On June 12, one month after the grand final of Eurovision 2017, we asked our readers to consult their iPhones and music systems and to let us know which Eurovision 2017 tracks they were still playing.
After counting 35,773 votes, we can now reveal that Blanche’s “City Lights” is the song our readers are listening to the most.
The atmospheric slice of electro balladry came out on top with 2,526 votes — or around 7% of all those cast. The song’s enduring popularity should come as no surprise.
Following a very respectable fourth-place finish at Eurovision, Blanche watched the song climb the Spotify Viral Charts globally. The song also went platinum in Belgium following her ZDF-Fernsehgarten performance in Germany.
Ahead of Eurovision 2017 it was a favourite with our in-house panel of music unprofessionals. As I wrote in the Wiwi Jury back in April:
A purveyor of dark pop, Blanche puts her rich and melodic vocals to stellar use on “City Lights”, which is easily the best studio cut of the year. Deliberately ignoring massive peaks and valleys, the song progresses in a linear fashion, adding dynamism through highly contemporary production that includes digital beats, electro-drumming and evolving rhythms. Such polished tracks can come off cold and sterile. But Blanche adds warmth through her vulnerability and overt longing. Regardless of the outcome at Eurovision, this deserves to be a radio hit.
Pre-contest favourite Francesco Gabbani from Italy came second with his song “Occidentali’s Karma”. The Sanremo winner earned 2,232 votes — just over 6% — with his thoughtful pop piece exploring Western takes on Eastern spirituality.
Bulgaria’s Kristian Kostov (“Beautiful Mess”), France’s Alma (“Requiem”) and Azerbaijan’s DiHaj (“Skeletons”) round out the Top 5.
Eurovision 2017 winner Salvador Sobral came seventh in our poll with “Amar pelos dois”, which his sister crafted from the heart (rather than a pop music factory). No matter. Salvador is still the most-streamed Portuguese artist of all-time in Portugal thanks to the gorgeous track.
FYR Macedonia’s Jana Burceska — who generated a lot of buzz with her studio cut of “Dance Alone” — is the highest-rated of all non-qualifiers. She finished 11th with our readers. Other non-qualifiers making an impact here are Estonia’s Koit Toome & Laura with “Verona” (14th place), Switzerland’s Timebelle with “Apollo” (15th) and Latvia’s Triana Park with “Line” (19th place).
As you’d expect, non-qualifiers dominate the bottom of this list — aka, the songs that our readers are listening to the least.
The bottom five consist of Lithuania’s Fusedmarc (“Rain of Revolution”), Malta’s Claudia Faniello (“Breathlessly”), Spain’s Manel Navarro (“Do It For Your Lover”), San Marino’s Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson (“Spirit of the Night”) and, in last place, Slovenia’s Omar Naber (“On My Way”). Manel, an automatic qualifier, finished last in the grand final.
Interestingly, Russia’s Julia Samoylova (“Flame Is Burning”)— who was banned from entering the contest in March — still managed to reach 38th in our poll, putting her just ahead of Lithuania.
Blanche joins a storied list of past winners in our poll. Poland’s Michal Szpak won with “Color of Your Life” last year, while Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw won with “Heroes” in 2015, Israel’s Mei Finegold won with “Same Heart” in 2014, Romania’s Cezar won with “It’s My Life” in 2013, Ireland’s Jedward won with “Waterline” in 2012, Sweden’s Eric Saade won with “Popular” in 2011, and Turkey’s maNga won with “We Could Be the Same” in 2010.
Which Eurovision 2017 songs are our readers still listening to? Poll results
Total votes: 35,773