The house of Team Wiwibloggs is hustling in the last hours of 2018. Canapés are all around, wine and champagne are flowing and there are some Eurovision bops playing in the background. We’ll be dancing 2018 off in a few hours!
We want to share with you ten ideas to make your New Year’s Eve party a bit better. These songs are already modern classics of Eurovision and they deserve to blow the speakers on the first night of 2019. Get ready to dance with us, nanani-ninanajna!
Elena Risteska – “Ninanajna” (FYR Macedonia 2006)
Elena Risteska says she can make Shakira and Beyoncé dance for you. We’re pretty sure she hasn’t accomplished that challenge, but she has definitely been making Eurovision fans twerk for the last 12 years. Is there a better way to wash down tonight’s alcohol than shaking your ass to the queen of Skopje’s rhythm? If there is, we don’t need to know!
Sunstroke Project – “Hey Mamma!” (Moldova 2017)
Your friends or family may not be the Euro-fan type, so taking over the Spotify account and playing a hardcore Eurovision playlist may not always go down well amongst your guests. There you’ll have two options: either getting rid of them, because who cares about them anymore if they dislike Eurovision; or start with something they’ll remember. “Hey Mamma” is that song. There’s no way they can resist to shake their feet!
Eleni Foureira – “Fuego” (Cyprus 2018)
Apart from being a global success in 2018, “Fuego” is an empowering anthem. You don’t need to have Eleni’s flawless hair or master her skilful choreography. According to the diva herself, we all have ‘fuego’ inside. Is there a better thing to say to begin a new year than “‘Cause I’m burning up, and I ain’t cooling down”? Kick 2019 off with a boost of self-confidence and rejoice in one of the biggest hits Eurovision 2018 left us.
Elena Gheorghe – “The Balkan Girls” (Romania 2009)
New Year’s Eve is time for you to unwind. And what a better way of starting a year than with gin tonic and lime, and dancing to a crazy half-Romanian, half-tropical beat. Surprise your friends with the flawless choreography that Romania brought in 2009 and prove to them that you like to party like nobody, like nobody. For crowd delight, you’ll shine all night!
Euroband – “This is My Life” (Iceland 2008)
Not everything in New Year’s Eve has to involve dancing. You also need a moment to sing your ass off, and Euroband’s Euro pop hit “This is My Life” is just perfect for that. Scatter some confetti, jump on the table and shine like you’re singing in front of 180 million people… and not in front of your drunk friends.
Poli Genova – “If Love Was a Crime” (Bulgaria 2016)
By this stage, you’ve already transformed New Year’s Eve into your party night. After the singing moment, you need a bit of dancing to get people back to the dance floor. Poli’s chicken dance is the right thing to do! “If Love Was a Crime” is an anthem, and by the end of it you’ll have your friends yelling “O dai mi lyubovta!”
Kalomira – “Secret Combination” (Greece 2008)
A modern classic of Eurovision, “Secret Combination” brings the over-the-top quality to your playlist. Kalomira’s tune is one of the secrets to the success of your party. Just get everybody shaking their bodies to that bridge! Few songs in Eurovision history get a party started like this one.
Mikolas Josef – “Lie To Me” (Czech Republic 2018)
Perhaps you need to get a little cheeky at this point, and Mikolas Josef’s “Lie To Me” is the song for it. This is one of the holy trinity of bops in 2018, and you just need to drop it like it’s hot and bop-whoop-a-lu bop on his wood bamboo every time you hear it.
Jessy Matador – “Allez olá olé!” (France 2010)
Get tribal at the end of the night, and if there’s anyone who has survived to all the previous dancing, make them jump around with France’s 2010 bop. “Allez olá olé!” is not just great fun, but also a great way to lose the calories you got after having too many canapés!
Netta – “Toy” (Israel 2018)
Of course, the only proper way to wave goodbye to 2018 is by playing the Eurovision winner, which happens to be a frenzy of beats, chicken noises and voice loops. Netta’s “Toy” will finish its reign as current Eurovision winner in a few months, but its contribution to partying will last forever.
Here are ten ideas for a Eurovision-themed New Year’s Eve party, but this contest has given many other bops. Which ones will you be playing tonight? What else would you include on your playlist? Tell us in the comment section below!