Top TV Song Last Week: Prisencolinensinainciusol by Adriano Celentano
Apple TV+’s critically acclaimed series Ted Lasso returned with its third, and possibly last, season on March 15, 2023. Since the series premiered in the summer of 2020, it has proven to be a fan favorite and quickly became the most-watched television series on Apple TV+. Generally praised for its humor, writing, and uplifting tone, the series’ soundscape has been popular on Tunefind. Since the season 3 premiere, the tracks of the season have been consistently appearing on the Tunefind trending chart. Last week’s episode, “4-5-1” clinched the number one spot on the chart. Last week’s top TV song is known for its gibberish lyrics and is brought to life by an Italian musical legend.
from Ted Lasso Soundtrack · Season 3 · Episode 3 · 4-5-1
(0:33) Montage of Zava highlights.
Team Richmond enjoys an unprecedented five-game winning streak due to renowned footballer Zava (played by Maximilian Osinskia) joining the team. ‘Prisencolinensinainciusol’ is the backing track of a 4-minute-long montage of the team’s winning streak and the characters’ journeys. The song lends its upbeat rhythm to the scene’s celebratory nature.
‘Prisencolinensinainciusol’ is written by Adriano Celentano, and sung by Celentano and his spouse Claudia Mori. The song was issued as a single in 1972 and remained popular throughout the 1970s. ‘Prisencolinensinainciusol’ has been classified under various musical genres, such as Europop, house music, disco, hip hop, and funk. However, Adriano did not have any of these styles in mind while composing the song.
Adriano created the track by making a repetitive four-beat drum loop and then adding impromptu lyrics. The song contains elements such as a drum loop, looped horns, improvised conversational lyrics, and a chanting chorus. These elements were later common in hip hop of the mid-’80s and ’90s.
So at a certain point, because I like American slang—which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian—I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate.” – Adriano Celentano, NPR
Although the name of the track and its lyrics are nonsensical, they are meant to resemble English spoken with an American accent. Celentano intended to explore communication barriers and demonstrate how English sounds to people who do not understand the language proficiently. In an interview with NPR, Celentano stated, “Ever since I started singing, I was very influenced by American music and everything Americans did. So at a certain point, because I like American slang—which, for a singer, is much easier to sing than Italian—I thought that I would write a song which would only have as its theme the inability to communicate. And to do this, I had to write a song where the lyrics didn’t mean anything.”
With 150 million records sold worldwide, Adriano Celentano is one of the best-selling Italian musical artists of all time. Due to his prolific career, he is considered one of the pillars of Italian music. He is often credited as the author of both the music and lyrics of his songs. Celentano is recognized for being particularly perceptive of changes in the music business and is credited for having introduced rock and roll to Italy.
Celentano is dubbed “il Molleggiato” (the springy one) because of his dancing. Adriano’s style has been described as a bit of Elvis, a bit of Jerry Lewis, and a bit of folk singer.
Adriano Celentano has 8 songs and over 10 appearances on Tunefind. His music has been featured in series such as Fargo and The Morning Show, and most recently in the trailer for the upcoming film, Mafia Mama (2023).
〉Listen now: Prisencolinensinainciusol
〉More music by Adriano Celentano
〉Full list of songs featured in Ted Lasso