The Eurovision 2023 season was once again filled to the brim with national finals. A total of 24 countries used a show to select their entry for the contest. Although we now have 24 winners who will move onto Eurovision, many of the other entries that didn’t make it will remain on our playlists for some time. To celebrate these acts, it’s time for our countdown of Team Wiwi’s top 50 national final songs of Eurovision 2023.
As usual, the team from wiwibloggs have voted for their favourite songs that competed in the national finals for Eurovision 2023 but were not selected. Note this is not an objective list, but is determined by the personal votes of a panel of wiwibloggers. We encourage you to share your own personal favourites in the comments below.
After reviewing the 100s of songs that were entered into this year’s national finals, we finally settled on our top 50. And now we’re ready to share it with y’all. We’ll reveal ten tracks each day until we reach the winner.
Let the countdown continue!
Team Wiwi’s top national final songs of Eurovision 2023: 40 to 31
40. Portion Boys – “Samaa taivasta katsotaan” (UMK)
What we said: A tongue-in-cheek geography lesson with a cracking melody! Portion Boys have carved another mega party hit whilst attempting to represent their country at Eurovision. Although “Samaa taivasta katsotaan” comes off as a gimmick, it holds enough charm to offset its critics. It’s pop, it’s rock, it’s anthemic schlager. But most of all, its underlying message is its greatest strength: Despite all our cultural quirks, we all look at the same sky. (Deban)
39. Paulina Paukštaitytė – “Let Me Think About Me” (Pabandom iš Naujo)
Paulina Paukštaitytė wants to think about herself for a moment, and our minds are on the Lithuanian star as well. Taking to the stage alone, Paulina delivered a sassy pop offering with an eye-catching light show. This took her all the way to the grand final of Pabandom iš Naujo 2023 and a respectable fifth-place finish.
38. Mr.Rain – “SUPEREROI” (Sanremo)
After trying to reach Sanremo on a number of previous occasions, Mr.Rain finally made his debut performance at the Ariston Theatre in 2023. And what a debut it turned out to be. He quickly turned into a favourite for his performance of “SUPEREROI” alongside a children’s choir. Eventually taking home the bronze medal, the outcome was sunny and bright for Mr.Rain.
37. Eline Thorp – “Not Meant To Be” (Melodi Grand Prix)
What we said: By far the biggest surprise for me at this years MGP. In a very good final, with nine great entries, this is my favourite. It’s difficult to explain why, I just love the beat and the feeling. It feels modern, at the same time nostalgic. The lyrics are great and she is an excellent vocalist. In a close and unpredictable final, this should score very well with the international juries and could also have enough public support for a very good result. (Jacob)
36. Jon Henrik Fjällgren & Arc North feat. Adam Woods – “Where You Are” (Melodifestivalen)
Soak it up, because this is the last time we’ll see Jon Henrik Fjällgren on the Melodifestivalen stage. The Swedish-Sami jojkare revealed this ahead of his performance in the grand final, where he finished fourth alongside Arc North and Adam Woods. The trio mixed joik and dance beats to bring us a Nordic party anthem like no other.
Previous top national final songs: “En värld full av strider (Eatneme gusnie jeenh dåaroeh)” (#9 in 2017), “Jag är fri (Manne Leam Frijje)” (#16 in 2015)
35. Lazza – “Cenere” (Sanremo)
What we said: This is such a timeless piece. “Cenere” sounds 2003, 2023 and 2323 at the same time, and it’s just what Italy needs to showcase in the contest. This hard-hitting urban banger flows like fine wine, and it’s very easy to get hooked replaying it. (Pablo)
34. Lxandra – “Something to Lose” (UMK)
What we said: A really lovely ballad. The lyrics are haunting and heart-breaking, but still sweet and tender. “Something to Lose” is utterly relatable and hits that spot in your brain that makes you consider your past relationships. Then your heart joins in, yearning for someone — and maybe someone to love. Gorgeous. (Tom)
33. Laurell – “Sober” (Melodifestivalen)
Laurell Barker has featured at Eurovision as a songwriter on multiple occasions. But now she was trying to reach the contest as a performer. The Canadian-born, Sweden-living singer got us all seeing things with her trippy performance of “Sober” at Melodifestivalen. The bop unfortunately didn’t make it out of heat three, but we won’t be forgetting those teddy bears in a hurry.
32. AIDAN – “Reġina” (Malta Eurovision Song Contest)
Eurodrama claxon! After finishing second at MESC 2022, AIDAN was one of the hot favourites going into this year’s edition. Things seemed to be going as expected with his performance at the quarter final. But then came the shocking news that the Maltese star had been disqualified from the contest due to his promotion on social media. We’ll never know how AIDAN would have fared if he had continued in the competition. But he at least remains the “Reġina” of our playlists.
Previous top national final songs: “Ritmu” (#18 in 2022)
31. Cláudia Pascoal – “Nasci Maria” (Festival da Canção)
Returning to the Festival da Canção stage this year was Cláudia Pascoal. Having won in 2018 with Isaura, this time the Eurovision alum performed a song she penned herself. “Nasci Maria” showcased Cláudia’s contemporary style and new dual hair colour. In the end, Cláudia took home the bronze medal, so we won’t get to see her back at Eurovision just yet.
Our top national final songs of Eurovision 2023 ranking is determined by independent votes from a panel of wiwibloggers. They are: Oliver A, Simon, Oliver R, Lukas, William, Ruxy, Lucy, Luis, Forrest, Pablo, Antony, Cinan, Freddy, Dayana, Antranig, Youyou, Jonathan, Deban, Mario, Sebastian, Edd, Padraig, Ron and Tom.
Which songs do you think should feature on the list? Are you surprised by our Eurovision 2023 national final top 50 choices? Let us know in the comments.