Frans If I Were Sorry Sweden Eurovision 2016

Russia’s Sergey Lazarev and Italy’s Francesca Michielin may be dominating the bookies’ odds and YouTube views respectively, but when it comes to Spotify streams Sweden’s Frans comes out on top. The official audio for “If I Were Sorry” has racked up a whopping 28,942,698 streams. To put this in perspective, with 3,206,141 streams, Germany’s Jamie-Lee has the second-most listened to song of Eurovision 2016. That’s some difference! But does it indicate a win for Sweden?

Frans “If I Were Sorry” Spofity audio

Including Sweden and Germany, only seven entries have managed to surpass one million streams. Norway’s Agnete and Italy’s Francesca Michielin are both approaching the three million mark. Meanwhile, Spain’s Barei, Denmark’s Lighthouse X and the Netherlands’ Douwe Bob head towards two million. At the other end of the scale we find Belgium. Laura Tesoro has only managed to get a measly 15,031 streams for “What The Pressure”. However, it should be noted that there was an older version of the song on the site which has now been deleted. It had achieved streams in excess of 250,000 before it was removed.

SPOTIFY RANKINGS: THE LIMITATIONS

As with YouTube, ranking Eurovision entries by Spotify streams is not an exact science. There are several limiting factors which we need to keep in mind. Firstly, in some cases there are multiple versions of the same entry. For the purpose of our ranking, we’ve pulled out the single most streamed version of each song. In some cases that’s the final mix, in other instances it’s the national selection edition. Even when we apply this ranking method we still have to remember that some songs have been on the site for longer, therefore giving them more time to amass listens.

We also have to consider geographical bias. Spotify is a Swedish company, and therefore is very popular in the country and the Nordic region as a whole. The service is also widely used across western Europe. However, it has yet to arrive in several eastern countries. This discrepancy is reflected in the rankings — eight of the top ten most streamed entries are from the west, along with Australia and Russia.

You can take a look at the full rankings below.

Eurovision 2016 entries ranked by Spotify streams

Information correct as of 00.00 CET 1 May.

  1. Sweden: Frans with “If I Were Sorry” 28,942,698 streams
  2. Germany: Jamie-Lee with “Ghost” 3,206,141 streams
  3. Norway: Agnete with “Icebreaker” 2,753,929 streams
  4. Italy: Francesca Michielin with “No Degree of Separation” 2,690,601 streams
  5. Spain: Barei with “Say Yay!” 1,737,932 streams
  6. Denmark: Lighthouse X with “Soldiers Of Love” 1,568,352 streams
  7. Netherlands: Douwe Bob with “Slow Down” 1,556,953 streams
  8. France: Amir with “J’ai Cherché” 880,971 streams
  9. Australia: Dami Im with “Sound Of Silence” 572,264 streams
  10. Russia: Sergey Lazarev with “You Are The Only One” 496,226 streams
  11. Finland: Sandhja with “Sing It Away” 490,605 streams
  12. Estonia: Jüri Pootsmann with “Play” 334,522 streams
  13. Austria:  Zoë with “Loin d’ici” 310,132 streams
  14. Latvia: Justs with “Heartbeat” 291,096 streams
  15. Hungary: Freddie with “Pioneer” 289,918 streams
  16. Poland: Michal Szpak with “Color Of Your Life” 266,713 streams
  17. United Kingdom: Joe and Jake with “You’re Not Alone” 260,237 streams
  18. Ukraine: Jamala with “1944” 226,128 streams
  19. Croatia: Nina Kraljic with “Lighthouse” 199,737 streams
  20. Bulgaria: Poli Genova with “If Love Was A Crime” 188,835 streams
  21. Lithuania: Donny Montell with “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” 187,623 streams
  22. Iceland: Greta Salóme with “Hear Them Calling” 173,780 streams
  23. Malta: Ira Losco with “Walk On Water” 168,451 streams
  24. Azerbaijan: Samra with “Miracle” 163,451 streams
  25. Czech Republic: Gabriela Gunciková with “I Stand” 159,128 streams
  26. Cyprus: Minus One with “Alter Ego” 156,526 streams
  27. Switzerland: Rykka with “The Last Of Our Kind” 132,170 streams
  28. Ireland: Nicky Byrne with “Sunlight” 104,257 streams
  29. Armenia: Iveta Mukuchyan with “LoveWave” 103,126 streams
  30. Belarus: Ivan with “Help You Fly” 101,587 streams
  31. Israel: Hovi Star with “Made Of Stars” 91,292 streams
  32. Serbia: Sanja Vucic ZAA with “Goodbye (Shelter)” 75,634 streams
  33. Moldova: Lidia Isac with “Falling Stars” 74,275 streams
  34. Bosnia & Herzegovina: Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala with “Ljubav Je” 67,088 streams
  35. FYR Macedonia: Kaliopi with “Dona” 64,390 streams
  36. Greece: Argo with “Utopian Land” 62,867 streams
  37. Albania: Eneda Tarifa with “Fairytale” 55,314 streams
  38. Slovenia: ManuElla with “Blue And Red” 53,930 streams
  39. San Marino: Serhat with “I Didn’t Know” 48,171 streams
  40. Georgia: Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz with “Midnight Gold” 42,878 streams
  41. Montenegro: Highway with “The Real Thing” 17,750 streams
  42. Belgium: Laura Tesoro with “What’s The Pressure” 15,031 streams (260,173)

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Malin
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Spotyfy history for If i were sorry 5/5 2016
27.871.693 global
18.338.522 sweden
9.533.171 outside sweden
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1.934.027 UK
1.162.780 Finland
232.465 PH
212.683 NO
177.542 IE
90.684 CH
87.221 PL
85.982 DK
74.571 EE
56.817 SG
51.345 MY
44.640 BE
28.702 CA
20.4429 NL
16.162 DE
14.254 CZ
7.584 AT
6.763 LT
5.886 HU
5.499 IT
4.533 TW
2.940 TR
2.088 IS
1.354 HK

#Justice4Margaret
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It’s just horny teen girls streaming his song, I would say. He will tank at the Eurovision.

MS
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We should try to think of Eurovision as a happy event were we come together and lisen to music.
We ESC fan could show a god example for politics in our countries. I would love to read in the blog about the values of Eurovision.
I thing it’s intressting that the music taste varies from diffrent parts of europé, and eurovision nerver had existed we sweds nerver had oppotunity to fall in love in all wonderfull balkanballads ?? for exemple.

OR
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@Denis Ho dear, Really?? your comment is full of lies about me, its sound like you didint Even read my comments on this blog… first of all i sign to this blog for the first time Only to support Hovi Star and most of my comments here related to him… Second of all- my comments about swede song were only based on my opinion only and my personal taste!! i never mock to any one that love this song… i always Wrote here that every one have their own opinion about music and that what Beautiful in that contest… SO… Read more »
Denis
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OR, must be nice to be in denial. Ever since Frans was announced as the winner your comments have constantly been mocking, rude and downright nasty. You don’t have to like it but you don’t have to mock it. Beyond that when you come across someone who does like Frans, you’re quick to mock and ridicule that person for liking Frans, as if we’re defending a war criminal or something here. As if everyone must hate it cause you hate it, and you get mad when they don’t hate it. Maybe you should take your own lesson and accept that… Read more »
Malin
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46.000 streems for ->if I were sorry in UK every day from spotyfy!

Malin
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Some one who know numbers of streems for itunes.
How many has streemd Russias song outside russia?
HOw many has streemd Francs song outside France? Etc?

I find it more interesting to find out that sweden has 1,500 000 streems in UK and more than 8.000.00000 streems outside sweden than 17.000.000 streems in sweden.

In kword.net is i possible for spotyfy, but I don’t manage to se it for iTunes.

MS
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Oyxk If sweden will win, Frans will have problems. He has to catch up in school so a second place would be EVen the songwriter Said in an interwiev that they hopen for a second place in ESC, so Frans education could Continental. Frans had no expectation to win melfest and for him school is very important and ESC is a fun experience. If I were sorry was the first song Frans wrote and when the recordcompany came whith the idé to send it to melfest they dig it becaus they tought that the melfest wold be a great opportunity… Read more »
Tobias Andersen
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“If I was sorry” is “A-listed” on Skyplus in Estonia (probably the biggest commercial radion station in the country) you hear it every day on the radio! This didn’t happen even with Loreen or Måns before AFTER Eurovision. Actually I think it is the first time I hear a foreign Eurovision song being a hit before the competition.
Expect 10 or 12 from Estonia to Sweden…

AM Casablancas
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Spotify a predictive app?
Spain 2015, was top 3 at it’s minimum
it ended up 21st.
Whoever believes that gotta be so naive

oxyk
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yeah, I forgot to answer the main question:
NO! if this *song* would win, I’m not going to watch Eurovision any longer. It took me 3 years to get back after Alexander Rybak squeezy-scratchy play on nerves that happened to be a winner. If someone like Frans or Lazarev will win this year, I’m done to follow this contest.

oxyk
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what is your spotify? why anyone have to use it to listen or to have songs?
East Europe have anything it needs for free in mp3 format from artist site or from sites with free content (vk.com, ex.ua, rutracker.org to name a few).
this chart does not represent the whole picture for the half of participants

OR
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*write

OR
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@Denis
You and your friend LOO are the rude’s one that attack all of who right negative Opinion about Sweden song…. you should grow up and respect other people that Dont Think the same as you!! you lucky you have someone like @swede here that Represent swede in a beautiful way not like Loo and your self!

Loo
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Denis you are my hero! Bless you!

Denis
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No, Loo doesn’t represent Sweden. But when has she been disrespectful to other artists or songs? If anything other commenter here are disrespectful towards each other even.Yet alone countries. People really disrespect both Frans and Sweden. It’s perfectly aright to not like the song but you don’t have to go such measures. A simple I don’t like the song or similar is more helpful. Looking down on the entry doesn’t really help. But then again, if these users are rude why shouldn’t Loo be? or me?? or any other? Though I wouldn’t blame Loo or any other Swedish user on… Read more »
Swe
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@OR

Now I see that I wrote wrong before 🙂 I had a flirtation with a guy from Israel ten years ago. But I have never been to Israel, unfortunately. Thanks anyway!

OR
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@Swe Thanks for your lovely comment!! I visited Stockholm 2 years ago and its amazing city, i know a bit Nordic people Because i had a Norwegian boy friend and i lived with him in solo.. the Nordic are great people.. as an Israeli i fell sometimes that countries are judge us about the conflict with Palestine but those who judge really dont know the reality in here. like you said that i dont know the real reality in Sweden. i agree with u as long as we Dont live the reality we cant judge .. just so u know… Read more »
Swe
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@OR I understand. But I have never met any antisemitit in my entire life. Not in Sweden and not anywhere else. I rather think that politics is about Palestine’s liberation. Not that people generally hate Israel. I have had a hot holiday flirt with Israel ten years ago;) and my husband and I still listen to Golden Boy every time we party:D I think some Swedes have entered into a defensive position that they find it difficult to get out of. Although Sweden has had success in recent years,but these songs had a lot of criticism (perhaps because they were… Read more »
OR
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@georgekirkas
I already try to find it for u but i also didn’t find .. wait he probably busy or something .. He will Answer u if not today so tomorrow 🙂

georgekirkas
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@OR

Can you please find the forum that Nicky91 suggested? I am asking him, but he doesn’t answer to me.

OR
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@Swe I a sorry if i insulted u in any way… but i think that today Jewish cant live in Malmo maybe only in Stockholm… i know that not all the swedish are anti Israel but your Foreign minister margot wallstrom policy is very very anti Israel.. she said recentlly that the terrorist that bombd their self in Israel in order to kill Jewish shodnt calld by the name – terrorist………….. Any way its not your problem its all started here when this loo or whatever his name is starting to insult me because i said that i dont like… Read more »
Loo
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@Swe I could see that but who am I unsulting by encourage my country’s entry? Like everyone else does? At least I NEVER utter prejudices about other cultures or people. My opinions is always related to the music and contest itself. As a swede, I’m proud of what my country achieved but I don’t take it for granted and would NEVER disrespect others.

Swe
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@Loo

I accidentally delete parts of my comment before I posted. but anyway … I am ashamed for you

georgekirkas
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@Swe

Thank God Swedish people are not like Loo!

Swe
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@ Loo

I don’t know if you read that correctly. I think you insult people here all the time and are ashamed of you. I try to explain that all Swedes are not like you.

Moreover, I hope that Sweden gives 12p to France. I think it would be sad if we won again. It would take away the excitement of the competition.

Loo
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@Swe THANK YOU! OR was very insulting indeed. No respect what so ever.

Swe
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@OR
Please don’t say THEY because that’s not true. The general swedish people doesn’t care that much and as I said before: Loo doesn’t represent Sweden at all. Loo represents Loo. That’s it. And say that Sweden is becoming an Islamic state is not only prejudicially but also insulting. You do not live here and you do not know what you’re talking about. You do not like prejudices about Israel, so let’s stop assume things and be prejudiced. Hatred here on Wiwi goes too far and, unfortunately, my joy for the contest is not very big anymore because of it.

OR
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@EugeneESCUK
Watch Hovi singing live at his audition to the Israeli american idol
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p0LH8KYM4M

soulpow3r
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You might be interested to know that I’ve been adding each song to a playlist over on Google Play Music and ALL of the songs have been added as individual songs except ONE! Lidia Isac’s ‘Falling Stars’. I wonder if that demonstrates a lack of record company support.

Mikaela
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It’s embarrassing to see so many Swedes being overconfident about Frans and also very touchy when someone says the song is boring and won’t do well.
Sweden did well for 4 years and now some Swedes here tend to think everything we send is pure gold and can’t be questioned? Wasn’t so long ago that we struggled to reach the final really.

I think our song is nothing special. Will be rooting for Bulgaria 🙂

OR
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@blondboybc
No one asked or talk to u… pathetic !!!

katra
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Entries from Sweden, Spain, France are going to have a challenge translating their song’s message on stage like Sweden did last year. They are all radio friendly songs with great videoclips but the stage of Eurovision is a whole different story. it will be an interesting competition to watch.

OR
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@@EugeneESCUK
Thanks for your answer, its not a surprise really , because every year Israel is straggle to qualified ( i wonder why…) ..But hovi sing perfect in live and as i understand his staging will be amazing.. so lets hope:)

M.S.
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Please, treat eathater and ALL artists whith respekt and let the love of music and ESC join us! We can have diffrent opinions and discuss. But be respektfull. We don’t ned to build up conflicts in the namne of music. I’m from sweden an want fras do well ofcourse but more importent. I want him to be treated whith respekt. He wasn’t expekting to win melfest. Partisipate in melfest was something his recordcompany suggested just an an opportuninty to show the his viewer hos music. Frans himself plans to go back to school monday 15/5. Frans is 17 years old… Read more »
blondboybc
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Um, how about no. Wishful thinking. 😉

@EugeneESCUK
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OR :- Thanks for the compliment and the question. As we have not seen the rehearsals yet, I only have the countries in the Semis under 3 categories at the moment, Yes, No and Maybe.

Unfortunately I have Israel under the “Maybe” heading, so that means they are borderline, sorry!! I think the new version of “Made of Stars” is much better than the original though.

We will have to wait and see what happens in the rehearsals with all those pyros? The staging could elevate the song?

Diana
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Good luck to Sweden and Frans. I like the song and Frans seems to be so sweet!! 🙂

Miki
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I firmly believe that Sweden can`t win this year for a number of reasons. First of all, the song is really monotonous, second o all Frans can`t really sing and last but not least the song is a rip off of the “Catch and release” song.

OR
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@EugeneESCUK
it sound like you really understand about odds :).. so what do u say about israel? IS Hovi star have a chance to make it to the final?

Malin
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Spotyfy is swedish, BUT!!! Spotyfy streem history 27/4 accoring to kworb.net:

8.572.594 outside Sweden which is far more than any other act has come upp to even whithin it’s own country. (27/4 global 26.253.201)

Youtube history untill today -> 8.582.119 total viewers
4.103.311 viewer (melfest Gävle)
3.165.784 viewer (vevo the video)
759.835 viewer (offical Eurovision video)
553.185 viewe (final of the melfest)

iTunes
No idé of the the numbers – but I have noticed that If I were sorry has had god positions in more countries than most other over a period of time.

@EugeneESCUK
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Denis :- Are you trying to convince the readers or yourself? Some of you Swedish guys are just coming across like propaganda machines. You started off saying Frans would win now you are happy with a Top 10 it seems? You say :- “So everything speaks he will do well rather than not.” You and I know THAT is NOT true Denis. You are just choosing indicators where Frans is doing well but ignoring ALL polls and the OGAE poll including one poll you used to swear by when Sweden was doing well in it? Some polls have a decent… Read more »
Mar
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It’s undeniable that “If I were sorry” has been a comercial succes. Just the other day I saw the song ranked in MTV UK’s top 20 before “Work” and “Cake by the ocean”. I still don’t think it will win, because there are a lot of people who detest the song or are indeferent to it, but a top 10 or even top 5 placing is inevitable at this point.
Personally I’d love nothing more than to see it crash and burn in the final, but I’m not gonna lie to myself and pretend it’s going to happen.

Denis
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Actually Frans is doing well. Last night it was the annual eurojury vote over at eurovoix.com, and Frans ended 4th, before Russia. So there is indication he will do well and score massively. It was a combined jury and audience vote and he scored well with both groups. So any arguments about not doing well is invalid. The Finnish pre-election jury also put him at top, and the German pre selection people put him at 5th. So everything speaks he will do well rather than not. It’s not the same as with Robin because no expected Robin to do well.… Read more »
OR
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@cheesecake
She is very sweet, i saw her preforming in Israel calling show and she was good.

OR
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@Loo
So do not tell me that i’m a lair… and start treating people here with respect even if they dont like Sweden song song this year !!!

cheesecake
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Sorry, off topic, but I wanted you to see this:
Rykka’s last TV performance (aired yesterday) includes backing vocalists and makes it a lot better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SL-CQ1QLhow
🙂

Loo
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OR this not the right forum to discuss this.

OR
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@Loo
IM Only saying the truth ..all of u here watch this video please: (what hopped to a Jewish men that put a dome at his head and go for a walk on Malmo streets) the same thing hopped to me there when i talked Hebrew on the streets of malmo
http://www.nrg.co.il/online/11/ART2/671/371.html

Loo
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OR… what on earth are you accusing Sweden and all the other countries for? Sweden is one of the least antisemitic countries in the world. We are a free country which values human rights above all. Of course there are idiots everywhere, but don’t judge everyone. Use your propaganda somewhere else!!

Wiwibloggs, you should seriously start to moderate comments, because this has gone too far.