Success in Eurovision doesn’t always mean commercial success outside of the Eurovision bubble. And the placing of a song in Eurovision doesn’t always harmonise with how popular it was before the contest or how popular it becomes after the contest.

Aussievision has made a list of the most streamed Eurovision 2018 songs on Spotify and we’re going to take a look at how it corresponds to this year’s actual results.

Let’s start with the Top 10 of the most streamed tracks on Spotify.

  1.  Eleni Foureira – Fuego – 48,170,949
  2.  Michael Schulte – You Let Me Walk Alone – 30,216,260
  3.  Netta – Toy – 28,610,295
  4.  Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off – 24,609,087
  5. Mikolas Josef – Lie To Me – 22,379,877
  6. Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro  – Non mi avete fatto niente – 19,160,972
  7. Amaia, Alfred – Tu Cancion – 13,899,271
  8. Rasmussen – Higher Ground – 9,246,724
  9. Cesar Sampson – Nobody But You – 9,071,679
  10. Saara Aalto – Monsters – 8,069,108

It doesn’t come as a surprise that the most streamed song of Eurovision 2018 is Eleni Foureira’s  Fuego. However, the 2018 winner — Netta’s Toy   “only” managed to become the third most streamed of the bunch with a whooping 20 million fewer streams than Eleni’s fiery banger.

If you take a closer look at the most streamed top 10s you probably noticed that there are two songs that make it to the list that were far from making it to the actual top 10 of Eurovision 2018. The seventh most streamed song — Amaia & Alfred’s Tu Cancion — ended up in 23rd place. And the 10th most streamed song — Saara Aalto’s Monsters — narrowly made it to the final where it ended up in 25th place.

Even though the rest of the songs all ended up in Eurovision 2018’s top 10 there are a few interesting inconsistencies you can probably put your finger on.

For example, Benjamin Ingrosso’s Dance you off got over 24 million streams and came fourth on this list. But in the song contest it was only the juries that saved Sweden from not making it to the top 10. Viewers only ranked it 23rd!

Another thing to notice is that in the actual contest the viewers “only” ranked Austria — that’s César Sampson’s Nobody But You — 13th. But it made it to the top 10 on the streaming charts.

But now let’s take a look at where the rest of the 43 songs got ranked.

11. Madame Monsieur – Mercy – 7,640,779
12. Alexander Rybak – That’s How You Write a Song – 6,922,684
13. Jessica Mauboy – We Got Love – 6,442,571
14. Waylon – Outlaw In Em – 5,818,097
15. Gromee – Light Me Up – 5,644,141
16. EQUINOX – Bones – 4,887,404
17. Ryan O’Shaughnessy – 4,476,434
18. Melovin – Under the Ladder – 4,212,825
19. Ieva Zasimauskaite – When We’re Old – 3,622,245
20. SuRie – Storm – 3,558,580
21. Elina Nechayeva – La Forza – 3,148,530
22. Claudia Pascoal – O Jardim –  2,868,784
23. DoReDoS – My Lucky Day – 2,372,032
24. Sennek – A Matter of Time – 2,318,080
25. Lea Sirk – Hvala Ne – 2,291,993
26. Yianna Terzi – Oniro Mou – 2,286,684
27. AWS – Viszlat nyar – 1,790,909
28. ZiBBZ – Stones – 1,609,698
29. Eye Cue – Lost and Found – 1,469,903
30. Sanja Ilic & Balkanika – Nova Deca – 1,427,582
31. Laura Rizzotto – Funny Girl – 1,415,499
32. Christabelle – Taboo – 1,406,845
33. Julia Samoylova – I Won’t Break – 1,248,187
34. Eugent Bushpepa – Mall – 1,238,667
35. AISEL – X My Heart – 1,208,469
36. Franka – Crazy – 1,099,077
37. The Humans – Goodbye – 1,078,018
38. Ari Olafsson – Our Choice – 882,443
39. Jessika ft Jenifer Brening – Who We Are – 816,921
40. Sevak Khanagyan – Qami – 775,814
41. Alekseev – Forever – 693,455
42. Iriao – For You – 623,207
43. Vanja Radovanovic – Inje – 598,545

You can see here that the Eurovision 2018 final and the top 26 streamed songs of 2018 mostly correspond with each other.

Note that there are three non-qualifiers among the top 26 most streamed songs, and three qualifiers that aren’t.

The highest jump is Poland’s entry – Gromee feat. Lukas Meijer’s Light Me Up – which is the 15th most streamed song but ended up 14th in Semi Final 2.

The other two non-qualifiers are Belgium’s entry – Sennek’s A Matter of Time – in 24th place on the streams list — but 12th in Semi Final 1 of Eurovision, and Greece’s entry – Yianna Terzi’s Oniro Mou – in 26th place on the streaming list, but only 14th in Semi Final 1.

Some qualifiers obviously made more of an impact live than in the studio version. Albania’s entry – Eugent Bushpepa’s Mall – just missed out of the top 10 in the Eurovision final, ending up in 11th place. But it only made it to 34th place on the most streamed list.

The other two are Hungary’s entry – AWS’s Viszlát Nyár – that ended up in 21st place in the Grand Final but reached 27th place in streaming, and Serbia’s entry – Sanja Ilic & Balkanika’s Nova Deca – that got 19th place in the Grand Final but 30th place on the streaming list.

We would like to thank Aussievision for putting up the list.

What do you think about these rankings? What surprises you the most? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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milky

all of the la forza streams came from me

Pavel
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Pavel

Netta has three times more views on youtube (the gap is more than 50 Million views), ever since Netta’s ”Toy” is a better visual package.

Denis
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Denis

Not surprising, is it? Latin pop is huge now, even if it’s the most generic entry. Spain alone is a huge
Spotify market

Talentina Monetta
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Talentina Monetta

Talent won

Seán
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Seán

Mall is my most played song on Spotify this year, Fuego 2nd and Non mi avete fatto niente 3rd

Paul
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Paul

Benjamin Ingrosso Fourth?!! Clearly people are easily pleased!!!

John
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Happy to take responsibility for about half of Eye Cue’s 1,469,903 streams. Still love that song – was in my top 3 songs of the year on Spotify.

Polegend Godgarina
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50M is huge for Eleni considering that she represented a country where the #1 song gets 7k streams in a week, and that a chunk of Eurovision countries have no access to Spotify.

Marc
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Marc

Most of those 50M came basically from Spain (one of the biggest Spotify market in Europe)
Fuego made over 100k daily for months. It was a great achievement though.

Aris
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Aris

Real Winner!
Queen of Eurovision 2018 Foureira! #Fuego

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Alekseev 41st? He is one of the most followed singers of the year on Instagram. Probably because he released like 5 versions of his song, but still.

Polegend Godgarina
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Nah, it’s because he’s only relevant in countries where Spotify is unavailable.

KESC
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KESC

Saara Aalto was brutally underrated. She never deserved to be second to last, I mean, how?!
Cesár, on the other side, was unnecessarily overrated. I totally enjoyed his live performance, but coming 3rd??! I will never understand that!

As for Eleni, no surprise there, she totally deserves it. She literally turned a mediocre pop song into a massive bop. Climbing from the 20th place up to the 1st place in just a period of 2 weeks is the biggest success. I totally respect Netta as an artist, but that’s why Eleni is the real winner in my eyes.

Jo.
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Jo.

Too many dance-pop songs this year, it’s hard to compete against Toy, Fuego and Lie to Me. She was probably fighting against Aisel for the last spot in the Grand Final too, and she won with the help of the running order.

John
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I absolutely loved Monsters but once I heard Fuego I thought that the two songs would be “competing” for the votes of people with similar tastes. On the night, the staging for Fuego was much, much stronger imo.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

You have to take into account that not all European countries have Spotify. It’s not present in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia and Macedonia.

Jo.
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Jo.

and you can’t vote for the entry of your own country, which is not a rule for this Spotify ranking.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I like how “Fuego” is number one here, though. As it should be.

Joe
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People like generic

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Otherwise, Toy would not have won. 😛

Pavel
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Pavel

top 2 is super generic, the only good song in this year’s final was the last place (”O Jardim”). not everything has to be catchy.
Salvador’s clownish appearance and behaviour saved ”Amar Pelos Dois” from oblivion, but it can’t happen every year.

Gloria
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Gloria

It looks like Christer Bjorkmans comments regarding Swedens ‘cool’ stage show, not demanding televotes is relevant regarding these Spotify streams. I believe the vocals ruined the performance and Sweden needs stronger singers.

KESC
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KESC

Agree! the chorus was literally sung by the backing vocalists.

yom124
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yom124

Its because in Melodifestivalen they allow sort of backing tracks which makes them seem a lot stronger than they really are. Just take I cant go on from 2017, vocals were fine in Melodifestivalen but absolutely atrocious in eurovision. They still came 5th somehow.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I loathe these apps. Even the top artists with the most streams only make peanuts there. It is very discouraging for recording artists and songwriters who care about the quality of their product and are not just out to make quick buck. You virtually can’t make money anymore by simply releasing good music.

Polegend Godgarina
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150 streams = 1 digital sale = $0.90. Fuego has accumualated 320,000 sales equivalents from Spotify.

Polegend Godgarina
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50 million streams = 320,000 downloads in revenue.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Spotify pays 0,006 – 0,0084 dollar per stream to the owners, split among labels, producers, artists and songwriters. Hardly a goldmine.

Pavel
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Pavel

yeah, those apps basically kill local pop markets in Europe. If you want to make a living, you’d better do a pigeon English or Spanish song, because a song in Hungarian/Swedish/Icelandic/Estonian will never have enough streams to get a payback.