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The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winning Songs

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Duncan Laurence - The Netherlands

Duncan Laurence - The Netherlands

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

The Eurovision Winners of the 1950s

Year/VenueSongArtistWinning Country

1956: Lugano, Switzerland

Refrain

Lys Assia

Switzerland

1957: Frankfurt, Germany

Net Als Toen

Corry Brokken

The Netherlands

1958: Hilversum, Netherlands

Dors, Mon Amour

Andre Claveau

France

1959: Cannes, France

Een Beetje

Teddy Scholten

The Netherlands

Lys Assia: The First Winner

Winner: André Claveau at the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Winning Songs For 1960-1968

The Eurovision Winners of the 1960s (to 1968)

Year/VenueSongArtistWinning Country

1960: London, UK

Tom Pillibi

Jacqueline Boyer

France

1961: Cannes, France

Nous, Les Amoureux

Jean-Claude Pascal

Luxembourg

1962: Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Un Premier Amour

Isabelle Aubret

France

1963: London, UK

Dansevise

Grethe & Jorgen Ingmann

Denmark

1964: Copenhagen, Denmark

Non Ho L'eta

Gigliola Cinquetti

Italy

1965: Naples, Italy

Poupee de Cire, Poupee de Son

France Gall

Luxembourg

1966: Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Merci Cherie

Udo Jurgens

Austria

1967: Vienna, Austria

Puppet on a String

Sandie Shaw

United Kingdom

1968: London, UK

La, La, La

Massiel

Spain

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.


Eurovision Joint Winners 1969

SongArtistCountry

Un Jour, Un Enfant

Frida Boccara

France

Vivo Cantando

Salome

Spain

De Troubadour

Lenny Kuhr

The Netherlands

Boom Bang-A-Bang

Lulu

United Kingdom

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.


The Eurovision Winners of the 1970s

Year/VenueSongArtistWinning Country

1970: Amsterdam, Netherlands

All Kinds of Everything

Dana

Ireland

1971: Dublin, Ireland

Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue

Severine

Monaco

1972: Edinburgh, UK

Apres Toi

Vicky Leandros

Luxembourg

1973: Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Tu Te Reconnaitras

Anne-Marie David

Luxembourg

1974: Brighton, UK

Waterloo

ABBA

Sweden

1975: Stockholm, Sweden

Ding-A-Dong

Teach-In

The Netherlands

1976: The Hague, Netherlands

Save Your Kisses For Me

Brotherhood of Man

United Kingdom

1977: London, UK

L'oiseau et L'enfant

Marie Myriam

France

1978: Paris, France

A-Ba-Ni-Bi

Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta

Israel

1979: Jerusalem, Israel

Hallelujah

Milk and Honey

Israel

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!

The Eurovision Winners of the 1980s

Year/VenueSongArtistWinning Country

1980: The Hague, Netherlands

What's Another Year

Johnny Logan

Ireland

1981: Dublin, Ireland

Making Your Mind Up

Bucks Fizz

United Kingdom

1982: Harrogate, UK

Ein Bisschen Frieden

Nicole

Germany

1983: Munich, Germany

Si La Vie Est Cadeau

Corinne Hermes

Luxembourg

1984: Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley

Herreys

Sweden

1985: Gothenburg, Sweden

La Det Swinge

Bobbysocks

Norway

1986: Bergen, Norway

J'aime la Vie

Sandra Kim

Belgium

1987: Brussels, Belgium

Hold Me Now

Johnny Logan

Ireland

1988: Dublin, Ireland

Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi

Celine Dion

Switzerland

1989: Lausanne, Switzerland

Rock Me

Riva

Yugoslavia

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).


The Eurovision Winners of the 1990s

Date/VenueSongArtistWinning Country

1990: Zagreb, Yugoslavia

Insieme 1992

Toto Cotugno

Italy

1991: Rome, Italy

Faangad Av En Stormwind

Carola

Sweden

1992: Malmo, Sweden

Why Me?

Linda Martin

Ireland

1993: Millstreet, Ireland

In Your Eyes

Niamh Kavanagh

Ireland

1994: Dublin, Ireland

Rock'n'Roll Kids

Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan

Ireland

1995: Dublin, Ireland

Nocturne

Secret Garden

Norway

1996: Oslo, Norway

The Voice

Eimear Quinn

Ireland

1997: Dublin, Ireland

Love Shine A Light

Katrina & the Waves

United Kingdom

1998: Birmingham, United Kingdom

Diva

Dana International

Israel

1999: Jerusalem, Israel

Take Me to Your Heaven

Charlotte Nilsson

Sweden

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.


The Eurovision Winners of the 2000s

Year/VenueSongArtistWinning Country

2000: Stockholm, Sweden

Fly on the Wings of Love

The Olsen Brothers

Denmark

2001: Copenhagen, Denmark

Everybody

Tanel Padar, Dave Benton & 2XL

Estonia

2002: Tallinn, Estonia

I Wanna

Marie N

Latvia

2003: Riga, Latvia

Every Way That I Can

Sertab Erener

Turkey

2004: Istanbul, Turkey

Wild Dances

Ruslana

Ukraine

2005: Kiev, Ukraine

My Number One

Helena Pararizou

Greece

2006: Athens, Greece

Hard Rock Hallelujah

Lordi

Finland

2007: Helsinki, Finland

Molitva

Marija Serifovic

Serbia

2008: Belgrade, Serbia

Believe

Dima Bilan

Russia

2009: Moscow, Russia

Fairytale

Alexander Rybak

Norway

Alexander Rybak: 2009 Eurovision Winner

2005: Helena Paparizou: My Number One

Eurovision Winning Songs For 2010-2019

The Eurovision Winners of the 2010s

Year/VenueSongArtistWinning Country

2010: Oslo, Norway

Satellite

Lena

Germany

2011: Dusseldorf, Germany

Running Scared

Ell & Nikki

Azerbaijan

2012: Baku, Azerbaijan

Euphoria

Loreen

Sweden

2013: Malmo, Sweden

Only Teardrops

Emmelie de Forest

Denmark

2014: Copenhagen, Denmark

Rise Like A Phoenix

Conchita Wurst

Austria

2015: Vienna, Austria

Heroes

Måns Zelmerlöw

Sweden

2016: Stockholm, Sweden

1944

Jamala

Ukraine

2017: Kiev, Ukraine

Amar Pelos Dios

Salvador Sobral

Portugal

2018: Lisbon, Portugal

Toy

Netta

Israel

2019: Tel Aviv: Israel

Arcade

Duncan Laurence

The Netherlands

Emmelie de Forest: The 2013 Winner

Winner 2019: Duncan Laurence - Arcade

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