A singer-songwriter and director, he dabbled in a variety of jobs in the early days before devoting himself to this career, until:
- In 1987 he had the opportunity to perform with an audience for the first time with the group 'Ligabue and Orazero';
- In 1989, he recorded his first album, 'Ligabue', thanks to which he won five platinum records;
- In 1991, 'Lambrusco Knives Roses & Popcorn' was released - five times platinum;
- In 1993 he released his third album, 'Sopravvissuti e sopravviventi', which went four times platinum.
- In '94 he released 'A che ora è la fine del mondo?' which won three platinum records;
- During the course of 1995 it was the turn of 'Happy Birthday Elvis', which sold about one million copies;
- In 1997, thanks to the collection 'Fuori e dentro il borgo', Ligabue won the 'Elsa Morante' and 'Città di Fiesole' Awards, and his first live album - 'Su e giù da un palco' - was also released;
- In early 1998, Ligabue agreed to direct a film that was later named 'Radiofreccia', which was presented out of competition in Venice. The film - received multiple prestigious awards including three David di Donatello, two Nastri d'argento, one Globo d'oro and three Ciak d'oro. In addition, its soundtrack won three platinum records;
- In 1999, Libabue returned to the recording studio for 'Miss World';
- In July 2000, Luciano Ligabue had the honour of receiving, in Brussels, the European platinum disc, a very important tribute from the international recording industry dedicated to those European artists whose albums have exceeded one million copies sold;
- In 2001, he filmed his second feature film called 'Da zero a dieci'.