They were one of the favourites to win Eurovision 2020. Yet despite the song contest’s cancellation, Iceland’s Daði og Gagnamagnið have still enjoyed considerable chart success across the continent. In the week after Eurovision was due to take place, “Think About Things” has charted in several markets, including a top five spot in Ireland.
Daði og Gagnamagnið “Think About Things” in the charts
In the week ending 22 May, “Think About Things” sits at #4 on the official Irish charts. Just ahead are Dababy feat. Roddy Ricch, Drake and Arianna Grande & Justin Bieber. This is the first time that a Eurovision song has entered the Irish top ten in five years — Sweden’s Måns Zelmerlöw got to #10 in 2015 with “Heroes”. It is the highest-charting Eurovision entry since 2014 when the Netherlands’ The Common Linnets also got to #4 with “Calm After The Storm”. The last Eurovision #1 was Loreen with “Euphoria” in 2012.
There are no other Eurovision 2020 entries in the top 100. However, Lesley Roy’s “Story Of My Life” reenters the homegrown chart at #18. She previously reached #12 on that chart earlier in the spring.
The Icelandic collective are also making inroads across the Irish Sea, debuting at #43 on the official UK charts. That’s almost 20 places higher than the highest-charting act from 2019 — Norway’s KEiiNO. There are no other Eurovision 2020 entries in the main chart.
However, if streaming figures are excluded, Daði og Gagnamagnið do even better. “Think About Things” is at #8 in the downloads chart. The UK’s own James Newman appears at #23 with “My Last Breath”. Sweden’s The Mamas are at #55 and Russia’s Little Big are at #81. Past hits from Måns Zelmerlöw, Loreen and Alexander Rybak are also on the download chart, after featuring on the BBC’s Eurovision: Come Together special.
All of the above also make it onto the Scottish chart, which is based on downloads only. Katrina & The Waves also appear with “Love Shine A Light”.
Daði og Gagnamagni are also the highest charting Eurovision act in the Swedish charts — reaching #33. Sweden’s own The Mamas are at #74 with “Move”. They previously topped the charts immediately after winning Melodifestivalen. Several other Melfest acts remain at the lower end of the rankings, including Paul Rey and Dotter.
Denmark’s Ben & Tan are at #18 on the Heatseekers countdown.
Eurovision 2020 songs in the charts
The cancellation of Eurovision 2020 has severely limited the chart impact of the 41 acts in general.
In 2019, we reported on charts from almost a dozen countries. Each one contained multiple entries from Tel Aviv. Now, most are devoid of any signs of the song contest.
Except for Daði, no other acts appear to have enjoyed much chart success outside their own markets.
In most cases, those that did taste chart glory did so earlier on in the season after they had won their respective selection processes — Sweden’s The Mamas, Lithuania’s The Roop, Italy’s Diodato, Norway’s Ulrikke.
While Russia’s Little Big have scored 100 million views on the “Uno” music video, this is more down to the band’s existing brand and fan base. They already have four other videos with over 100 million views.
Even Daði’s success is most likely down to factors other than Eurovision. “Think About Things” has been picking up momentum for months and is taking off as a meme on social media sites.
What do you think of Iceland’s chart success? And what do you make of the lack of chart success for everyone else? Let us know in the comments.