I hope you have enjoyed last night’s semi-final (I’m preparing these posts beforehand, will comment on this year’s events later on) and I hope you’re enjoying my posts as well.
Today I am expanding to the rest of Europe and listing my overall favourites. Overall to a certain extent because I have limited my choices to the last decade. It would take me ages to sift through so many years (10 years of Eurovision are already a lot!) and it was probably from 2006 when I really started to get into the contest. You will understand better at the end of this top 10.
One warning: these are mostly based on my personal tastes and favourite genres, so many of them will be songs that did not place well or did not even pass to the final. See if you can remember them all!
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Part 3 – My Top 10 Eurovision Songs from the Last Decade (2006 – 2015)
10. Teräsbetoni – Missä miehet ratsastaa (Finland, 2008)
Finland is known for sending awesome rock tunes from time to time, and this is one of them. It is sung in Finnish, and they look like metalheads, kinda out of place in Eurovision, yet I still thought them to be entertaining. To this day, I still find myself mentally singing it.
9. Mihai Trăistariu – Tornerò (Romania, 2006)
Romania also has a reputation of sending songs of a particular genre: dance music. This country was already close to winning the contest in 2005 with “Let Me Try” by Luminita Anghel. The year after, they just missed the podium with this catchy song which included Italian words. I instantly raise my arms and shake my booty whenever this song comes up (it was quite a hit in Malta).
8. Amaury Vassili – Sognu (France, 2011)
France’s reputation in the Eurovision is not always the best. Although they have won in the past, they’ve been doing pretty poorly in the last years, and they are one of the few who remains proud by sending songs in the French language. In 2011, they sent a young tenor with a song in Corsican, which I never knew it could sound so fascinating. Sadly, he blundered a little in the first part of his stage performance, which probably cost him a Top 5 finish.
7. Hari Mata Hari – Lejla (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2006)
I know that many fans prefer the songs to be in English so that they can understand the lyrics, but if it had been up to me, I would oblige everyone to sing in their mother tongue. Bosnia and Herzegovina tend to submit songs that are not only in the local language but also with the local Balkan sound. And I have a soft spot for that. This song was amazing, and they placed 3rd, their best position to this day.
6. maNga – We Could Be The Same (Turkey, 2010)
Another country-specific genre in Eurovision which I totally love is Turkish rock! This band with a Japanese-sounding name rocked its way up to 2nd place with an uptempo tune and a cool performance on stage. Too bad they couldn’t snatch the win, thus remaining at just one victory to this day (2003).
5. Regina – Bistra Voda (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2009)
Yes, I really like Bosnian songs. This is another Balkan-sounding tune that sounds like a marching anthem. Perhaps not everyone remembers it as it was not as popular as “Lejla”, but it’s my favourite song from that country. Maybe it’s the rhythmic drumming that hypnotises me.
4. Petr Elfimov – Eyes That Never Lie (Belarus, 2009)
I wonder if anyone remembers this, considering that it did not even pass to the final night. Such a shame because I thought it was definitely a strong entry. For some reason, it reminds me of Bon Jovi.
3. Miodio – Complice (San Marino, 2008)
Here is another one that passed under the radar, from a country that is relatively still a baby in the contest. I see it difficult for poor San Marino ever to win the competition (but perhaps I shouldn’t say anything – my own country has never won yet). But I loved their first ever entry, and I even remember voting for them. Sadly they placed last in their semi-final.
2. Mor ve Ötesi – Deli (Turkey, 2008)
I already said that I love Turkish rock and this is the song that started it all. It’s energetic, the frontman has a mysterious charm that is quite attractive, and the Turkish language sounds beautiful. It is the only Eurovision act that I have followed outside the contest. Gosh, I think I really miss Turkey in the Eurovision.
1. Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah (Finland, 2006)
You should have seen this coming as soon as you saw a Finnish rock song on the list (which was the very first one). Lordi’s win was simply epic and a moment that changed the whole contest. No one believed they would win because what does rock have to do with Eurovision? And yet they did, and since then, more countries have dared to submit rock songs, though none were as original as Lordi. After their win, I started to have high hopes in the Eurovision and I began to follow it more closely.
Zlata Ognevich – Gravity (Ukraine, 2013)
If I had to choose the best Ukrainian song in Eurovision, it would have been the winning song from Ruslana in 2004, but that goes beyond my self-imposed period limit. So here is the 2013 entry instead: a fairytale-like song with a mesmerising setting and a charming performer. And it almost won! (It’s also Matt’s favourite, so this is also a tribute to him 😛 )
Marco Mengoni – L’essenziale (Italy, 2013)
I’m fond of Italian songs (duh, I even study the language) and I was super happy when the country made a comeback to Eurovision a few years ago. The above song is my favourite since their return, and it comes from the best (in my opinion) talent show winner in Italy. Amazing vocal abilities.
Hanna Pakarinen – Leave Me Alone (Finland, 2007)
I might as well put another rock song. This one again is from Finland, which was the host country right after Lordi’s win. It is not the same kind of rock, but perhaps it was too early to have another rock song doing well. It placed 17th.
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