Here are Italy’s official top five balcony chart hits

Here are Italy's official top five balcony chart hits
Neighbours in Italy have been joining nightly singalongs to brighten up quarantine. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP
If you want to know the names of the Italian songs being blasted from windows or balconies near you this week, wonder no more - a list of the country's favourite balcony hits has just been released.

As Italians adjusted to life in quarantine over the past week, 6pm became the highlight of the day for many as people took to their balconies and rooftops to take part in a “musical flashmob” aimed at lifting people's spirits during quarantine.

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The idea was a hit across Italy, and social media quickly filled with videos of people singing from their windows and playing tambourines on their balconies everywhere from Sicily to Veneto.

People are hanging the Italian flag and playing music from their balconies during quarantine. Photo: Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Many of those taking part decided to crank up the volume on some well-known Italian songs – although non-Italians may not be familiar with them.

While some streets have favoured 80s hits and others enjoyed rooftop DJ sets, overall there are some particular tracks that have been popular across the country – at least according to a new ranking of Italy's most-loved balcony music.

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The list was compiled by Indie Music Like, or MEI, Italy's longest-running independent music chart, which pubishes a weekly ranking of 250 tracks by independent and emerging artists.

It puts the country's national anthem in first place.

Here are the other Italian songs you're likely to hear being played from a balcony near you:

1. Fratelli d’Italia – Mameli – The Italian national anthem has been played and sung from windows across the country as citizens encourage each other to do their bit for the country by staying indoors.

2 – Azzurro – Conte/Pallavicini

3 – Il cielo e’ sempre piu’ blu – Rino Gaetano

4 – Romagna Mia – Raoul Casadei

5 – O mia bela Madunina – Giovanni D’Anzi

Other songs mentioned on the list include:

Viva l'Italia – Francesco De Gregori

Creuza de Ma – Fabrizio De André

Certe Notti – Luciano Ligabue

Sole – Lucio Battisti

L'Italiano – Toto Cutugno

And many of our readers in Italy report singing along with what might just be the unofficial Italian national anthem: Domenico Modugno's Il blu dipinto di blu (Volare) 

And of course, Bob Marley has also been a popular choice.

 


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