The Best of Sanremo Music Festival: Italy's All-Time Favorite Songs

Feb 09, 2019 951

BY: Silvia Donati

The 69th edition of the Festival di Sanremo, Italy’s most popular and beloved music festival, is under way. Broadcast live on Rai Uno (Rai International for those abroad) from the famed Ariston Theater in the Ligurian seaside town of Sanremo, this year’s festival ends on Saturday with the announcement of the winner among 24 contestants. competition amongst previously unreleased songs.

We’ve picked ten of the most successful songs from the festival since its beginning in 1951 – not necessarily the songs that won, but those that stood the test of time. Some of these songs have become icons of Italian music, and continue to be played on the radio years after their first release.

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