Published on May 12th, 2018 | by Jasmine Evans
The Best Eurovision Song Contest Winners of All Time
Today, we welcome the 63rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon.
As the longest running international TV-contest, the competition brings together countries from all around Europe, and even Australia, to take part in an annual sing off.
Since the first Eurovision contest held in Switzerland in 1956, Europe has seen some of the most amazing performances, from artists and bands that have grown to become some of the best names in show business. The Post Office shop have put together a list featuring the best winning songs and performances over the years.
ABBA – Waterloo (1974)
Sweden’s victory at the 1974 Eurovision has ABBA to say thank you for the music. Known as one of the most successful acts in the history of pop music, the band ABBA first showcased their worldwide hit Waterloo at the Eurovision Song Contest, which became one of the best-selling singles of all time. The band then went on to sell over 500 million records worldwide before splitting in 1982. Recently, the band confirmed that they would be making a comeback in 2018 by releasing two new songs, after 35 years apart – exciting!
In 2005, when Eurovision celebrated their 50th anniversary, Waterloo was selected as the best song ever to enter the competition. What do you think?
Celine Dion – Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi (1988)
Now known as the best-selling female artist of all time, it’s difficult to remember Celine Dion as the fresh-faced youngster performing on our screens in 1988. Dion gained global recognition at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988 performing the French song, Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi for Switzerland. The performance is recognised as one of the most outstanding performances of the show.
Emmelie De Forest – Only Teardrops (2013)
Another amazing entry to the competition in recent years, was Emmelie De Forest who sang Only Teardrops at Eurovision in 2013. Already a hit before the contest, the song reached number 1 in the Danish charts after her performance which won with an impressive 281 points.
Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up (1981)
Recognised as one of the best sing-along songs from the early 80s, the hit Making Your Mind Up by Bucks Fizz was first introduced to us Brits in the 1981 Eurovision. Achieving instant attention from their dance routine which involved the iconic skirt-rip, the song became one of three of the band’s UK number one singles.
Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah (2006)
Finland’s only winning performances at Eurovision to date, is the heavy metal band Lordi who scored an impressive 292 points with their song Hard Rock Hallelujah in 2006. The performance was one of the wackiest in Eurovision history, with all members of the band dressed as monsters. The single reached the number 1 spot in Finland and peaked at number 25 in the UK top 40. Whoever said heavy metal wasn’t for the masses?
Alexander Rybank – Fairytale (2009)
In 2009, a young Norwegian vocalist and violinist broke the record in Eurovision history as the performance that gained the highest points ever. Alexander Rybank won the competition with the song Fairytale, earning an astonishing 387 points. The single went on to become multi-platinum in Russia, with over 500,000 copies sold worldwide.
Alexander is hoping to replicate his success as he represents Norway again this year.