So how about that weather? While Europe swelters under record-breaking temperatures, we’ve turned to Eurovision and national finals and picked out some of our favourite songs that are all about water, rivers, ice, fountains and just generally feeling cool when you’re burning up. So get yourself a cold drink and cool down with these eight songs.
1. Margaret – “Cool Me Down” (Krajowe Eliminacje 2016, 2016)
Margaret sets the scene with the chorus to her Polish national final hit: “I’m hotter than fire, water can’t cool me down”. We relate to this too much. But while Margaret is all about her fiery heat, the video at least contains scenes of the cool, refreshing water. It might not be able to cool Margaret down, but we’re happy to take out chances.
2. Jedward – “Waterline” (Ireland, 2012)
Jedward returned to Eurovision with an upbeat pop song packed full of nautical metaphors. But it’s not just the song that had us feeling refreshed. Their Eurovision performance was staged with cool blue themes and featured a fountain in the middle of the stage. If Jedward aren’t doing anything with their fountain, we would like to borrow it right now.
3. Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani – “Waterfall” (Georgia, 2013)
A wise woman once sang, “Don’t go chasing waterfalls”, but in this weather the thought of cooling off under a waterfall is very appealing. We’re feeling Nodi and Sophie, who delivered their power ballad, where they reckoned, “Your love is pouring down on me/You’re my waterfall”.
4. Safura “Drip Drop” (Azerbaijan, 2010)
It’s not all waterfalls — sometimes it’s just the smallest amount of water that makes a difference. In 2010 Safura delivered the electro ballad “Drip Drop”, where she said sang “I don’t know how to stop/These tear drops/That drip drop, drip drop”.
5. Samir & Viktor – “Bada nakna” (Melodifestivalen 2016)
Swedish influencers Samir & Viktor had “Bada nakna”, their ode to skinny dipping. They didn’t just deliver a song about ripping off one’s clothes and jumping in the fountain at Sergels Torg — they reenacted it on stage. It was a wet and messy good time for all.
6. Agnete – “Icebreaker” (Norway, 2016)
If there’s one thing that goes down a treat on a hot day, it’s ice. Agnete served Scandi ice princess realness with her song “Icebreaker”. She promised to “be your icebreaker/When you’re stuck in frozen water”. But we’d just like Agnete to know that at the moment we’re happy to be spending time around frozen things.
7. Elitsa Todorova & Stoyan Yankoulov – “Water” (Bulgaria, 2007)
The Bulgarian percussion power duo delivered “Water”. The song was a tale of the fair maiden Mitra who would sing by the river. It was enough to charm a local fellow on a pony. Honestly though, we’re more interested in that river — so cool, so refreshing. But just a warning: some of the staging includes fiery themes.
8. Rambo Amadeus – “Euro Neuro” (Montenegro, 2012)
There was a lot going on with the lyrics to Euro Neuro, but Rambo Amadeus had one message that we can relate to. In the climax of the song, the experimental jazz artist asserts: “I got only one rule, always stay cool like a swimming pool”. We relate to this so much right now.
What do you think? What other Eurovision songs make you feel cool? How do you like to cool off when temperatures are high? Share your favourites below!