Top NF songs 2019 2016

We’re moving on to the second part of our countdown of the top national final songs of 2019, as voted by the members of Team Wiwi. With the competition closer than ever, the top 20 is packed full of some of our real favourites.

Check out the next five songs below, with five different countries and multiple languages all represented in the countdown today!

20. “KAOS” — Raiven (Slovenia)

Just what does Raiven have to do to win EMA? On her third attempt, Raiven once again saw victory just taken away from her, finishing as runner-up for the second time. Lea Sirk was even visibly shocked when “KAOS” failed to send Raiven to Tel Aviv.

In many ways, “KAOS” is the opposite of the victorious “Sebi”. Whereas Zala and Gasper were understated and barely staged their act, Raiven let us have it. Aggressive and in-your face, matched with some serious voguing, it’s yet another NF classic for Raiven.

19. “Brutalero” — Luka Nizetic (Croatia)

After a rumoured comeback didn’t pan out in 2018, Croatia’s Dora returned for the first time since 2011. And whilst there weren’t many standout performances in the field, it would be impossible to ignore “Brutalero”.

Luka Nizetic’s bold and brash performance made him immediately stand out amongst the pack. Perhaps for that reason, it was either a love/hate affair for him with the Dora jury, which meant he only finished 3rd overall (despite finishing 2nd on the televise). Team Wiwi certainly lean more towards the “love” though!

18. “Là-haut” — Chimène Badi (France)

With millions of album sales behind her name, Chimène Badi was easily one of the biggest names of this year’s Destination Eurovision. And she lived up to her reputation with the anthemic “La-haut”.

Chimène served up some big vocals too, and it’s hard to deny how catchy the song proves to be. A respectable third place in the DE final was her result in the end, and she takes a spot on our countdown too.

17. “En livredd mann” — Mørland (Norway)

After Alexander Rybak’s return in 2018, it seems Norway wasn’t quite feeling having another returning act go to Eurovision. But the fact that Mørland’s “En livredd mann” didn’t even make the superfinal rounds at Melodi Grand Prix is still something we’re trying to understand.

Showing off the Norwegian language, Mørland proved that “A Monster Like Me” was certainly not a one-off. Taking us on a journey both through the song and staging, this was a real shock to see it stumble at MGP.

16. “League of Light” — Julie & Nina (Denmark)

The televote favourite in Denmark – but that wasn’t quite enough for Julie & Nina to take the ticket to Tel Aviv. “League of Light” brought us a taste of Greenlandic to Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, and quickly became a favourite with many fans.

The duo kept their staging simple for the performance, instead allowing their vocals to do the work for them. The 50/50 split meant that whilst the public “League of Light” over “Love is Forever”, the jury took victory away from them. We’ll just have to hope they make a return soon to introduce a new language to Eurovision!

Tomorrow, we move on to our top 15! Are any of the songs in this section your national final favourite? Let us know all your thoughts down in the comments below.

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20- I’ll get a lot of down votes for this, but for some reason I dislike KAOS (but I like Raiven). There’s something about it that bugs me, and I’m yet to know why. 19- Surprisingly good live, but meh. 18- The French NF was my favourite NF out of all of them, and I really like this song. However, I always hear these kind of songs on the radio, which really take the magic away from this song. 17- My number 1, followed by the actual winner, in the Norwegian selection. So disappointed that he didn’t get to the… Read more »

Stevan
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Stevan

I know that Boje by Gipsykord will be excluded from this list cuz robbed skinny bop aswell as Samo Bez Straha by Nataša & Una

Peter M
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Laura Bretan should be number 1 because she should actually be going to Eurovision

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I’m still crushed Mørland didn’t make the superfinal. It was no doubt the best song in this years MGP (with KEiiNO being a close runner up)

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Hrvatska

I am sad that Raiven for the third time said goodbye to the ticket, on esc I read one comment that Slovenes do not like Raiven, for several reasons, firstly, colorful hair and music that creates, I listen to each day in my mind Kaos, I listen to the perfect music among the five songs of REM sleep phase that are excellent. Unfortunately, while RTV Slo organizes Ema Raiven, she will never win, she has great potential, recently she said she sings songs only in Slovenian, because she wants to promote her small country Slovenia added that singing about love… Read more »

Kji
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Raiven should’ve won with KAOS. It’s masterpiece and she is out of this world. Love.

L'oiseau
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L'oiseau

Morland was soooo much better than Keiino, in my opinion. In turn, Brutalero?… C’mon, you must be joking!.. Thank God this did not pass.

Una
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Una

I start from the premise that En livredd mann was very high in the televote and that is was brought down by the juries. I can’t prove that but that’s what I think. Making a parallel to the scandal in Romania where two fan favourites did not win because of lower jury points, my hypothesis is that NRK want to avoid a scandal involving the juries. Thus they don’t explain, Even though this hypothesis can be trumped by the fact that a song very high up in the fandom has won. And that En livredd mann could have not been… Read more »

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Colin

My Top 25 (continued):
20. Laura Bretan: Dear Father (Romania) – Despite still being cautious about the lyrics, I have to say – what a voice!
19. Grete Paia: Kui isegi kaotan (Estonia) – Amazingly constructed song, especially the bridge.
18. Silvan Areg: Allez leur dire (France) – One of the most memorable performances this season.
17. Lisa Ajax: Torn (Sweden) – What a change of pace for Lisa, delivering such emotion!
16. Jana: Viktorija (Serbia) – Quite a special song with a unique form and very mysterious lyrics.

Tibor
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I cannot unhear the “Dear Father” lyrics – they sound more and more like child abuse to me. Musically, this would also belong in my top 25, but as a whole, I just can’t enjoy it any longer.

romanian
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romanian

Yes, so good we got rid of that stupid song. The lyrics sound like computer generated cliches. I hate when song writers think the voice is enough. If a good voice has a lazy song, deserves to crush and burn.

Una
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Una

Given all the hype I *tried* to give DF a chance. I did get goosebumps at some parts music-wise and I appreciated some parts. But I kept thinking about the lyrics. I didn’t care too much for the religious message but juries’ assessments were in the back of my mind had the song won SN. I analysed the lyrics and found they were not following any logic. My English is not perfect nor am I a lyricist but I thought and still think that the lyrics were illogical and cringe. And I do understand the concept of metaphor. Still cringe.… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

It perhaps has a “cult” vibe at times. Musically, it’s stunning. Laura’s voice is outstanding. I really have some mixed feelings here, but I felt it belongs among the highest quality songs nonetheless.

Colin
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Colin

Based on the composition and voice, as well as lyrics in a different contexts (religious movie, for instance), I just felt I have to include this. Unlike other songs I find the best, DF is not something I frequently listen to. If I were to replace it in my top with another song, it would be Makeda’s “The Day I Loved You Most”. It was my favorite from Germany, but as I didn’t rate Germany (there was no time), I didn’t officially include it. However, I revisited that song few days ago, and now I think it should be here… Read more »

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You’re so methodical, Colin … I just jotted down the songs that got stuck in my head and tried to put them in some kind of order – now I feel a bit amateurish … 😉 It’s not the religious undertone that bothers me in “Dear Father”, I can cope with that, it’s what Una refers to as a “incestuous romantic love message”. I am not able to look past it: What does she mean by “I think about you every single time, nothing will ever be the same, who knows who is to blame”? That doesn’t sound religious to… Read more »

Colin
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Colin

I’m just rating them as a hobby, but thanks nonetheless. 🙂

I got those lyrics as old testament level infatuation. You know, like “Put thy Lord first”. I didn’t see anything explicitly romantic in any way, although I find it somewhat “off”. It’s nice believing and all, but blind devotion to anything from someone so young seems a bit awkward. Just my personal opinion.

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Thank you, Colin, I really appreciate you trying to answer my question – and I hope I do not sound judgemental or self-righteous, because that is not my intention at all. If you don’t hear what I hear in these lyrics, then all the better. I’m not quite sure if I 100% understand your take on them, though. I see the blind devotion you’re talking about, but I still don’t understand what blame has to do with it. Perhaps she’s just singing about the blame that is so inseparable from certain forms of protestantism that it’s just there. Then, I… Read more »

Anca
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Anca

Apart from “blame”, I don’t understand what “now or never” means. Do you say that to god or father?

Una
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Una

Tibor, I find the lyrics all over the place. Some examples: 1. “Sweet father … my heart stops beating when I look in your eyes”. 2. “This love is taking over, don’t let me go”. 3. “You keep me warm inside”, 4. “Father, sweet father, oh I die, I think about you every single time”. All these messages seem to me an expression of love from a romantic perspective but the fact that she’s addressing those words to her *father* makes my mind boggle. Thus my perception of “incestuous romantic love message”. Had this song been a love song I… Read more »

Tibor
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Hey, Una :), yes, I know what you mean and tend to agree, but the examples you cite could also be interpreted as devotion: She’s so overwhelmed with the divine that her heart stops beating, she feels warm inside, she (almost) dies etc. In these instances it could be just us being so accustomed to these phrases being associated with romantic love that we have this uneasy reaction although they could as well describe a spiritual experience. Same goes for Anca’s example: The “now or never” could be interpreted as her asking, if every minute she doesn’t completely devote to… Read more »

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As readers can see, DF has provoked more discussion here than any other “top” song that didn’t make it. I don’t hear the creepiness in the lyrics, personally. I just see them as spiritual rather than practical. The singer’s voice is extraordinary, and enhances the song so well. It finished 2nd in its National Final, and was the public’s winner. Normally, I would expect DF to easily top this list as number one. However, we all understand why it will not appear in this list at all.

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Film

Raiven, kaos and the stage were amazing.

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When the NF songs are better than the actual eurovision songs… this is a shame…

tom
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tom

nobody wants to win

eef
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eef

I hope Wiwi hasn’t forgotten A Dal 2019… sure the song level from this year is not as great as 2018 but there still were gems!!!

Polegend Godgarina
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thank u for including là-haut, it’s excellent

Will
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Mørland should have been in the gold final – I blame the bizarre jury votes! I love KEiiNO but would’ve been behind En Livredd Mann too!

Polegend Godgarina
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he got one vote juss like keiino. the two-way final was still gonna be the bubble vs spirit in the sky

esc stan
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esc stan

This article came at a perfect time XD Brutalero music video has been released and the song has a slight revamp https://youtu.be/JHqa0njl7CQ

Kris
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Kris

League of light should have won in Denmark

Whisker
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Whisker

I was rooting for them but with that performance I was not surprised they didnt win

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Something else should’ve won in Denmark, that’s for sure.

Kris
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Kris

It would be a Bit funny if dear father were to appear on this list

Yaa
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Yaa

Grinding my axe

Tibor
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Tibor

I guess my top 25 of songs that didn’t make it will be very different, still no match. 🙂 20. Barbora Mochowa – True Colors: I really thought, this would go to Eurovision, but Lake Malawi was a very close second, so … everything went fine in the Czech Republic. 19. Lumevärv feat. Inga – Milline päev: Eesti Laul was a big disappointment for me this year, my favorite got eliminated in the semis and my favorite in the final didn’t even make it to the round of the last three. Inga sang this really well and was great on… Read more »

eef
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eef

Oh yay, another one out here who liked Gerg? Szekér’s song!

Colin
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Colin

Thanks for including Madar, repulj. Absolutely love that song. 🙂

Tibor
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Tibor

Hungary kind of passed me by, there were so many songs, and in the beginning they only gave you these 30-second-snippets that didn’t really tell you anything about the song … I got tired of this lengthy teasing process rather quickly. But now and then I stumbled across one or the other song, when it was finally released – and this one was sung so well live and put so thoughtfully together, I was absolutely sure that it would be a contender for the win. Then the final of A Dal happened …

ESCFan2009
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ESCFan2009

“Là-haut” is an amazing song with message and impressive vocals. The official video gave me goosebumps! Y’all need to watch it! 😀

Adam
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Adam

If ‘En livredd mann’ had won, it would’ve been in my Top 10 for sure.

Laurentiu
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Laurentiu

that “brutalero” song is strangely enjoyable. a latino dance song that does not take itself seriously and does not pretend it’s slick and expensive. it practically screams “I’m trashy and I know it”, and neither Luca Hanni’s song nor Tamta’s does that.
and still Croatia sent a “brutalerolly” boring power ballad.

Emma
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Emma

patiently waiting for tower of babylon

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Just Mørland for me. Come on, Wiwi! Take this a little seriously!

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

These are all strong entries, but Mørland’s songwriting is in a different league to the others. Even if I don’t like this particular song, I would put Mørland in the top 10 simply for the quality.

Edouard
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Edouard

Apart from Mørland (who truly was robbed) and Chimène Badi, I don’t really agree with this selection. Raiven’s song is just noise (how anyone can actually enjoy listening to that is beyond me) and Julie and Nina’s ‘League of Light’ is plagiarised so has no merit whatsoever.

Whisker
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Whisker

What do you mean is plagiarised?

Edouard
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Edouard

Alessia Cara – Scars to your Beautiful

Christian
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Christian

Kaos was Raivens weakest song. And that Croatian attempt called Brutalero was my last place. Sorry.

Colin
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Colin

As a Croatian, I have to admit I strongly dislike Brutalero too. However, I see it has many fans, so I assume we would have better chance among ESC fans.