For the first time ever, we are having a “Who Did It Better?” three-way, which really makes this a “Who Did It Best?” Purse those lips and get ready to blow because this edition focuses on whistling. We have three songs, two from the modern era and one from the days of yore. Which are earworms and which are just annoying? Review our three contenders below and then vote in our poll. But be warned: they’re infectious and you may be humming them for hours…
Anggun started the now-three-year-long trend of hot, steamy music videos with more skin than song when she released her entry Echo (You and I). The first ten pop-rocky seconds don’t fit with the rest of this otherwise electropop song. But from the get-go you hear the same whistle that connects the two genres. (They go together better than Esma and Lozano did…)
The former lawyer took a more honky-tonk approach for his country entry Hunter of Stars. He opens and closes the song with whistling. It’s probably the most memorable part of the song other than his adorable stubble and fiddle-playing.
Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson (1959)
This was the United Kingdom’s second entry, after they withdrew from the 1958 contest. This husband-and-wife team sang a upbeat tune called Sing, Little Birdie. The runners-up, they laid the foundation for the UK to go on to become one of Eurovision’s most successful countries. (The Brits placed second four times before their first victory in 1967).