69. The Herrey's – Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley (Σουηδία, 1984)
As for Herrey's - three pure brothers and a rogue apostrophe - Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley sounds like the result of a deliberate synthetic experiment by creatures of the deepeurovision song contestEntrance. Embalmed voices, nonsensical titles, incomprehensible lyrics — some horribly old balls for magical golden shoes — and a chorus that completely breaks the will to live.
68. The Olsen Brothers – Fly on the Wings of Love (Δανία, 2000)
The perennially frustrating sound of synthetic pan flutes kicks off one of the most unusual Eurovision winners: a pop-rock jog with acoustic guitar that's endearing but utterly memorable. It was prescient, however, because it pioneered thick vocals in Auto-Tune long before it became pop music's most ubiquitous gimmick.
67. Duncan Laurence – Arcade (Netherlands, 2019)
The kind of Eurovision winner that makes you wonder aloud what the other entries would have been like if something so boring was at the top of the list. There's nothing wrong with Arcade itself, as it's not a terribly bad song, but there's also nothing that sets it apart from many other wailing piano ballads.
66. Netta – Toys (Israel, 2018)
Perhaps it would be kinder to say that a lot of people apparently found Netta's staccato toy show, full of insults, hen crowing, arm flapping and very self-consciously weird cooing at the camera, endearing rather than insanely irritating And left her. Here.
65. Milk and Honey – Hallelujah (Israel, 1979)
A song so overgrown, the breeze will blow it away, sung by an unspeakably unsettling cabaret in sequined suspenders. Apparently, no one expected Eurovision to find a winner that reflected 1979's avant-garde pop—Gary Numan, The Specials, et cetera. – but there are limits.
64. Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL – Everybody (Estonia, 2001)
General disco, like a less impressive version of Phats and Small's Turn Around, with a chorus and very annoying vocal promos. It's historic in a way — Dave Benton was the first black performer to win the Eurovision Song Contest, and the first winner from a former Soviet country — but sadly , not so musically.
63. Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan - Rock 'n' Roll Kids (Ireland, 1994)
Father Ted once joked that Ireland deliberately played a bad song at the Eurovision Song Contest because it couldn't afford to host the competition the following year, based on widespread rumors about the Kid Rock. It's surprisingly pale in color, though thank goodness: it originally had seven verses.
62. Izhar Cohen and the Alphabet – A-Ba-Ni-B (Rock and Roll, 1978)
Until now, the Eurovision Song ContestAvasTrends are starting to look a little out of hand: look at Alphabeta — three boys and three girls — and A-Ba-Ni-Bi's disco cod, whose refrain is catchy only because it cracks you up. About 7,000 times.
61. Nicole – A Little Peace (Germany, 1982)
Perhaps there was a backlash against pop's synths and make-up in the early 80s, similar to what made Engelbert Huberdink number one at the peak of psychedelic music: how else to explain the popularity of Nicole's UK winnera little calm(A Little Peace), I basically want to teach people to sing without the melody?
60. Corry Brokken - Just Like Back then (Netherlands, 1957)
Corry Brokken's Eurovision career was nothing if not extreme: she topped the charts in 1957, then came last,only a little, next year. Net Als Toen, whose music sounds more romantic than its lyrics, tells of a failed marriage in which the wife complains that her husband is fat, bald, and tired. He wondered if she was still alive. Still, Stéphane Grappelli's violin solo is nice and indistinct.
59. Riva – Rock Me (Yugoslavia, 1989)
People hesitate to ruin a country's first Eurovision Song Contest winner, but alas, Rock Me with Synth sounds like the theme for a low-budget daytime talk show in the late 80s. Wikipedia claims her victories led to "international fame of Yugoslav and Croatian rock", a possible equivalent of the Golden Lily.
58. Lulu – Boom Bang-a-Bang (UK, 1969)
In 1969, four countries had to share the award. Boom Bang-a-Bang, voted by the British public, put the then-unknown Elton John and Bernie Taupin's songs last, a clear relief to the duo. In John's opinion, it looked "like Germans knee-butt in Bavarian beer halls when they get angry." He has a point.
57. Bobby socks! – Let It Swing (Norway, 1985)
There's a clear hint of Waterloo - yet! Eleven years later! – on Let It Swing’s galloping intro and saxophone-filled vocals, while English lyrics deliver the catchy opener “Look at me, I’m climbing a ladder.” Former member of Norway's Eurovision Song Contest 1979, Charming Chips.
56. Jacqueline Boyer - Tom Pillibi (France, 1960)
An early sign that the Eurovision Song Contest is as performance-focused as the song Tom Pillibi, whose smug title sounds like a distant relative of the man who thinks the song is about him, You're So Vain, is very graphic, but Jacqueline Jacqueline Boyer sells well onstage, lending a surprisingly amorous energy.
55. Vicky Leandros – Après Toi (Luxembourg, 1972)
Vicky Leandros wouldn't look more Greek if she came on stage with a bouzouki and started smashing plates and yelling "Oops!", but her home country isn't on Eurovision at this stage, so she Ended up representing Luxembourg. With a (very) faintly country Après Toi: the Eurovision Song Contest ballad of the early '70s, but then a hit in the UK.
54. Måns Zelmerlöw – Heroes (Sweden, 2015)
How much you like Heroes may depend on how you feel about David Guetta's brand of house pop, which is very similar to David Guetta's, especially recalling his 2014 single Lovers on the Sun, which may also include Avicii's Wake Me Up. Not bad, but more than required.
53. Brotherhood of Man – Save Your Kisses For Me（英国，1976）
The Brotherhood of Man rarely bothered to hide their debt to Abba — just listen to their 1977 hit Angelo and Fernando — but, even at their subtlest, one suspects Björn and Benny would be hiding Save Your Kisses Courtesy of For Me, and the dance routine that goes with it, it's literally a toddler doing the moves.
52. André Claveau – Sleep, My Love (France, 1958)
By 1958, with the din of rock and roll sweeping across Europe, you might not notice that in Hilversum's Avro Studio, singer André Claveau, already in his 40s, is there to reassure everyone. Dors, my love.
51. Carola - Caught by a Stormwind (Sweden, 1991)
If you're looking for evidence that Eurovision is behind the times, consider Fångad av en Stormvind, which has the Pointer Sisters '80s single I'm So Excited in its heavy clipping beat and powerful his synths and wonder Nine Years On I ' After The m So Excited was recorded.
50. Udo Jürgens – Merci, Cherie (Austria, 1966)
Udo Jürgens is a huge star in Germany who rose to fame, eschewing the country's dominant trend of easy-listening oompah-infused schlager in favor of a more soulful, chanson-influenced style. Merci, Cherie is a good example of what he's doing, with impressive vocals suggesting moist eyes and quivering lips.
49. Gigliola Cinquetti – No, I'm That Age (Ιταλία, 1964)
After the jazz-influenced excitement of Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann's last year's winner Dansevise, this is a return to traditional early Eurovision ballad territory: No Ho L'età is a fine example, full of dynamic changes and orchestral high drama . And weird, heavy, rather Joe Meek effects on the rhythm track.
48. Teddy Scholten – A Bit (Netherlands, 1959)
The 1959 favorites were Britain's Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson, who looked like they were going to go to the golf club for a dinner dance with Sing Little Birdie, but they were beaten by Een Beetje: as upbeat as any before, and therefore It's snappy by Eurovision standards, but it's vital, and unlike Sing Little Birdie, it's not supernaturally annoying.
47. Lenny Kuhr – De Troubadour (Netherlands, 1969)
This year, the Eurovision Song Contest has gone wild: it's taking place in controversial Spain, which was then ruled by a fascist dictatorship. Salvador Dali designed the promotional material. Four songs tied for No. 1, while folk music (a genre traditionally not favored by the competition) made a rare imprint on one of them, with De Troubadour's softly strumming acoustic guitar.
46. Marie N – I Wanna (Latvia, 2002)
When the chorus hits, the disco turns Latin, like a cross between Spiller's Groovejet and Ricky Martin's She Bangs. Maybe the presentation is all here: The show featured a buxom Marie N performing a same-sex tango with a dancer before removing her costume to reveal a mini dress.
45. Secret Garden - Nocturne (Norway, 1995)
Nocturne's win heralds WTF? Eurovision Song Contest Winner: Creation of the new age duo Secret Garden, specializing in Celtic flirtatious instruments, an instrumental flirtatious instrument with a few lines of coded operatic vocals, to comply with Eurovision Song Contest rules.
44. Toto Cutugno – Together: 1992 (Italy, 1990)
Ah, Eternal Guaranteed pop song formula is a powerful ballad about European political integration. The poll winner three years before the European Union was founded, it starts out atmospheric, builds to a suitably thrilling climax, and, according to online sources, was created by someone using the stunning pseudonym Number Two.
43. Sandie Shaw – Puppet on a String (UK, 1967)
A Puppet on a String, dismissed by Sandy Shaw himself as a "sexist push" with "The Cuckoo Clock," but still huge: it was the UK artist's best-selling single of all time at the time, which perhaps says a lot . A reactionary longing for old-school pop in the face of alienating psychedelia in 1967.
42. Linda Martin – Why Me? (Ireland, 1992)
Songwriting by two-time Eurovision Song Contest winner Johnny Logan was another powerful ballad that kicked off an era of Irish dominance. If anything, it was a consistent win for Linda Martin, who has an impressive nine Eurovision appearances.
41. Frida Boccara – One Day, One Child (France, 1969)
This year's four joint winners offer a range of music - schlager from the UK, ballads from the Netherlands, light-hearted pop from Spain - but Un Jour, Un Enfant proves that Eurovision's appetite for French-speaking ballads is not unlike that of the 50s The late stage is just as intense: the orchestra swells and crumbles, and Frida Boccara's vocals are 110 percent of the dictionary definition.
40. Dima Bilan – Believe (Russia, 2008)
It reveals a split in attitudes towards the Eurovision Song Contest: Britain sent the X Factor runner-up that year, while the Russian entry was created by visionary R&B director Timbaland and written by Nelly Furtado's Maneater co-writer. The big ballad Believe is definitely not on the list of Timbaland's greatest hits, but still.
39. Salomé – Alive Singing (Spain, 1969)
Not wanting to sound unpatriotic, he, rather than Britain's Boom-Bang-a-Bang, was chosen in the joint winner of Eurovision in 1969. Admittedly, the bar isn't high, but the Vivo Cantando's faux-folk opening, rattling sounds and "Hey!" cries. Create at least a mild excitement, something that's been missing from Lulu's heartbreaking oompah frenzy.
38. Lena – Satellite (Germany, 2010)
Another contemporary fashion trend is being Europeanized, in this case the post-Amy Winehouse/Lily Allen wave of non-specifically "vintage" popularity. Perhaps the most obvious comparison for Satellite is Eliza Doolittle's Pack Up. It is suspected that Lena's extremely odd accent may be a parody of Kate Nash's distinctive British accent.
37. Charlotte Nilsson – Take Me To Your Paradise (Sweden, 1999)
The moment Eurovision starts to fend for itself: Take Me to Your Heaven is a campy, blatant Abba tribute with a Waterloo-style intro and saxophone, Dancing Queen piano, and Agnetha- and Anni Frid-style backing vocals. It fell nowhere near the songwriting standards set by Abba, but Steps could have succeeded.
36. Alexander Rybak – Fairytale (Norway, 2009)
The highest-scoring winner at the time, hugely popular in the UK - reaching the Top 10, a rare feat for the late Eurovision Song Contest winner - Fairytale offers a mix of folk fiddle, a powerful bass Drums, strangely heralding the sound of Mumford & Sons and Euro dancing to soft oompah.
35. Séverine – A bench, a tree, a street (Мονακό, 1971)
A rare ex-Abba Eurovision Song Contest winner that feels relevant to contemporary pop trends: the triumphant melody soars over a mildly funky beat, not unlike the British bubblegum pop of White Plains or (the original) Brotherhood of Man, which were in The '60s doldrums were filled with chart-toppers and flashy rises.
34. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now (Ireland, 1987)
Logan's second triumph, once again touting romantic misery in balladry -- for reasons not entirely clear, it was their last night together and he was looking for a farewell sob -- this time accompanied by a lighter The huge chorus and unique nod to Chris de Burgh's "The Lady in Red" is vocal.
33. Jean-Claude Pascal - Our Lovers (Luxembourg, 1961)
In a sign of changing times, the UK entry was Are You Sure? Apparently the Allisons emulated the Avery Brothers. It's on par with the jazz ballads of Jean-Claude Pascal, which are bold in another way: Pascal is gay, and the jazz ballads of "Nous Les Amoureux" (Nous Les Amoureux) The lyrics indirectly allude to same-sex relationships.
32. Eimear Quinn – The Voice (Ireland, 1996)
It's markedly different from anything that's won the Eurovision Song Contest before, and you can detect the influence of Kate Bush and Enya on The Voice as she strolls merrily, playing traditional Irish music inspired by Riverdance through her whistle. Cackling Borderlands.
31. Dana – All Kinds of Everything (Ireland, 1970)
Big Eurovision story: Irish schoolgirl sings ballad with wide-eyed school assembly lyrics to beat Spanish contestant Julio Iglesias: "Seagulls and planes/Things in the sky". Dana immediately fired her manager and launched her career, which eventually led to her running for President of Ireland, showing that she might be tougher than she seems.
30. Marie Myriam – The Bird and the Child (Γαλλία, 1977)
Another Eurovision scandal. British entrants (and favorites) Lindsay De Paul and Mike Moran's Rock Bottom, a feature from a UK crippled by strikes and stagflation, was not supported by the BBC because the BBC didn't want to Pay again for hosting the event. next year. L'Oiseau et l'Enfant was less popular but so beautiful it won.
29. Sandra Kim – I Love Life (Belgium 1986)
Perhaps it was inevitable that what Serge Gainsbourg called French fashion in the 80s "High school student’ — the teenage pop singer — found her way into the Eurovision Song Contest, though scandal ensued when it was discovered that Sandra Kim was only 13. The song itself is musical form Baby powder, but good enough, like synth bubblegum. Euros.
28. Lys Assia – Chorus (Switzerland, 1956)
The first Eurovision Song Contest winner was undoubtedly a product of the post-war, pre-rock pop world: adult-oriented and uninspired, it was probably made in the early 1930s. That said, it's a very beautiful song, with beautiful melodies, grand orchestration and elegant style, which isn't always the case for the next Eurovision Song Contest winner.
27. Anne-Marie David – You Will Recognize Yourself (Luxembourg, 1973)
Again, one suspects that Britain credits its victory to Cliff Richard, five years late in embracing hippie sentiment (“Power to the bees”) in Power to All Our Friends, It's unbelievable. It's catchy, but it can't hold a candle to Tu Te Reconnaîtras, equal parts chanson, and long Burt Bacharach-style ballads.
26. Helena Paparizou – My Number One (Greece, 2005)
In a sense, My Number One, Greece's only Eurovision winner, feels very much like Every Way I Can, Greece's 2003 winner against Turkey: it has similar rhythms and dramatic chords, with a belly-dancing interlude being blasted Replacement choreography. sirtaki, and traditional Turkish instruments with bouzouki and Cretan lyre.
25. Corinne Hermès – If Life Is A Gift (Luxembourg, 1983)
Traditional French-language Eurovision Song Contest ballads get an '80s upgrade: drums, bass guitar, bass abound, and Corinne Hermès herself has long hair and shoulder pads to land a helicopter. . As a reboot type example, it's not bad.
24. Kalush Orchestra – Stefania (Ukraine, 2022)
The British public seems to think that Sam Ryder's Astros actually won the 2022 race, and that the real winner is the one who received sympathy votes after Russia invaded Ukraine. Space Man is definitely the most evocative song, but there's no shame in Stefania's fusion of folk and hip-hop.
23. Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops (Denmark, 2013)
The other winner has a very tight melody that sounds like it was written by those blue chip songwriters who make bulletproof songs for major artists, only unfortunately the dominance of the whistle - blue chip songwriters would be out too bad - Set it up as Eurovision fodder.
22. Massiel – La, La, La (1968)
Who can resist the loveliness of Britain's 1968 entry, Cliff Richard's Congratulations? Apparently yes: one point for Marciel. For setting a precedent for Britain's painful Eurovision defeat, congratulations to co-writer Bill Martin for immediately dismissing La, La, La as "garbage". In fact, it's a classic example of mid-tempo easy listening in the late '60s.
21. Celine Dion – Don’t Leave Without Me（瑞士，1988）
Two-time Eurovision Song Contest winner: Céline Dion's stunning performance, which later made her an international superstar, has strong melodies, but there's something wrong with the superiority of Syndrums' production - outdated since 1988 - and the change of tempo in the chorus.
20. Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up（英国，1981）
Despite their heavyweight image, Bucks Fizz ended up releasing a better single: the haunting "My Camera Never Lies" is indeed worthy of reevaluation. But even without his famous dance routines, Making Your Mind Up — an updated version of Racey's rock-inspired style — has a certain puppy energy.
19. Marija Šerifović – Prayer (Serbia, 2007)
Marija Šerifović is Eurovision's answer to the kind of rock star who speaks authenticity: "I like listening to music, not watching it," she says, eschewing visual gimmicks in favor of costume shows. Molitva is a very powerful ballad: if the lyrics had been in English, it might have been a hit in England.
18. Moonlight - Shut Up and Good (Ιταλία, 2021)
if no one can predictmoonlightI'd make a career at the Eurovision Song Contest that's still packing stadiums two years later, and you can see why Zitti e Buoni stood out: tight, hard-hitting Red Hot Chili Peppers influenced rock that didn't sound like a novelty or a rock band fooling the competition .
17. Johnny Logan - another year? (Ireland, 1980)
When it unseated Dexys Midnight Runners' Geno at number one on the UK charts, time seemed unbearably tender to a ballad otherwise dominated by soulful two-tone vocals. 40 years later, it sounds amazing, with a glossy solo, 3am-on-Mellow Magic.
16. Salvador Sobral – In Love With Two (Portugal, 2017)
Perhaps the success of "La La Land" and its soundtrack paved the way for the surprise winner of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, a superbly refined jazz piano ballad with Chet Baker-influenced vocals that may have predated the Eurovision Song Contest . Maybe it just stands out, a moment of calm amidst the glistening chaos.
15. Dana International – Diva (Israel, 1998)
On at least one front, the race proved to be far ahead: A trans woman won Eurovision 24 years before Kim Petras became the first trans woman to top the US charts. The song itself is a typical gay club Euro-house banger version of the track, remixed and arranged by hi-NRG by Almighty Records.
14. Ell & Nikki – Running Scared (Azerbaijan, 2011)
It's hard not to feel that the Eurovision taint might spoil Running Scared's chances as a UK hit: Sure, its flamboyant melody and sound - thick layers of chorus with a Coldplay stadium ballad at its center - fit perfectly on the UK map. Instead, he played No. 61.
13. Ruslana – Wild Dances (Ukraine, 2004)
Wild Dances opens with a trembita, a Ukrainian alpine horn that sounds like an elephant before it stomps you to death, but the rest is not so subtle: thumping drums, rock guitar, vocals, acid house synths instruments, gorgeous "Hey" shouts! ’ It’s also full of melodic hooks: fun, but oddly irresistible.
12. Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine a Light（英国，1997）
Pause to consider the unlikely career of songwriter Kimberley Rew, who went from punk-psychedelic softboy — author of (I Want to Be An) Anglepoise Lamp and Sandra’s Having Her Brain Out — to writing The Eurovision Song Contest winner, let us notice that Love Shine a light is very good: a subtle national anthem enhanced by a warm Hammond organ.
11. Isabelle Aubret - "First Love" (France, 1962)
Another early Eurovision Song Contest ballad triumph, but with decidedly richer material than previous winners: darker and more atmospheric, its mood haunting rather than nostalgic. Listeners of a certain age may not be able to hear his opening line without assuming they're hearing the old Thames TV ID.
10. Niamh Kavanagh – In Your Eyes (Ireland, 1993)
Pub Quiz Facts: The key change in In Your Eyes was suggested by Idina Menzel, now known as the voice of Elsa in Frozen and lead singer of the inevitable Let It Go. In Your Eyes is definitely a cut above your average Eurovision ballad, aided by Kavanagh's impressively generous vocals.
9. Conchita Wurst – Rise of the Phoenix (Austria, 2014)
It's easy to argue that the writers of "Rising Like a Phoenix" paid close attention to Adele's "Skyfall" before creating their own movie ballad, but Conchita Wurst's heartfelt performance And OTT sold it off. Russian homophobes are so disturbed by the whole operation that they demand that the Eurasian countries secede and start their own competition.
8. Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah (Finland, 2006)
Apparently, novelty value played a role in Finland's answer to Kiss winning Eurovision. But by the time they won the 2006 competition, Lordi was already a platinum seller domestically, and Hard Rock Hallelujah was fun and intense, deftly combining glam metal tunes with Dio-like screams and a series of witty puns together.
7. Teach-In – Ding-a-Dong (Netherlands, 1975)
Proof of Abba's immediate influence on Eurovision: With its You Keep Me Hanging On-ish guitar, Ding-a-Dong has a relatively modern and intense sound. Despite its unsettling English lyrics (“Everything’s fun when you walk with your Jingle Bell”), it’s also quite charming, and Edwyn Collins’ 1998 cover is fantastic.
6. Sertab Erener – Doing My Best (Tουρκία, 2003)
From the early '00s, you can hear the modern trend becoming Eurovision Song Contest: "All I Can Do" is similar to Holly Valance's 2002 hit "Kiss Kiss", although belly dancer Sertab Erener undoubtedly supported it. The melody is derived from traditional Turkish music. Meanwhile, the beat mimics the raucous R&B of Destiny's Child's Jumpin' Jumpin'.
5. Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann – Dance Performance (Denmark, 1963)
Did Norway, the first victim of the so-called bloc voting scandal, change the vote so that Switzerland lost? – but Dansevise deserves to be remembered for more than that. Refined, jazz-inspired—you can hear the Dave Brubeck Quartet's Take Five influence in its melodies—and great on heavy guitar, it's really good.
4. Loreen – Euphoria (Sweden, 2012)
Paradoxically, when Eurovision Song Contest entries start to look as good as chart-topping pop singles, the competition loses part of its appeal: part of its appeal is waiting to see mistakes or oddities. But you can't argue with Euphoria's sparkling EDM pop and its killer earworm chorus.
3. Jamala - 1944 (Ukraine, 2016)
The 1944 lyrics, about Stalin's ethnic cleansing of the Crimean Tatars, were controversial: Russian politicians complained that they were linked to Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. But anyway, it's going to be a truly beautiful piece: restrained and atmospheric, two-step garage-influenced beats, great chorus.
2. France Gall – Wax Doll, Sound Doll (Luxembourg, 1965)
Serge Gainsbourg has an odd relationship with 60s pop: here, France Gall seems to be singing about a mindless puppet whose fans are blinded by idiots. Criticism of the music industry or just horrible satire? Either way, the piece is stunning, mesmerizing with its catchy beat and Gall's pristine vocals.
1. Abba – Waterloo (Sweden, 1974)
A few years ago, the entire Eurovision Song Contest 1974 was posted on BBC iPlayer. It's almost worth watching, partly because of the performances of the beloved Dutch duo Mouth and MacNeal - especially as Mouth exudes an exasperating smugness that he thinks voting is just a formality - but mostly It is to understand the background of Waterloo. It might be all too familiar today, but in other entries it's like a bomb that went off. Eurovision tends to be hopelessly behind fashion trends, but Waterloo feels pop, with gorgeous influences, especially Roywood's Wizzard voice: Pop history is made.