Italian pop and rock has produced many stars including: Adriano Celentano, Mina, Andrea Bocelli, Eros Ramazzotti,Laura Pausini, and Elisa. The modern pop music tends toward sentimental ballads with a crooning vocal style, though it used to be unique in its blend of Mediterranean folk rhythms with pop forms. These folkier pop artists included Lucio Battisti, Vasco Rossi and Pino Daniele.
During the 1960s and 70s, Italian popular music changed by incorporating Latin American and Anglo musical traditions, especially Brazilian bossa nova and American and British rock and roll. The same period saw diversification in the cinema of Italy, and Cinecittà films included complex scores by composers including Ennio Morricone, Armando Trovaioli and Piero Umiliani. The film music remained popular in the 70s, and then underwent a revival in the 1990s.
Italy was one of the leading nations of the progressive rock movement of the 70's - the others being Germany and the United Kingdom - and its progressive scene was quite big, united and lively. The main Italian style of progressive rock was symphonic rock mixed with Italian folk music influences, e.g. Banco del Mutuo Soccorso, Le Orme,Premiata Forneria Marconi, Pooh (band), Il Balletto di Bronzo. There were also some experimental rock bands around, e.g. Area. Progressive rock concerts were usually political events with an energetic atmosphere, e.g. Area had mainly extremely left-winged political lyrics.
Beginning in the 1980s, pop grew more heterogeneous and more in line with international sounds.
Zucchero is a leading Italian rock musician along with Vasco Rossi. Jovanotti is a widely popular singer mixing elements of dance music with Italian popular music and rap. Other prominent rock bands include Litfiba.