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Top ten: One-hit wonders from Italy

Italy brought the world musical greats such as Pavarotti and Mina. But others (if you’re old enough to remember them) are probably best forgotten. Here, The Local lists ten of Italy's greatest one-hit wonders - mostly from the 1980s and 90s.

Top ten: One-hit wonders from Italy
Sabrina Salerno's Boys Boys Boys was a global hit in 1987. Screen grab: YouTube

One-hit wonders they may have been but some of the songs went on to become global hits when remade in English, such as Umberto Tozzi’s Gloria, in an era when disco music largely ruled.

You'll probably recognize the songs but how many did you know were from Italy? Watch and listen to the clips in our gallery and tell us if you can think of any more in the comments section below. 

Top ten: One-hit wonders from Italy

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DRUGS

Italian Eurovision winner tests negative for drugs

Damiano David, the frontman of Italy's Eurovision winners Maneskin, has passed a drug test he took on Monday to clear his name after speculation that he had snorted cocaine at the song contest's grand final.

Italian Eurovision winner tests negative for drugs
Damiano David of Maneskin performs at the Eurovision final. Photo: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP

A drug test was “voluntarily undertaken earlier today by the lead singer of the band Måneskin which has returned a negative result seen by the EBU”, the European Broadcasting Union announced on Monday evening. 

“No drug use took place in the Green Room and we consider the matter closed,” the EBU said in a statement, adding that it had checked all available video footage as part of “a thorough review of the facts”.

READ ALSO: Italian Eurovision winners ‘really offended’ by accusations of drug use

David, who was shown on camera leaning over a table backstage in what some speculated could be drug use, had strongly denied the allegations. 

He said the footage showed him sweeping up some glass broken by one of his bandmates.

Måneskin with their trophy after winning the final of the 65th Eurovision Song Contest. Photo: Sander Koning / ANP / AFP

There had been calls for “total transparency” from officials in France, which came a close second in the song contest, after the clip went viral following Saturday’s final in the Netherlands.

The French minister for Europe said that drug use should be grounds for disqualification, though the head of France’s public broadcasting group said they did not plan to challenge the result.

David told interviewers he was “really offended” by the speculation, which he said had marred Italy’s first Eurovision victory in 31 years.

“We are alarmed that inaccurate speculation leading to fake news has overshadowed the spirit and the outcome of the event and unfairly affected the band,” the EBU said, adding that it was looking forward to “a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest in Italy next year”.

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