Eurovision Winners 1960s

This year at wiwibloggs we are celebrating the festive season with a series of different polls. For the next few days, we’re going to stuff your stockings with a selection of Eurovision votes. Consider this a unique riff on the classic “Twelve Days of Christmas” carol.

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can join us and let us know your thoughts for each and every poll. Today’s question — Who is your favourite Eurovision winner of the 1960s?

Eurovision winners: 1960 to 1969

Given that it was only the contest’s second decade, the 1960s saw many countries win for the first time — Luxembourg (twice), Denmark, Italy, Austria, United Kingdom and Spain. But France dominated, winning three times. However, it’s 1969 that everyone recalls — the year in which four countries won due to there being no tiebreaker rule in place at the time. Spain, France, United Kingdom and the Netherlands all had to share gold.

Which 1960s winner was your favourite? You can watch and listen to all the entries below and then vote in our poll.

1960: Jacqueline Boyer — “Tom Pillibi” (France)

1961: Jean-Claude Pascal — “Nous les amoureux” (Luxembourg)

1962: Isabelle Aubret — “Un premier amour” (France)

1963: Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann — “Dansevise” (Denmark)

1964: Gigliola Cinquetti — “Non ho l’età” (Italy)

1965: France Gall — “Poupée de cire, poupée de son” (Luxembourg)

1966: Udo Jürgens — “Merci, Chérie” (Austria)

1967: Sandie Shaw — “Puppet on a String” (United Kingdom)

1968: Massiel — “La, la, la” (Spain)

1969: Salomé — “Vivo cantando” (Spain)

1969: Lulu — “Boom Bang-a-Bang” (United Kingdom)

1969: Lenny Kuhr — “De troubadour” (The Netherlands)

1969: Frida Boccara — “Un jour, un enfant” (France)

Poll: Who is your favourite Eurovision winner of the 1960s?

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Purple Mask
Purple Mask
7 months ago

This is very difficult. I personally like Dansevise (1963) the best; I still listen to it today. But obviously there are a lot of iconic songs here. Oh, it seems I once performed one of these songs when I was a kid: Can you guess which one? Haha

Sabrina
Sabrina
7 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Were you a Puppet on a String, Mask?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
7 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

That was too easy; wasn’t it? 😀

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Yeah, I was thinking about betting on “De Troubadour” just to sound unexpected. 😛 (It’s 5 days ago already, but I just remembered that I had to come back and check your response)

Andreas
Andreas
7 months ago

Dansevise is timeless. Such a masterpiece.

Sabrina
Sabrina
7 months ago
Reply to  Andreas

Both the melody and the lyrics are very very clever. And one of the best filmed performances in early Eurovision also. This would get a 10/10 from me in the paralell Wiwijury in the comments.

Belle
Belle
7 months ago

Luxembourg 1965 and Spain 1969.

Last edited 7 months ago by Belle
Una
Una
7 months ago

Some of these songs are indeed catchy both in music and lyrics. Trendy in their respective years and quite timeless. But reading some of the lyrics with a critical lense makes them … But at least their were true for their time. Unlike some of the empty slogans and approppriattions of these days and whatnot. I pick Denmark.

Jonas
Jonas
7 months ago
Reply to  Una

Yeah…Puppet on a String is the opposite of Netta’s winner, with Sandie offering herself up as a toy – written by a man, of course. France Gall was actually living the lyrics of her song, so no wonder she hated it.

Sabrina
Sabrina
7 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

If only the lyrics were the only thing I disgust about “Puppet on a String”… “Poupée de cire” is probably the most provocative winner ever and one of the most even if we consider all songs in the history of Eurovision. The fact France Gall wasn’t aware of how she was actually part of the irony in the lyrics makes it cruel to her, but also brings another layer to its content and makes the whole thing even smarter and more thought-provoking. On the top of that, was very modern musically. “No ho ‘letà” would probably be controversial today too,… Read more »

SpirK
SpirK
7 months ago

Italy 1964, Netherlands 1969 and Luxembourg 1965 for me.

Baf
Baf
7 months ago

Was there a tie in 2002 ?

Jake
Jake
7 months ago
Reply to  Baf

Wrong article, but yes there was a tie for 3rd place in 2002.

Héctor
Héctor
7 months ago

Wow, great winners this decade. I can’t choose just one. I say Luxembourg 1965, UK 1967 and Spain 1968 and 1969.

bella
bella
7 months ago

I hope you publish the results at the end of all polls, in a new article.

eurovision berlin
eurovision berlin
7 months ago

Frida Boccara is best ESC-winner ever!

Kaitlin
Kaitlin
7 months ago

Frida Boccara is missing

T.J.
T.J.
7 months ago

Why isn’t Frida Boccara in the options to vote for???

Tibor
Tibor
7 months ago

Setting aside the 2010s, the 1960s are probably my favourite decade, when it comes to winners. Particularly the first half is very strong, I agree with Sabrina on “Non ho l’eta” and “Poupee de cire, poupee de son”, but speaking of underappreciated French winners, I’d add Isabelle Aubret’s “Un premier amour” – particularly the minimalistic verses are fantastic.
What I still don’t get, though, is how Udo Jurgens snatched the victory from the unmatched Ase Kleveland in 1966. She should have brought Norway their first win.

NickC
NickC
7 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

100% agree on all points.

Sabrina
Sabrina
7 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

It’s been a few years since I’ve watched the 60’s contests, but I checked her entry again and completely agree about Ase Kleveland. Maybe Udo’s previous attempts in Eurovision helped him winning the contest?

Tibor
Tibor
7 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

A couple of days ago Jonas posted a link to a podcast, and they also did an interview with Ase Kleveland. Apparently she was the first female singer to not wear a dress to Eurovision, and her father told her she’d bring shame on the family, if she insisted on wearing trousers (it was a pink pantsuit, unfortunately the black and white TV didn’t reveal its full splendour). So perhaps she was just too modern for the 60s.

Sabrina
Sabrina
7 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

I hope it wasn’t for the outfit (by the way, it were already the late 60’s, this shouldn’t be an issue even considering the contest), but the song itself was probably a little advanced and quite subtle.

Tibor
Tibor
7 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I cannot tell you what it was like to live in the 60s, but from what I can infer, I wouldn’t completely rule out that jurors could have been scandalised by a woman in trousers. 😉

Sabrina
Sabrina
7 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

By the way, do you know who were the jurors back then? Were they just random music people like it happens today?

Tibor
Tibor
7 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I really don’t know how the juries were chosen, but I honestly doubt that they put much more thought into the process during the 60s than nowadays.

Anita
Anita
7 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

How interesting, thanks for sharing.

Tibor
Tibor
7 months ago
Reply to  Anita

You’re welcome, but you have to thank Jonas, because he discovered the podcast. 🙂

Anita
Anita
7 months ago
Reply to  Tibor

Åse Kleveland – “Intet er nytt under solen” is such a strong song and performance. There must have been some corruption going on than 😉
But at least this way the decade has one winner in German language. Once again a decade without a winner from my country (Germany).

Last edited 7 months ago by Anita
Ashton
Ashton
7 months ago

Dansevise. Not even hard

Sabrina
Sabrina
7 months ago

“Dansevise”, “Non ho l’eta” and “Poupée de cirre, poupée de son” is my favorite sequence of winners. And “Vivo Cantando” always put me in a great mood.

Felix
Felix
7 months ago

France 1969 is my favourite but it’s not on the pill yet unfortunately haha

Jo.
Jo.
7 months ago

Denmark, Italy and the very underrated France 1969, which is not even appearing in the poll.

Jake
Jake
7 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

These are my three favourites too. 🙂

Jonas
Jonas
7 months ago

1964.