Top of the pops: Saara Aalto’s “Monsters” breaks the top 20 in Finland’s official chart countdown


Her first UMK 2018 entry was met with much excitement upon its release a little over one week ago. And it’s not just Eurovision fans who are buying into the “Monsters” hype — the general Finnish public appear to be on board with Saara Aalto’s potential song for Lisbon too!

Saara Aalto “Monsters” Official Music Video

Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland publishes a weekly list of the top 20 songs in Finland based on sales and streaming figures. And the most recent countdown sees “Monsters” debut at number 14.

Saara might have missed out on the top ten, but cracking the top 20 is significant. As well as being Saara’s first chart hit, “Monsters” is also the first Finnish Eurovision hopeful to reach the upper echelons of the chart for several years. In fact, we have to go all the way back to 2011 when Paradise Oskar peaked at six with “Da Da Dam”.

A quick perusal of the archives shows that since Eurovision winners Lordi peaked at number one in 2006, only three other Finnish song contest entries have cracked the chart – Waldo’s People in 2009 (#1), Teräsbetoni in 2008 (#2), and Paradise Oskar.

Recent entries from the likes of Softengine, Krista Siegfrids, Sandhja and Norma John made inroads on secondary charts, but none broke into the main countdown. Typically, international Eurovision acts perform better. Alexander Rybak, Emmelie de Forest, Loreen and Måns Zelmerlöw all enjoyed top 20 success.

Saara’s achievement is all the more impressive given that “Monsters” is only one of three potential Eurovision songs. “Domino” dropped last Friday. We will see how it fares once next week’s chart is published.

Saara Aalto “Domino” Official Music Video

However, early indications suggest that it might not better “Monsters”. On the latest Finnish Spotify chart for Monday “Monsters” sits at 27 while “Domino” is outside the top 50. That said, at the time of writing, Saara occupies the top two spots on iTunes with “Domino” and “Monsters” respectively.

Her third and final effort “Queens” is set for release on Friday.

Of course, local chart success does not guarantee success at Eurovision. But it does bode well. Songs that are popular with the record buying public in home markets also tend to be popular with juries and televoters across Europe and Australia.

What do you think? Is Saara Aalto set for Eurovision glory? Can you see “Monsters” winning Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below.

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