Incredibly (and perhaps thankfully), 2020 is almost over. And that means one thing — the return of our annual Top Tracks countdown!

As usual, the team from wiwibloggs have voted for their favourite new songs released in 2020 by Eurovision stars. Songs which were selected for Eurovision or competed in national finals were excluded (they’ve been analysed to death in our jury reviews). Artists must have competed at Eurovision as part of the main act to be eligible (but those who were selected for 2020 were also included in the voting).

After reviewing more than 1,000 songs over the course of the year, we finally settled on our top 50 – it wasn’t easy. And now, it’s time to reveal our top picks.

Our Hall of Fame currently includes:

But, who will join them?

Find out below with the conclusion of this year’s countdown!

Team Wiwi’s top songs by Eurovision artists in 2020: 10 to 1

10. Mahmood (feat. Sfera Ebbasta and Feid) – “Dorado”

What we said: Mahmood has released the music video for his latest single “Dorado” — an Italian-Latino banger with golden Arabic influences. For this new song, Mahmood has brought a few friends along. He teams up with Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta and Colombian singer/songwriter Feid. Mahmood is known for his clever wordplay and the “Dorado” MV echoes the lyrical content of the song well. A rags-to-riches story, the video begins with Mahmood singing alone in a near empty room that doesn’t have much more than an electric fan and a poster of American singer Lana Del Rey. We then escalate quickly to find Mahmood, Sfera Ebbasta and Feid dancing and relaxing in a museum of Egyptian artefacts and on top of a ginormous Sphinx. (Tom)

Previous top tracks: “Barrio” (#2 in 2019), “Calipso” (#16 in 2019)

9. NAVIBAND – “Девочка в белом”

What we said: Their song “Iншымi” became one of the songs that helped the Belarusians through upsetting times. Since then, NAVIBAND have also actively taken part in the peaceful protests, performing alongside the Chains of Solidarity. Women have taken up an important role in the events in Belarus since the start. To those women, NAVIBAND’s Ksenia has written an ode: “Девочка в белом”, which translates to “Girl in White”, referring to the Woman in White movement in Belarus. She sings: “I believe there won’t be any more fear/ Our strength is impeccable/ A proud girl in white”. (Renske)

Previous top tracks: “Iншымi” (#14 in 2020), “Миллионы больших сердец” (#22 in 2020), “Galileo (Dva Cheloveka)” (#50 in 2019), “Biazy” (#27 in 2017)

8. KEiiNO (feat. Charlotte Qamaniq) – “Black Leather”

What we said: Norway’s KEiiNO have released a steady number of new singles since they won the televote at Eurovision 2019. Their latest song is “Black Leather”, with Alexandra Rotan, Tom Hugo and Fred Buljo joining forces with Inuk throat singer Charlotte Qamanic. The supergroup explain more about the song in the description of the official lyric video: ““Black Leather” is a pop tribute to the Berlin club-scene. Written on the night of a men-only party at Berghain; the song portrays a future where gender identification and expression are no longer a barrier to fulfil one’s heart’s desires. “Black Leather” is the first pop-banger that includes traditional singing from two indigenous cultures; Sami Joik and Inuk throat singing.” (Jonathan)

Previous top tracks: “Dancing In The Smoke” (#37 in 2019)

7. KEiiNO – “Colours”

What we said: After topping the televote at Eurovision 2019, Norway’s KEiiNO – that’s Alexandra Rotan, Tom Hugo and Fred Buljo – have kept the hits coming in the months since. Now, the trio have released the new song “Colours”, which is predominantly sung in Northern Sami, a language on the UN’s list of highly endangered languages. Explaining in the description of the official lyric video, the band note: “When the Norwegian National Broadcaster NRK wanted a band to write a song for their campaign to make all of Norway joik, Joikebølgen, KEiiNO was on top of their list. They asked for a song that could unite generations in song and joik, and KEiiNO has once again delivered a song that makes you wanna dance and join the fun.” (Jonathan)

Previous top tracks: “Black Leather” (#8 in 2020), “Dancing In The Smoke” (#37 in 2019)

6. KEiiNO and Electric Fields – “Would I Lie”

What we said: It’s the collaboration that many have been waiting for. Norway’s Eurovision 2019 act KEiiNO and Eurovision – Australia Decides 2019 runners-up Electric Fields have teamed up on the new song “Would I Lie”. Both groups are known for mixing the traditional native music of their country with contemporary production. The combination of both groups together has lead to a catchy pop banger infused beautifully with flourishes of Aboriginal Australian and Sámi instrumentation. (Jonathan)

Previous top tracks: “Colours” (#7 in 2020), “Black Leather” (#8 in 2020), “Dancing In The Smoke” (#37 in 2019)

5. Roxen and Alexander Rybak – “Wonderland”

What we said: It’s the holiday collaboration of the year — and one we never knew we needed. But now that Romanian star Roxen has teamed up with Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak on “Wonderland”, we’re not sure how we ever lived without it. Roxen’s team say the story revolves around the “feelings she has experienced during this last period” — no doubt a reference to the ongoing pandemic that’s left so many of us stuck at home and feeling isolated. The opening lyrics hint at that, but also Roxen’s underlying sense of optimism. Rybak’s influence can be felt most clearly in the strings, which mesh smoothly with the tropical house undertone. They’re present but not overpowering, giving the electronic sound a warm, folksy feel. (William)

Previous top tracks (Alexander Rybak): “Kotik” (#27 in 2015)

4. Netta – “Cuckoo”

What we said: She performed her new single “Cuckoo” during Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light, receiving the widespread praise that she deserved. While we all knew Netta’s strength, fans were touched to see her more fragile side come out through the song. The tender number has now been added to Spotify’s Global Pop and New Pop playlists, and won plaudits from Twitter followers and Billboard magazine alike. Israel’s Eurovision 2018 winner has now released the music video for what some consider her best song yet. The video in some ways reflects what we saw in Europe Shine a Light. Netta performs  in a bed with music box accompaniment — but this bed is futuristic and high-fashion. Scenes cut between vulnerable Netta singing her heart out and images of couples questioning whether they really love each other. (Izhar)

Previous top tracks: “Ricki Lake” (#31 in 2020), “Bassa Sababa” (#3 in 2019), “Nana Banana” (#10 in 2019)

3. Dami Im – “Paper Dragon”

What we said: With Montaigne’s Eurovision 2020 participation pushed back to 2021 because of the pandemic, Dami won’t have the chance to compete in a national final. Thankfully she will have the chance to perform her would-be entry “Paper Dragon”, which is out now. Dami worked with an Italian stop-motion animator, who created the whole video using paper cutouts. It’s a delicate and endearing way to present a song about inner strength and unleashing the beast within. The verses are light and bouncy — but listen closely and the picture isn’t so cute. Dami is being underestimated and misunderstood. The repetition of the lyrics suggests it’s habitual. Thankfully Dami is a lot stronger than paper, and she’s ready to breathe fire. (William)

Previous top tracks: “Dreamer” (#28 in 2018), “Fighting For Love” (#2 in 2016)

2. Verka Serduchka – “Make it Rain Champagne”

What we said: Musically, this mixes pop and near Eastern sounds. Thematically, “champagne” embodies not merely French bubbly, but Verka’s uplifting spirit and philosophy of making each moment memorable: “Sitting in the bath tub, riding on the train, waiting at the bus stop, you gotta make it rain.” No matter how ho-hum the location, you can still seize the day. Upon its release, the song sent fans into a tizzy with hopes high that it could go to Eurovision. It clocks in at under three minutes, is catchy AF and presents endless opportunities for wild staging. Unfortunately, Danylko soon shot down the rumour on the web series SLUH: “I had barely released the song and people were already writing I was preparing [for Eurovision]. Let me just explain it like this: Serduchka wanted it, but Danylko was against.” (William)

*While Verka Serduchka’s “Make It Rain Champagne” was released in 2019, it was done so too late for inclusion in last year’s top tracks countdown. Hence its appearance on the 2020 list.

1. Mahmood – “Rapide”

What we said: “Rapide” sets a different tone compared to Mahmood’s previous singles “Barrio” and “Soldi”. The track sees the Sanremo champ touching upon different relationship aspects. He gets even with a past love. Lyrics like “I won’t fall into your rapids” or “now that I have nothing I’ll defend myself from the trust I didn’t and don’t have” underline his state of mind. Mahmood also brings the subject of cheating and heartbreak across in his delicate vocal delivery. With the support of simple yet effective production, the chorus is where his voice stands out the most. Several Italian expletives are interwoven throughout the lyrics, illustrating his frustrations. (Florian)

Previous top tracks: “Dorado” (#10 in 2020), “Barrio” (#2 in 2019), “Calipso” (#16 in 2019)

Our Top Tracks of 2020 ranking is determined by independent votes from a panel of wiwibloggers. They are Renske, Josh, Robyn, Lauren, William, Tom, Padraig, Mario and Jonathan.

What do you think of our top tracks of 2020? Are you surprised by our choices? Let us know in the comments.

Review our full top 50 countdown here

Listen to our top tracks of 2020 playlist on Spotify

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Anna
Anna
6 days ago

RAPIDE is an amazing song, 1st place well deserved! Also Moonlight Popolare, a great underrated song, should have been in this top 10 with Rapide and Dorado

Kat
Kat
14 days ago

This whole countdown I was waiting for KEiiNO to make an appearance, so this three-in-a-row combo delighted me!!! (: I’m surprised Roar Like A Lion wasn’t among them, though – that was my favorite off their album, though all of these are great choices too. Thank you for putting this all together!!

Stian F
Stian F
16 days ago

People mention a lot of KEiiNO – but there isnt enough KEiiNO actually. The entire album KEiiNO released in 2020 is just so awesome that more songs could have been included for sure in the top 50. Still surprised to see Black Leather doing the worst of the 3. And KEiiNO is definitely outstanding, the way they incorporate indigenous sounds and music into pop music. They deserve the success they get in this top 50 for sure. Anyways – there are also 3 songs by Naviband in the top 50, which surprised me a lot, but in a good way.… Read more »

Albert
Albert
17 days ago

Where is yayo & light it up by Eleni????, They deserved better

Laura
Laura
17 days ago

The KEiiNO songs are not even outstanding … I think Tom by Bilal Hassani should have been included, it’s his best song yet. Great winner tho!

Sabrina
Sabrina
17 days ago

You can’t go wrong with Mahmood. “Rapide” is also one of my favorite tracks of the year and he’s probably already my favorite Eurovision artist by now.I have to agree that’s too much KEIINO on this final block, but I love what they’re doing with their carreer so far. And “Wonderland” keeps getting me excited about what Roxen can bring us next year.

Linus
Linus
17 days ago

No offense but what a horrible top 10. Nr 2 for example is one of the worst.

Will
Will
17 days ago

Yayo notably absent

Lisianthus
Lisianthus
17 days ago

Stop ignoring Ilse DeLange. She hasn’t been in one of these lists since 2015 (while Netta made the top 10 yet again and KEiiNO is in the top 10 3 times…). You didn’t even post an article about her winning an CMA Global Artist award. :/

Matt Church
Matt Church
17 days ago

Rapide and Cuckoo stand out this year for me.

Aaron
Aaron
17 days ago

Maruv has released some awesome songs this year, it is a shame she wasn’t listed in any of your Top 50. I want You and Maria were awesome. It seems bias towards some artists here…

sam
sam
16 days ago
Reply to  Aaron

definitely. very western europe centric

Ieva
Ieva
16 days ago
Reply to  Aaron

I thought Maruv is not eligible for this list since in the end she did not compete at ESC?

angelina53
angelina53
17 days ago

„wrong direction“ by Michael Schulte and Ilse deLange is missing

Héctor
Héctor
17 days ago

Great winner. Too much Keiino tho.

Jo.
Jo.
17 days ago

I’m here for Mahmood and Naviband 😛

Tibor
Tibor
17 days ago

That’sa lot of Keiino …
“Rapide” is also part of my 2020 top list. Moreover, I put Michel van der Aa and Kate Miller-Heidke’s “The Aleph” and Tome Prince and Ben Cristovao’s “Navykova”. Also KMH’s “This is not forever” was pretty good.

Vanja
Vanja
17 days ago

Rapide is definitely different stylistically from what Mahmood usually gives us, it showcases Mahmood’s rich vocals, and I’m so glad it’s No. 1 on the list. 🙂

Kalla
Kalla
17 days ago

Where was sergey lazarev-back in time?? I thought it was going to win! Loved verka’s song and everything by keinno, was a bit dissapointed that mahmood won though.

Sale
Sale
17 days ago

Rapide, Cuckoo and Someone Else are the 3 best songs by esc artists this year

vangelis vt
vangelis vt
17 days ago

So no Foureira “Yayo” in the top10 (perhaps the best song in her entire career) but three songs by Keiino, something about belarussian politics and stars of long ago like Rybak/Dami Im/Verka? Get serious Wiwi!

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Erasmus
Erasmus
17 days ago
Reply to  vangelis vt

yeah that’s super strange? they probably forgot about it, can’t see any other explanation.

vangelis vt
vangelis vt
17 days ago
Reply to  Erasmus

Also Mahmood’s second song on the list should have been “Moonlight popolare”, not “Dorado”

karbcn
karbcn
17 days ago

Missing Miki’s ‘me vale’ sonewhere on that list. It’s been a summer hit in Spain.

Talentina Monetta
Talentina Monetta
17 days ago

Great #1! Congrats Mahmood and to KEiiNO for their 3 entries!

Bombalurina
Bombalurina
17 days ago

I love all of them!! Especially Paper Dragon by Dami Im

Ralf0711
Ralf0711
17 days ago

Great choice ! Listened to a lot of Mahmood and Keiino songs in 2020. (and Duncan, for sure).

Una
Una
17 days ago

I still like “Wonderland”. Any news from Romania about the selection of the song?

Erasmus
Erasmus
17 days ago
Reply to  Una

no news.. but yeah Romania will for sure be in top 10 next may, with Global Records – trust me nothing can go wrong with their team, still thrilled about TVR’s decision to make a collab. with them, Moldova should follow.

No Name
No Name
17 days ago

I was like “where’s rapide?” then it’s on the number 1:) so glad i really love the song

Michaela
Michaela
17 days ago

Rapide was my no.5 track on spotify wrapped, been listening to it for the whole year! <3 <3

Ermin
Ermin
17 days ago

Roxen and Alexander are eligible for 2021. I love the genre for a hard year like 2021, and Alexander deserves to be again in the contest.
Pray for Croatian victims.