The national final season for Eurovision 2021 has come to an end. Each country across Europe has now selected their entry for this year’s contest, and that means we have to say goodbye to all the songs that didn’t quite manage to win over the public. But before we do so, it’s time to celebrate them one last time with our annual countdown of Team Wiwi’s top national final songs.
As usual, the team from wiwibloggs have voted for their favourite songs that competed in the national finals for Eurovision 2021. Note these are our favourite songs, not songs we think should have gone to Eurovision.
After reviewing the well over 100 songs that were entered into this year’s national finals, we finally settled on our top 50 – it wasn’t easy . And now, it’s time to reveal our top picks.
Our national final Hall of Fame currently includes:
- 2015: Eric Saade – “Sting”
- 2016: Margaret – “Cool Me Down”
- 2017: Kerli – “Spirit Animal”
- 2018: Emmy Liyana – “OK ou KO”
- 2019: Electric Fields – “2000 and Whatever”
- 2020: Dotter – “Bulletproof”
But, who will join them?
Find out below with the conclusion of this year’s countdown!
Team Wiwi’s top national final songs of Eurovision 2021: 10 to 1
10. Clara Klingenström – “Behöver inte dig idag” (Melodifestivalen)
What the Wiwi Jury said: This song continues to enchant me. There’s a lot to be said for Clara, who can rock up to the stage and deliver a really captivating performance with just her guitar, no fancy staging concepts needed. “Behöver inte dig idag” brings a positive and uplifting message, a helping hand out of a darker situation. While the lyrics are in Swedish, the music supports the theme meaning that those who don’t speak the language can still get the general feeling of the song. (Robyn)
9. Bernarda – “Colors” (Dora)
This was Bernarda’s third national final appearance after previously competing in Switzerland’s Die grosse Entscheidungs Show 2011 and Dora 2019. The star returned to Croatia’s Dora with “Colors”. An expertly produced pop song, the track’s lyrics about seeing the colours inside other people took on extra meaning owing to Bernarda’s life story and having been blind since birth.
8. LMK – “Magique” (Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez)
LMK was “Magique” on the stage of Eurovision France, c’est vous qui décidez. Starting off slowly and playing the harp, the French star then exploded and served fierce attitude with the urban pop song that also included a rap bridge. While the public initially didn’t vote LMK through to the second round of the contest, she was saved by the juries. She then received top marks from reigning Eurovision 2019 champion Duncan Laurence in the final vote – a strong sign of the song’s hit potential.
7. Nina Kraljić (Alkonost of Balkan) – “Rijeka” (Dora)
Croatia’s Eurovision 2016 singer Nina Kraljić tried to make a return to the contest this year and competed in Dora 2021. She sang as part of the project Alkonost of Balkan, bringing the mystical and enchanting song “Rijeka”. Making great use of a backing choir in the chorus, the song delivered a powerful Balkan sound. Despite opening the show, Nina managed to leave a strong impression on viewers and the jury, eventually finishing as the runner-up.
6. The Mamas – “In The Middle” (Melodifestivalen)
What the Wiwi Jury said: It’s not as immediately catchy as “Move”, but “In The Middle” is still fabulous. The Mamas capitalise on the popularity of uplifting power ballads — a smart move, given the chart success of such anthems from The Greatest Showman soundtrack. And on stage, their group synergy is stronger than ever. Ash, Loulou and Dinah complement each other brilliantly, and all of The Mamas get their own moment in the spotlight to show off their killer vocals. Other than the “Bigger Than Us”-style inward-facing staging moment towards the end of the song, there’s little to fault here. (Oliver A)
5. Emmy – “Witch Woods” (Melodi Grand Prix)
What the Wiwi Jury said: I’ll be aboard the Emmy train this year. There’s nothing about this song I don’t like. Emmy is such a queen. The staging is so cool and interesting, it’s a subversive experimental piece of electro-swing with a fierce attitude, and is a hell of a feminist “eat the rich” anthem. The world needs girls like this! (Natalie)
4. Irama – “La genesi del tuo colore” (Sanremo)
What the Wiwi Jury said: “La genesi del tuo colore” is one of the best Sanremo songs I’ve heard. Without reading a single lyric from the song (other than the intriguing title), this song is fascinating in its composition, production, countless musical elements, and Irama’s performative ability is beyond description. It’s part indie rock, part deep house, but for the most part — brilliantly executed electropop that I’ve been longing to hear at Eurovision. (Lauren)
3. KEiiNO – “Monument” (Melodi Grand Prix)
What the Wiwi Jury said: Packed with jet fuel and a burning passion to slay, KEiiNO have re-emerged with a solid concept, powerhouse vocals and an irresistible hook. By far their most memorable hit, and the strongest MGP entry in recent years, “Monument” has become a cultural phenomenon. Their tenacity and toil have earned much love from fans all over Europe and Down Under. (Deban)
Previous top national final songs (Alexandra): “You Got Me” (#21 in 2018)
2. Raylee – “Hero” (Melodi Grand Prix)
What the Wiwi Jury said: Of all the 1980s-inspired tracks we’ve heard this national final season (and there’s been a lot), Raylee does it best. With a dance-worthy beat and one hell of an earworm melody, “Hero” brings an infectious energy to the Melodi Grand Prix stage. On first listen, its lyrics seem repetitive — but they’re more than just the words to a catchy pop tune. “Hero” is an empowering anthem, flipping stereotypical gender roles. Bonnie Tyler was holding out for a hero, but Raylee doesn’t need one. She’s her own hero! (Oliver A)
Previous top national final songs: “Wild” (#3 in 2020)
1. Dotter – “Little Tot” (Melodifestivalen)
What the Wiwi Jury said: “Little Tot” is perhaps the most excellent pop song of the whole 2021 season. Dotter only needs a few lights to create a wonderful performance out of this entry, slightly darker than what we’ve heard from her but still uplifting. In the past few years the Swedes have delivered pop perfection to Eurovision, and this is another great taste of it. (Luis)
Previous top national final songs: “Bulletproof” (#1 in 2020)
And there we go, Dotter emerges victorious in our ranking for the second year in a row. The Swedish star becomes the first act to have two entries featured in Team Wiwi’s national final Hall of Fame.
Our top national final songs of Eurovision 2021 ranking is determined by independent votes from a panel of wiwibloggers. They are Oliver R, Tom, Oliver A, Antony, Natalie, Pablo, Cinan, Diego, Deban, Jordi, Antranig, Luis, Padraig, Josh, Sebastian, Robyn, Mario, Renske, William, Ron, Lauren and Jonathan.
What do you think of our top national final songs of Eurovision 2021? Are you surprised by our choices? Let us know in the comments.
Review our full top 50 countdown here
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Seriouslu this is a bad top 10. LMK has nothing to do in the top50 at all!!! Same with Clara… Its good but not that good. Definitely KEiiNO should have been number 1. Its crazy they didn’t manage that and you chose Dotter once again who didnt even have a song as popular as last years song based on opinions around or even Swedish public.
My top list starts and stops on Irama and he occupies pretty much all positions in my ‘I-can’t-believe-we’re-not-getting-it-for-Eurovision’ list. Still heart broken.
Totally agree – amazing song and video
I know, right? For some one who just started following Sanremo, this is definitely one of the best songs ever!
Where was “Alléluia” by Andriamad? it was a favorite in France’s competition but didn’t make it even in the top 50
Can we talk about Irama’s Music video? Like wow
Madame – VOCE (Sanremo 2021) would be my favorite song if it had won and if Madame accepted to go to Rotterdam. Sadly, it didn’t happen, but Madame is my greatest discovery so far this year. I love her music. (From Portugal)
We really needed some greater diversity here, to try and get people to look outside the Scandinavian bubble. It was astounding to see Me Mbron on the list, I nearly fell over. But no NEEV? No Rosela Gjylbegu? No Enxhi Nasufi? What about Ella Oreskovic? Please… And why was BDK on this list? MGP was not weak enough to justify that by a long way. Sure, all the big names got in and came high up, that’s fine, Dotter is allowed to be #1 since she’s all anyone ever talks about good or bad, but can we get people to… Read more »
Really? Heroes at #2?
Not much left to say this year then. I don’t agree with your top 10 at all. Except Irama. Well, generally speaking I disagree with your whole top 50. Mine is: 10. Fatos Shabani – Ty (7) – FiK59 9. Aist? Brokenleg – Home (7) – Pabandom is naujo 8. IMERIKA – I Can’t Escape (7) – MGP 7. The Cosmic Twins – Silver Bullet (7) – DMGP 6. Karl Killing – Kiss Me (7) – Eesti Laul 5. Atle Pettersen – World On Fire (7.25) – MGP 4. Irama – La genesi del tuo colore (7.25) – San Remo 3. Gabrielius Vagelis – My Guy (7.5) –… Read more »
You forgot about Eric Saade
Little Tot deserves that no1 spot tbh! It was the whole package and was simply amazing
Interesting ranking. What about Albina? Is she among the top 50? Did I miss it?
Albina won her selection. This is for songs which won’t go to ESC.
Thank you, that makes sense now. I thought there were quite a few songs missing…
Wow I didn’t know “Ok ou KO” was your first in 2018! I loved and still love this song!
Also what a nice top 10 guys!! And also LMK’s father was a music teacher in my high school in France, and I knew him! That feels so weird
So sorry not to see scintillatingTess Merkel with wonderful Good Life on the list. 🙁 Probably the best of all entries this year. <3
Agree for me best song in MF this year.
I’m very thankful for Dardust, an important part of three of my ten favourites, and yours too.
honestly i think my winner would’ve been clara klingenström but dotter winning the wiwi jury twice… i love it
top 50 – not so many contests through that special situation this year and no klara on the list.
disqualification list no.1 😀
I’m surprised Andriamad – Alléluia didn’t make the list. One of the most memorable, underrated entries of this year’s national season for me.
Nice to see Nina Kraljic, Irama, The Mamas, KEiiNO, Raylee, and Dotter get well-deserved appreciation. Juri would have been higher on the list for me.
Italy’s Irama with ‘La genesi del tuo colori’ is excellent – edgy and modern, my favourite of any Eurovision song this year. Can’t believe the three songs placed ahead of this!
my top 10 10: Gabrielius Vagelis “My guy”: I like this song, is sad but uplifting, is simple but emotionally effective. 09: Danny Saucedo “Dandi Dansa”: Danny put a great stage I think was underrated this year. The song is catchy, even if the song is in Swedish, Great dances and stage presence, The song grew on me. 08: Enxhi Nasufi “Njesoj” for me the Albanian selection was the weakest, that is why I went for the dance songs, Njesoj was good at first but the catchy beat got me hooked, now I can not stop listening. 07: Colapesce and… Read more »
I’m shocked that Neev is not present on the list. Really? I’m sorry, but your choice is baffling. If ‘Dancing in the Stars’ is not on the list, then most of the chosen songs shouldn’t be either. I’m not saying everyone has to love Neev’s entry but still, to be left out like this while seeing some exceedingly mediocre songs, I’m hurting.
I’m disappointed Céphaz didn’t make the top 50, my favorite from France but definitely top 3, hope he returns
I was so sure Keiino would be top spot. Their song would be a contender to win this year and I don’t feel like ‘Little Tot’ would have been a contender
Dotter’s indictment pop song about how the world is a crappy place would make it hard for people to pick up the phone and glvote for it. Musically, it sounds great. Lyrically, I’d rather vote for a song that had more hope.
Completely agree. They really could of won this year.
Hero 2nd? It was good but wasn’t top 3 in Norway, some good selections but think there’s a few massively out of position
Lovely choices, but I’m a little tired of the word “slay”. It’s a good word, but it’s losing some of it’s power though over-use. “Slay this” “Slay that”, just gets boring after a while. I’d like to see a bit more variety here please.
Little Tot is good, but this good? I would have preferred something else over this.
Had it won, Monument would be sitting pretty in my top 5 right now. I also like Behöver inte dig idag, Witch Woods and Hero; I have mixed feelings about Little Tot.
I think I just had PTSD of KEiiNO not winning MGP and now not topping this list! I was so sure they would be at the top, no way did I think Dotter would win again. I know there are a lot of Dotter superfans on here so will choose my words carefully. But, no way is Little Tot even a patch on Bulletproof. And definitely was nowhere near my top of the season.
Nina was very much overvalued by the fans and press, which painted back on her, as you can see it in the aftermath of Dora. And no need so say that the writers of this article are very much in favor with Norway and (of course) Sweden.
I loved Dotters last try but “Little Tot” didn’t stand out for me that much.
More that they vote for the familar, returning NF artists and ESC vets. But then that makes them in line with majority of the Eurovision fandom who fawn over returning artists.
Honestly, top 50 is not enough to do justice to every great song of this season. Thus, without further ado, here’s a list of entries that in my opinion would have been deserving additions, in no particular order: Aiste Brokenleg – Home – we need more indie music at Eurovision. The atmosphere in this one is so intense you could cut it with a knife (my no. 3.) Evita Cololo – Be paslapciu – jazzy, moody, great voice – she’s a winner of The Voice after all (43) Titas & Benas – No – purposefully anthemic, irritatingly simple and memorable… Read more »
Thoughtfully made list. There are many songs here I liked too. I am especially happy to see Redel and Danny making on more lists, since they are certainly some of the less conventional choices this season. My 15th and 11th, respectively.
SO many of your choices made my top 25 or at least got in the shortlist. Evita Cocolo, Arvingarna, Ivo/Robert, Fatos, Danny, Sara Afonso, Max Gazze, Arisa…
Such good taste!
My top 10 NF songs probably would’ve been: 10) Inis Nezeri – Pendesë (Albania) 9) Emmy – Witch Woods (Norway) 8) Keiino – Monument (Norway) 7) Lillasyster – Pretender (Sweden) 6) Blåsemafian ft. Hazel – Let Loose (Norway) 5) Ilta – Kelle mä soitan (Finland) 4) La Rappresantante di Lista – Amare (Italy) 3) Willie Peyote – Mai dire mai (La locura) (Italy) 2) Jorn – Faith Bloody Faith (Norway) 1) Clara Klingenström – “Behöver inte dig idag (Sweden) with some honourable mentions for Klara Hammarström (Sweden), Dotter (Sweden), basically everyone else in the MGP grand final (Norway), Irama (Italy),… Read more »
Some really good choices here, Tibor. As Briekimchi says, even thought not all of the songs speaks the same way to me, I can respect the list as authentically yours. 🙂 Anyway, as you said, I tend to be more benevolent towards your favorites, so I can tell that most of your top 50 choices do have at least a 6/10 on my list. For many of them, it wasn’t enough to be featured on my list, but I can still see why you like them. For example, Amare and Kam me t’ba me kajt haven’t been on my list,… Read more »
all these songs were so good, especially genesi del tuo colore and little tot!!
Well earned first spot to Dotter! Little Tot would have been my personal Eurovision winner this year.
Now it’s time for the top ten, all of which would’ve been in my ESC top five if they had been selected: 10. Emmy: Witch Woods (Norway) – What an interesting song! It combines humor, sass and quality composition in a super-memorable way. Now, please, Disney, make some arrangements with Emmy, so we could hear it in some of your upcoming projects! 9. Valeria: Na Mais Profunda Saudade (Portugal) – Fado can be pure magic when done right and this absolutely is! Valeria’s voice is outstanding and the song’s finish is just WOW! I know that this wouldn’t be the most modern choice… Read more »
I love that your top ten is almost like a perfect 50/50 of objectively brilliantly songs and songs that become brilliant when you know exactly what it is that works for you personally. There is not one song here that is a surprise to me.
Yours are the one set of lists that I would LOVE to see in a youtube ranking or a playlist setting. I always feel like your choices kinda flow into each other and really deserved to be listened to and enjoyed in order.
Thank you very much! I means a lot to me hearing these kind words from you. Honestly, I’ve been thinking about starting to have my lists and/or commentaries on You Tube for awhile now, but what keeps me from doing it is the fear of constant copyright strikes. I’ve made some lists awhile ago, and two out of three stroke me with copyrights. But I am still thinking about it. And playlists… sure. I actually might just do that soon. 🙂
I still think that we have some nice matches here. I sure do appreciate “classical” entries more than most ESC fans. Same goes for joke entries if they actually do their job right and make me laugh. 🙂 I wouldn’t necessarily call schlager my go-to genre, but I guess I appreciate it more than you. Your general aversion towards schlager matches mine when it comes to turbo folk 😉 As for Emmy, I think that it’s a very polarizing song to begin with. Briekimchi also dislikes it, while at least some Wiwibloggers obviously put it among their very favorites. I… Read more »
In Emmy’s case, though I liked the indie-quirky tone from the beginning, it clicked to me with her final performance, because she really got into character and it became the “One Last Time” of the year. That kind of entry that screams Eurovision. Though Norway had a bunch of them, including TIX’s.
You are definitely onto something! 🙂 I tend to like dramatic classical ballads, although there is a large number of songs I love that are anything but, as well as some old school ballads I find boring or straight-up bad (hello, France 2020). You are usually more appreciative of the stripped back songs than I am, but there are still some I would call my favorites (Slovenia 2019, for example). I the end, each composition is unique and requires a different approach. 😉
On that you are likely right. There are far more grandiose ballads I like than not. 🙂 I do love Together and Nar jag blundar, though. A lot!
As much as I love Raylee I think “Hero” is overrated and for me it does not deserve to be the runner-up as a whole package. And this year I felt like Keiino deserved the first place more than Dotter although both of her songs are truly amazing. For me Keiino was the fave becuase it could’ve won Eurovision and they were robbed becuase the song that Norway opted for is something that still has to fight for qualification in my books. They had everything this year and I hope they come back to Eurovision with something as amazing and… Read more »
I think Dotter is overrated. Top 1 two years in a row? With so so many songs from national selections? Highly improbable statistically. It’s okay, but I liked other songs way way better. Anyway, I enjoyed watching your ranking 🙂 And it’s definitely a fact that Sweden rocks!
Wow, how tastes sometimes differ! Raylee’s «Hero» at number 2? To me, her entry was the poorest of the 12 songs on offer in the MGP final.
Maybe not the obvious favourite, as it didn’t reach the final, but I think the best NF song this year is “Alabama Watchdog” from Estonia. It was very close, and some juries claimed it was the best song of Eesti Laul. Great, melodious, catchy, energetic riff based rock. Just my kind of song!
Where is “musica leggerissima”? I think this whole ranking lacks a lot of Sanremo songs.
hero ? i have to laugh
What’s wrong with Hero at number 2? It’s a great song.
How is KEiiNO not #1?
Really respect your list as it’s obviously not being put together to pander to anyone. They’re not the songs I would’ve chosen but you do have some that I really like. Even the ones that I’m not keen on, I like your reasoning for having them there and some of them, I even wish I liked more than I do.
Beady Belle and Mema are examples of acts where I really like what they were going for, even if they didn’t quite pull it off for me.
To be honest, I have never understood why people like “Little Tot”. It’s fine, I guess, but way worse than “Bulletproof”.
KEiiNO is not number 1?! looooooooooool
I like Irama, KEiiNO and Nina but that’s about it.
The rest wouldn’t get in my top 50.
“Hero” at #2. That’s all kinds of interesting. 😉
Irama was my fave too, but they would have to cut 55 seconds from the original song, which is a lot e we don’t know if the song would have work that well. Besides, the vocal effects in Eurovision would have been possible only prerecorded, and the jury would have kill him.
Since I don’t have the same dedication as Colin, Kosey and Tibor, my plan was to drop just a top 10. But I ended up with a top 25: 1) “Voce”, Madame (Italy) 2) “Amare”, La Rappresentante di Lista (Italy) 3) “Lie”, Oskr (Finland) 4) “La genesi del tuo colore”, Irama (Italy) 5) “I Can’t Escape”, IMERIKA (Norway) 6) “Magus melanhoolia”, Jüri Pootsmann (Estonia) 7) “Monument”, KEiiNO (Norway) 8) “Little Tot”, Dotter (Sweden) 9) “Saudade”, Karetus & Romeu Bairos (Portugal) 10) “Lost in a Dance”, Gram-Of-Fun (Estonia) 11) “Ma olen siin”, Ivo Linna, Robert Linna & Supernova (Estonia) 12) “Dieci”,… Read more »
We agreed in 2/3 of the top 3 and 40% of the top 10, not bad. 🙂 Sardi and mema were considered in my first draft of nearly 40 songs, you can blame Sanremo’s gang for not leaving space for them. By the way, Emmy and Raylee from Wiwi’s top 10 were also in the group. For a year with less national finals, I got a good playlist of Eurovision hopefuls.
Curiously, I also have 18 matches with Wiwi. Though my top was half-sized, so they had actually 12 of my top 25 in their top 25. It’s closer than usual, I would say, but I haven’t counted in 2019, the only other time I made a list (and it was just a top 10). I liked to see some things on their list that were normally ignored given the genre. My big surprise was to see Willie Peyote on their top 20.
I just counted now, and I have 26 matches. Several others found themselves on my ”honorable mentions” list. There are a few that I placed quite low, but not many. So, overall I’m okay with Wiwi picks.
We don’t usually have the same taste but we actually have nine songs the same in our top 25s. Especially appreciating that you got Arisa in there as she’s my #2 overall this season and severely underrated everywhere.
The other entry that really makes me happy to see is Ivo and Robert Linna. Again, such a good song that doesn’t get the credit it deserves for how good a song it actually is compared to what it’s competing against.
“Voce”, your winner, made it into my top ten and it’s a song I like A LOT.
I totally agree Arisa has been underrated. It could even be a little higher in my list, but since I had a lot of ballads already, some had to pay the price. One thing that probably connects her song to the Linnas’ is that they have that low-key ellegance that sometimes get lost under an Eurovision environment. Maneskin will represent Italy well (they would probably top my list here if they hadn’t won Sanrem), but I’m happy about how “Voce” has been well liked in different circles. It god a press jury push in Sanremo, did also well with the… Read more »
Some amazing choices here, Sabrina! We have several matching songs: Your 1st is my 12th Your 3rd is my 2nd Your 4th is my 20th Your 5th is my 42nd Your 6th is my 4th Your 7th is my 3rd Your 8th is my 19th Your 12th is my 6th Your 13th is my 44th Your 16th is my 26th Your 17th is my 50th Your 19th is my 27th Your 20th is my 28th Your 21st is my 1st Your 22nd is my 16th Your 23rd is my 29th Many of your other choices appeared on my ”honorable mention”… Read more »
I thought about you when Gebrasy ended up surprisingly low in my list (in my first draft, he was like 9th, 10th), because I knew he would be a contender to be your winner and here he is! But it happened the same that it happened to Arisa and I just commented to Briemkichi, half of this list is formed by ballads and it was actually hard to rank them, with the exception of Oskr’s and IMERIKA’s that got me on the first listen and would be my personal winners in their countries. And I was glad to see Deslandes… Read more »
I was ready to have Portugal in my top 15-20 counting on Carolina to win FdC. Even though I have Valeria, Neev and Pedro ahead, I like Por um Triz quite a lot. Being in my top 50 is still good, but I could honestly see it growing on me even more if it came on the ESC list (which has an additional month to dwell on). It’s a slow burner, but a good one. I personally wouldn’t call 21 spot low when it comes to my own ranking (I really like Emil’s Melfest song which occupies that spot to… Read more »
I get what you’re saying, because I genuinely like all the 25 I’ve listed and I could go to at least 40 that I’ll have in playlists. On Gebrasy’s case, I think it’s easy to explain how he lost a few spots for me. One thing is to compete just with the Lithuanian entries (and since everybody knew The Roop would win, it was a slow year for PiN), another is to be compared to Sanremo, MGP and UMK’s entries. Carolina (or Karetus, or Sara, or even mema and EU.CLIDES that haven’t made to my top but were considered) would… Read more »
I don’t actually think that Dotter was this time the best one from the national finals, which didn’t reach Eurovision. My top 3 was: 1) Monument – I fell in love with that song, especially with Alexandra’s vocals 2) Hero – Raylee improved her vocals after bringing a banger last year. She could eventually win, but she was unlucky for one more time having huge competition 3) Rijeka – Nina this time had a really nice balkan ballad. This was actually missing from Eurovision, this would reach the finals 100%. I’m not sure if this is the best Croatian entry… Read more »
Irama’s song is one of the best songs i’ve ever heard in Sanremo.. Irama and Keiino could easily win Eurovision this year , how bad..