The Eurovision has given us a lot of seriously cool stuff down through the years. From all sorts of seriously wacky performances to some very strange facts, the annual song contest never fails to entertain us with its unique blend of colourful costumes, dizzying light shows and sheer abject strangeness.
The Eurovision’s Best Songs
But let’s get back to the real reason why the Eurovision has remained popular for so long; the incredible music it’s given us over the years. Yes, we cannot deny that there have been quite a few absolutely dreadful ones too, but this post is all about the positivity, and these songs have stood the test of time. They still find their way onto people’s favourite playlists, are played on the radio all the time and make us happy beyond belief.
Here are the absolute best tunes the Eurovision has given us. (Note how many of these are Irish!)
10. ABBA – Waterloo
We had to include the most successful Eurovision Song Contest story of all time – ABBA. Waterloo is still a great tune, and we’re never sad to hear it on the radio. The band won in 1974 for the song and it’s still a cracker.
9. Brotherhood of Man – Kisses For Me
The UK’s winning entry in 1976 is a song we love to hate. It’s so cringy, but also oh so catchy! This is the kind of cheese that makes the Eurovision famous. Plus, check out that suit – just brilliant!
8. Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan – Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids
Tissues at the ready! Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids stole the show in 1994 and it’s still one of the best tunes of all time. Not just in terms of the Eurovision, but in terms of all music. The word classic barely does it justice. This one is staying around forever – and it’s quite the tearjerker!
7. Johnny Logan – Hold Me Now
Speaking of tearjerkers AND Irish anthems, Johnny Logan’s Hold Me Now won big in 1987. It remains one of the best Irish entries of all time and was so popular that they brought it back for a series of McDonald’s ads.
6. Conchita Wurst – Rise Like A Phoenix
Austria’s winning in 2014 showed us that appearances can be deceiving. A lot of people wrote Conchita Wurst off as a novelty/gimmick act, but she wowed us all with her amazing voice. The song title ‘Rise Like A Phoenix‘ was very appropriate too, as it launched her into superstardom!
5. The Olsen Brothers – Fly On The Wings Of Love
We cannot believe this was nearly 20 years ago… Fly On The Wings Of Love has been remixed and reused so many times, that a lot of people don’t remember the original, but they should as it is a classic number which proves that Eurovision songs can excel outside of the contest itself.
4. Niamh Kavanagh – In Your Eyes
Getting back to the Irish buzz, this song is an absolute belter from a time when Ireland seemingly couldn’t help but win the Eurovision almost every year. To this day In Your Eyes remains one of the most requested karaoke tunes going!
3. Loreen – Euphoria
This dance song still gets us going on a night out. Loreen’s Euphoria became the song which received the most ever points in the Eurovision Song Contest’s long history in 2012, winning the competition at a canter. A real floor filler, Euphoria takes some beating!
2. Jedward – Lipstick
This may be a controversial entry, BUT like it or not this was a seriously catchy song by Jedward. And the performance was one of the most energetic and memorable of recent years – they were robbed!
1. Dana – All Kinds Of Everything (Remind Me Of You)
This is one for your granny. Dana’s All Kinds Of Everything made so many Irish mammies happy back in 1970. While it is a little bit on the corny side for a lot of modern tastes, there can be no denying that it is a sweet little number that will be remembered fondly forever.