lot more…but he’s still alright. Eros is just a classic…he’ll always be great. I also used to like Nek a lot more, but not so much…I really love Mario Venuti, Mango, Zucchero, Max Pezzali (from 883), Alex Britti, Raf, Biagio Antonacci, Piero Pelù and Paolo Valessi…oops, more than 5!! 🙂 But they just all have great voices and sing different styles. And I agree, Gigi is a little cheese ball plus all his songs sound the same!! 🙂

  21. Jessica

    January 17, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Oh one other funny thing, a few years ago when I was still teaching English, I had a group of 10 year olds and when we were learning body parts and got to the word “neck” they would always break out into a Nek song. At the time I had no idea what they were doing, so had to look him up, but it was quite funny.

    1. LuLu

      January 17, 2009 at 11:08 am

      Too funny!!! That made me giggle! 😛 You must have been SO confused!!! haha Do you remember what song they would break into? or did they change it up on you? 😀

  22. Jessica

    January 17, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Haha Tiziano Ferro always reminds me of when I studied in Padova because his song Perdono was exploding at the time and was everywhere. I also must say I loved his song Stop! Dimentica off his latest album, which was popular here a few years ago. I generally am not a fan of contemporary Italian music (besides the group Subsonica), but am a closet fan of his.

    1. LuLu

      January 17, 2009 at 11:07 am

      Jessica, I think you just came out of the closet 😛 I will eventually do my Top 5 Italian Music Groups…I’m following more of the contemporary Italian music stuff now since I’ve already been exposed to all the older stuff through my dad! 🙂 It’s like a whole new musical world out there! LOL

  23. Leanne in Italy

    January 16, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Don’t really like Tiziano…but the teenagers just love him. Thank god Gigi D’Alessio or whatever his name is not on the list. Really cannot stand him.
    I like Eros…also Ligabue he is great.

    1. LuLu

      January 17, 2009 at 11:05 am

      My dad got me front row center tickets to see Eros. It was sooooo long ago but the best concert ever!! 🙂 I like Tiziano’s newer stuff….his “Nessuno è solo” is constantly in my player! 🙂 Gigi is a bit too cheese ball even for me 😛

  24. Tacky Thing

    January 16, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Ooh, thanks for the list. I don’t know much about contemporary Italian music.

    1. LuLu

      January 16, 2009 at 9:49 pm

      You’re welcome! 🙂 Hope you enjoy them!! Tell me if any peak your interest..I’d be interested to know! 🙂

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