The ultimate list – my 10 favourite Eurovision winners

DISCLAIMER: Having only been alive for the last eighteen years, I cannot admit to knowing every Eurovision song back to front. But because I love it so much, I have done my best. In compiling this top 10 I have used YouTube to peruse all 54 winners, reminding myself of the earliest, in order to make my decision. The predominance of winners from the last few decades isn’t due to ignorance of Eurovision’s humble beginnings, but my personal musical taste.

Let’s start le countdown…


1981 – UNITED KINGDOM – ‘Making Your Mind Up’ – Bucks Fizz


1987 – IRELAND – ‘Hold Me Now’ – Johnny Logan


2007 – SERBIA – ‘Molitva’ – Marija Serifovic


2003 – TURKEY – ‘Everyway That I Can’ – Sertab Erener


1974 – SWEDEN – ‘Waterloo’ – ABBA


2008 – RUSSIA – ‘Believe’ – Dima Bilan


2001 – ESTONIA – ‘Everybody’ – Tanel Padar & Dave Benton with 2XL


1995 – NORWAY – ‘Nocturne’ – Secret Garden


2000 – DENMARK – ‘Fly On The Wings of Love’ – Olsen Brothers

And my very favourite Eurovision winner of ALL TIME is (drum roll please)…


1991 – SWEDEN – ‘Fångad Av En Stormvind’ – Carola


Sweden, as you may have noticed, is the only country to appear twice in my top ten. But despite the continuing fame and string of hits enjoyed by ABBA, it is Carola who gets my vote for her faultless performance of a catchy, energetic slice of Europop which I never tire of listening to. Now for an exceptionally corny pun – I’m captured by a you storm, Carola! Ah, went down like a lead iguana.

This was a very difficult list to make (I’m still not 100% sold on my own judgement). So I couldn’t post without listing those that just missed out on making my top ten:

 #11 – 2009 – NORWAY – ‘Fairytale’ – Alexander Rybak

#12 – 1994 – IRELAND – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids’ – Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan

#13 – 1977 – FRANCE – ‘L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant’ – Marie Myriam

#14 – 1973 – LUXEMBOURG – ‘Tu Te Reconnaîtras’ – Anne-Marie David

#15 – 1982 – GERMANY – ‘Ein Bisschen Frieden’ – Nicole

Please share with me your thoughts on my list. How would yours have been different? I’m very open to your opinions. Unless they challenge mine. Ha ha.

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