Something quite spectacular has happened: Italy’s Ministry of Culture just put a century of popular music online, for free.
According to The Local, you’ll be able to access that definitive version of ‘O Sole Mio, the original Volare, folk songs of deepest Puglia, your favorite Andrea Bocelli ballads and even a few tunes by pop diva Mina covering The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.”
The 200,000-song catalog, courtesy of Italy’s Central Institute for Sound and Audiovisual Heritage (ICBSA), can be found at canzoneitaliana.it.
The sprawling play list, which covers Italian music from 1900 to 2000, is separated chronologically, geographically and thematically.
Search for traditional songs from Italy’s northern and southern regions, scroll through political songs from the early- to mid-20th century or cue up Italian hits used on movie soundtracks.
Not sure what you’re looking for? Browse the specially curated play lists for an overview of everything from Enrico Caruso’s greatest hits and Italian rock, to cult tunes.
Created in partnership with the Spotify streaming service, the site launched on Monday to coincide with Italy’s biggest music festival, Sanremo, which opens on the Ligurian seaside on Tuesday, The Local reports.