The end of 2021 is here. And that means one thing — the return of Team Wiwi’s annual Top Tracks countdown.

As usual, the team from wiwibloggs have voted for their favourite new songs released in 2021 by Eurovision stars. 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.

Songs that were selected for Eurovision or competed in national finals were excluded (they’ve been analysed to death in our jury reviews). However, the other new songs VICTORIA released as potential Eurovision entries were made eligible for voting since it wasn’t a formal national final (and they were not included in our top national final songs countdown).

At least one singer of the song must have competed at Eurovision as part of the main act to be eligible. Acts who had been chosen for Eurovision 2020 but were not reselected for the 2021 contest were still included in the voting.

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 2021: 10 to 1

10. Hurricane – “Legalan”

What we said:  “Legalan” is in line with what we expect from the Serbian trio – a catchy pop banger. In the lyrics, Sanja, Ivana and Ksenija are having a hard time seeing the person they have feelings for going out with another woman and they wish it could be them: “When I saw you with her / It kept getting on my nerves / I was embarrassed for myself / I was getting high off you as if off a drug / Oh if you were only le-le-le-legal”. (Jonathan)

Previous top tracks: “Folir’o”(#36 in 2020), “Lopove” (#46 in 2020)

9. ABBA – “I Still Have Faith In You”

What we said: They won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974, launching their global career and paving the way for Sweden’s powerhouse music industry. And now, after a 40-year wait, ABBA are back with a brand new album called Voyage. The band have just shared two tracks from the album, including “I Still Have Faith in You”, which will no doubt feature in their upcoming digital concert. (William)

Previous top tracks: “When You Danced With Me” (#12 in 2021)

8. Hurricane – “Do neba”

What we said: Hu-Hu-Hu-HURRICANE! With summer heating up and lockdowns being eased across Europe, the girls are ready to start the party. Their new song “Do neba” just landed and our girls are already making the most of the beach. “Do neba” (“To heaven”) is another Serbian-language pop song. But instead of the intense electronic party action of “Hasta la vista” and “Loco Loco”, their newest is much more relaxed. The deep bass lines and synths have been replaced with chill guitars and a saxophone. But of course, the passion and the energy is still there, and we love this new look from Sanja, Ivana and Ksenija. (Natalie)

Previous top tracks: “Legalan” (#10 in 2021), “Folir’o”(#36 in 2020), “Lopove” (#46 in 2020)

7. Albina – “La La Love”

What we said: Croatia’s very own Albina is getting all fired up for the summer with “La La Love”. Not to be confused with Ivi Adamou’s or Eden Alene’s songs of the same name, Albina’s “La La Love” is a sultry summertime anthem complete with synth horns, a funky bassline and Spanish lyrics. “It’s a type of female anthem”, Albina tells wiwibloggs. “It depicts different states of women’s character — one day you want someone by your side and the other you would rather dance alone — ‘bailar sola’. Women are often indecisive, but they always find their way to please themselves.” (Oliver)

6. Ulrikke – “Falling Apart”

What we said: Despite Covid-19 putting a halt to her dream of performing at Eurovision 2020, Norway’s Ulrikke is moving forward and not letting her spirit drop. The star debuted her new single “Falling Apart” at the Melodi Grand Prix 2021 grand final. Unlike the emotional ballad of her intended Eurovision entry “Attention”, this new track is an upbeat dance offering ready to get people moving. Lyrically, Ulrikke sings about a special someone who helps her through difficult times: “When I’m falling apart / You go and make it whole again / Every piece of my heart / Baby, you make it whole again”. (Jonathan)

5. Polina Gagarina – “Вчера”

What we said: Out with the old and in with the new. Polina Gagarina is starting a new era of her career, and based on the first song alone it’s looking like it’ll be a very exciting one. The Eurovision 2015 runner-up has released “Вчера” (“Yesterday”), where she’s breaking free of the things that used to hold her back: “I’m killing insomnia in the dance / Overtaking with an insane speed, yesterday, yesterday / I’m not trying to understand you anymore / How could all this hold me yesterday, just yesterday”. It’s a dynamic track that brings out a fiery, strong and bold side to the Russian singer. Polina has always had a range of tracks in her discography beyond just power ballads. However, “Вчера” really shakes things up and exposes Polina as a true popstar, nae superstar! (Jonathan)

Previous top tracks: “Небо в глазах” (#25 in 2020), “Зима” (#28 in 2020), “На расстоянии” (#38 in 2020), “Меланхолия” (#38 in 2018), “Я не буду” (#13 in 2015)

4. VICTORIA – “the funeral song”

What we said: Though its title is rather macabre, “the funeral song” is about learning to love yourself and celebrate life. In the words of the legendary Ms. RuPaul Charles, if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else? “What happens when we lose everything? What should we actually appreciate most while we are here on Earth?” VICTORIA asks. “With this song I want to tell people that they should take care and live in the moment. We all need to love and cherish ourselves.” (Oliver)

Previous top tracks: “imaginary friend” (#30 in 2021), “phantom pain” (#44 in 2021), “alright.” (#21 in 2020)

3. VICTORIA – “The Worst”

What we said: “It’s a funny story,” Bulgaria’s Eurovision 2021 singer VICTORIA says of writing her new single “The Worst”. “We started writing it during the Eurovision contest when we were in the hotel in Rotterdam. We were just staying in the hotel doing nothing, just waiting for the rehearsals…and I was like why can’t we just start a session or something?” The result marks an evolution in VICTORIA’s sound. While remaining true to her minimalist style, VICTORIA reaches for the synth to add new dimension. As ever the song remains anchored by emotion and heart, and tells a universal story we can all relate to. At times the lyrics are a little dark. As she sings, “You’re the worst. I’ll make sure nobody loves you.” (William)

Previous top tracks: “the funeral song” (#4 in 2021), “imaginary friend” (#30 in 2021), “phantom pain” (#44 in 2021), “alright.” (#21 in 2020)

2. Måneskin – “I WANNA BE YOUR SLAVE”

What we said: Driven by guitar and drum, the song nods to the band’s idols like Franz Ferdinand and Royal Blood. But the overriding sense of freedom and the elevation of something raw makes this very much Måneskin. Frontman Damiano David draws you in with his gentle rasp, waxing on his conflicting desires, before launching into an in-your-face meditation on redemption and how, good or bad, we’ve all got a story to tell. The song is told from the perspective of someone who has it bad for the object of their affection. The lyrics recount their obsession and how they’re willing to enslave themselves if that’s what it takes to win them over — perhaps for a lifetime, perhaps just for the night. (William)

1. Måneskin – “MAMMAMIA”

What we said: Given the visual tease, it’s no surprise that “MAMMAMIA” — the band’s latest single — doesn’t just nod to sex, but makes it the star attraction. The three-minute song is a full-frontal burst of libido, layered over pulsating rhythm and guitar strums. Damiano’s smoky vocal carries some extra smoke and plenty of swagger. You need the latter to deliver lines like, “They ask me why I’m so hot, ’cause I’m Italiano.” Lyrically, sex is couched in terms of freedom and liberation. In the chorus, Damiano begs someone “to spit your love on me” while explaining he’s on his knees. He’ll keep the entire affair (or exploration or transaction, depending on your take) a secret so long as he can “get a taste.” Boundaries are here to be pushed: “Tell me your limit and we’ll cross the line again.” (William)

Our Top Tracks of 2021 ranking is determined by independent votes from a panel of wiwibloggers. They are Jonathan, Renske, Oliver, Robyn, Tom, William, Cinan, Mario, Padraig and Josh.

What do you think of our top tracks of 2021? Are you surprised by our choices? Let us know in the comments.

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Anna Banana
Anna Banana
4 months ago

I would have swapped Hurricane’s “Legalan” for “Koraci” or put “Koraci” above “Do Neba”

vetrina
vetrina
4 months ago

ABBA’s “Don’t Shut Me Down”?!

ooo
ooo
4 months ago

Where is Aeraki by Eleni Foureira?

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 months ago

Bit of a late release but I’ve been loving a bit of Arilena Ara and Gjon’s Tears. :3

Sabrina
Sabrina
4 months ago

I’ll pretend the top 2 went to a couple of songs in Italian on Maneskin’s great album. They’re so much better than these 2.

Besides them, the best albums from Eurovision artists I’ve listened to in 2021 are Mahmood’s (this guy simply doesn’t have a bad track yet) and Barbara Pravi’s. Victoria’s “Dive into the Unknown” and Imaginary Friend” are very good too.

Paca
Paca
4 months ago

The worst song of Maneskin is your #1….. Wtf

Sale
Sale
4 months ago

Saute ended the top 10 easily, tasteless for sure lol

esc_fl
esc_fl
4 months ago

Um, Saute?

Will
Will
4 months ago

I would have placed something from Amir in the top 50. Luca Hanni had some fun tracks as well.

Grft
Grft
4 months ago

Justice for Barbara Pravi’s Saute which deserved top5! Mahmood with KLAN as well. Mammamia is a flop and all of the songs on the last Maneskin EP were better (especially the ones in Italian) but ok I guess.

vangelis vt
vangelis vt
4 months ago

Victoria, Albina and Hurricane but no Barbara or the Roop. Are you trolling us?

Last edited 4 months ago by vangelis vt
btw
btw
4 months ago

Albina <3

Esc addict
Esc addict
4 months ago

But where is “saute” by Miss Pravi? It’s incomprehensible…

lasse braun
lasse braun
4 months ago

your no.1 is a very good choice – i like this song,too but my no.1 of the year is:
KRUT – Sounds of Chornobyl(3rd place vidbir 2020)
happy new year!
🙂

Last edited 4 months ago by lasse braun
Peeves
Peeves
4 months ago

Mammamia is such a weak song. Very Bad Choice for #1 this year. I Wanna Be Your Slave is like 10x better.

Beatrice
Beatrice
4 months ago

Where’s Netta’s CEO?
Hmmmmm…. Deliberate ignoring her? Hurricane? Victoria? Maneskin 2 songs in the top 10 and Netta not even in the top 50???
Oh well, I’m done!

Last edited 4 months ago by Beatrice
ooo
ooo
4 months ago
Reply to  Beatrice

It’s her worst song yet why would it be here lmao

Jo.
Jo.
4 months ago

my ranking would definitely have barbara pravi and mahmood in the top 10.

Stan
Stan
4 months ago

I’m so happy for VICTORIA! My fav singer! She don’t have a weak song. She deserve to be famous in the whole world! Good luck girl. Love you!

Last edited 4 months ago by Stan
yom124
yom124
4 months ago

Bruh what, Mammamia was incredibly weak, it got bashed by a wide range of music critics. Dissapointed that most of the top 50 this year isnt really about good songs just whoever was trending in the community in the last year.

Last edited 4 months ago by yom124
Vale
Vale
4 months ago

I just don’t get it. Maneskin songs in Italian are great and they are completly ignored. Why? Mammamia in the first place doesn’t make sense.

Last edited 4 months ago by Vale
Roodi
Roodi
4 months ago

why is Mamma mia number one that song tanked so hard

Viggz
Viggz
4 months ago

Happy to see VICTORIA from Bulgaria in Top 4 and Top 3. I love her songs! ?

Last edited 4 months ago by Viggz
Sarodm23
Sarodm23
4 months ago
Reply to  Viggz

Shes amazing! Her whole album is incredible. Greetings from Warsaw!

Last edited 4 months ago by Sarodm23
Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago

loving this heavy victoria presence ! funeral song was my favorite. and the mahmood top 2 is deserved.

Last edited 4 months ago by Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
4 months ago

help they were giving soldi on the radio when i typed that

Last edited 4 months ago by Polegend Godgarina
Frisian esc
Frisian esc
4 months ago

I really miss abba ‘don’ t shut me down’ in the list. It was their best new song imo.

Grftn
Grftn
4 months ago

Lmao I wanna be your slave is ten Times better twan mamma mia

Ulla Rajala
Ulla Rajala
4 months ago

I really like Måneskin’s Italian output. You should be telling of it as well. Plus where is Abba’s Don’t shut me down?

Alo
Alo
4 months ago

I’m surprised mammamia is number one. Maneskin has muchh better songs in their latest album including iwbys.

Azaad
Azaad
4 months ago
Reply to  Alo

Not going to lie, whilst Maneskin are incredibly charismatic, post ESC their English discography isn’t that great. It’s a bit sellout to be honest but this doesn’t negate their victory in Rotterdam.