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10 Catchiest Theme Songs from 1980s Italian Cartoons

Alessio enjoys vintage Italian TV & music. He also enjoys listening to Chinese POP music.

Do you have a favorite theme song from '80s Italian TV? If so, it was probably sung by Cristina D'Avena and is on this list.

Do you have a favorite theme song from '80s Italian TV? If so, it was probably sung by Cristina D'Avena and is on this list.

In the 1980s, Italian television broadcast several Japanese anime for the first time, winning the hearts of an entire generation. These shows featured theme songs recorded for Italian TV by singers who are still appreciated in Italy today.

The most famous is undoubtedly Cristina D'Avena, who sang several Italian cartoon themes from the 1980s up to the 2000s. You don't have to be Italian to appreciate these songs. All of these themes have catchy melodies that can't help but make you smile.

Top 10 Italian Cartoon Themes: '80s - 2000 Edition

  1. "L'Incantevole Creamy" – Cristina D'Avena
  2. "Mila E Shiro Due Cuori Nella Pallavolo" – Cristina D'Avena
  3. "Occhi Di Gatto" – Cristina D'Avena
  4. "Doraemon" – Cristina D'Avena
  5. "Jem" – Cristina D'Avena
  6. "Digimon" – Stefano Bersola feat. Manga Boys
  7. "Robin Hood" – Cristina D'Avena
  8. "Ufo Robot-Goldrake" – Actarus
  9. "Goldrake" – Actarus
  10. "Guru Guru Il Girotondo Della Magia" – Manga Boys

1. "L'Incantevole Creamy" – Cristina D'Avena

One of the most appreciated anime in the 1980s was Creamy Mami, the Magic Angel. Cristina D'Avena realized the cartoon theme song for all the episodes aired on Italian TV. Its refrain has quickly become a hit that Italians now instinctively associate with that happy and carefree period that was the Eighties.

2. "Mila E Shiro Due Cuori Nella Pallavolo" – Cristina D'Avena

The song's title is the Italian name for Attacker You!, the well-known Japanese anime focused on You Hazuki and her passion for volleyball. In the Italian dubbing of this anime, You was called Mila, and Sho Takiki, the boys' volleyball team captain with which the protagonist falls in love, was named Shiro. The Italian cartoon theme for this anime has a catchy refrain that I have mentally associated with that of El Amante by Nicky Jam due to a bland and coincidental melodic similarity.

3. "Occhi Di Gatto" – Cristina D'Avena

The Italian title is the literal translation of Cat's Eye, a popular anime series about three sisters who steal artworks belonging to their missing father. The song describes the three sisters as skilled thieves bound by a pact and able to steal objects without violence, as their prudence and shrewdness make them invincible. The song speaks well of the three thieves, confirming the plot of the manga that sees the protagonists carry out these thefts for a good cause: recovering the works of art of their missing father to have clues to find him.

4. "Doraemon" – Cristina D'Avena

This song is catchy from the beginning to the end. The anime needs no presentation: Doraemon is the iconic cat robot that arrived from the future to take care of Nobita, a kind-hearted but lazy Japanese boy. The song talks about every aspect of Doraemon: the laziness of the protagonist, the dangers of gadgets when improperly used, the ability of the cat robot to fly with a bamboo copter, and the iconic four-dimensional pouch containing all its futuristic gadgets.

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5. "Jem" – Cristina D'Avena

Japanese anime weren't the only ones to conquer Italian TV in the 1980s. Jem and the Holograms was American animated musical TV series that achieved great success also in Italy. The Italian song talks about Jem as a tender and exuberant singer who loves to dance rock and roll and always gets excited whenever she sings.

6. "Digimon" – Stefano Bersola feat. Manga Boys

Digimon is a cartoon that was part of my childhood, and its theme song, released at the beginning of the 2000s, was also one of my favorites. The little monsters living in Digiworld, a parallel dimension made of telecommunications networks, are the protagonists of the catchy soundtrack by Stefano Bersola and Mangaboys, two other principal interpreters of Italian cartoon songs, together with Cristina D'Avena.

7. "Robin Hood" – Cristina D'Avena

Robin Hood was an Italian-Japanese anime series produced in the 1990s. It was based on the adventures of the legendary heroic outlaw who defends good people from bullies and criminals. Cristina D'Avena has sung the opening theme for the first VHS Italian edition of the anime. It is very catchy and describes all the characteristics for which Robin Hood is known in English folklore and in the series.

8. "Ufo Robot" & "Goldrake" – Actarus

Ufo Robot has been an authentic legend in Italy. Its two theme songs were released in the late 1970s and kept their popularity even among generations like mine, born in the mid-nineties. The pieces are about Grendizer, the famous half-man and half-robot protagonist who defends the Earth from the alien invasion of Vega's forces. In Ufo Robot, a description of the android is made, by also remarking he has a human hearth too. Goldrake (the Italian name for Grendizer) is instead a hymn of encouragement for Grendizer to never lose courage or stop fighting the hostile forces of Vega.

9. "All'arrembaggio!" – Cristina D'Avena

The Italian theme song for One Piece is one of the most recent on the playlist, as it was released at the beginning of the 2000s. The word "arrembaggio" means "going to the boarding". The song has a fast-paced rhythm and addresses a crew with an invitation to go hunting for the legendary One Piece treasure.

10. "Guru Guru Il Girotondo Della Magia" – Manga Boys

This anime is part of my childhood, along with Digimon. Despite this, it is now almost unknown among new generations in Italy and is mainly remembered only by fans of anime and comics. The theme song has been released at the beginning of the 2000s, is very catchy and talks about the adventures of Nike and Kokori to defeat Giri, the ruler of darkness who threatens the world.

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