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.
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.
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.
Italians in lockdown all over Italy are keeping each other company by singing, dancing and playing music from the balconies. A thread to celebrate the resilience of ordinary people. This is Salerno: pic.twitter.com/3aOchqdEpn
— Leonardo Carella (@leonardocarella) March 13, 2020
2 – Azzurro – Conte/Pallavicini
Alison playing Azzurro for our neighbors and friends connected via Skype for a virtual aperitivo and singing in their own neighborhood #Roma #Rome #flashmobmusicale #flashmobsonoro #covid_19 #azzurro #coronavirusitalia #andratuttobene #iorestoacasa #music pic.twitter.com/59c0yfaGkV
— Andrea Fabbri (@Boccia85) March 14, 2020
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
Meanwhile a war between who sing it better?????
That was awesome #andratuttobene #iostoacasa #COVIDー19 #coronapocalypse #CoronaVirusUpdates #COVID19 #Italy #covid_19italia #litaliano #totocutugno pic.twitter.com/P1GzDYWMTz
— Jhoya Miyu (@JhoyaMiyu) March 14, 2020
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.
Every little thing gonna be alright, Rome quarantine edition ??❤️ pic.twitter.com/4CdHW7hGb7
— Jessica Phelan (@JessicaLPhelan) March 14, 2020