Spain has a rich history at Eurovision. There have been highs and lows, but also plenty of laughter and love no matter what the result. So, in the run-up to last weekend’s grand celebration, Spain’s broadcaster RTVE just had to ask the good people of Spain one very important question. What is the country’s best-ever Eurovision entry?
After a full month of voting, we have a verdict! Spanish fans’ all-time favourite song belongs to the beloved Mocedades, whose “Eres Tu” secured Spain’s second silver medal back in 1973.
"Eres tú" ha sido elegida como 'La mejor canción de España en el Festival de Eurovisión'#EurovisiónRTVE #ShineALight https://t.co/TUaqxFIACI
— RTVE (@rtve) May 16, 2020
Spain’s all-time favourite song in Eurovision
With 1,016 out of the 3,772 votes that were cast, Mocedades emerged as queen. And for many that would come as a surprise, since Pastora Soler’s “Quedate Conmigo” seemed like an obvious (and powerful) challenger. Pastora earned the runner-up spot, having come short by just 18 votes.
Back in 1973 and live from the Grand Théâtre in Luxembourg, Mocedades finished just four points behind Anne-Marie David’s “Tu te reconnaîtras”, which won representing the host nation. Mocedades also boasts Spain’s highest tally of votes in the contest. She earned 125 points from the 17 competing countries (pretty significant when you consider that today around 40 countries compete).
Pastora Soler, as Mocedades, can also claim another title. With 97 points en route to her 10th place finish in Baku, the Sevillan artist still holds Spain’s best result in the contest in recent memory. Her emotional ballad brought Spain back to the top 10 at Eurovision 2012 — almost 10 years since their last Top 10 finish. Each artist took Spain to fresh heights, making them sisters in their success, even if 39 years apart.
All-time favourite song voting
This online voting was in no way a short process, following Spain’s intense — and sometimes convoluted — voting process. The voting set-up consisted of six votes, one for each decade, that started about a month ago. Each decade had ten songs fans could choose from — picking just one. Only the first decade from 1960 to 1969 has 9 entries since Spain first appeared in Eurovision back in 1961.
For each decade, fans’ favourite moved on to the Grand Final, where all six songs competed again for the victory. Below you can see the top three for each decade. The song in bold advanced to the final.
Decade 1961 – 1969
- ‘Yo Soy Aquel’ – Raphael (ESC 1966): 574 votes (31 %).
- “La, La, La” – Massiel (ESC 1968): 377 votes (20 %).
- “Vivo Cantando” – (ESC 1969): 350 votes (20 %).
Decade 1970 – 1979.
- “Eres Tu” – Mocedades (ESC 1973): 1357 votes (44 %).
- “En Un Mundo Nuevo” – Karina (ESC 1971): 701 votes (23%).
- “Su Canción” – Betty Missiego (ESC 1979): 423 votes (14%).
Decade 1980 – 1989.
- “La Fiesta Terminó” – Paloma San Basilio (ESC 1985): 1162 votes (28 %).
- “Lady, Lady” – Bravo (ESC 1985): 941 votes (23 %).
- “Nacida para Amar” – Nina (ESC 1989): 906 votes (21 %).
Decade 1990 – 1999.
- “Vuelve Conmigo” – Anabel Conde (ESC 1995): 1909 votes (38 %).
- “Bailar Pegados” – Sergio Dalma (ESC 1991): 1798 votes (36%).
- “Bandido” – Azúcar Moreno (ESC 1990): 913 votes (18 %).
Decade 2000 – 2009.
- “Europe’s Living a Celebration” – Rosa López (ESC 2002): 2209 votes (32 %).
- “Dime” – Beth (ESC 2003): 2088 votes (31 %).
- “Dile Que la Quiero” – David Civera (ESC 2001): 1047 votes (15 %).
Decade 2010 – 2019.
- “Quédate Conmigo” – Pastora Soler (ESC 2012): 3850 votes (44 %).
- “Dancing in the Rain” – Ruth Lorenzo (ESC 2014): 1460 votes (17 %).
- “La Venda” – Miki Núñez (ESC 2019): 827 votes (11 %).
Grand Final results with a flavour of #Eurodrama
La mejor canción de España en #Eurovision
— eurovision_rtve (@eurovision_tve) May 16, 2020
Mocedades, Pastora Soler and Rosa López conquer Spain’s all-time favourites list of their Contest history.
As many have already noticed, the Grand Final voting took place on Twitter instead of the RTVE website due to technical difficulties. However, this change came with the surprise that the votes already cast in the previous four days could not be counted. Fans didn’t miss this detail.
What you think about Spain’s decision? What is your favourite Spanish entry of all-time? And what do you think about this year’s entry? Let us know in the comment section below.
Let’s be honest!!! This is one of the most beautiful songs ever that took part at the eurovision song contest. I miss those days at least the contest was all about the music!
Don’t forget to thank Berta Ambroz with her 1966 Yugoslave entry “Brez besed” for inspiring “Eres tu”.
There is so many “All time favourite” ranks now that you could do “All time all times favourite” and I bet that even if it’s about Spain here in wiwibloggs it could be San Marino named all time favourite. #wiwibloggs
Who won your rank for fan favourite this year?
No, no need to remind.
1991 Sergio Dalma
In my humble opinion it’s quite an average song and it definitely got boosted by Pastora’s voice, carisma and overall performance. 🙂
There were times when Spain was a Eurovision powerhouse… so much 2nd and 3rd places. But we just have 2 victories. Now those times are gone…
Spain and UK have the same problem: they insist on sending generic pop despite the fact it leads to disasterous results. Perhaps both countries should try the opposite: rock, alternative and/or indie.
We Spaniards should tell Operación Triunfo contestants to f*** off, the day we do that is the day we’ll become a ESC powerhouse again.
Barei didn’t make the shortlist for the 2010s? Surprised.
1989 is their best ever.
Vuelve Conmigo should definitely be high there!
Also, Eres Tu is a beautiful song, so no surprise 🙂
1971, what a tune! My 2nd favourite of all time
Its strange because it is such a classic in Spain- you still hear it today at parties!
Pastora should win the contest and the voting… By far best eurovision song… And as it goes for eres tu… In Slovenia we still say it’s copy of brez besed
Back in the early 70s, the chances of a Slovenian song to reach the ears of a Spanish composer were really low (not to say impossible).
It was yugoslavian representative 66,so it was possible…
Bien merecido! Eres Tú.. Una canción que se canta por toda la tierra América latina..
Eres Tu is such a classic. Should have won for sure.
Spain will hardly beat this masterpiece. Just like Serbia with Lane Moje or Turkey with Dinle.
They already beat it Vuelve conmigo. Imo.
For me TOP 10 from Spain
I liked Enséñame a Cantar too. Spain’s most successful Eurovision Micky.
Vivo Cantando is the best Eurovision song ever. EVER!
But Eres Tu is a classic, there’s no denying that. Not a fan of Quedate Conmigo tho.
Excellent choice, I remember watching this on the night and wondering why it did so well. Then realising why, as I heard the song again. What a pity that this era is being snubbed by the #EurovisionAgain brigade.
They have an older one the pipeline.