WatchMojo, a YouTube channel famed for churning out several top 10 videos per day, released its “Top 10 Eurovision Song Contest Songs” yesterday, covering a wide range of eras and (mostly) winners. They judged the entries on “a combination of the song’s ranking in the contest, their commercial success, and their overall audience reception”. Even though they mixed up Carola’s postcard for her winning entry — hey, it happens — we’re pleasantly surprised by the breadth of the list.
Here is their list (for all of you who read Wikipedia plot summaries before watching the movie):
10. “Diva”– Dana International (Israel 1998)
9. “Only Teardrops”– Emmelie de Forest (Denmark 2013)
8. “Fairytale”– Alexander Rybak (Norway 2009)
7. “Rise Like a Phoenix”– Conchita Wurst (Austria 2014)
6. “Save Your Kisses for Me”– Brotherhood of Man (United Kingdom 1976)
5. “Ne partez pas sans moi”– Celine Dion (Switzerland 1988)
4. “Satellite”– Lena (Germany 2010)
3. “Hard Rock Halleujah”– Lordi (Finland 2006)
2. “Euphoria”– Loreen (Sweden 2012)
1. “Waterloo”– ABBA (Sweden 1974)
“Making Your Mind Up”– Bucks Fizz (United Kingdom 1981)
“Lipstick”– Jedward (Ireland 2011)
“What’s Another Year”– Johnny Logan (Ireland 1980)
“Ding-a-dong” – Teach-in (Netherlands 1975)
“Fångad av en stormvind”– Carola (Sweden 1991)
We can already hear some of you rolling your eyes and saying this is a list drafted by Eurovision lay people who have likely only listened to the winning songs. The list is a very good indication of Eurovision’s most famous winners, but for diehard Eurovision fans it may seem a little narrow. Mainstream fame doesn’t always equate to the best songs or Eurovision classics (looped at parties from Manchester to Minsk).
The list largely ignores non-winners (except for Jedward), and is rather heavy on Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Scandinavia. Also, only three non-English songs feature. It overlooks the many songs that are adored even though they didn’t win — i.e. “L’Essenziale” and “Adio” for me, and “What About My Dreams?” and “Calm After the Storm” for others. And then there are those other amazing winners that are huge hits in their markets, even if not in the West — “Wild Dances”, “My Number One”, “Everyway that I Can”.
As our readers point out below, The Common Linnets went #5 globally with their album that featured “Calm After the Storm”. And Helena Paparizou placed fourth at the Eurovision 50th anniversary show with “My Number One.”
While we congratulate WatchMojo for quantifying the Eurovision Song Contest as best it could — they defined a formula and went for it — it’s obvious to any Eurovision fan that the list has some big holes. The beauty of Eurovision is that there is so much diversity of music and language and genre that your winner isn’t neccessary ours or hers or his.
What do you think of WatchMojo’s list? Is it a list of clichés? Do you think it accurately reflects the very best of the Eurovision Song Contest? Opine below!