So Eurovision is approaching, in fact the 2018 grand final is tomorrow night and Anna is a huge Eurovision fan. She has grown up watching the show and she has a ton of songs that she still listens to. In her words is like her world cup. Now for the longest time, in Britain, Eurovision did not have the best reputation it was seen as camp and cheesy and it is, but it is also so much more. Anna ended up getting me invested and now I look forward to it almost as much as her. In fact we are even throwing a Eurovision party tomorrow.
In the lead up to this, I tasked Anna to give me her Top Ten Eurovision songs of all time. I might do my own list as there are a few she missed that i absolutely loved but for now. lets stick to the authority on all things Eurovision in my house. Without further Ado this is Anna’s Top Ten Eurovision songs of all time.
10: Witloof Bay – With Love Baby (Belgium 2011)
By her own admission Anna admits this is not the best song however it was one that stuck with her due to it’s originality among all the europop. This song was an attempt at A Capella in the Eurovision arena and although it didn’t score too well, Anna was a fan.
9: Anastasia Prikhodko – Mamo (Russia 2009)
Anna is Russian which is made all too abundant when Eurovision rolls round as she displays a national pride akin to a football fan at the world cup. As such she chose this entry from Russia in 2009 to represent her homeland. She feels the song was amazing and had great staging and if Alexander Rybak of Norway hadn’t won that year, the win would have gone to Russia. Personally i feel like there are better entries from Russia but I’ll show you my pick if i do a list of my own.
8: Raphael Gualazzi – Madness of Love (Italy 2011)
Honestly i didn’t ask too much about this track, Anna said it’s a beautiful song and she loves the bits in Italian. She said Italy tends to always make a strong showing and the language is beautiful. She is a big Jamie Cullum fan though and I feel that is why she likes this so much.
7: Sunstroke Project – Run Away (Moldova 2010)
To those of you unfamiliar with Eurovision but well versed in internet memes this might be the first (and possibly only) entry you may recognize. Sunstroke project shook the world when they introduced everybody to the one and only “Epic Sax Guy” with their track, Run Away. it didn’t place too high but it is fondly remembered.
6: Sunstroke Project – Hey Mamma (Moldova 2017)
What can i say? Sunstroke Project make good Europop. Last year Sunstroke made a triumphant return to Eurovision with epic sax guy in tow when they came third overall in the competition with this much more upbeat effort. I defy you to not hum along. this song will be stuck in your head for days.
5: Lena – Satellite (Germany 2010)
The first winner on Anna’s list sees Germany’s 2010 winner Lena with a fun little love song. It made a star of Lena in her home country and the song got radio play around world. It’s a catchy song with a nice chorus, but I personally prefer other songs from Germany, which again I may share if I do my own list.
4: Salvador Sobral – Amar Pelos Dios (Portugal 2017)
The winners are coming thick and fast now with 2017’s winner Salvador Sobral with Amar Pelos Dios. This song seemed to touch everybody who listened to it, scoring more points than any other song ever in Eurovision history. To this day neither of us know what the lyrics mean but Anna cries whenever she hears it. It’s a truly beautiful piece of music that gives off a “Moon River” vibe.
3: Domenico Modungo – Volare (Italy 1958)
The oldest and possibly most well known song on this list. Volare is one of those songs that transcends Eurovision and if i hadn’t just told you it was from Eurovision you would probably never know. Most people tend to think of the Dean Martin version when they hear this song (i know i did) but the original is just as good if not better. RIP Domenico.
2: Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai – (Ukraine 2007)
Taking 2nd place is international icon Verka Serduchka with the most fun song I have ever heard. This song has recently seen a bit of a resurgence as it featured in the Melissa McCarthy movie Spy in 2015. This song is a personal favourite of Anna’s and mine and it embodies everything camp about Eurovision. In fact it was very nearly Anna’s number 1. I know what you’re thinking…and no, unfortunately it did not win in 2007.
Honourable Mention: Jessy matador – Allez Ola Ole (France 2010)
The least french song you have ever heard come from France this is mainly on the list because Anna heard it the other day and was shocked that she forgot it and she had to find a place on the list.
So, we have reached the number 1 spot, we have had the camp, we have had the beautiful and even the weird, but the number one spot brings something a little different to pop music. boyband good looks and a violin.
1: Alexander Rybak – Fairytale – (Norway 2009)
It was mentioned near the start of this list. Alexander Rybak held the record for highest points scored in Eurovision until last year with this amazing song. It gets you hyped, it’s easy to sing along to, it ticks all the right boxes…and Anna has a crush on Alexander Rybak, becoming a huge fan after this song. Fairytale launched Rybak to new heights and he has seen steady popularity since, making songs for the Dreamworks movie How to Train Your Dragon and even re-entering Eurovision this year (albeit with a much worse song). Fairytale is a great song that you will find yourself humming when you don’t notice and dancing to when you do notice.
There you have it, the top ten Eurovision songs according to Anna. I disagree with some but that’s what these lists are for. Let me know what you thought of the list below and what songs you would put in your top ten. If you don’t watch Eurovision and you enjoyed this list, check it out and see which Tv network is showing it in your home and check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
Maybe i’ll post a list tomorrow who knows. Peg Out.