The food produced in these countries has spawned the genre of Mediterranean cuisine, and whilst in reality the twenty countries across the coastline have many diversities in their diet, there are staples such as fish, oils and grapes that are seen as the fresh way of Mediterranean eating. The obsession around food is as much about the atmosphere, and so the music in the cafes and restaurants is essential in creating this, from the traditional to the modern.
A signature sound is that of accordion, violin and bass, playing old songs like La Spagnola and La Vie en Rose in a style that is both cabaret and folk. That is especially true in France, whereas in Spain flamenco dancing and Spanish guitar bring a more vibrant mood. Italian and Greek music is steeped in their rich histories, and notably includes classical and opera. For much of Mediterranean music, the songs are nationally meaningful but the feel is inclusively celebratory.
By its nature, Mediterranean music crosses many cultures, and people trying to replicate Mediterranean music outside of the countries often misinterpret or stereotype it to one thing; whether that is Enrique Iglesias for Spain, Luciano Pavarotti for Italy, or Serge Gainsborough for France. These are important musicians whose music provides the romantic mood that the Mediterranean evokes, but there is much more both within these countries and the others across the sea.
Nowadays, a more modern sound can also be associated with the Mediterranean, as electronic dance music and European pop music has infiltrated recent decades to provide an equally feel good if less deep soundscape. Ranging from laid back trance to Latin infused dance and catchy pop, the influx of popular culture and music festivals have influenced the sounds played by locals and visitors alike, whilst still retaining the original sunny Mediterranean vibe.