Portugal dominates iTunes charts – does this predict grand final success for Salvador Sobral?


After the first semi-final we saw how iTunes charts around Europe reacted as competing songs started charts. And now after the second semi-final, more songs have started to chart. Let’s take a look!

The most popular Eurovision 2017 song in the iTunes charts is Portugal‘s entry, Salvador Sobral’s sweet song “Amar pelos dois”. It’s currently charting in 18 different countries, including No.1 in Portugal. The song is also making an impact in Sweden at No.15 and the Netherlands where it’s No.19.

In second position if Belgium‘s Blanche with “City Lights”. That song is charting in 17 countries, including No.1 in Estonia and Belgium. It’s also top ten in Sweden, Poland, Lithuania and the Netherlands.

In third place is Italy‘s Francesco Gabbani. His song “Occidentali’s karma” is in the iTunes charts of 13 countries. Its highest place is No.18 in Italy itself.

Next popular is Sweden‘s Robin Bengtsson with “I Can’t Go On”. That’s charting in 12 different countries, including No.7 in Sweden.

Finally the first entry from the second semi-final makes an appearance. Bulgaria‘s Kristian Kostov has “Beautiful Mess” charting in 12 countries. The highest chart is Sweden, where the song is currently. No.16.

Other songs that are charting in multiple countries include Moldova‘s SunStroke Project, whose “Hey Mamma” is charting in 11 countries, the Netherlands‘ sisterly trio OG3NE with “Lights and Shadows” charting in ten countries; and Romania‘s Ilinca feat. Alex Florea, whose “Yodel It” is charting in nine countries.

Also worth a mention is Hungary‘s Joci Papai who is charting in eight countries, Norway‘s JOWST who is in the charts in seven countries, and Australia‘s Isaiah who is charting in seven countries.

And a shout out also goes to Israel (six countries), Estonia, Austria and Croatia (five countries), and Switzerland, FYR Macedonia and Ireland (four countries).

Other countries charting in multiple countries include Finland, France, Cyprus, Belarus and Latvia.

It’s important to remember that not all countries use iTunes as much as others do. In some countries other online music stores are more popular, in others streaming has taken over as the dominant form of consuming music.

But the reaction in iTunes charts around Europe is at least an indication of what songs made an immediate connection with some listeners. It shows us what songs inspired listeners enough over the past few days for them to track down the song online and download it.

What do you think? Do iTunes charts indicate Eurovision success? Share your thoughts below!