Eurovision top tracks 10 to 1 2019

It’s 2020 (or as good as). But before we open up for Rotterdam, it’s time to look back at 2019 one more time. Because, after five days, we’ve reached the top ten of our Tracks of 2019 countdown.

As usual, the team from wiwibloggs voted for their favourite 2019 releases and recordings by and featuring Eurovision stars. Songs which competed at Eurovision or national finals were excluded (they’ve been analysed to death in our jury reviews), as were artists who have yet to compete on the Eurovision stage.

After considering well over 100 songs, we eventually settled on our top 50. And now, it’s time to reveal our top picks. It wasn’t easy.

But what song will join Loreen’s “We Got The Power”Emmelie De Forest’s “Drunk Tonight”Lena’s “Traffic Lights”, Loïc Nottet’s “Million Eyes” and “Mud Blood”  and Iveta Mukuchyan’s “Hayastani Axjikner” in our Hall of Fame? The countdown is almost over.

Songs by Eurovision artists in 2019: Our top tracks (10 to 1)

10. Netta “Nana Banana”

What we said: Slightly more mid-tempo compared to her previous tracks, “Nana Banana” once again sees the “Toy” hit-maker bringing her personality and positive energy into her music. Lyrically, Netta is comfortable doing her own thing. Other people might be trying to mould her into something else, but she makes it known that she does things her own way: “They keep calling my name / I’m not hearing nothing / NaNa BaNaNa / I do what I wanna”. Y’all hear sumn? Cuz Netta doesn’t! (Jonathan)

9. Eleni Foureira “El Ritmo Psicodélico”

What we said: Sticking to her guns, the lyric video even features a cartoon Eleni popping, locking and dropping to the psychedelic rhythm. It certainly doesn’t require a lot of effort to picture the real Eleni making our jaws drop with some fierce choreography to this track. It’s also a perfect expansion of her discography, building on the success of “Fuego” and subsequent hits “Caramela” and “Tómame“. (Antranig)

Previous top tracks: “Loquita” (#28 in 2019),  “Triumph” (#48 in 2019), “Tómame” (#3 in 2018), “Caramela” (#22 in 2018)

8. Hatari “Klámstrákur”

What we said: While the song title “Klámstrákur” literally translates to “Porn Boy”, Matthias Tryggvi Haraldson explained that “Filthy boy” is a more fitting translation. “Porn in Icelandic is a broader term, it can be interpreted in different ways. Filthy is more in spirit with the track.” The music video features Klemens as the titular “filthy boy”. He spends much of the video clad in only his trademark leather BSDM gear and delivers some impressive pole-dancing moves. Contrasting with Klemens is Matthias, who portrays what he describes as the “screamingly repressed masculine counterpart”. (Robyn)

Previous top tracks: “Klefi / Samed” (#13 in 2019)

7. Wurst “Hit Me”

What we said: With a new look and a new thumping electronic sound, Tom Neuwirth is yet again pushing the boundaries of his alter ego.“Hit me with the bullets you make up in your head” is the new chant of empowerment in his latest track “Hit Me”, written and produced by Eva Klampfer and Albin Janoska respectively. Bold, sassy and unapologetic, WURST gives his fans a deeper insight into his private life. He takes the reign of control by serving as the creative director for his video releases, and providing self-styling. (Deban)

Previous top tracks: “You Are Unstoppable” (#2 in 2015), “Firestorm” (#4 in 2015)

6. Lena “Better”

What we said: Lena sings the first verse of the song. It builds up in its production before transitioning into the pre-chorus. There, Nico Santos comes in for the first time. Their vocals harmonise well and lead into a contemporary pop chorus. The catchy post-chorus keeps the momentum going before Nico Santos takes on the second verse. In the final chorus, their strong vocal game is audible once more. (Florian)

Previous top tracks: “Love” (#20 in 2019), “Don’t Lie To Me” (#23 in 2019), “Thank You” (#5 in 2018), “Lost In You” (#20 in 2017), “If I Wasn’t Your Daughter” (#24 in 2017), “Beat To My Melody” (#9 in 2016),  “Traffic Lights” (#1 in 2015), “Wild & Free” (#14 in 2015)

5. Ruth Lorenzo “Underworld”

What we said: Spain’s 2014 Eurovision star unleashes her power vocals and oozes sensuality while she prepares to exhume her lover’s body, which, of course, had been buried in the underworld. During the story, images of Ruth portrayed as a goddess and a devil appear. One minute she’s dancing with a choir of “angels” with white and golden gowns, and the next, she’s a blood thirsty devil sitting on an iron throne. (Luis)

Previous top tracks: “Good Girls Don’t Lie” (#8 in 2017), “99” (#9 in 2015), “Echo” (#26 in 2015), “Gigantes” (#10 in 2014)

4. Luca Hänni “Bella Bella”

What we said: Another upbeat number with plenty of spice layered over a dance beat. “Bella Bella” is a nice continuation of “She Got Me” — it has the same authentic near Eastern sound and is beyond catchy. Within a day of its release it has already hit #1 in Switzerland. (Esma)

3. Netta “Bassa Sababa”

What we said: Seemingly just as catchy as her winning song and hit single “Toy”, the new track uses the Arabic/Hebrew slang words for “Bummer, that’s cool” and is all about Netta’s roller-coaster ride following her newfound fame. Never one for being basic, the accompanying music video lets us into Netta’s Willy-Wonka-style world of pink via a video game. Even Nintendo’s Mario would be afraid to level up in this game as the video features a glittery pink rhinoceros charging at a man who left the Israeli singer standing alone at the altar. (Julia)

Previous top tracks: “Nana Banana” (#10 in 2019)

2. Mahmood “Barrio”

What we said: With “Barrio” — that’s Spanish for neighborhood — Mahmood continues the theme of connectivity we saw in “Soldi”. Once again he builds the song around relationships — in this instance friendships — creating an ode to the every day. A Latin slap in the face, the track comes with a contemporary beat that mixes exotic elements like a flamenco guitar with Mahmood’s signature sound. Inspired by the great Francisco Tarerega, who composed the well-known piece “Capricho Arabe” back in 1892, it unites Arabic and Spanish culture. (Florian)

Previous top tracks: “Calipso” (#16 in 2019)

1. Duncan Laurence “Love Don’t Hate It”

What we said: The song makes it clear just how versatile Duncan is as a songwriter and performer. This track goes in an entirely new direction from his Eurovision winner. The vibe is more urban and thrusting but still wrapped up in a smooth and glossy production Instrumentation is key. The prominent guitar during the first verse is later joined by piano and electronic elements to create a heady mix of emotion and texture. The first chorus is only a small tease of the drama to come as Duncan eventually snakes through elements of electronic, rock and pop. (Florian)

Our Top Tracks of 2019 ranking is determined by independent votes from a panel of wiwibloggers. They are William, Robyn, Jonathan, Antranig, Pablo, Cinan, Florian, Ari, Mario, Tom and Padraig.

What songs do you think should feature on the list? Are you surprised by our choices so far? Let us know in the comments.

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Sad how 2016-2017 winners were completely ignored. Salvador released a while new album “Paris, Lisboa” and had a European tour, while Jamala also recorded a couple of new tracks.

Jamala’s new songs:
Solo: https://youtu.be/GzkkuARFZWk
???? ?????? (Tsina pravdy) for the movie Mr. Jones: https://youtu.be/z6F6P3tTJw8

Collaborations:
w/ Jah Khalib – ????? (Kokhayu):
https://youtu.be/8YEnrbrcAqE
w/ alyona alyona – ??????? (Zabyrai):
https://youtu.be/B7cG7IgXK94
w/ Yarmak and others – ?????? ????? (Dobryi vechir):
https://youtu.be/AL72e2dwNdc

Salvador’s “Anda estragar-me os planos” video from the new album:
https://youtu.be/klqA9HPgsho

Yerevan is calling
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Yerevan is calling

Looked through the list. Tbh I’m surprised that I couldn’t find in this list Aram MP3’s “Alabalanitsa” and “Kuzes”, Iveta Mukuchyan’s “United”, Sirusho’s “Zoma zoma”……

Fatima
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Fatima

Places 1-2-4 same as May 18th

Alex
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Alex

Top 2 is made out of Mahmoud and Duncan. COINCIDENCE??

Vic
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Vic

It is preposterous that no song of Salvador Sobral’s album has even made it to this top 50, especially knowing that he has toured all over Europe with full houses.

Alaska
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Alaska

My point exactly.

Ana
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Ana

His music appeals to very few and specific people. I guess those ”full houses” were not very big.

Vic
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Vic

You are wrong. They were very big actually. The Opera Houses in Rykyavik or Frankfurt, which are huge. And even if they don’t have mass appeal at least one song should be included in top 50.

Anita
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Anita

I agree!

Anita
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Anita

Is there any interesting opinion about Hit me? What do you think about the song? I can’t really argue why, I prefer and was touched more by See me now (especially music and text).

jeicjsjf
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jeicjsjf

AMAZING top 3!!!

Natalie
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Natalie

Lena was my Spotify artist of the decade for a good reason! Her music is amazing! Better should’ve been top 3 in my opinion.

Vangelis vt
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Vangelis vt

I like them both (and I voted for Duncan, not Mahmood back in May) but of course “Barrio” is better than “Love don’t hate it”. Come on.

yom124
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yom124

He released that last year… Along with everything else off his album (except soldi of course)

milky
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milky

where is la voce dell alba by elina nechayeva… literally one of the most beautiful songs ever released by an esc artist

Sara
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Sara

wow, I didn’t expect LDHI to be number 1! Also I think Lena (surprisingly) is my most listened ESC artist right now, I really like her songs.

Johanna
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Johanna

The 2 Hatari songs are masterpieces

Rob
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Rob

If Jamal/Jussie Smollett was still on the the telly-show Empire, Duncan Laurence’s song would be brilliant; it would’ve fit in so perfectly! I can hear them both sing it in a duet. “El Ritmo Psicodélico” from Eleni Foureira was my #1 favourite summer tune! She’d gone back back to her dance & Latin pop (something that she seem to have been abandoned for a few few years): <3 it! I don’t expect much from Netta, sorry. No appeal whatsoever. I hope she’ll gets attention in her home country, though. And Mahmood: he’s only singing in Italian. People in Italy will… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

Just watched the “Het Grote Songfestivalfeest” (The Great Songcontest Party) on Dutch telly, and I have to say: what a brilliant compilation! The zero votes go to Dana International (was she drunk or something?} She even did playback when she held the microphone so far away from her mouth, not even synchronised, that it was not believable, and even the stairs was hard to go down to for her. Pity. And Getty Kaspers: (Teach-In): love her to death, but why playbacking? That was a downer. She wanted so much attention, but if you can’t sing your winning song anymore, know… Read more »

Stanislav
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Stanislav

Sakis Rouvas, Dima Bilan, Polina Gagarina, Loic with “Candy… where are they?

kksena2
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kksena2

Hatari Klamstrakur is closest to my taste. What a bop!

Lobstr
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Lobstr

Bassa Sababa was the song Netta wrote to participate in Eurovision with. It was competing head to head with Toy and when Toy was chosen she hated it and didn’t want to sing it.

Pancake
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Pancake

Actually, she didn’t hate it. She just felt it was missing something and that’s where the chicken sounds came.

Lobstr
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Lobstr

https://youtu.be/SF9QWx2IoKQ?t=806
“Netta collapsed and cried when the comity insisted on TOY” That’s pretty much what they say here and then she adds “I told them they ruined my life”. And if you listen to the demo of Toy, it had a lot of changes besides the clucking.

Anita
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Anita

Do you have a link to the demo version of Toy?

Ana
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Ana

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8yadOg9IvW8
It’s sung by Doron Medalie and it’s pretty horrible.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

I would place “Barrio” on first place, but I’m happy for Duncan, his track is solid. Very excited to follow their carreers. Mahmood is already ruling my playlists actually. And I echo Erasmus, I missed some zalagasper on the list. Those who liked “Sebi” should check out their other tracks. On the other hand, nice to see Hatari with 2 tracks. It took me a while to get used to their style, but now I’m sold.

Anita
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Anita

Sabrina! You did it again 😉 <3

TearsForFears
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TearsForFears

No ”täydellisii paperil” by Topi Latukka. Shame on you..

Ava
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Ava

The best of these ones is for me Barrio, then Duncan’s new song

lol
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lol

Netta deserves to appear in the top 10 twice. both songs are amazing and great follow-ups to toy. Bassa Sababa especially deserves it’s placing, its undeniably catchy and a bop!

jeicjsjf
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jeicjsjf

agreed!! i’m tired of people hating on netta for no reason.

Lol
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Lol

Yessssss

Kosey
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Kosey

Nice list, although I would have liked to see Hatari a bit higher up – filthy boys!

Héctor
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Héctor

Overall, I’m happy with the choices. Glad to see Duncan’s “Love Don’t Hate It” 1st, it took me a couple of listens to appreciate it but I can’t stop singing it now. By the way, Eleni’s “El ritmo psicodélico” is a crime to the Spanish language. Don’t know who is writing her lyrics but, given the fact that she is releasing a lot of songs in Spanish and her resources, she should be more careful with it. I get the overall idea, of course, but for a native Spanish it sounds so cringy to hear some grammar estructures and words… Read more »

Dawid
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Dawid

Netta being in top 10 TWICE is more than enough to say that it’s basically random order xd

xxx
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xxx

BAHAHAAHA F off. Eleni deserved to win with Gypsy Woman. Duncan Laurence winning? A shame.

Hanna
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Hanna

Robin Bengtsson deserves a spot on this list as well

Dani
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Dani

Yess for Bassa Sababa in 3rd,

But missing are “La Voce Del’alba” by Elina Nechayeva
“Signals”, “Come To Me” by Zalagaspar.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

How could they not give one spot to Elina’s song??

Robyn Gallagher
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The top songs voting is limited to songs that we reviewed throughout the year. So if no one reviewed those songs, they’re not contenders. It might seem unfair, but those are the rules that we use every year. 🙂

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Seems fair
It was a beautiful song though :3

Alaska
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Alaska

I wouldn’t call it “unfair”; it’s just one year-end list in thousands of others published every year in December. It’s not that important. But it says a lot about wiwi team’s musical tastes and, perhaps, aesthetic “agendas”, that NO ONE had decided to review any of Salvador Sobral’s songs from his latest album “Paris, Lisboa”. I know that you guys are trying really hard to sell the story that Salvador is one of those ESC winners that no one outside Portugal cares about anymore. Well, his sold out 2019 European tour just proves you wrong. Your bad.

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

Some artists didn’t have a single song reviewed, others had multiple. That already makes it unfair. Of the reviewed songs that didn’t make this top 50, lots were better than some songs that did make the list.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

OK but Zalagasper, Måns and Amaia deserved to be here

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

Nana Banana is in the top 10, but Went For A While isn’t even in the top 50? This list is a joke.

yodenman
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yodenman

Totally agree with you. That song is an embarrassment to music. It follows on from Toy and shows no diversity in musical direction. If that is genuinely the tenth best release from Eurovision artists then what on earth did the others release.

Lisianthus
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Lisianthus

These lists seem to be more about the artists the wiwi panel loves than about how good the songs really are. Lena and Anouk have made these lists so many times and not always with great songs.

Alaska
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Alaska

My point exactly.

Fionn
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Fionn

My favourite is definitely underworld by Ruth Lorenzo

Mar
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Mar

My favourite, without a doubt, Barrio by Mahmood

Sale
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Sale

Duncan our king! One of the best esc acts and songs this decade.

Joe
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Joe

Dude has chops! No fluke here.