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
1 year 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
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Were you a Puppet on a String, Mask?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

That was too easy; wasn’t it? 😀

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year 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)

Anita
Anita
1 year ago

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 1 year ago by Anita
Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

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?

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

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.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

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

Anita
Anita
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

How interesting, thanks for sharing.

Andreas
Andreas
1 year ago

Dansevise is timeless. Such a masterpiece.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year 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.

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago

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
1 year 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 »

Belle
Belle
1 year ago

Luxembourg 1965 and Spain 1969.

Last edited 1 year ago by Belle
SpirK
SpirK
1 year ago

Italy 1964, Netherlands 1969 and Luxembourg 1965 for me.

Baf
Baf
1 year ago

Was there a tie in 2002 ?

Jake
Jake
1 year ago
Reply to  Baf

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

Héctor
Héctor
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

eurovision berlin
eurovision berlin
1 year ago

Frida Boccara is best ESC-winner ever!

Kaitlin
Kaitlin
1 year ago

Frida Boccara is missing

NickC
NickC
1 year ago

100% agree on all points.

T.J.
T.J.
1 year ago

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

Ashton
Ashton
1 year ago

Dansevise. Not even hard

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year 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
1 year ago

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

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

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

Jake
Jake
1 year ago
Reply to  Jo.

These are my three favourites too. 🙂

Jonas
Jonas
1 year ago

1964.