SVT, Sweden’s national broadcaster, recently asked more than 400 die-hard Melodifestivalen fans to rank the competition’s best songs of all time. It ain’t no surprise that Sanna Nielsen placed first: Lady was robbed of her chance to represent Sweden at Eurovision 2008. That’s when hot mess of a “Hero” Charlotte Perrelli won because of the jury vote. Even so, Sanna’s “Empty Room” went on to win the 2008 Song of the Year and was in the Svensktoppen for 45 consecutive weeks.
Sanna was elated to hear that fans still love her 2008 hit. “Empty Room will always have a place in people’s hearts and means a lot,” she told SVT. But Nielsen doesn’t just want to live in the past. “However, one has to always push herself further and find new material that gives something novel to listeners.” (Um, is that why she recently released an acoustic cover of her 2011 entry “I’m In Love”?). We sincerely hope Sanna can get back on track after last year’s fourth-place finish.
Speaking of Perrelli, she landed two songs in the top 10 with “Hero” and “Tusen och en natt” (“Take Me to Your Heaven). Wiwi and Vebooboo and Meows Kitty and Deban don’t understand the appeal, but oh well.
Interestingly, only 5 of the Top 10 songs actually won Melodifestivalen (“Waterloo,” “Hero,” “Evighet,” “Tusen och en natt,” and “Det gor ont”). Doesn’t this prove the extent to which Sweden sends the wrong song to Eurovision?
Do you think any key artists are missing? What about BWO? Or Mans Zelmerlow?! LINDA BENGTZING?!?! Let us know who you think has been cheated.
1. Empty Room, Sanna Nielsen
2. Waterloo, ABBA
3. Hero, Charlotte Perrelli
4. Kärleken är evig, Lena Philipsson
5. Evighet, Carola
6. Moving On, Sarah Dawn Finer
7. Not a Sinner Nor a Saint, Alcazar
8. Tusen och en natt (Take Me to Your Heaven), Charlotte Nilsson
9. Det gör ont, Lena Philipsson
10. Nattens drottning, Haakon Pedersen & Elisabeth Berg