Blast the trumpets! Bang the drums! The moment has finally arrived. No, not Christmas. We’re afraid that’s still a day away, but we have something much more important for y’all – our top five songs of the year. Have you been following our countdown so far? If not click HERE and treat yourself to an early Christmas present (yes, the music has been that good).
Just to recap — the team from wiwibloggs voted for their favourite 2015 releases and recordings by and featuring Eurovision stars. Songs which competed at Eurovision or national finals were excluded (they’ve been analysed to death in our jury reviews), as were artists who’ve yet to compete on the Eurovision stage (sorry Iveta, Sergey and friends). After considering well over 100 songs, we finally settled on our top 50. We’ve already shared 45 great tracks, but what songs have made it into our top five? And which one will join Loreen’s “We Got The Power” and Emmelie De Forest’s “Drunk Tonight” in our Hall of Fame? It’s the final countdown!
Our top tracks of 2015 (5-1)
5. Krista Siegfrids “On & Off”
What we said: “On & Off” is about the two sides of a relationship. At first you might have the greatest feeling ever, but even when the feeling is gone, it might be hard to let go. The song shows a more mature and serene side to Krista. The energy of “Marry Me” is still there but it has changed form. In the music video, which is shot entirely in black and white, Krista shows off her dance moves with a half-naked hunk. The video is very artistic and looks international, but could also work as a Calvin Klein commercial. We ain’t complaining! (Sami)
4. Conchita Wurst “Firestorm”
What we said: “Firestorm” is an obvious nod to Cher and is a floor-stomping disco anthem. And yes, it’s amazing and perfectly produced and it sounds like it’s been lifted from one of Cher’s better albums. You will have a blast putting it on and dancing like nobody’s watching. Not to mention enjoying her fantastic voice throughout, perhaps the real gem of her debut album. (Bogdan)
3. Loreen “Paper Light (Higher)”
What we said: Loreen’s “Paper Light (Higher)” is quite simply magnificent. It’s nearly two years since her last release, but it was worth the wait. Combining luscious strings and piano riffs with pulsating house beats, this sounds retro and completely new all at once. Just like “Euphoria” it stirs simultaneous emotions of melancholy and ecstasy, and demands multiple replays. While other winners peddle beige clones of their respective Eurovision hits, Loreen boldly steps ahead of the crowd. Constantly innovating, but never losing her original identity. Loreen – your warriors salute you! (Padraig)
2. Conchita Wurst “You Are Unstoppable”
What we said: Conchita Wurst wants all her fans to know they are unstoppable. Well, Conchi baby: the same goes for you! The official video for “You Are Unstoppable” proves once again that Miss Wurst won’t be silenced. It’s a cinematic wonder shot in black and white, and it conveys Conchita’s message of perseverance and self-belief so well. There are no props or fancy backgrounds. It stars Conchita and just one other female — and it works. The simplicity lets the song live and breathe. (William)
1. Lena “Traffic Lights”
What we said: Once again our German gal proves why she’s one of the contest’s greatest exports. The track is a mid-tempo affair, sultry yet hopeful. It’s got a cinematic feel, and would be completely at home nestled between Ellie Goulding and Sia on the Fifty Shades of Grey movie soundtrack. Meanwhile, the video is simple yet effective. We see Lena running through corridors, and dancing with a hunk in a smoky room. It’s all very ethereal, and a huge progression from the quirky songstress we first met five years ago. But at the same time she’s still very much the same Lena we know and love, the mockney accent hasn’t vanished completely. (Padraig)
Is “Traffic Lights” a deserving number one? We think so, but what about you? Do any of the others rank among your best songs of 2015? Let us know below.
a bit disappointed, I think that, throughout the list, you missed on so many good songs. Stupid from Ace wilder Something right from Molly Petterson Phoenix from molly Sanden The girl from Lena Empathy for Khojali – Nigar Jamal My Heart – Alyosha Those are fan favs and where nowhere to be found. Conchita is good, not for the top 5, Loreen is here merely because it’s a BIG NAME, because compared to euphoria this is flat. Krista’s song is here because of the dude. Lena has a very nice place and I’m happy this sound is new and more… Read more »
Don’t know why Loreen did a cover (that song was so beautiful to begin with) for her latest single? “Someday” should really be on top 15* and “Je ne suis qu’un homme” is def nr 1!
I was quite surprised to see Conchita placed higher than Loreen – that’s funny and so wrong. hahaha
I WAS TALKING ABOUT TRAFFIC LIGHTS SINCE YOU HAVE STARTED DOING THESE CHARTS
This song is quite special to me (somehow!), as I first heard in a Central European country in Spring – while having the best time of my life.
I take it Under Ytan was to late to be on the top 50 considering it was released on the 18th in the Nordic countries and tomorrow everywhere else. Well at least Loreen has two in the Top Ten.
For me, You are unstoppable is #1. Others in my top 6 (in no particular order): The otherside by Tamar Kaprelian and others; 99 and Echo by Ruth Lorenzo; The Father Project and Say Yeah by Tooji.
Loreen – Paper Light but the revisited version get’s the top spot in my list 😉
I agree that “Basta” is missing here. I also would have expected “Where have all the good men gone” in the charts as well as “All you ever need”.
I agree 100%! Especially on Paper Lights! <3
Leonor (strong for too long) and Loreen on 1st place!!!!!!!
Flawless and very well deserved #1 for Lena. I would have put “You are unstoppable” a bit lower than “Firestorm”, which is my favourite track of Conchita’s. All of Krista’s songs sound the same to me tbh :/ I really can’t see the appeal in them.
I enjoyed the ranking as usual. It’s nice to keep up with past Eurovision artists’ releases, so thanks for covering them.
I just realized Edurne’s “Basta” is missing from the list. Did you guys not enjoy it? I know I did.
I agree absolutely! Perfect Top 5, where Conchita totally deserves to be in (don’t care about the haters). Her debut album was simply perfect and deserves the success it had all over the world, great tracks, fabulous voice. Go, Conchita.
Conchita is really a bit overrated here compared to other songs … but I should not be surprised … if there were other LGBT performers I can only imagine what the top 10 would look like …
Lena’s victory is well-deserved but Conchita is ?i overrated, she doesn’t deserve to be in top 5! Loreen slays!
Lena’s song is awsome, mainstream and should have been promoted outside Germany. Lena is a great Eurovision export.
I prefer Loreen’s I’m In it with You which is extremely underrated.
Conchita’s album is full of good songs. Unstoppable is probably the best and very uplifting.
It feels amazing to be on top again 😀
A flawless Top 5!