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The Eurovision Song Contest: The Winning Songs

Updated on July 26, 2017
2017 Winner: Salvador Sobral: Portugal
2017 Winner: Salvador Sobral: Portugal | Source

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.


Eurovision Winning Songs For 1956-1959

Year/Venue
Song
Artist
Winning 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
The Eurovision Winners of the 1950s

Lys Assia: The First Winner

Winner: André Claveau at the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest

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Eurovision Winning Songs For 1960-1968

Year/Venue
Song
Artist
Winning 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
The Eurovision Winners of the 1960s (to 1968)

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.


Song
Artist
Country
Un Jour, Un Enfant
Frida Boccara
France
Vivo Cantando
Salome
Spain
De Troubadour
Lenny Kuhr
The Netherlands
Boom Bang-A-Bang
Lulu
United Kingdom
Eurovision Joint Winners 1969

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.


Year/Venue
Song
Artist
Winning 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
The Eurovision Winners of the 1970s

Brotherhood Of Man: Winners of the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest

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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!

Year/Venue
Song
Artist
Winning 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
The Eurovision Winners of the 1980s

Johnny Logan: Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1980/1987

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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).


Date/Venue
Song
Artist
Winning 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
The Eurovision Winners of the 1990s

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.


Year/Venue
Song
Artist
Winning 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
The Eurovision Winners of the 2000s

Alexander Rybak: 2009 Eurovision Winner

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2005: Helena Paparizou: My Number One

Eurovision Winning Songs For 2010-

Year/Venue
Song
Artist
Winning 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
The Eurovision Winners of the 2010s (to date)

Emmelie de Forest: The 2013 Winner

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Winner 2017: Salvador Sobral: Amar Pelos Dois

Opinions, Opinions...

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!

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      Julia 2 years ago from Russia

      Nice, in-depth research.Thanks.

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      Mihaela Vrban 7 years ago from Croatia

      I grew up with this competition. :) Still, my all time favorites are ABBA: :)))

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      You make me wonder if you invented the Eurovision Song Contest because you really master the subject!

      Wonderful lens, as usual, Richard!

      Dom.

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      smange lm 7 years ago

      Wow - This lens rocks!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Wow! This is such a remarkable competition -- I was not familiar with it until now. Nicely done.

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