I search google.it for la canzone d’amore più bella (the most beautiful love song) and get 741,000 entries.
The first is a YouTube post of “Adagio,” sung by Lara Fabian. With more than 3 million viewings, it merited a listen from me. I found the song a tad overwrought—more longing than loving–but seems as if I may be in the minority.
The second link is a blog called clo&demk that couldn’t limit itself to just one melody. Its Le 200 Canzoni D’Amore Più Belle di Tutti i Tempo (The 200 Most Beautiful Love Songs of All Time) leads with “I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin. Sorry, it’s a sweet song but not Italian.
The third link is a forum discussion on alfeminile.com that starts when Buffy, with her smiley face emoticon, posts the query. I try to wade through the responses but the flotilla of attached smileys starts to give me agita.
Next up: Yahoo Answers. Surely, this search engine’s miglior risposta (best answer) will be the one. “Scelta dal Richiedente.” Problem is, I can’t find the song on Google or YouTube. Does anyone know it?
At number five, the pourfemme.it, offers Le 100 canzoni d’amore più belle di sempre (The 100 Most Beautiful Love Songs for Always) with a crisp visual of a tiny red heart atop black-and-white sheet music. In the introduction, the writer calls out “La Cura,” by Franco Battiato as her selection, even though it isn’t first on the list.
I play “La Cura” and find it arty and edgy. . .like this line . . .Ti solleverò dai dolori e dai tuoi sbalzi d’umore dalle ossessioni delle tue manie. (I will relieve you of the pains and of your mood swings of the obsessions of your mania.)
Una canzone bella? Non sono sicura.
Guess I’m looking for a simpler kind of love song.
I google the phrase “ti amo” (I love you) and find Umberto Tozzi’s song “Ti Amo,” which is strong and emotional but, again, I don’t know if it qualifies as beautiful.
So, for this La Festa di San Valentino, I’ll go with an Italian song that I love: “La Prima Cosa Bella” performed in this video by Nicola di Bari, who also composed the music, at the 1970 San Remo Music Festival.