The 2021 Winner
The Songs That Won The Eurovision Song Contest
Although much derided by music critics and the public alike, the Eurovision Song Contest has been pulling in huge European television audiences since its inception in 1956.
Over the years, many of the winning artists have fallen by the wayside, but several have gained international stardom through their participation. ABBA began their road to fame and fortune with Waterloo in 1974, while Celine Dion's big European break came in 1988 with the winning Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi.
Along the way, established artists such as Cliff Richard, The New Seekers, Olivia Newton-John and Lulu, who all represented the United Kingdom, have also taken part in Europe's biggest song competition to varying degrees of success.
Sometimes even those well-known names could not ensure the winner's place on the rostrum, as can be evidenced here with a gathering of all the Eurovision Song Contest's winning songs since the 1950s.
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Eurovision Winning Songs For 1956-1959
1956: Lugano, Switzerland
1957: Frankfurt, Germany
Net Als Toen
1958: Hilversum, Netherlands
Dors, Mon Amour
1959: Cannes, France
Lys Assia: The First Winner
Winner: André Claveau at the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest
Eurovision Winning Songs For 1960-1968
1960: London, UK
1961: Cannes, France
Nous, Les Amoureux
1962: Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Un Premier Amour
1963: London, UK
Grethe & Jorgen Ingmann
1964: Copenhagen, Denmark
Non Ho L'eta
1965: Naples, Italy
Poupee de Cire, Poupee de Son
1966: Luxembourg, Luxembourg
1967: Vienna, Austria
Puppet on a String
1968: London, UK
La, La, La
1967: Sandie Shaw: Puppet on a String
The Winning Eurovision Songs For 1969
In 1969, there was a four way tie for the winning song and no rules in place to break the deadlock. As a result, four countries shared the winner's rostrum: France, Spain, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Un Jour, Un Enfant
1969: Lulu: Boom Bang-A-Bang
Eurovision Winning Songs For 1970-1979
Possibly some of the best winning songs occurred during the 1970s. Here are those winners from 1970 to 1979.
1970: Amsterdam, Netherlands
All Kinds of Everything
1971: Dublin, Ireland
Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue
1972: Edinburgh, UK
1973: Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Tu Te Reconnaitras
1974: Brighton, UK
1975: Stockholm, Sweden
1976: The Hague, Netherlands
Save Your Kisses For Me
Brotherhood of Man
1977: London, UK
L'oiseau et L'enfant
1978: Paris, France
Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta
1979: Jerusalem, Israel
Milk and Honey
Brotherhood Of Man: Winners of the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest
1972: Vicky Leandros: Apres Toi
Eurovision Winning Songs For 1980-1989
While this decade produced some fine songs (and artists that became household names), the fashions and hairstyles left something to be desired!
1980: The Hague, Netherlands
What's Another Year
1981: Dublin, Ireland
Making Your Mind Up
1982: Harrogate, UK
Ein Bisschen Frieden
1983: Munich, Germany
Si La Vie Est Cadeau
1984: Luxembourg, Luxembourg
1985: Gothenburg, Sweden
La Det Swinge
1986: Bergen, Norway
J'aime la Vie
1987: Brussels, Belgium
Hold Me Now
1988: Dublin, Ireland
Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi
1989: Lausanne, Switzerland
Johnny Logan: Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1980/1987
1980: Johnny Logan: What's Another Year?
Eurovision Winning Songs For 1990-1999
This was Ireland's decade. Four winning songs, with the Celtic sound mesmerizing voters three years in a row (1992-1994 inclusive).
1990: Zagreb, Yugoslavia
1991: Rome, Italy
Faangad Av En Stormwind
1992: Malmo, Sweden
1993: Millstreet, Ireland
In Your Eyes
1994: Dublin, Ireland
Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan
1995: Dublin, Ireland
1996: Oslo, Norway
1997: Dublin, Ireland
Love Shine A Light
Katrina & the Waves
1998: Birmingham, United Kingdom
1999: Jerusalem, Israel
Take Me to Your Heaven
1991: Carola Fangad: Faangad Av En Stormwind
Eurovision Winning Songs For 2000-2009
Eurovision entered the new millennium with ever more countries participating in the contest. Eastern Europe was now heavily involved and this was reflected in the voting which appeared to show Eastern Bloc nations voting for their neighbours. Politically influenced voting also shut out some superior songs from either winning or reaching the Top 5.
2000: Stockholm, Sweden
Fly on the Wings of Love
The Olsen Brothers
2001: Copenhagen, Denmark
Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL
2002: Tallinn, Estonia
2003: Riga, Latvia
Every Way That I Can
2004: Istanbul, Turkey
2005: Kiev, Ukraine
My Number One
2006: Athens, Greece
Hard Rock Hallelujah
2007: Helsinki, Finland
2008: Belgrade, Serbia
2009: Moscow, Russia
Alexander Rybak: 2009 Eurovision Winner
2005: Helena Paparizou: My Number One
Eurovision Winning Songs For 2010-2019
2010: Oslo, Norway
2011: Dusseldorf, Germany
Ell & Nikki
2012: Baku, Azerbaijan
2013: Malmo, Sweden
Emmelie de Forest
2014: Copenhagen, Denmark
Rise Like A Phoenix
2015: Vienna, Austria
2016: Stockholm, Sweden
2017: Kiev, Ukraine
Amar Pelos Dios
2018: Lisbon, Portugal
2019: Tel Aviv: Israel
Emmelie de Forest: The 2013 Winner
2020: Contest Cancelled
2021: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Zitti E Buoni
Winner 2021: Måneskin - Zitti E Buoni
Love it or hate it, the Eurovision Song Contest has been around for over 60 years. Let us know what you think of the competition below!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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Mihaela Vrban from Croatia on March 13, 2010:
I grew up with this competition. :) Still, my all time favorites are ABBA: :)))
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Great memories!!! Some of these I had forgotten long ago so it was great to see them all again :)
Achim Thiemermann from Austin, Texas on May 10, 2008:
What a great trip down memory lane for me! Growing up in Germany, in the 50s, 60s, and 70s - we were glued to the TV sets, every year at Eurovision's time. Gigliola, France, Udo, ABBA - all very familiar characters from my past. Germany finally won in the year after my emigration to the US. (I don't think my move had anything to do with it, though!) 5*s
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Awesome kitsch-fest! My memories are very Brit-based but Eurovision is a true "European" phenomenon...and Abba's Waterloo has to be the best winner, ever. Surely?
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