It’s the end of another year and therefore a time of reflection. The Eurovision Top 250 countdown returns once again tomorrow and we’ll finally know who the fandom voted this year as their favourite Eurovision entry of all time.

Perhaps the biggest question on everyone’s lips is, will Loreen top the ESC250 ranking for a seventh consecutive year? Or will another act finally knock the Swedish singer off the top spot and take home the gold medal.

Last year the “Euphoria” hit-maker earned a total of 6,991 points. That put her 2,550 points ahead of runner-up Salvador Sobral. Is that too big of a lead for anyone to catch?

Just like y’all, us here at wiwibloggs submitted our ESC250 votes for consideration and are eagerly awaiting the final result. But while we do, we thought we’d get the discussion started early by sharing who topped our individual lists.

But there’s one catch. “Euphoria” is out of bounds.

For the past six years, after the end of each countdown, there are those fans that slightly complain about the result continuously being the same. However, there appears to be no clear consensus on which act/song has both the quality and popularity to beat the Eurovision 2012 champion in this highly contested ranking.

Therefore, here are our picks for who should win ESC250 if Loreen wasn’t in the running. Does our fire burn for one song in particular? Or does the amazing diversity of the contest result in many different favourites? Read on to find out.

Antranig

Poli Genova – “If Love Was A Crime” (Bulgaria 2016)

I always have a hard time trying to pick an all-time top 5 or top 10 because there are far too many flawless songs to choose from. However, I never struggle to pick an all-time top 1. Poli Genova brought absolutely everything and more to Eurovision 2016. The song itself is extremely catchy, never gets old and puts forward an important message that Eurovision’s large LGBTQ fanbase can get behind.

The performance is outrageous and Poli’s outfit has more lights than some Eurovision stages. It also managed to throw Bulgaria into the realms of Eurovision relevance — an impact with effects lasting until their withdrawal. Simply put, this song is the complete Eurovision package and is by far my favourite all-time entry (thanks in part to Sweden not sending “Statements”).

Barnabas

AWS – “Viszlát Nyár” (Hungary 2018)

My all-time favourite act is without any doubt AWS and “Viszlát Nyár”. I have never ever rooted for a song at Eurovision like I did for them. The whole thing is so authentic and honest, yet it is also a brutal force of nature, seasoned with musical quality.

Plus, given the boys are some of the nicest people on Earth, I think I’ve said enough.

Cristian

France Gall – “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” (Luxembourg 1965)

This beautiful song is a cornerstone of Eurovision — it really changed the future of the contest. From an early age I was fascinated by the music of the past. When I started listening to every song that participated in Eurovision from 1956 onward, this immediately caught my attention. It is different, it is unique — there is not a similar entry in my opinion in the whole history of the competition.

It’s an irresistible crossover between classical and yé-yé music, a courageous entry ahead of its time. I MUST sing it every time I listen to it. The fact that it won in Italy, my homeland, makes everything even better. Oh, last but not least: I also have a fetish for small countries!

Izhar

Ofra Haza – “Hi” (Israel 1983)

Despite the fact I am not a fan of anthems or songs with national narratives (in fact, I’m ‘anti’ nationalist), my favourite song of all time is “Hi” by Ofra Haza, who represented my homeland, Israel, back in Munich in 1983. The song deals with the revival of the Jewish people and their return to their land after many years in exile. It was performed in Germany approximately 40 years after the war, which added more drama to it.

But there are two other reasons why I like this song so much. Firstly, its vivacity, which stands in stark contrast to the history of our nation. Secondly, although it has a lot of “CH” sounds in it (“Hi, Hi, Hi…”), a consonant which is considered quite ‘rough’ for Europeans, it was positively received in Munich and finished second, only 6 points behind the winner of that year – Luxembourg. “Hi” is one of the most loved songs among Israeli fans and it doesn’t age.

Jack

Jamala – “1944” (Ukraine 2016)

There are dozens of different factors that come into play when tasked with choosing my favourite Eurovision entry of all time. The catchiness of the melody, the emotion conveyed in the lyrics, how well it translates to a live stage performance, and its relevance in modern culture are but a few of the numerous traits of a perfect Eurovision song.

Far too often, Eurovision entries attempt to tick all these boxes only to end up with songs that sound cheap, far too eclectic, and seem to be trying way too hard. But every so often, we’re graced with a song that not only meets, but surpasses the plethora of criteria that encompass the high standards of a Eurovision fan.

Jamala’s “1944” is one such song. It’s a song with power, passion, and raw unfiltered emotion that effortlessly balances a personal story and a local Crimean flavor with a universal and timeless message. In short, this Eurovision winner is three minutes of pure magic for which words simply cannot do justice. Art can never be truly perfect. But Jamala sure comes close with “1944”.

Jonathan

Jamala – “1944” (Ukraine 2016)

I’m not the sort of person to wear my heart on my sleeves. A song has to be extremely magical for me to connect to it on an emotional level. In the Eurovision world that song is “1944”. There has not been a single time over the past two years when listening to it where I haven’t had goosebumps and had to just take a moment before moving on with whatever else I was doing.

The rest of my ESC250 top 10 generally includes a number of killer upbeat bangers (think Norway 2012, Turkey 2009 and Armenia 2008). However, Jamala comes out on top for the immense passion and feeling she puts into the song, both in the studio cut and live performance. “1944” is more than just my all-time favourite Eurovision entry; it’s a song that has helped me to grow emotionally as an individual and to become the person I am today.

Julia

Cezar – “It’s My Life” (Romania 2013)

As if Dracula wasn’t enough to give the world, Romania upped the ante and presented us with an opera-matic, dub-stepping, musical character in the form of a cape-wearing, jewel-crusted Cezar.

Clearly robbed from victory in 2013, Cezar delighted us with his marriage of the unthinkable – Skrillex-type dub-stepping with hair-raising opera that would make even Eurovision queen Loreen squirm in her jumpsuit with the number of high notes executed. Coming out of a world of darkness, Cezar sings about seeing red in the form of love and how he would give it all to the one he desires.

Despite the flexibility of Cezar’s red hot dancers parading around him, this Eurovision performance is best remembered for introducing the world to Count Dance Dracula.

Julian

Lena – “Taken by a Stranger” (Germany 2011)

“Taken by a Stranger” is definitely my most loved song at Eurovision — and for many reasons. Firstly, the song itself is very jazz-electro and has a mysterious and gloomy vibe to it. Before 2011 and ever since, there has never been such a song competing. “Taken by a Stranger” stands on its own.

But the song wouldn’t be the same without Lena singing it. The German singer perfectly fits the song by singing it in an even more mysterious and arrogant way than it needs. Combined with the dark and edgy staging, the song just has to be my favourite of all time!

Luis

The Common Linnets – “Calm After the Storm” (The Netherlands 2014)

There are countless reasons why “Calm After the Storm” is one of the best packages ever presented at Eurovision. It’s the epitome of peaking at the right time: nobody cared about this song before arriving in Copenhagen and BAM! Ilse and Waylon brought charisma for ages and one of the best staging concepts ever.

As for the tune itself, I’ve been listening to it from the moment it was released and I have never gotten tired of it almost five years after. Add the great album they published shortly after Eurovision, plus all the drama that came afterwards between them. This is an everlasting song, for many good and saucy reasons.

Natalie

Emmelie de Forest – “Only Teardrops” (Denmark 2013)

I’d never rooted for a song to win as much as this one, nor felt as ecstatic that it won. It’s pretty much a perfect combination not just for Eurovision, but for music as a whole. It’s got passion, charm, and beauty the likes of which we rarely see on stage. It has a mystical connection, but at the same time is extremely genuine and heartfelt.

It also has a sweet ethnic connection that we love from European music – a gentle recorder and a nice drum beat to take us to its northern connection. The fact that it was performed by such a young talented performer as Emmelie de Forest just makes the whole combination all the more magnificent.

It might not be the most iconic song in Eurovision history, nor the most celebrated winner, but it represents everything that I love about the amazing contest, and is shamelessly Danish. It will forever hold a very dear place in my heart.

Oliver

Urban Symphony – “Rändajad” (Estonia 2009)

Every year watching Eurovision I looked forward to hearing the multitude of different languages that were on display, as it was not something that you got to experience very often. One entry that has stuck with me for years since originally being performed is Urban Symphony’s “Rändajad”. When I was younger I did not fully appreciate the majesty and beauty of this song. But having grown older I realise that I keep coming back to this song time and time again even to this day.

The Estonian language’s unique and beautiful tonalities give the song an air as though it came from a world other than our own, stealing your attention for three magical minutes. Sandra Nurmsalu synthesises something extraordinary with her wispy, ethereal voice and the subtle yet sophisticated staging back in Moscow created a moment in the arena that I will cherish forever.

Renske

Lena Valaitis – “Johnny Blue” (Germany 1981)

Motivational, emotional and inspiring. Those three words describe “Johnny Blue” at its best. The 1981 runner-up tells a tale about a blind boy, being bullied for his blindness by his peers and the neighbouring kids. While his bullies ask him questions like “What colour is the sun?”, Johnny Blue recognises that he won’t have a friend in them. Instead, he realises that his guitar is his only friend and he starts writing songs. Time will pass and Johnny Blue will become a famous songwriter, outselling stadiums.

What I liked so much about the song is the message of continuing with what you love and with what you’re good at even when others think you suck at it or make fun of you. In the words of wiwibloggs’ William: “If the world tells you no, you tell yourself yes”.

 

Pablo

Paula Seling & Ovi – “Playing with Fire” (Romania 2010)

It’s really hard for me to pinpoint any song as a standout or a fav to dominate all. But in all these years, the duet of Paula Seling and Ovi is the entry that stood out the test of time. This was perfect then and it’s just perfect now. Addictive instrumentals, perfect chemistry, Paula’s high notes, effects on the right time, iconic staging… Everything worked on studio and on stage, and is of the few entries I’d argue for their victory over the eventual winner. Yeah Yeah, Playing this Fire! P.S: Paula Seling (in that perfect outfit) is the most attractive performer to ever be on the Eurovision stage. Bar none.

William

Blanche – “City Lights” (Belgium 2017) 

The ESC250 is broadcast on the radio. And radio performances do not come with stage shows. As such I’ve got to make my decision based solely on the mastered studio cuts. And if there’s one studio cut that blew me away in the past decade it was definitely Blanche with “City Lights”. A purveyor of dark pop, Blanche puts her rich and melodic vocals to stellar use on the electro track, which was easily the best studio cut of the year in 2017.

Deliberately ignoring massive peaks and valleys, the song progresses in a linear fashion, adding dynamism through highly contemporary production that includes digital beats, electro-drumming and evolving rhythms. Such polished tracks can come off cold and sterile. But Blanche added warmth through her vulnerability and overt longing. There is pop music and then there is pop art, and this definitely belongs with the latter. It remains a go-to track for me when I’m stuck on the London Underground or on a plane. Love it!

There you go. Those are Team Wiwi’s favourite Eurovision songs of all time (1956-2018).

You can listen to this year’s ESC250 countdown live on ESC Radio tomorrow, 31st December, starting at 11:00 CET.

And remember, music is subjective. Eurovision is beautiful because of the diversity of acts/songs that participate. There is no wrong answer to the question “What is the best Eurovision song of all time?” (unless you didn’t vote, and then you have no right to complain about the result!).

So who did you vote for in this year’s ESC250? Do you think Loreen will hold on to the title once again? Or will another act take home the crown? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!

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1. Goodbye to Yesterday (Estonia 2015)
2. Moltiva (Serbia 2007)
3. Gravity (Ukraine 2013)
4. LoveWave (Armenia 2016)
5. Satellite (Germany 2010)

I also love Wild Dances, My Number One, Fairytale, 1944, Randajad, Rhythm Inside, When We’re Old is a new favorite… will forever be bitter about Elina and Stig only getting 7th in 2015. That song is a goddamn MASTERPIECE.

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I am bad at making lists of favorites, as they are always changing. The constant remains Vuelve Conmigo (Spain 1995) at number one. My others would include Netherlands 1993, Norway 1995, Italy 1964, Sweden 1974, Sweden 2006 (Carola forever), Croatia 1995, Israel 1979 and a whole lot of others. I love a lot of 21st century entries too, but because they are relatively recent, they can’t compete with the feelgood nostalgia of the ones I know since childhood. Thanks to a Eurovision compilation cassette I have grown up with a lot of these songs and have loved them for as… Read more »

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Hades

My top 10

1: Loreen – Euphoria (Sweden, 2012)
2: Eleni Foureira – Fuego (Cyprus, 2018)
3: Polina Gagarina – A Million Voices (Russia 2015)
4: Emelie de Forest – Only Teardrops (Denmark, 2013)
5: Sertab Erener – Everyway That I Can (Turkey, 2003)
6: Sanna Nielsen – Undo (Sweden, 2014)
7: Dihaj – Skeletons (Azerbaijan, 2017)
8: Ruslana – Wild Dances (Ukraine, 2004)
9: Sergey Lazarev – You’re The Only One (Russia, 2016)
10: Mei Finegold – Same Heart (Israel, 2014)

KESC
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KESC

1944
Goodbye To Yesterday
Grande Amore
We Could Be The Same
Rhythm Inside
Amar Pelos Dois
Euphoria
Skeletons
For Real
Drip Drop
Fairytale
Fuego

… are the ones I am always returning to listen to.

Of course there are a lot more. Eurovision really brought a lot of beautiful entries.

Btw Happy New Year to everyone. May your wishes come true. 🙂

Eurovision fan since 2014
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Eurovision fan since 2014

My top 3 would be (in no particular order):

Amina – Le dernier qui a parle (1991) – simply beatiful, love that oriental vibe inside
Edyta Górniak – To nie ja (1994) – my country’s first appearance, yet classy and subtle
Lenny Kuhr – De troubadour (1969) – I fell in love with this song, maybe because of the guitar or the language?

A special mention to Joelle Ursulle – White & Black blues (1990) – Serge was a genius!

Happy New Year to all of you! 😉

siranush
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siranush

Antranig is Armenian and he talks about gays? it is prohibited in armenia, and no people gays here. whats your purpose to bring western worlds sins to here??? you make wrong impression on armenian people this is unacceptable

Weßbrot
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Weßbrot

Lmao, what world do you live in? There are tons of gays in Armenia, but you better bet they’re not gonna tell you when they’re encountered with such homophobic people like you. Your neighbour could be gay and you’d never know. What are you doing here anyway? Eurovision is practically just a huge party for gay people, if you got a problem with them it’d be best for you to leave, honestly.

siranush
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siranush

how can you know better than me my neighbors and my country???i live here every day and i know facts. maybe there are 10 15 people who are activists. since we prohibited it can’t spread in our nation. but i see this website tries to show armenia wrong its not fair

Jo.
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Jo.

Apparently, 1944 is the only song that can challenge Loreen’s achievement.
I predict the Top 3 to be:
1. Euphoria
2. 1944
3. Grande Amore, City Lights or Amar Pelos Dois

Eyal
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Eyal

DIVA. Just Diva.

SpirK
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SpirK

1. Cyprus 2009 “Firefly”
2. United Kingdom 1985 “Love Is”
3. Ukraine 2016 “1944”
4. Serbia 2007 “Molitva”
5. Serbia 2008 “Oro”
6. Cyprus 2006 “Why Angels Cry”
7. Greece 1991 “Anixi”
8. Norway 2015 “A Monster like me”
9. Netherlands 2012 “You and me”
10. Sweden 2009 “La Voix”

Erasmus
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Erasmus

My top(I love so many songs, so this top is not 100% true, but I voted like this):

12p – Elina Born & Stig Rasta – Goodbye to Yesterday
10p – Nina Sublatti – Warrior
8p – Morland and Debrah Scarlett – A Monster Like Me
7p – Blanche – City Lights
6p – Loic Nottet – Rhythm Inside
5p – Madame Monsieur – Mercy
4p – Equinox – Bones
3p – Iveta Mukuchyan – Lovewave
2p – Softengine – Something Better
1p – Anouk – Birds

But I love like 30 other songs as much, but there wasn’t 40 points to give soo 🙁

Erasmus
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Erasmus

I should’ve vote for 1944 too, but I forgot haha

Nora
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Nora

Words cannot describe how much I *adore* Goodbye to Yesterday, even to this day. It is the best song I have ever heard period.

JJ Abrahames
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JJ Abrahames

music can be objective
VOlare is best eurovision song, because it is legendary and there no one in this world who doesnt know it

and as for subjactive, my best of all time are winners of 1995 and 1996

MrsJemsGinoble
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MrsJemsGinoble

It’s really hard to actually choose 10 songs to vote for, but the top 10 I voted for is:
1)Grande Amore-Il Volo(??2015)
2)Insieme-Toto Cutugno(??1990)
3)Nur Ein Lied-Thomas Forstner(??1989)
4)Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente-Ermal Meta&Fabrizio Moro(??2018)
5)Hold Me Now-Johnny Logan(??1987)
6)Kuula-Ott Lepland(??2012)
7)Gente Di Mare-Umberto Tozzi&RAF(??1987)
8)Everything-Anna Vissi(??2006)
9)Why Do I Always Get It Wrong-Live Report(??1989)
10)Life Looks Better In Spring-Jon Lilygreen&The Islanders(??2010)

Joe
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Joe

I love Life Looks Better In Spring! Very underrated song.

Roma
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Roma

1. Euphoria (Sweden 2012)
2. Always (Azerbaijan 2009)
3. 1944 (Ukraine 2016)
4. Kuula (Estonia 2012)
5. Non mi avete fatto niente (Italy 2018)
6. When the music dies (Azerbaijan 2012)
7. Señora do mar (Portugal 2008)
8. Grande amore (Italy 2015)
9. Rhythm Inside (Belgium 2015)
10. Amar pelos dois (Portugal 2017)

Héctor
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Héctor

I’ve listened to all Eurovision songs at some point, but I started watching Eurovision in its 2002 edition when I was a child (or at least those are the first memories I have). I like old songs, but my historical is filled with song from 2007 and onwards. I have a doc where I list all the songs every year and it’s very very hard to rank them and choose just ten, but I try to update the top each year. Having said that, this is my all-time top 10: 1. Germany 2018 – Michael Schulte – You Let Me… Read more »

Ron Kavaler
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EUPHORIA! Forever till the end of time 🙂
I couldn’t come up with a better one so i didn’t take part in this post 🙂

William Tench
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William Tench

My top 10:

1) LoveWave (Armenia, 2016)
2) Undo (Sweden, 2014)
3) La Forza (Estonia, 2018)
4) Children of the Universe (United Kingdom, 2014)
5) Heroes (Sweden, 2015)
6) Miracle (Romania, 2014)
7) Playing with Numbers (Ireland, 2015)
8) Warrior (Malta, 2015)
9) This Time (Lithuania, 2015)
10) Fuego (Cyprus, 2018)

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

To be honest, i have no idea for who i voted anymore but my top probably looked something like this:

1: kaliopi _ crno i belo
2: the common linnets – calm after the storm
3: aminata – love injected
4: pastora soler – quedate conmigo
5: teach in – ding a dong
6: jamala – 1944
7: urban symphony – randajad
8: texas lightning – no no never
9: kati wolf – what about my dreams?
10: ott lepland – kuula
A few honorable mentions are finland 2012, israel 2010, 2013 and 2014, and also edsilia rombley with “hemel en aarde”.

Weßbrot
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Weßbrot

Well, here’s my top 10:
1. “Rythm inside” Belgium 2015
2. “Rändajad” Estonia 2009
3. “Milim” Israel 2010
4. “Amar pelos dois” Portugal 2017
5. “Grande Amore” Italy 2015
6. “We could be the same” Turkey 2010
7. “Fairytale” Norway 2009
8. “Deli” Turkey 2008
9. “Midnight gold” Georgia 2016
10. “Love Injected” Latvia 2015

These ones were also considered: Finland 2014, Greece 2011, Italy & Czechia 2018, Bulgaria 2017, Ukraine 2013 and Georgia 2015… It was really tough.

Adam
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Adam

My top three are
1. Iceland 2016
2. Ukraine 2016
3. Denmark 2014

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Never done an overall ranking for all of the Eurovision entries but I think I know my favourite, Azerbaijan 2014.
Anything else would be open to change. 😉

escJack
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escJack

Love that song too!

Kiekko
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Kiekko

Hard Rock Hallelujah!

Paul
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Paul

I voted:

1- Armenia 2008
2 – Sweden 2008
3 – Spain 2012
4 – Russia 2016
5 – Latvia 2015
6 – Australia 2018
7 – Israel 2016
8 – France 2011
9 – Denmark 2007
10 – Netherlands 2014

It was really hard to decide though!!

Nicola
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Nicola

There are soo many songs I want to put in my Top 10. In the end, I went with this bunch)
My personal Top 10 of all time (not really in order):
1. Estonia 2015 (Should’ve won)
2. Bulgaria 2017
3. Denmark 2013
4. Norway 2009
5. Spain 2018 (I also could have potentially put Lithuania 2018 on this list as well)
6. Slovenia 2011 (Severely underrated)
7. Slovakia 2010 (Should’ve qualified)
8. Iceland 2016 (Should’ve qualified)
9. Ukraine 2013
10. Romania 2014 along with 2010 (one of the first Eurovision songs I ever heard, the other being Switzerland 2014)

Cedric
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1. Israel 2013
2. San Marino 2013
3. San Marino 2014
4. San Marino 2017
5. San Marino 2012

Dave
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Dave

Someone’s a Valentina Monetta fan. *wink*

Idan Cohen
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Idan Cohen

/kh/ exists in many European languages, including French, Portuguese, Dutch, Georgian and in softer version in Greek, German, Russian and Spanish. there’s nothing really special about it.

Khai is basically a middle finger in a form of a song.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

My all-time top 3 is still Poland 1994, Russia 2015 and Greece 2008

Rachel
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Rachel

This is harder than I thought it would be!

1) Italy 2015
2) Denmark 2010
3) Greece 2013
4) Norway 2009
5) Moldova 2018 (no honestly I love it! Really catchy!)

Thanos
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Thanos

Italy 2017 and 2018 for me!

AzeriChico
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AzeriChico

My Top 10:
1. Secret Garden – “Nocturne” (Norway 1995)
2. Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan – “Rock and Roll Kids” (Ireland 1994)
3. Marija Šerifovic – “Molitva” (Serbia 2007)
4. Olta Boka – “Zemren e lame peng” (Albania 2008)
5. Loreen – “Euphoria” (Sweden 2012)
6. Ani Lorak – “Shady Lady” (Ukraine 2008)
7. Sabina Babayeva – “When the Music Dies” (Azerbaijan 2012)
8. Conchita Wurst – “Rise Like a Phoenix” (Austria 2014)
9. Elina Born & Stig Rasta – “Goodbye to Yesterday” (Estonia 2015)
10. Jamala – “1944” (Ukraine 2016)

Joe
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Joe

Awesome top two! We share a favorite!

AzeriChico
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AzeriChico

Thank you! I love “Nocturne”, I wish we had more songs like that in Eurovision. I also love all the songs in your top.

PP77
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PP77

I m agree with Cristian, Luxembourg 1965 was a courageous entry ahead of its time and they did same in 1977 with their entry. Song have very provocative lyricks ( http://www.diggiloo.net/?1977lu) and because that Luxembourg didn t got any points from french speaking countites in contest from France,Monaco,Belgium and Switzerland. And staging was modern and senzual for that time, and Serbia 2007 took some idea from that staging ( backing vocals dreeses…)

PP77
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PP77

My TOP 5

1. Austria 1989
2.Luxembourg 1988
3.United Kingdom 1998
4.The Netherlands 1993
5.Iceland 1997
then Israel 1991…

My TOP 5 winners

1.Turkey 2003
2.Belgium 1986
3.Austria 2014
4.Denmark 1963
5.Spain 1969
then United Kingdom 1976…

MrsJemsGinoble
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MrsJemsGinoble

I am so happy someone appreciates the masterpiece Thomas Forstner brought in 1989…So underrated in ESC 250 every year…

PP77
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PP77

I think Austriac would won Eurovision 1989 with different singer outfit.

Paul
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Paul

I LOVE Thomas Forstner!! Agreed it’s always under rated in the top 250

PP77
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PP77

I forget to put on 3rd place Switzerland 1993

TOP 10 without winners
1.Austria 1989
2.Luxembourg 1988
3.Switzerland 1993
4.United Kingdom 1998
5..The Netherlands 1993

6.Iceland 1997
7.Israel 1991
8.Cyprus 1997
9.The Netherlands 1998
10. Spain 1989

TOP 5 with winners
1.Turkey 2003
2.Austria 1989
3.Luxembourg 1988
4.Switzerland 1993
5.United Kingdom 1998

Pasadena
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Pasadena

1. Euphoria, Sweden 2012
2. Amar pelos dois, Portugal 2017
3. Eres tu, Spain 1973
4. Everyway that I can, Turkey 2003
5. Tu te reconnaitras, Luxemburg 1973
6. Ne partez pas sans moi, Switzerland 1988
7. Flieger, Germany 1989
8. Gente di mare, Italy 1987
9. Su cancion, Spain 1979
10. Insieme, Italy 1990

Rom
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1) Rise Like a Phoenix – Austria 2014
2) 1944 – Ukraine 2016 ( both 2 and 1 are tied)
3) Si la vie cadeaux- Luxemburg 1983
4) Diva – Isreal 1998 ( my birth year)
5) When we’re old – Lithuania 2018 (makes me cry)
6) Quedate Conmigo – Spain 2012
7) Et s’il fallait le faire – France 2009
8) Shady Lady – Ukraine 2008 (makes me feel like a bad b#$ch)
9) A matter of time – Belgium 2018 (my most played song of 2018)
10) Amar Pelos dois – Portugal 2017 ( makes me cry as well)
Best from Texas!

Toffeenix
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Toffeenix

My vote was:
12pts: Goodbye to Yesterday (EE’15)
10pts: Fairytale (NO’09)
8pts: Non mi avete fatto niente (IT’18)
7pts: Alcohol is Free (GR’13)
6pts: 1944 (UA’16)
5pts: Molitva (RS’07)
4pts: Amar pelos dois (PT’17)
3pts: Diggiloo Diggiley (SE’84)
2pts: The War Is Not Over (LV’05)
1pt: Suus (AL’12)
Looking back at that list, PT’17 and RS’07 really need to be higher and I can’t believe I missed Not Alone (AM’14), perhaps my favourite Eurovision song. Must have hit a mind-blank.

Apple
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Apple

Well, in my delightful opinion:
1. 1944 (Ukraine 2016)
2. Love Injected (Latvia 2015)
3. Origo (Hungary 2016)
4. Kuula (Estonia 2012)
5. LoveWave (Armenia 2016)
6. Hallelujah (Israel 1979)
7. Non Ho L’eta (Italy 1964)
8. Water (Bulgaria 2007)
9. Eres Tú (Spain 1973)
10. Taken By A Stranger (Germany 2011)

Joe
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Joe

My pick, now and forever, is Nocturne by Secret Garden. My top 10, which I submitted for the 250, was:
1) Nocturne by Secret Garden (Norway 1995)
2) Amar pelos Dois by Salvador Sobral (Portugal 2017)
3) Waterloo by ABBA (Sweden 1974)
4) Love Shine a Light by Katrina and the Waves (UK 1997)
5) Hi by Ofra Haza (Israel 1983)
6) Satellite by Lena (Germany 2010)
7) Fiumi di parole by Jalisse (Italy 1997)
8) A Monster Like Me by Morland and Debrah Scarlett (Norway 2015)
9) The Voice by Eimear Quinn (Ireland 1996)
10) Rock and Roll Kids by Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan (Ireland 1994)

Simon H
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Simon H

Jalisse should have won in 1997, that’s my favourite Eurovision song of all time, after this song was criminally underrated Italy took a 14 year break!!!!

Joe
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Joe

Tons of good songs from ‘97 (really, ‘94-‘98 was one of the strongest stretches in Eurovision history). It’s practically a tie for me between Italy and the UK for me, but I give the UK the edge because I heard it first and I adore the orchestration for that song.

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

I’m with Natalie here, Emmelie de Forest is definitely my all-time favorite! I’d also like to mention Germany 1982, Romania 2010, Bulgaria 2016, Serbia 2008, and Israel 1979.

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

That said, here’s my top 10:
1) Only Teardrops – Denmark 2013
2) Fairytale – Norway 2009 (though this very well may be not included since it’s about as popular as Euphoria)
3) Ein Bisschen Frieden – Germany 1982
4) Playing With Fire – Romania 2010
5) If Love Was A Crime – Bulgaria 2016
6) Oro – Serbia 2008
7) Hallelujah – Israel 1979
8) Nocturne – Norway 1995
9) Lejla – B&H 2006
10) 1944 – Ukraine 2016

Jan Henryon
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Dami Im was unforgettable in her performance of Sound of Silence. She left an imprint on my soul with that haunting, moving song!

Adam
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Adam

Sanomi by Urban Trad is so underrated 🙁

Apple
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Apple

Sanomi is fantastic

PP77
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PP77

Sanomi for me is so overrated in points in Eurovision like their song from 1978, 1998, 2015, 2017 (good song but not good siner) and they are so underrated in 1979, 1981, 1983, 1988

Joe
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Joe

You like Rendezvous? That’s a new one.

Joe
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Joe

There were a few songs that came desperately close to my top ten but space was limited, and Sanomi was one of them. I’d also give honorable mentions to:
Non mi avete fatto niente (Italy 2018)
White and Black Blues (France 1990)
Rhythm Inside (Belgium 2015)
Fairytale (Norway 2009)
1944 (Ukraine 2016)
O meu coracao nao tem cor (Portugal 1996)
Weil’s dr guat got (Austria 1996)
Shir Habatlanim (Israel 1987…listened to this song many more times than I probably should’ve)
Hemel en aarde (Netherlands 1998)
Kinek mondjam el vetkeimet (Hungary 1994)
Calm After the Storm (Netherlands 2014)

Mee
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Mee

One and only – JAMALA!!! <3

Mee
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Mee

… not only the Eurovision song, but that is the song that gave me the biggest emotions ever! I’ve listened to it every day after the semifinal (ca. 200 times 🙂 ) and I had goosebumps every single time when the final of the song comes and the tree rises up… I will never forget that feeling! Thank you Jamala for that!

John
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John

1944 one love
Jamala my Queen

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

In recent years: City Lights. Spheric and mystical and uncontested in the department of “listenable outside the Eurovision bubble”. Also: A Monster like me.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Both have in common that the staging was not up to par with the song, though. 🙁

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

* on par

Ethan1994
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Ethan1994

I thought I was the only one who felt that way about both of those songs.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Both could have been winners with better staging, in my opinion. Especially the staging for “A Monster like me” was painfully lazy.

Jo.
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Jo.

Mine is Calm After the Storm.