Romantic, ruthless, gray, welcoming: through the songs that tell Milan you can see a portrait of the city in all its souls and in all its complexity. There are eternal songs, pillars of Milanese style such as “Oh mia bèla Madunina”, a song from 1934 that is a bit like the anthem of the city, and there are the hits of the moment such as “Milan” by Ghali or “Le girls from Porta Venezia ”by Myss Keta.
There are those who celebrate it, like Giorgio Gaber in “Porta Romana” and those who, like Calcutta, do not see it very well: “but Milan is a hospital and tonight I will go back down and breathe again” in “Milan” and again “Milan Dateo on the map it is a mole »in“ Sorriso ”. Mahmood in “Milano Good Vibes” tells of the harshness of living here: “we survive in an arid city from the morning” while Manfredi in “20143” sees it differently: “How many times has Milan given us a place to stay / The Navigli in the middle of the night »And there are those who, like Lucio Dalla in” Milan “, describe it in all good and in all evil:” Milan at your fingertips / He asks you a question in German and answers you in Sicilian / Then Milan and Benfica / Milan struggling “while with the phrasing” Between the railing and the American dream / I’m here too / Milan Milan “the Articolo 31 perfectly condense the essence of life of those who move to the city with big dreams.
Listening to the songs dedicated to the city, or those that simply mention it, a puzzle of sensations and photographs is composed that embraces all aspects of Milanese life, not only: if we made a hypothetical playlist with all these songs we would have a sort of history of city stratified by epochs. The songs of the Ligera, the Milanese mala, tell of a period and a city that no longer exists: Nanni Svampa in “La povera Rosetta” tells of the murder by the police of a prostitute in Piazza Vetra. Ornella Vanoni in “Ma Mi” sings in dialect “Ma mi, ma mi, ma mi / Forty days, forty nights / In San Vittur a ciapaa i bott”.
The lyrics of the 70s by Enzo Jannacci and Ornella Vanoni described the popular Milan of emigrants and the industrial boom as happens in “Vincenzina e la Fabbrica”, a 1975 piece by Jannacci, created to be part of the soundtrack of “Popular Roman” by Mario Monicelli. Adriano Celentano’s “The boy from via Gluck” also fits into this context, photographing the urban expansion of the city. ‘was the grass now there / A city ».
The productivity and the working dimension linked to Milan are a tops often recurring in the songs that sing the Lombard capital: “Milan Rome / Stadio dei Marmi, Monumentale / Rest in Rome, sweat in Milan” is the vision of The Giornalisti in “Milan-Rome” while Roberto Vecchioni in “Luci a San Siro” he would gladly barter the salary of the city to find love and freedom «Milan take me away it’s so cold and disgusting and I can’t stand it anymore / let’s make a change take that little bit of money that little bit of fame but give me my six hundred back».
The productive Milan, the elegant Milan, but also the Milan of the suburbs: Giorgio Gaber again in “The Ballad of Cerutti Gino” says “Instead, nothing, I did a ballad / For one who is in Milan / Al Giambellino / Il Cerutti , Cerutti Gino “and again Vallanzaska (ska group of the 90s that borrowed and changed the name of one of the most famous Milanese criminals, Renato Vallanzasca) in” Boys from Comasina “sing” Boys from Comasina tomorrow robbery / Col crowbar and a shot of Porto / To take courage that you never know ». Even the lights of the power plant sing the disadvantaged and criminal Milan in “In the garages in Milan” north “From the p-38 loaded to salt / Milan to drink, Milan from pears / Temporary loves and neighborhood policemen / In the deserted bars on the canals / To kill time we got upset ».
And then there are the myriad of stories of those who fall in love in Milan: there are those who see it as an impossible feat, like Ornella Vanoni in “Falling in love in Milan”: “You knew how strange it is / Feeling in love / In Milan / Without flowers, without greenery / Without sky, without anything / Among the people, so many people “and those who consider it a welcoming city for lovers like the Baustelle who, in” A romantic in Milan “, sing” Excuse me / What do you think of A romantic at La Scala? / When he sings the songs of the bad school / Almost one hundred thousand Montenegro and Bloody Mary / Yellow moccasins and light and dark feelings / Cara / He will write on the tablecloths of the Navigli / How much joy, how many days, how many mistakes “.
And again, La Municipal in “Discografica Milano”: «Of chasing each other in Milan / What is left inside us? / But you were another person in via Lecco 1 / Who were holding our destiny by the hand / And Porta Venezia also knew the future / That you would have passed, that you would have changed “or Fabio Concato in” Domenica Bestiale “:” If you knew my love how I like it / Leave when Milan is still asleep / See it dozing off / And realize that it is beautiful / Before you start running and screaming ” and Coez in “It’s always beautiful”: “This morning with the sun Milan was beautiful too / And you who lower your eyes when I say that you are always more beautiful / You are always more beautiful” up to Fabrizio Moro who cannot be clearer in “You I also love you are from Milan “and Viito who says to a girl, in” As beautiful as Rome “,” You are beautiful like Rome / Bitch like Milan “.
I Coma Cose, an artistic duo that was born there in the Milanese area, dedicated not only the title of an album, “Winter Ticinese” to southern Milan, but several verses in various songs: “I open a Porta Genova without handle” in “Post Concerto “,” Tonight my throat is / Worse than via Gola / … / La Darsena is better than the Côte d’Azur / Maybe I took this absurd blow / But this canal is better than the Seine / For sure you won’t die in it curve »in” Via Gola “and again” See you, what do I know, maybe in Darsena / To drink the last from Peppuccio “in” A Lametta “(Peppuccio is the legendary manager of a tobacconist that overlooks the Darsena and which remains open until late at night) until «I have a wound in my heart here and I don’t know how to put it back together / That not even the needle and Cadorna thread are enough for me» in “Distorted Beach Boys”.
Rapper Dargen D’amico is even clearer in declaring love for the city and in his “I love Milan” he also places the intro in dialect “Chès chi in chi ciapa su uhh ciapa su la Scighera” where scighera is the Milanese term that indicates that fine mist that often envelops the city like a blanket in the morning and evening.
Oh my beautiful Madunina – Giovanni D’Anzi – 1934
Ma Mi – Ornella Vanoni – 1961
Roman gate – Giorgio Gaber -1964
The boy of Gluck street – Adriano Celentano – 1966
Fall in love in Milan – Ornella Vanoni – 1969
Poor Rosetta – Nanni Svampa – 1970
Lights at San Siro – Roberto Vecchioni – 1971
The ballad by Cerruti Gino – Giorgio Gaber – 1972
Vincenzina and the factory – Enzo Jannacci – 1975
Milano – Lucio Dalla – 1979
Sunday besatiale – Fabio Concato – 1982
Boys from Comasina – Vallanzaska – 1995
Milan External Ring Road – Afterhours 1999
Milan Milan – Article 31 – 2002
A romantic in Milan – construction site – 2005
In the garages in northern Milan – The Electric City Lights – 2007
I love you even if you are from Milan – Fabrizio Moro – 2007
Milano – Calcutta – 2015
I love Milan – Dargen D’amico – 2015
Milan record company – The Municipal – 2016
The girls of porta venezia – Myss Keta – 2016
Milano – Ghali – 2017
20143 Milan Navigli – Manfredi – 2017
Milan-Rome – The Journalists – 2018
As beautiful as Rome – Reference – 2018
Post Concerto – Coma Cose – 2018
Via Gola – Coma Cose – 2019
To Lametta – Coma Cose – 2019
Beach Boys Distorti – Coma Cose 2019
Smile (Milan Dateo) – Calcutta – 2019