If there’s one thing that connects Spain, France and Italy, it’s the passion: passion for a loved one, passion for their country’s beauty and even passion for fútbol (don’t you dare call it soccer!). Since we can’t help but feel equally strong emotions when we think of these three countries, this music playlist gets us in the mood for our Barcelona, Southern France & the Italian Riviera tour—which traverses three of our favorite places for sunshine, music and love.
Barcelona — Giulia y los Tellarini
One myth of Barcelona’s founding is that Greek hero Hercules got lost while traveling across the Mediterranean Sea with nine ships. The ship and crew were found in a location so beautiful they named it Barca Nona (“ninth ship”) after the ship that brought them there.
La vida sigue igual (“Life goes on”) — Julio Iglesias
Julio Iglesias is known as one of the best internationally selling artists ever. Born and raised in Spain, he initially wanted to be a footballer. He only started playing music after he was injured in a car accident and received a guitar from a nurse to keep him entertained.
Rumba Catalán — Arany Zoltán
The Catalan rumba developed in Barcelona in the 1950s, drawing influence from Romani culture, flamenco, Cuban music and rock n’ roll.
Goldeneye — Tina Turner
Two installments of the James Bond franchise, Goldeneye and Never Say Never Again, have filmed at the Casino Monte Carlo, located in Monaco on the border of Southern France.
C’est Si Bon (“It’s so good”) — Louis Armstrong
The Nice Jazz Festival is one of the most popular jazz and music festivals in the world and has been held annually since 1948.
Zou Bisou Bisou (“Oh! Kiss kiss”) — Gillian Hills
An informal word for “kiss” in French, bisou is often used as a way to say “good-bye!” to friends.
La Dolce Vita (“The Sweet Life”) — Nino Rota
Nino Rota was the composer of choice for Federico Fellini, whose Italian films are considered some of the greatest films of all time
Nessun Dorma (“None shall sleep”) — Luciano Pavarotti
Luciano Pavarotti, born in northern Italy, sang this song as his final performance at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
Three Coins in a Fountain — Frank Sinatra
Legend has it that if you throw three coins into the Trevi Fountain (with your right hand over your left shoulder) you will someday return to Rome. Fun fact: The money is collected to fund a supermarket for the city’s needy.
What other songs would you add to the list?