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20 Best Italian Cartoon Theme Songs

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

In the 1980s, Italian television broadcasted 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 still appreciated in Italy today.

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

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.

Top 20 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
  11. "Kiss Me Licia" – Cristina D'Avena
  12. "Pollon, Pollon Combinaguai" – Cristina D'Avena
  13. "I Ragazzi della Senna" – Cristina D'Avena
  14. "Cantiamo Insieme" – Cristina D'Avena
  15. "Mirmo" – Cristina D'Avena
  16. "Brividi e Polvere con Pelleossa" – Cristina D'Avena
  17. "Quando Arrivi Tu" – Cristina D'Avena and Bee Hive
  18. "Naruto Shippuden" – Giorgio Vanni
  19. "Dragon Ball" – Giorgio Vanni
  20. "Tutta D'Un Fiato" – Cristina D'Avena

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.

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's 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 is 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 heart too. Goldrake (the Italian name for Grendizer) is instead a hymn of encouragement for Grendizer never to 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's now almost unknown among new generations in Italy and is mainly remembered only by fans of anime and comics. The theme song, 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.

11. "Kiss Me Licia" – Cristina D'Avena

Kiss Me Licia is an Italian TV series inspired by the 1980s Japanese anime Love Me, My Knight. The homonymous song begins with a cheerful and catchy musical tune and is one of the best hits by Cristina D'Avena.

12. "Pollon, Pollon Combinaguai" – Cristina D'Avena

The song has been composed for the Italian TV adaptation of Pollon, a Greek mythology-based anime. Pollon is God Apollo's only child, who spends her days with the father and the other Gods living on Mount Olympus. The anime centers on this little girl, curious and awkward at first, who aims to grow up and become a great goddess.

13. "I Ragazzi della Senna" – Cristina D'Avena

Il Tulipano Nero (an Italian expression that means "the black tulip") is the title given in Italy to La Seine no Hoshi, a Japanese anime set in Paris during the French Revolution and adapted to a children's audience. “I Ragazzi della Senna” (which means "The Boys of the Seine") is the title of the Italian theme song by Cristina D'Avena.

14. "Cantiamo Insieme" – Cristina D'Avena

Compared to other songs by Cristina D'Avena, “Cantiamo Insieme” (literally meaning "Let's Sing Together") is more relaxed but not less catchy and is the Italian theme song of Torappu ikka monogatari, a Japanese anime inspired by the book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. This memoir also inspired the famous movie The Sound of Music.

15. "Mirmo" – Cristina D'Avena

“Mirmo” is the international title for the Japanese anime Mirumo de Pon! and is also the name of the protagonist, a love fairy whose prospect is to marry Rima, even if he does not want to. The theme song by Cristina D'Avena especially focuses on Mirmo's main particularity: his love for chocolate.

16. "Brividi e Polvere con Pelleossa" – Cristina D'Avena

The song's title is the Italian name for Tales from the Cryptkeeper, a Canadian animated television series centered on the figure of the Cryptkeeper, a zombie who tells horror stories. In Italy, the Cryptkeeper is called "Pelleossa," which means "skin and bones."

17. "Quando Arrivi Tu" – Cristina D'Avena and Bee Hive

The song belongs to the soundtrack of Teneramente Licia, an Italian television series inspired by the characters of Kiss Me Licia and aired in the mid-1980s.

18. "Naruto Shippuden" – Giorgio Vanni

Naruto Shippuden was an animated television series based on the second part of the popular Naruto anime. More than sixty theme songs have been chosen for this series, and Giorgio Vanni's is one of these.

19. "Dragon Ball" – Giorgio Vanni

Dragon Ball needs no presentation, being one of the most successful anime of all time. Giorgio Vanni sings the Italian theme for this cartoon.

20. "Tutta D'Un Fiato" – Cristina D'Avena

The title means "All In One," and the lyrics celebrate soccer. The song also is the theme of Captain Tsubasa, an anime focused on the figure of a champion who leaves Japan to pursue a football career in Brazil.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Alessio Ganci