Un'estate italiana

"Un'estate italiana" (Italian, pronounced [uneˈstaːte itaˈljaːna]), "Un verano italiano" (Spanish; both meaning "An Italian summer") or "To be number one" (English), is a 1990 song composed by Giorgio Moroder with lyrics by Tom Whitlock for the 1990 FIFA World Cup held in Italy. The Italian version, also known as "Notti magiche" ("Magical nights") in Italy, was recorded by Italian artists Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini, who also wrote the Italian lyrics. The Spanish version, also known as "Noches mágicas" in Spanish, was recorded by Paraguayan Susan Ferrer, who also wrote the Spanish lyrics.

"Un'estate italiana"
"Un verano italiano (Spanish version)"
"To be number one (English version)"
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Single by Edoardo Bennato and Gianna Nannini
Susan Ferrer (Spanish Version)
B-side"Karaoke version"
Released9 December 1989
GenrePop rock
Producer(s)Giorgio Moroder
Gianna Nannini singles chronology
"Voglio fare l'amore"
"Un'estate italiana"
"Un verano italiano (Spanish version)"
"To be number one (English version)
Edoardo Bennato singles chronology
"Vendo Bagnoli/ZEN"
"Un'estate italiana"
"Il paese dei balocchi/Buon compleanno bambina"
Music video
"Un'estate italiana" on YouTube

The song achieved success on the charts of several European countries.

Background and releaseEdit

The English version, released under the name "To be number one", and performed by Giorgio Moroder Project, was the opening theme to RAI TV programmes and matches related to the World Cup.

For the Italian release, Moroder addressed Gianna Nannini and Edoardo Bennato, who rewrote the lyrics and took the song to the top of the charts in Italy and Switzerland. From January to September 1990, the song was the best-selling single in Italy. The song was presented for the first time by the two singer-songwriters in Milan in December 1989, and performed live during the opening ceremony, held on 8 June 1990, in Milan, before the Argentina–Cameroon opening match, followed later also by the English version.

The song was among the first to contain a single instrumental version (indicated as a karaoke version) and to be published as a maxi single. In 1990, Hong Kong singer Alan Tam covered this song in Cantonese under the title "Ideals and Peace" (Yue Chinese: 理想與和平).

Track listingsEdit

7" single
  1. "Un'estate italiana" – 4:07
  2. "Un'estate italiana" (karaoke version) – 4:07
12" maxi
  1. "Un'estate italiana" (stadium version) – 4:50
  2. "Un'estate italiana" (7" version) – 4:07
  3. "Un'estate italiana" (karaoke version) – 4:07
CD maxi
  1. "Un'estate italiana" (stadium version) – 4:50
  2. "Un'estate italiana" (single version) – 4:07
  3. "Un'estate italiana" (karaoke version) – 4:07

Charts and salesEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Un'estate italiana", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 19, 2009)
  2. ^ 1990 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at Archived 2013-12-17 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved April 19, 2009)
  3. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 of 1990" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 7 no. 51. 22 December 1990. p. 60. OCLC 29800226. Retrieved 15 January 2020 – via American Radio History.
  4. ^ 1990 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch (Retrieved April 19, 2009)
  5. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Edoardo Bennato/ Gianna Nannini; 'Un' Estate italiana')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  6. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.