It’s time to reveal our favourite national final songs of 2015. We’ve counted down from thirty and you can view the previous entries in the list here. Only five songs are left on our list, with representatives from Finland’s UMK, Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix and Sweden’s Melodifestivalen left in the running.

5. “Mustelmat” – Siru (Finland)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQBVvQ295yE

Let’s be clear on something: you don’t get to have the highest ever rating given by a Wiwi Jury for no reason. Siru’s “Mustelmat” is three minutes on native Finnish pop delight – which is why everyone was so stunned when Siru failed to even make it out of the UMK heats. Pinned as an obvious winner from the get go, some pointed to Siru’s “interesting” choreography in the live performance as what let it down. Even if you subscribe to that belief, you can’t deny just how good the song is.

Wiwi Jury: “Siru’s voice is just magnificent and she really makes me believe in her message. I love how the song grows and I also like the lyrics. Siru really should keep the song in Finnish if she wins UMK, as I don’t know if it would sound this good in English. One of my favourites to win, for sure” (Sami)

4. “Human Beings” – Karin Park (Norway)

The level of excitement that came with the announcement that Karin Park would be entering Melodi Grand Prix this year was understandable: after all, she had been responsible for Margaret Berger’s “I Feed You My Love“. This year, Karin entered as a singer and “Human Beings” was definitely able to hold its own against her previous contribution. She wasn’t to be anywhere near as successful when it came to MGP though, not even making it to the Superfinal in the final big shock of the national final season.

Wiwi Jury: “You can tell Karin helped to write “I Feed You My Love” for Norway in 2013 within the first 30 seconds of this song. The synths, drums, haunting lyrics, and tone of the song make it a ready-made package for Eurovision. If sent to Vienna, I don’t think it’d be hard to at least match Margaret’s fourth place. There are hints of Kate Bush, Charli XCX and Margaret herself in this song and it works flawlessly.” (Max)

3. “Don’t Stop Believing” – Mariette (Sweden)

The outside bet heading in to the Melodifestivalen final, Mariette’s dark and broody “Don’t Stop Believing” was high drama diva realness. With a songwriting team including Miss Li behind her, Mariette proved to be a big hit with the jury and was Mans Zelmerlow’s “closest” (using the term loosely) rival at the halfway point of the Melodifestivalen final. She came third overall in the end and that is where Mariette places in our countdown too.

Wiwi Jury: “Voodoo, the occult and shivers. If any cults witches looking for how to advertise the dark arts to the mass market, look no further than Mariette’s feathered shoulder-pads and those entrancing shadow backing dancers. She’s a bad ass dark fairy godmother and she might just be spellbinding enough to cause an upset. A very literal dark horse for the win.” (Angus)

2. “I’ll Be Fine” – Molly Pettersson-Hammar (Sweden)

The voting app for Melodifestivalen 2015 was a hot topic not only at the final, where it crashed and all votes were discarded, but right from the very first song of the contest – all because of Molly Pettersson Hammar. “I’ll Be Fine” was a hugely popular opener to Melodifestivalen and many assumed that Molly would at least make it through to Andra Chansen. Instead, she was cast out in 6th place in the heat. Her shocked expression spoke for many fans around the world, but it wasn’t all for nothing. “I’ll Be Fine” quickly topped Swedish iTunes and if Molly does return next year, she’ll surely be a favourite to do well again. For now, we award her second place in our countdown for 2015!

1. “Sting” – Eric Saade (Sweden)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWxwIHTGCVA

Those moves, that face, the sax. Love him or hate him, Eric Saade is certainly a showman. After bringing Sweden back in to the Eurovision forefront in 2011, Eric finally returned to Melodifestivalen this year, easily making in to the final. “Sting” had one of the flashiest shows with slick choreography and with Frederik Kempe behind the song, it was always going to do well. His critics have long panned Eric’s vocals, but at the final he seemed the most on point he ever has. Team Wiwi fell for him and his song and it is as a result that we crown “Sting” our best national final song of 2015.

Wiwi Jury: “Don’t hate him because he’s beautiful. Seriously, don’t! Sure he’s an arrogant so-and-so with questionable public decorum. But who cares? “Sting” is a modern pop masterpiece. The beat, the melodies, the retro flourishes – everything works perfectly. It would be foolish to write this off simply because you don’t like the vessel making the delivery. Sting and slay!” (Padraig)

Of course, we want to know what you all think as well. Let us know in the comments if you agree or disagree with any part of our list, or on our Twitter and Facebook pages as well.

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dennis
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dennis

not even one only song from Sanremo 🙁

bavarson
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bavarson

Eric Saade was certain option for 200 points in final and top 3. Mans Zelmerlow has too many weak trick in his performance.

cheesecake
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cheesecake

Where the heck is Timebelle?

Kjetil
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Kjetil

What the hell?

Eric Saade is a bad singer and his song is really annoying IMO

But it’s your opinion

Angelos
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ARE YOU SERIOUS??? NO SUNSHINE BY SHAYA HENSEN???? WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU ALL???? SUNSHINE <3 <3 <3

Huh
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Huh

I don’t agree with Eric’s placing. Oh well. Moreover, I am still surprised about Mariette’s appeal. At first, I thought she and her song is just too decent. I still find some other NF songs outside MelFest as deserving to be on top, though.

the lurker
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the lurker

I agree with most things, just not sting being first – molly or siru should have been first. And I’m kinda shocked at the lack of Ida Bois on this lI St. But overall, it’s pretty solid

2015
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2015

#5 #4 #3!!!! #2 all these 4 are indeed one of the best songs came by this year. But… Sting is indeed good and should be into the top 30, but 1st???? Really wiwi bloggs? I mean, Mustelmat and Don’t stop believing are 10 times better than Sting. . . . . . .

Nicky1991
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Nicky1991

but please people in italy and United kingdom also vote for Malta, she’s awesome , has the looks and got a superb voice

LucyEAPercy
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Of course the top 3 are Swedish. Hmm. I agree about Eric though, he was great. But the whole top 3?

Antranig Shokayan
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ERIC SAADE <3 *faints*

Molly was so good too. And Mariette was my favourite Swedish entry in the Melfest final, just ahead of Eric. Great to see them all here!

Karin Park's song was also great and Mustelmat was incredible.

VERY GOOD TOP FIVE <3

Vicente
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Vicente

Here comes Karin :))) And OH MY GOSH it’s Mariette!!!!!! <3
In my opinion, Norway, Sweden and Finland's national selection were all amazing. The former two countries selected wonderful singer(s), though the latter …… as most of the Finnish wished :S

Seattlesque
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Seattlesque

“Sting” seemed pretty flimsy to me – more superficial presentation than musical substance; Mariette and Molly (and even the somewhat unctuous Andreas Weise) were far from the Melfest crowd. Personal top 2 would be:
#1 LAING, Wechselt die Beleuchtung
#2 SUNDAY, Fjaðrir
Seems to be important to support only bands that write their names in ALL CAPS…

Alex
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Alex

Just goes to show what works with Eric Saade… a lot of people find his songs to be catchy and enjoyable, so in a sense I’m not surprised he’s #1. Of course there are better songs, but he has a fairly broad appeal.

Mustelmat is waaaaaay better, though.

brunowskii
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brunowskii

Wowww… I’m surprised with this top 5 and specially with the #1…. but I loved this…. Mustelmat and Sting were my favorites from the beginning. But I would put Frozen Silence, Crossroads and Suitcase together for my top 5.

AM.Casablancas
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AM.Casablancas

but wtf is this? where is Elize and Rickard?

Marco Antonio
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Marco Antonio

STING?? SERIOUSLY??

Where the hell is Milki with “Accent” and Hovig with “Stone in a River”????????????

WTF
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WTF

In no particular order, obviously.

WTF
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WTF

My top 40 songs that didn’t make it to ESC: 1. Fahrenhaidt – “Frozen Silence” (Germany) 2. Fahrenhaidt – “Mother Earth” (Germany) 3. Laing – “Wechselt die Beleuchtung” (Germany) 4. Faun – “Hörst du die Trommeln” (Germany) 5. Andreas Kümmert – “Heart of Stone” (Germany) 6. Johann Sebastian Bass – “Monsters” (Austria) 7. Johann Sebastian Bass – “Absolutio” (Austria) 8. Kati Wolf – “Ne engedj el” (Hungary) 9. Bogi Dallos – “World of Violence” (Hungary) 10. Lara Lee – “Superman” (Romania) 11. Tudor Turcu – “Save Us” (Romania) 12. SunStroke Project & Michael Ra – “Day After Day” (Moldova) 13.… Read more »

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

ooo, Karin Park and Molly
good choices
Personally Miss M, Arbresha, Dahi, most of the Estonian acts, Caroline Wennergren, Bianca Aztei, Malika Ayane, Nek (emphasis on Nek,) Zoë, Alexa Feser, SUNDAY, and Niutone were great artists as well

Daniel
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Daniel

I am disappointed in Wiwibloggs for having Eric Saade 1st. But that is only because his song was bad and I love Mustelmat like way too much.

AudreySC
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AudreySC

Karin, Molly and Mariette! <3

Courtney Stodden
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Courtney Stodden

I’ll be fine > eric

blondboybc
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blondboybc

Eric in first? Hm, not really, there were more deserving songs than his…what about Opera Skaala?

Thiefo
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“I’ll be fine” is my #1! I was so ready to don’t see her on this list, but you surprised me at the end Team Wiwi, awesome!

I also have Mariette high on my list, as I was saying during the Melfest final, I think she deserved more attention that what she got, but everybody was so busy looking at Mans and Eric, if she entered Melfest in a different year I’m pretty sure she would’ve won.

MalteseTimpana
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MalteseTimpana

Ehhhh Molly, Mariette & Opera Skaala were much better IMO…idk Eric Saade always has generic songs :/

Easpag
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Easpag

Tbh I’m a little disappointed that you guys are still obsessed with the pop sh*t that Eric Saade is -still- churning out. I thought ye would have seen the light, but alas, it was probably a bit much to expect.

I pretty much agree with the rest, though. Siru’s live performance was awful.

Freyah
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Freyah

I feel that “Sting” was just Eric Saade trying to remake “Popular” essentially. It was terrible and there were better songs in Deltävling 1 than Sting. Look at “I’ll be fine” and “One by One” which didn’t even make Andra Chansen. I feel some people only voted for him because he’s Eric Saade, not because of the song.

Sting was just terrible I’m sorry it was.

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

William LA – Why don’t you let the readers vote on the same Top 30? Now that would be very interesting!!

Rayman
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Rayman

Some other favorites I have is “Superlove” from Estonia, “Suitcase” from Denmark, “Singing About Love” from Switzerland, “Glas srca” from Slovenia, “The One That You Love” and “Fandango” from Malta and finally, “Fjaðrir” and “Aldrei of seint” from Iceland. Many lovely songs!

Rayman
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Rayman

These are all nice songs, especially “Mustelmat”, “Don’t Stop Believing” and “I’ll Be Fine”. “Human Beings” was good but a bit clunky, my favorite from Norway was “Thunderstruck”. From Finland it’s probably “Mustelmat”, but I also really liked “Hold Your Colours”. From Sweden it’s Kristin Amparo’s “I See You”, that song is absolutely fantastic!

WTF
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WTF

Eric Saade? Really? I could easily find 40 entries this NF season that were all much better than Eric and that overrated dolly crap that you also put in the top 10.

Giorgos
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Giorgos

Where is Shaya from Greece???

Atte
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Atte

where is opera skala, should it be in to10…..

MF
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MF

I sort of agree with Eugene ESC UK!
I think the Swedish drugs work really well on you guys!!! (meaning wiwibloggs if I was not clear enough).

John
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John

Would’ve liked to see Miss M – Lonely Stranger, my personal favourite of the season.

Eugene ESC UK
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Eugene ESC UK

Well this was always going to be controversial!!
Ha ha Eric Sade number 1……………….you guys? Really? Top 3 all Melfest!!
Molly did not even get to Andre Chansen? She came 6th out of 7 in Semi 1? Even Dolly Style beat her?
Even Siru did not make the Final in Finland.
Unfortunately Karin Park did not get to the Gold Final in Norway………tragic.
AND nobody liked Andreas Kümmert’s “Heart of Stone”, the guy who won a national final but did not go.
You guys definitely do not agree with the favourites in most countries??

Mar
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Mar

“Sting” may be a college frat boy party anthem level of distateful, but it’s catchy and fun and it works. I wouldn’t give it first place though. Nor would I give second to Molly, I think the controversy upon her elimination might have hyped her song a bit.
My faves from this season:
1) Karin Park
2) Jon Henrik
3) Opera Skaala
4) Siru
5) Dinah Nah
6) Milky
7) Sunday
8) Solju
9) Anne Gadegaard
10) Shaya

Of the Nordics (who dominante the ranking) I think only Sweden made the right choice imo. The quality of their nacional selections speaks by itself.

Calvin
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Calvin

My Eurovision nemesis is #1 🙁

amina
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amina

It was surprising, that Siru didn’t qualify? Finland loves metal, punk, rock and bands, no stupid pop. Go to the hell with your female singers and their poppy songs for every country. We can be happy for every unique and original entry. Finland did great job and they are favourite to win this year ESC. With Siru they wouldn’t qualify from semi.

Mario
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Mario

~ Eric Saade’s song is definitely very overrated for me…I might hate him but judging his Melodifestivalen *Sting* objectively and honestly is not that good…It is very cathy and energetic tune…Pleasant to hear & thats it.. The lyrics really suck though.. Eric is really good as performer delivering pretty cool show and a great dancer…He deserved indeed his 2 Melodifestivalen awards…I rest my case here and i give him credit 4 that.. But i really can’t stand him as person…He is obnoxious and so egomaniac full of himself…With no offense to any of you guys that you are fans of… Read more »

OneEurovision
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OneEurovision

Molly or Siru should have won!

D
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D

Seriously…Eric…wow. My top national final songs were “Human Beings” by Karin Park (Norway), “Nefelibata” by MNTHA (Latvia), “High Heels” by Riga Metro (Latvia), “Ziema” by Framest (Latvia), “Kellega ma tutvusin?” by NimmerSchmidt (Estonia), “Wechselt die Beleuchtung” by Laing (Germany), “Zeig deine Muskeln” by Laing (Germany), “I’ll Be Fine” by Molly Pettersson-Hammar (Sweden), “Next to You” by Jenny Langlo (Norway), “Mustelmat” by Siru (Finland), “Fjaðrir” by Sunday (Iceland), “Í kvöld” by Elín Sif Halldórsdóttir (Iceland), “Am devenit str?ini” by Cezara (Moldova), “Lonely Stranger” by Miss M (Moldova), “Superman” by Lara Lee (Romania), “Ne engedj el” by Kati Wolf (Hungary), “Mesmerize” by… Read more »

João
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João

C’mon! Eric Saade in 1st place? His song is absolute crap, it didn’t diserved the 4th position on MelFest.

xoxo
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xoxo

a very deserving 1st place! Eric Saade was absolutely amazing!