My Top 5 Italian Male Singers (2nd Edition)

I thought it was time to do an update on My Top 5:  Italian Male Singers.  The original post was created back in 2009 and since I’ve moved to Italy I’ve had the oppourtunity to discover new artists and also my taste in music has changed a bit.  So here it is, the second edition to My Top 5:  Italian Male Singers.  Please keep in mind that music is subjective and this is meant to be MY top 5 and I don’t expect everyone to agree with my picks.

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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.

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2.  Marco Mengoni

Marco Mengoni won the hearts of Italians when he competed and won the third season of the popular Italian talent show, The X Factor.  The next year, he placed 3rd at the 60th Sanremo Music Festival with his song “Credimi Ancora”.  Along with his enchantingly beautiful vocals, his performances are always a little bit out of this world which suits his eccentric personality.

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3,  Luciano Ligabue (aka Ligabue)

This Italian rock artist and singer-songwriter started out his musical career in 1987 when he started a band called Orazero.  He wrote several original songs for the band which the performed in various local and national competitions.  He released a solo album in 1990 and quickly became one of the most successful Italian rock artists in the country.  He is more than just a singer-songwriter, he’s also a movie director and a published author of short stories and poems.

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4.  Jovanotti

Jovanotti has always had an interest in music and worked as a DJ in nightclubs and at radio stations in Rome.  He moved to Milan and met a record producer/talent scout while he was DJing there.  That same year he released his first single and started working as a DJ on one of the most popular national radio stations in the country, Radio DeeJay.  Over the years, Jovanotti has proved he is a mainstay in the Italian music Industry.  He has also used his popularity for good by working with many organizations such as Make Poverty History and Amnesty International.

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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.

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  1. Sean

    May 18, 2013 at 11:10 am

    If we’re talking about modern Italian music, I don’t think Eros, Nek and Jovanotti should even be in the top 5.. They’re old news and so 90s. Ligabue, ok he’s old, but frequently tours. Tiziano Ferro IMO should be number one. There are so many modern artists, like Moda who should be in the top five. If we’re talking about Italian music in general, I think Vasco Rossi is more deserving of a place in the top 5, as well as Renato Zero and Zucchero.

    1. LuLu

      June 6, 2013 at 3:11 am

      @Sean As I’ve already mentioned, these are *my* personal preferences. Preferences in music will vary between people and that’s not to say that the people you’ve mentioned aren’t talented. Also, my top 5 isn’t in any particular order and is constantly changing (as you may notice this was posted in March of last year). I’m sure readers looking for new Italian music will appreciate your suggestions.

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  3. Rosa

    April 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    I didn’t know he wrote short stories! Ligbue’s songs are like poetry. I like him so much that I’m flying to London for his concert!

    1. LuLu

      April 22, 2012 at 3:37 am

      @Rosa Ya, a friend told me that he was also a writer. I looked into it although I haven’t attempted to read any of his stuff just yet. Eventually I will get to a point where I read novels, poems, etc in Italian.

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