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Italian Cha Cha Cha Songs

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Cha Cha Cha

Cha Cha Cha

A Collection of

Cha Cha Cha songs in Italian for you to discover old and modern songs, meet Italian celebrities and learn some lyrics to sing along.

Target Audience

For those who do not dance

For those who do not dance Cha Cha Cha

For those who don’t know what Cha Cha Cha is all about

For those who are not musicians

For those who do not speak Italian


For those who are curious

And for everybody else


Why Cha Cha Cha?

When I need a quick picker-upper, a Cha Cha Cha song is my best bet because

Cha Cha Cha Is

What else?



easy to dance to



a quick picker-upper
















Why Italian Songs?

Since Cha Cha Cha is a Latin dance,

The BEST or

Best known Cha Cha Cha songs

Are either in Spanish or English.

Everybody knows that.

But, I was interested

In something other than


I chose Italian language

Precisely because I don’t understand it

When I listen to songs

In either English or Russian

I cannot help but follow the lyrics

Which I find it utterly


1. Marino Marini "Rosita Cha Cha"

Rosita, baila Cha Cha

Rosita, baila Cha Cha

Long Time Ago

I stumbled upon a very simple and cheerful song “Rosita Cha Cha”. This song is excellent for beginners and wonderful for singing along.

I don’t know about you, but knowing only a few words, I tend to repeat them and I find it relaxing.

I’m sure you can manage:


Rosita Cha Cha Cha



Rosita Cha Cha Cha

Rosita, baila Cha Cha

Rosita Cha Cha Cha in Italian

In Fact

In fact, it’s not repeating words

That is difficult

It’s the other way around

It’s impossible not to repeat them.

What do we like in music?




Anticipation of what comes next

Which we already know

And the most seductive music

Not to say imposing

Is the simplest and sing-alongable


2. Pulcino Pio

Now You Try

Now you try NOT to repeat

Fa… Farò Farò Farò…
Farò Farò Farò,
Farò Farò farò il cha cha cha,

Childish, I know.

Yet, so catchy. Endearing.

Yes, it's not for a dancing competition, but good for practicing steps.

Maybe you even will learn your animals!

3. It's a Little Baby Girl

In a clear morning

with roosters singing

and flowers blooming

It's a little baby girl was born under a cabbage among sprigs of parsley.

Childish, right?

Yet, adults seem to be perfectly happy with this song which you can plainly see in an Italian film "Io bacio, tu baci" (I Kiss, You Kiss). There must be a connection with, mmm, little people being found somewhere under... a cabbage perhaps?

But then again, it's easy to sing and dance to it.

The good thing about mindless repetition - at some point you learn a few Italian words. How does it benefit you? I find delight in being able to to recognize a few words. It feels like an accomplishment. Silly, right?

Now You Try NOT to Repeat:

Patata, patatì, patatina come te.

Bambina piccolina, patatina,
col naso piccolino, patatino,

tu come nelle favole
sei nata sotto un cavolo,
tra ciuffi di prezzemolo
sei nata tu.

4. Renato Corasone "Torero"

Who are you trying to fool?


Who Are You Trying to Fool?

This is a funny song if you understand it – it’s about a young man who imagines himself being a toreador like a Spaniard, but he is laughed at because he is no such thing. He wears a Sombrero like a Mexican, smokes Cuban cigars and has castanets in his sack, castanets that he cannot play. He confuses bolero with Cha Cha Cha and makes questionable fashion choices.

It is funny that I knew the most important word – castanets (nacchere).

It will be very helpful if I go to Italy, right?

It's Hard Not to Sing Along



nun è o vero

Renato Corasone Torero

  • Torero, Renato Carosone
    Torero, Renato Carosone: information about the song and the artist together with the Italian lyrics and its literal translation.

Torero Was a Hit

Silly as it may be, released in 1957 the song Torero was so popular that it was translated in twelve languages. I could only find its English version. I did not like the lyrics. (That's why I'd rather listen to silly songs in other languages).

Because I Cha Cha

The Bull Is So Confused

I don't know, but English confuses me more than Italian.

"The bull is so confused

because I cha cha..."

Well, wouldn’t you be?

Poll #1

5. Cha Cha Italiano

Cha Cha Italiano

Here it's hard to resist a well-known song "Mambo Italiano".

We like the familiar and that's all there is to it whether it's Mambo or Cha Cha Cha.

6. Aurelio Fierro "Carolina Dai"

This is such a simple and seductive song - easy to dance to and easy to sing along if you can repeat a few words.

I have had seven cups of coffee

And I am wide awake

But you always say no

You laugh and play with me like a cat

Come on, Carolina, give me a kiss

And you won’t regret it,

Come on, Carolina, give me a kiss

And you’ll have fun!

Finally you decide

That love is beautiful

And I will not get tired of repeating

Come on, Carolina...

Come on, Carolina, give me a kiss and you will not regret it.

Now You Try (0:20)

Dai, dai, dai, Carolina, dai
dammi un bacio e non ti pentirai!
Dai, dai, dai, Carolina, dai
dammi un bacio e ti divertirai!

Tu, tu, tu, dispettosa sei,
ridi giochi con tutti i sogni miei...
Tu, tu, tu, la gattina fai...
mi lusinghi e non mi baci mai.

7. Stupido Cha Cha Cha

Stupido Cha Cha Cha - Try Not to Steal Their Moves

8. Maestro Dell'Amore -

Maestro Dell'Amore -

This is a cute song, where I can only make my best guesses.

Call me,

Look for me,

Look at me,

Take me...

If you like

It is funny that I can repeat some words and combinations, but I cannot understand the whole thing. That makes the process much more amusing. Had I understood the song, I would not have liked it.

By the way, you don’t need a partner to dance Cha Cha Cha - line dancing is perfectly fine. I, however, prefer having one. (A good one at that!) Someone who can qualify as a Maestro of Love?

Poll #2

9. "Limonata Cha Cha Cha"

Guini Russo "Limonata Cha Cha Cha"

Sitting by the sea, trying not to think about you

Sitting by the sea, trying not to think about you

Lemonade, African Soda

As far as repetition goes this much I can manage:

"Cha cha cha della limonata"

Cha cha cha della limonata
Cha cha cha seduti in riva al mar
Cha cha cha della limonata
Cha cha cha seduti in riva al mar

Abbattimento morale
Adesso provo per te
Stasera mi manca l'Africa
Mi guardo intorno e non ce n'è

Una gazzosa africana
Io sto bevendo perché
Mi sento strana e nostalgica
E me ne vado a Santa Fe

Successo, trionfo e fortuna
Le carte hanno detto per me
Mi sembra di star sulla luna
Non voglio pensare più a te

and Orangeade

Sitting by the sea

Drinking lemonade

With a touch of moral depression

Trying not to think about him

Feeling strange and nostalgic

Missing drinks from Africa

Such as an African Soda

And Orangeade

Even though

Cards foretell

Success, triumph and fortune

It will all end with

Cha Cha Cha

[My very loose adaptation of lyrics.]

You know that “adaptation” is

an euphemism for “taking liberties”, don’t you?

10. Pedrito Cha Cha Cha

(Music: Cavalli-Sciara-Guidi)

They Call Me Pedro

Everybody calls me Pedro

I'm the King of Love

I'm a great lover

I am a heartthrob

I'm a great dancer

That's what men tend to say,

don't they?

But it sounds better in Italian.

Videoclip with lyrics

Tutti mi chiamano Pedro

Tutti mi chiamano Pedro, pedro
io sono il re dell'amor

Quando arrivo in balera pedro
tutte le donne sono qua

Sono un gran ballerino, pedro
il cha cha cha lo so far

So che qualcuna mi ama, pedro
io sono fatto così
Io questa sera qui, pieno di amore sai
Non vedo l'ora di ballare sempre insieme a voi

Sono un grande amatore, pedro
la mia passione si sa
Come io schiocco le dita, pedro
tutte le donne da me

11. "La Mezzaluna"

Adriano Celentano "La Mezzaluna" ("Half-Moon")

11. Adriano Celentano "La Mezzaluna"


The Half Moon

The half moon is shining in the sky, singing just for us.

It's so romantic! It’s fantastic!

It is looking at us and smiling

Because it sees you kissing me

The half moon is winking at us from above

And it doesn't want to go down.

It likes to watch silently

Drawing two hearts out of the stars.

La Mezzaluna

12. "Basta" (Enough")

Adriano Celentano "Basta"

This song can be used a Cha Cha Cha hymn or part of its advertising campaign.

Forget about all the rest.

Let's Cha Cha Cha

Because it's best.

Forget about all the rest



Enough with the moon

Enough with the sea

Enough with the stars

The love is done with the Cha Cha Cha

Enough with the mambo

Enough with the blues

Enough with the tango

The love is done with the Cha Cha Cha

Shake well with the Cha Cha Cha

So let us love the Cha Cha Cha

So kiss with the Cha Cha Cha

The love is beautiful only with the Cha Cha Cha

Now You Try

Basta con la luna
basta con il mare
basta con le stelle
l'amor si fa con il cha cha cha

basta con il mambo
basta con il blues
basta con il tango
l'amor si fa con il cha cha cha

Stringiamoci così con il cha cha cha
amiamoci così con il cha cha cha
baciamoci così con il cha cha cha
l'amor è bello solo con il cha cha cha

Poll #3

13. Ciliegi Rosa - Claudio Villa

Ciliegi Rosa - Claudio Villa

Cherry pink and white veils, It was a harmony of our love. The happiest spring of our heart.

Cherry pink and white veils, It was a harmony of our love. The happiest spring of our heart.

Ciliegi Rosa (Claudio Villa)

Under the cherry trees that day

We swore thus from the start:

To love each other always

And never, ever part.

That promise of our devotion

And the air filled with floral scent

Made our eve of fond emotion

Superbly spent.

Now You Try (0:45)

Sotto i ciliegi quel dì
abbiam giurato così
d'amarci ancora di più
e non lasciarci mai più.
Quella promessa d'amor
con il profumo dei fior
ci fece tutto sognare
e sospirar.

Ciliegi rosa e bianchi veli,
fu un'armonia del nostro amor.
La più felice primavera
dei nostri cuor.

14. Tony & Andrea "Trumpet"



It’s probably one of my favourite songs (for now) because it’s so energetic.

Tromba - trombone - trombetta

la vita perfette

... sogni con me

La notte perfetta

si si si la do

[aka bits and pieces]


My best effort

lo strumento musicale

musical instrument


questo tromba apassionato

the passionate trumpet


la vita (notte) perfetta

the perfect life (night)


sogni con me

dream with me





la campagna elettorale

the election campaign

How timely!


Poll #4:

15. Cosa hai messo nel cafe?

Cosa hai messo nel cafe? (What did you put in my coffee?) - Riccardo del Turco

Cosa hai messo nel cafe? - Riccardo del Turco

Cosa hai messo nel caffè

It’s winter and it’s cold outside

Why don’t you come to my place

Where it is warm

We can have a cup of coffee

Nothing is wrong with that, right?

A cup of coffee with a touch of love potion or was it cinnamon?

A cup of coffee with a touch of love potion or was it cinnamon?

But what did you put in my coffee?

But what did you put in the coffee,
that I drank at your place?
There is something different
in me now!

If there's a poison I'll die,
but it will be sweet next to you,
because the love that wasn't there,
now there is!

Now You Try (0:48)

Ma cosa hai messo nel caffè,
che ho bevuto su da te?
C'è qualche cosa di diverso
adesso in me!

se c'è un veleno morirò,
ma sarà dolce accanto a te
perchè l'amore che non c'era
adesso c'è.


There is a French version of this song, but I could not find it. Maybe you can.

16. "Un Posto nel Tuo Cuore"

Patrizia Rossi "Un Posto nel Tuo Cuore" ("Into the Time")

16. Patrizia Rossi "Un Posto nel Tuo Cuore" - "Into the Time"

It's a slow romantic song - that much is obvious.

Here you can read the text - and sing along without understanding what it is all about.

The images provide a hint and if you wish you can translate the song line by line.

[I tried to find the lyrics, but couldn't].

17. Balli di Gruppo "Señorita"

Senorita Cha Cha Cha


Mixed Lyrics: Italian & Spanish

This song has a combination of Italian and Spanish lyrics.

What I understand is

"Seniorita, seniorita,

I cannot live without you"

Well, I don't blame him.

Maybe he cannot live without her because she is a good dancer?

Or better yet a good partner?

Good matches are hard to come by.

If you need a partner, dance in front of the mirror, it's the next best thing.

Just be careful when you perform such high kicks!

18. E Allora Dai Cha Cha Cha

Music: N. D'Alessandro - M. Topo

Lyrics: Riccardo Marchetti

Andrey Gusev and Vera Bondareva, April 2017

Andrey Gusev and Vera Bondareva, April 2017

Music: N. D'Alessandro - M. Topo

Lyrics: Riccardo Marchetti

This song was a great success.

If you are willing,

you can get the lyrics from the karaoke version.

In fact, I played the song and the karaoke version on mute, so I could follow the lyrics with the singer. It's more challenging yet more fun.

Don't you think?

Lyrics and music - if you are so inclined to translate

19. Non c'è crisi (per la donna)

Omar Lambertini e Gianni Drudi - Non c'è crisi (per la donna)

Omar Lambertini e Gianni Drudi - Non c'è crisi (per la donna)

"There is no crisis for women" - I have no idea what it's about, but there is a lot of gesticulation, so go ahead - create your own story. I was mostly puzzled by what the singer was trying to cut with scissors? A skirt? Or maybe a umbilical cord? Because in the end - there is a Madonna. And where there is a Madonna, there should be a child. I think.

But like all Cha Cha Cha songs this one seems to be very cheerful.

So, cheers to the ladies!

20. "Fuoco nel fuoco"

Eros Ramazzotti "Fuoco nel fuoco" ("Flame in the Flame")

Eros Ramazzotti "Fuoco nel fuoco"

Fuoco nel fuoco (Flame in the Flame)

Eros Walter Luciano Ramazzotti - what an interesting name! Eros.

It's yet another discovery for me.

Eros Ramzzotti is a popular Italian singer.

Fuoco nel fuoco

sono gli occhi tuoi dentro i miei

ne basta poco

ed ho già capito chi sei

che cosa cerchi tu da me

che cosa vuoi di più da me

tu vuoi quel graffio al cuore

che anch'io

fortemente vorrei...

Flame in the flame...

Your eyes are in mine.

It needs a little time

To understand who you are,

What you search in me,

What you still want from me.

You want a scratch on the heart which

I would like to have so much too...

21. Vola con me (Fly with Me)

Rosy Velasco - Vola con me (Fly with Me)

(M.Mariani - M.Alessandri - A.Guerrini)

Rosy Velasco - Vola con me (Fly with Me)

Divide the sky and fly with me

Marco Mariani & Rosy Velasco - Vola con me (M.Mariani - M.Alessandri - A.Guerrini)

22. Lascia L'Ultimo Ballo Per Me (ChaChaCha)

CARLO PASCUCCI ► Lascia L'Ultimo Ballo Per Me (ChaChaCha)

Save the Last Dance for Me

Puoi ballar,
puoi ballar con chi vuoi
che tanto tu non mi scorderai.
E riderai, però sai, una spina in cuore
questa sera avrai.

che se vuoi
tu potrai tornare a sorridere.
Uh Uh, amore,
lascia l'ultimo ballo per me.

You can dance-every dance with the guy
Who gives you the eye, let him hold you tight
You can smile-every smile for the man
Who held your hand neath the pale moon light

But don't forget who's takin' you home
And in whose arms you're gonna be
So darlin' save the last dance for me

23. Maria Cha Cha Cha (Music: Scarpellini)

He wants only Maria, oh, where are you, Maria? What shall I do, if there are only Svetlanas, Tatianas and Irinas lurk around? I would be desolate too.

He wants only Maria, oh, where are you, Maria? What shall I do, if there are only Svetlanas, Tatianas and Irinas lurk around? I would be desolate too.


Cha Cha Cha Maria

I have included the complete lyrics because I find them way too funny.

So, the story goes, that once upon a time

Maria was the best

Whatever happened to her

I've no idea


If he had to be sincere

(Please, oh, please)

If Maria is not there

He might even console himself


a Svetlana,

or Tatiana

or Irina

or Pamela

(check carefully

maybe your name

is also on that list)

Well, mine is

and that is

way too funny.


C'era una volta

E poi non c'era piu'

C'era maria

Com'era bello

Fare l'amore

Il giorno a casa mia

Maria maria maria

Proprio un peccato

Che tu sia andata via

Ora mi consolo con Svetlana

Quando non puo' esserci Tatiana

Ma se devo essere sincero

Ogni tanto esco con consuelo

Ma non c'e' Maria

Ma non c'e' Maria

No non c'e' piu' Maria

No no no no no no

Non c'e piu' Maria


24. "Stringimi Dai" ("Hold Me")

Music: Scarpellini

Stefano di Filippo and Anna Melnikova (Ballando con le stelle, Italian Dancing with the stars)

Stefano di Filippo and Anna Melnikova (Ballando con le stelle, Italian Dancing with the stars)

You are sure that love

Is a game which

Is impossible to fulfill

In reality

I don't need no novel

To understand that

With a smile it will transform you

To feel better all you need is

A caress

Tu sei convinto che l'amore

Sia un gioco che

Sia impossibile da realizzare

Nella realta'

Non mi serve alcun romanzo

Per capire che

Con un sorriso ti trasformera'

Per stare meglio basta poco una

Carezza in piu'

Very Optimistic

Everything can get better if you are with me

Hold me tight and your grudge

Soon will disappear

I don't need advice

To reconquer

Sooner or later you'll come back to me

Hold me, c'mon

I know you're ready to come back

No words are needed I already feel you

Come to me

Hold me c'mon I love life more than ever

Video Clip with Lyrics

25. "Stasera Che Sera"

Matia Bazaar/Carlo Pascucci

Stasera Che Sera (ChaChaCha)

Be a Gentleman or a Beggar

Be a gentleman or a beggar,

Never forget to love.

Love, love, love -

a romantic song. Obviously.

26. "Rocco Cha Cha"

Rocco Granata "Rocco Cha Cha"

I started my musical Cha Cha Cha adventure with only one song “Rosita Cha Cha” and almost finished when I stumbled on yet another song “Rocco Cha Cha”. I did not know the performer just like I did not know most Italian singers. I was simply glad that I found another “good” Cha Cha Cha song.

However, it turned out that the song that I know so well and love for many reasons (one of which is that Marina is my Middle Age Name), “Marina” is the song by Rocco Granata. And then I stumbled upon a film “Marina” that was made in 2013 about the life of this singer.

It was silly, wasn't it? Was it fun?

It was the best surprise I got from this entire weird exercise: collecting songs in foreign language for the tempo and beats per minute that I don’t hear. I wish I studied music, but I didn’t.

Instead I have strange dancing parties – just like this one

My Cha Cha Cha Party.

My Personal Youtube Collection

Two Part Series

  • French Cha Cha Cha Songs - Part 1
    Ten French Cha-Cha-Cha pop songs including some of their tempo-controlled versions. All of which is good for dancing, singing, improving French vocabulary together with articulation and having fun.
  • French Cha Cha Cha Songs - Part 2
    Forty French pop songs suitable for Cha Cha Cha, including some tempo-controlled versions.

Dancing with the Stars

Cha Cha Cha in French

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2017 kallini2010


kallini2010 (author) from Toronto, Canada on January 04, 2017:

Thank you, Martie, bambina piccolina!

I love these little bits of words I can repeat - it's silly, but comforting.

I think the difference between dances are tempo and beats per minute (as far as music goes) because before anyone makes any steps anywhere, there must be music to dance to.

I did my best following the indication (that it is Cha Cha Cha and not something else), but I would not be able to tell a Cha Cha Cha version of the song and just the song. If someone corrects me, all the better.

But the point was to have fun - this hub is not for dancers or musicians, it's for us who sometimes need a quick mood elevator (a mood shot?)

I learned some Italian words along the way, maybe I'll pick up some knowledge about music as well. Who knows?

Thank you for stopping by.


Martie Coetser from South Africa on January 04, 2017:

I love cha-cha-cha's! This is a fabulous informative collection of cha-cha-cha's!

I hope this is the first of a series about dances.

Bambina piccolina, patatina,

col naso piccolino, patatino,

Love it!

What is the difference between mambo and cha-cha-cha?

kallini2010 (author) from Toronto, Canada on January 04, 2017:

Thank you, FlourishAnyway. Glad you liked it.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 04, 2017:

This was fun and different. Very peppy.

kallini2010 (author) from Toronto, Canada on January 04, 2017:

Thank you, Mike, I'm glad you liked it.

I wasn't entirely sure with the outcome of this enterprise.

HubPages have to approve it yet.

Cha Cha Cha songs are cheerful, dynamic, energetic and just plain fun.

There is one for you (more for me - I just found it)

Daniel Powter "Crazy All My Life" - such a strong tempo and message.

Plus describes me to a certain extent.


mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 04, 2017:

Wow, what a bold endeavor. I am out of breath. You are right these songs are hard to resist. At one time I had my 'internet radio' set to an Italian station. That was years ago.

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