Io Canto (song)
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Io Canto Song
"Io canto"
Riccardo Cocciante - Io canto (single).jpg
Single by Riccardo Cocciante
from the album ...E io canto
"Il treno"
ReleasedJanuary 1979
LabelRCA Italiana
Riccardo Cocciante, Marco Luberti
Marco Luberti
Riccardo Cocciante singles chronology
"A mano a mano"
"Io canto"
"Cervo a primavera"

"Io canto" is a song written by Riccardo Cocciante and Marco Luberti. Originally released in 1979 by Cocciante as the title single for his album ...E io canto, the song became a hit in Italy and during the following years, it became an Italian standard.[1]

In 2006, the song received new attention, following the release of a cover recorded by Italian singer Laura Pausini. Her version of the song was chosen as the first single from her album Io canto and charted across Europe, also reaching the top spot on the Italian Singles Chart.

Riccardo Cocciante version

The original version of the song was recorded by Italian singer Riccardo Cocciante and released in January 1979 as a single[2] from his studio album ...E io canto, released during the same year.[3][4] Cocciante, composer of the music, also arranged the song, while lyricist Marco Luberti was also credited as its producer.[2]

A French-language version of the song, titled "Je chante" was released by Cocciante himself.[5] He also recorded a Spanish-language version of the song, under the name "Yo canto", while an English-language adaptation of "Io canto", written in 1979 and titled "I'm singing", was released for the first time in 2009 only, as a track of Cocciante's album Fable.[6]

The song was also included in Cocciante's compilation album Tutti i miei sogni, released in 2006.[7]

Track listing

  1. "Io canto" - 4:25
  2. "Il treno" - 4:27


Chart (1979) Peak
France (SNEP)[9] 74
Italy (Musica e dischi)[10] 5

Laura Pausini version

"Io canto"
Laura Pausini - Io canto (single).jpg
Single by Laura Pausini
from the album Io canto
Released13 October 2006
FormatCD single, download
Recorded2006 – Hanson Recording Studio, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California; Impatto Studio, Bologna, Italy; O.R.S. Oliveta Recording Studios, Castelbolognese, Ravenna, Italy
Length4:23 (Radio Edit)
4:16 (Album Version)
LabelRCA Italiana
Riccardo Cocciante, Marco Luberti
Celso Valli
Laura Pausini singles chronology
"She (Uguale a lei)"
"Io canto"
Music video
"Io canto" on YouTube

In 2006, Italian singer Laura Pausini recorded a cover of the song, including it in her album with the same title, entirely composed of covers of popular Italian songs, and released it as the lead single from the set.[11] In January 2011, a poll conducted by the website declared Pausini's version of the song the best Italian cover of the decade.[12]

In 2013, Pausini re-recorded the song as a duet with Belgian singer Lara Fabian, in an Italian-French version, for Pausini's second compilation album 20 - The Greatest Hits. It's included only in the Italian version of the album. The Spanish edition, instead, includes "Dispárame, dispara".

The music video for the song was directed by Gaetano Morbioli.[13]

Track listing

  • Io canto - CD single[14]
  1. "Io canto"
  2. "Yo canto"
  3. "Io canto" (Instrumental)
  • Je chante - CD single[15]
  1. "Io canto" - 4:18
  2. "Je chante (Io canto)" - 4:22
  • Io canto - digital download[16]
  1. "Io canto" (Radio Edit) - 4:23
  • Yo canto - digital download[17]
  1. "Yo canto" (Radio Edit) - 4:16
  • Je chante - digital download[18]
  1. "Je chante (Io canto)" - 4:23


Music credits[14][19]
Production credits[19]
  • Celso Valli - producer
  • Luca Bignardi - engineer, mixing
  • Marco Borsatti - additional engineer
  • Clark Germaine - engineer
  • Tom Syrowsky - assistant
  • Matt Serrecchio - assistant
  • Nicola Fantozzi - assistant


Release history

Region Date Format Label
Italy 13 October 2006[31] Airplay Warner Music Italy
3 November 2006[31] CD single


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  2. ^ a b "Io canto/Il treno" (in Italian). Discografia Nazionale della Canzone Italiana. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Riccardo Cocciante - ...E Io Canto". Discogs. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "La Canzone d'Autore Italiana - Biografia di Riccardo Cocciante (Saigon, Vietnam, 1946)" (in Italian). RAI. Archived from the original on 18 February 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Richard Cocciante - Compilation [Couer De Lion]". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ Vincenzo Falbo (8 January 2009). "Riccardo Cocciante: in uscita la versione inglese dell'album ...E io canto" (in Italian).[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Riccardo Cocciante - Tutti i miei sogni" (in Italian). 18 April 2006. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "Riccardo Cocciante - Io Canto / Il Treno". Discogs. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "Accès direct à ces Artistes" (in French). Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 2012.In the menu, select Richard COCCIANTE, then press OK.
  10. ^ "Retrospettiva" (PDF). Musica e dischi (in Italian). April 2009. p. 22. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ Andrea Conti (8 November 2006). "Io canto e voglio la normalità". TGCOM (in Italian). Mediaset. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ "Dieci!, il referendum sulla musica del decennio: ecco tutti i risultati" (in Italian). 11 January 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ "Gaetano Morbioli - director videography". Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ a b "Laura Pausini - Io canto" (in Italian). Discografia Nazionale della Canzone Italiana. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ "Laura Pausini - Je Chante (Io Canto)". Discogs. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ "Io Canto [Single] - Laura Pausini". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ "Yo Canto [Single] - Laura Pausini". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012.
  18. ^ "Je Chante [Single] - Laura Pausini". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012.
  19. ^ a b Io canto (booklet). Laura Pausini. Atlantic Records. 2006.CS1 maint: others (link)
  20. ^ " - Laura Pausini - Io canto" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  21. ^ " - Laura Pausini - Io canto" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  22. ^ "European Hot 100 Singles 2007-01-27". Billboard. Archived from the original on 7 August 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  23. ^ " - Laura Pausini - Io canto" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  24. ^ "Top Digital Download - Classifica settimanale dal 24/11/2006 al 30/11/2006". Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 2012.
  25. ^ "Music Control: nessuna insidia per Elisa e Ligabue, Pausini in salita" (in Italian). 10 December 2006. Retrieved 2012.
  26. ^ "Italian Charts - Laura Pausini - Io canto (song)". Retrieved 2012.
  27. ^ " - Laura Pausini - Io canto". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  28. ^ "Schweizer Airplay Charts - 51/2006". Retrieved 2012.
  29. ^ "Top Digital Download FIMI-Nielsen Soundscan International - Classifica settimanale dal 16/10/2006 al 22/10/2006". Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Archived from the original on 18 March 2007. Retrieved 2012.
  30. ^ "Laura Pausini Chart History (Latin Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  31. ^ a b "Musica: Laura Pausini, arriva il nuovo singolo Io canto" (in Italian). Adnkronos. 11 October 2006.

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