Since their win at Eurovision 2021, Italian rock group Måneskin have been climbing the Spotify charts and burning up YouTube with their song “Zitti E Buoni”. And now the iconic four-piece are following in the footsteps of former Eurovision winners by cracking the UK charts. The group have entered the official UK charts at #17 — a huge achievement for a song that doesn’t feature a single word of English.
Måneskin enter the UK charts at #17
Speaking to Scott Mills on the Official Chart show, the group’s bass player Victoria De Angelis said the past week has been mad. “It’s been, like, so insane,” she said. “We’ve done so many things and it’s crazy to see how many people are supporting us and the fact that we’re entering the charts in other countries.”
They were particularly taken aback when their idols — Franz Ferdinand and Royal Blood — texted congratulations.
Scott pointed out that the Italian band join an elite group of artists who have had foreign-language songs break the charts. They include Psy (“Gangnam Style”), Daddy Yankee (“Gasolina”) and Luis Fonsi (“Despacito”). They’re also the first rock band to sing in a foreign language to crack the UK charts since Germany’s Rammstein.
This is, of course, only the beginning for the group. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that they climb even higher on this table of Eurovision winners on the UK charts.
- “Euphoria” No.3 peak, 16 weeks on chart
- “Heroes” No.11 peak, 4 weeks on chart
- “Only Teardrops”, No.15 peak, 3 weeks on chart
- “Rise Like a Phoenix”, No.17 peak, 2 weeks on chart
- “Zitti e buoni”, No. 17 peak, 1 week on the chart
- “Arcade”, No.29 peak, 13 weeks on chart
- “Satellite”, No.30 peak, 3 weeks on chart
- “Toy” No.49 peak, 1 week on chart
- “Running Scared”, No.61 peak, 1 week on chart
- “Amar pelos dois” No.97 peak, 1 week on chart
“Zitti E Buoni” is a call for people to celebrate their uniqueness. The band thinks that is one of the reasons they managed to win Eurovision. Speaking to Variety, Victoria said: “The really great thing is that we came across as being real. [Our music] is something we really believe in and we’re simply ourselves, rather than conforming to the types of music that are more fashionable today.”
Ahead of Eurovision, wiwibloggers Lucy was really feeling it. She wrote: “There’s something truly magical about having the brass to send something as new to Eurovision as ‘Zitti e Buoni’. This is exactly the kind of music I adore away from Eurovision, so I’m obsessed. The charisma of lead singer Damiano lures you into this power move of a song. I can’t fault this entry — from start to finish it’s a hurricane of sheer cool.”
“I Wanna Be Your Slave” also charts
Måneskin are enjoying a double chart debut. Their album track “I Wanna Be Your Slave” has also made it to the UK charts, entering at No.83. While the English-language track has not been officially released as a single, it’s proving popular with Måneskin fans old and new.
During Eurovision itself, the band kindly sent us a performance of two songs for the Wiwi Jam — our online concert that aired on May 20. Filmed at Acquapendente studio, where they recorded their album, the group treated us to their Eurovision song, but also “I Wanna Be Your Slave”.
The video has amassed more than 5.6 million views at the time of writing this and has been trending on YouTube in countries from Serbia and Croatia to Norway and Ireland. We thank Måneskin for sharing this special performance and joining in on the Eurovision love. You can watch it above.
We’re thrilled to see that excerpts from their Wiwi Jam performance have been shared millions of times on TikTok. The song is also the second-highest charting song from any Italian group on the Spotify Top 200. It’s currently #28 with nearly 2.5 million streams.
What do you think? Can Måneskin take things even higher on the charts? Where are they charting in your country? Let us know in the comments box down below!