The semi-finals of Eurovision 2022 have come and gone. And in their wake we have at least one useful indicator of which songs generated buzz across Europe — and the rest of the world — thanks to the Spotify Global Viral charts.
On the morning of Friday 13 May — just one day before the grand final — three songs sat in the Top 50: “Stefania” from Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra; “Give That Wolf a Banana” from Norway’s Subwoolfer; and “De Diepte” from The Netherlands’ S10.
Eurovision songs from Ukraine and Norway climb Spotify Global Viral Top 50
Ukraine’s entry, which celebrates the strength and love of mothers, has taken on a new meaning in the light of Russia’s invasion. It’s come to symbolise the strength of Mother Ukraine and the children fighting to protect her.
It remains to be seen whether Ukrainian folk-rap will go down with the juries. But, based on their position on the Spotify chart, it would seem the public is interested in what they’ve got to offer.
As of 15:30 CEST, Ukraine has the highest-charting song at #32.
That puts them just ahead of Norway’s Subwoolfer — the yellow wolves from outer space who have come to Earth to slay the dance floor. They currently sit at #33. Their intergalactic staging has a DJ seemingly floating in the background while our favourite furries perform eye-popping choreo.
The only other Eurovision song in the Top 50 comes from the Netherlands, which sits at #47.
Unlike Ukraine and Norway’s offerings, S10 is reaching people with an emotional ballad. “De Diepte” — The Depth — is an ode to her dark and difficult past, which has helped make her the woman she is.
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