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: 20 to 11
20. Kiana – “Where Did You Go” (Melodifestivalen)
Australian-Swedish singer Kiana made her debut at Melodifestivalen this year. It proved to be a successful one. Kiana sparkled on stage with her pop track “Where Did You Go” – and that was before she added the on-screen effects. Progressing from heat four with a subsequent trip through the semi-final, she eventually finished sixth in the grand final. Where did Kiana go? Right onto our music playlists.
19. Madame – “Il Bene Nel Male” (Sanremo)
Following a strong first Sanremo appearance in 2021, Madame returned for a second helping in 2023. This time it was with the song “Il Bene Nel Male” (“The Good In The Bad”). It turned into another hit for the star, peaking at #4 on the Italian charts. Madame didn’t quite reach the top five at the festival, finishing in seventh place – one up on her 2021 result.
Previous top national final songs: “Voce” (#24 in 2021)
18. Jerry Heil – “When God Shut The Door” (Vidbir)
In “WHEN GOD SHUT THE DOOR”, Jerry Heil sings about the spirit of the Ukrainian people during war. At times she’s deterministic, suggesting there’s little free will and that external forces are guiding all action. But the track also speaks about how after the bad times, the good times will always return: “I don’t want war / But He knows, sure / When God shut the door / He opens one more”. It concludes that goodness will win over evil and that the prayers of the Ukrainian people will eventually be heard. Full lyrics here.
17. OLLIE – “Venom” (Eesti Laul)
What we said: OLLIE brings the same nostalgic emo vibes we got from Finland’s Blind Channel in 2021, but dare I suggest he’s doing it better? OLLIE’s raw vocal is stunning, and “Venom” really builds throughout the verses to the powerful punch that is the chorus. (Lucy)
16. Hurricane – “Zumi zimi zami” (Pesma za Evroviziju)
Serbian girl group Hurricane have completely changed their line-up since appearing at Eurovision 2021. It’s now Jovana Radić, Sara Kourouma and Miona Srećković who front the trio. Hoping to follow in their predecessors’ footsteps, they transported us to the mystical Hurriland for their performance of “Zumi zimi zami” at Pesma za Evroviziju 23. But the trip didn’t end up with a stopover in Liverpool this time.
15. Jann – “Gladiator” (Tu bije serce Europy)
Eurodrama claxon! Jann was THE big fan favourite ahead of Poland’s Tu bije serce Europy with his dark and edgy alternative rock song “Gladiator”. He went on to top the televote at the national final. However, a fourth-place finish with the jury meant that he ultimately ended the night as the runner-up.
14. CONNOLY – “Midnight Summer Night” (Eurosong Ireland)
What we said: This is the most interesting entry in Ireland’s Eurosong 2023. Lana del Rey’s music style instantly springs to mind: The song has depth, mystery and sadness, plus it brings strong lyrics and a solid structure. I like the fact that it’s not just a linear sound. Yes, it’s peaceful and soothing, but it all leads to a climax. The lyrics speak about nostalgia, fear and detachment, but it’s all underscored with hope. CONNOLLY’s voice carries the song perfectly. (Ruxy)
13. Smash Into Pieces – “Six Feet Under” (Melodifestivalen)
Rock bands don’t always have the best results at Melodifestivalen. But Smash Into Pieces came to change that with their entry “Six Feet Under”. After heading direkt till final from heat four, the group walked away with the bronze medal and a #2 hit on the Swedish chart.
12. Elsa Lila – “Evita” (Festivali i Këngës)
In almost any other year it would be Elsa Lila who would be representing Albania at Eurovision. The singer claimed victory at Festivali i Këngës 61 with her song “Evita”, dedicated to her daughter. Sat on a stool and delivering pure emotion, many have tipped “Evita” as one of the best ballads of the season. But a rule change for the latest edition of the festival saw the introduction of a separate televote that determined the country’s Eurovision act, which swung in favour of Albina & Familja Kelmendi.
11. Keira – “No Business On The Dancefloor” (UMK)
What we said: Props to Keira for producing an absolutely solid pop-banger track. “No Business On The Dancefloor” is a modernised hark back to western ethno-pop fusions of the 2000s, with an undeniably catchy chorus and hook designed to burrow itself as an earworm. Very TikTok friendly. (Sebastian)
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.