MY TOP 5: EUROVISION SONGS

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Say what you will about it, but Eurovision is as synonymous with my name as 7UP, Polos, and Coin Collecting. I do like it. My first memories with it were a decade ago, so to celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest and my association with it, I rank my top 5 best songs. Not all of them are winners, actually. Some winners are very bland. I’d make it a top 10, but guess what? I am lazy.

1.Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai

Well, lets start with this one from 2007, when I was 10 years old. And if you watch it, I think you will laugh hysterically. I pick this one because it perfectly encapsulates what the Song Contest has to offer. Be it Jedward, or this person here. It is one of the lighthearted entries. Most of my list is like this, because I find the more serious sounding songs to be pretty boring. Lasha Tumbai is a perfect example of the campness of the whole event.

2. Pollapönk – No Prejudice

Every year, my family and I rank the contestants of the Eurovision out of 12, and the guy with our highest score wins. Its not scientific, we just rank the ones we like the most based on our first listen. For 2014, this was who we voted for, and it was bottom 5. And that is B.S. This is a great song! 2014 was a great year for Eurovision, in my opinion. The winner was one I ranked highly as well, on my own score sheet, but this was my winner that night. The campness of Eurovision, with a good message against prejudice, I really love this one, as one of my subjectively favourite songs.

3. Alexander Rybak – Fairytale

Its not all campy acts, I will have a few serious ones, and this is the first winner I have on this list, and it is a great song. It is awesome. This guy is so, so talented, and he’s uber hot, ladies. This one is fast paced, and is actually pretty tragic. I love that I can listen to it repeatedly, it never goes old, it is awesome.

4. Waterloo- ABBA

It’d be a crime if I didn’t include this song, a crime against my Grandma, and Eurovision. Many consider this the definitive Eurovision song, and you will find it hard to argue, as it spawned one of the greatest pop acts of the 70’s. I do seriously believe though, that while we know this was ABBA’s first movement into greatness, I do feel people sometimes overlook that this is where it all started, and I also feel that this is where Eurovision became Eurovision. The flashy costumes, the music, the peppiness of the singer, THIS was the definitive moment when Eurovision became Eurovision.

Before I say my last pick, we will do some honourable mentions:

Conchita Wurst- Rise like a Pheonix

Cezar- It’s my life

Loreen- Euphoria

Those milk churning sexy girls from a couple of years ago…YOU KNOW WHO I MEAN

Father’s Ted and Dougal- My Lovely Horse (Not a real entry)

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5. Lordi- Hard Rock Halleujah

And if you didn’t see this coming, then I don’t know what’s up with you. THIS IS THE BEST EVER EUROVISION ENTRY EVER FOREVER. It wins because of how distinctive it was and still is. 9 year old Ben was watching BBC Breakfast in his Grandma and Grandad’s, and he saw Sussanna Reid talking about the favourites to win Eurovision, and this band came on, and she said something about christians saying that they were Satanists. I was obsessed with that all day, and then it happened. I watched the Eurovision. It was the weekend, I could stay up, and I was at my Grandparents. I pestered my Uncle, and we voted for Lordi. And Lordi won, because Lordi was awesome. And is the best Eurovision song ever.

The whole purpose of Eurovision was to do a simple task. It was to unite countries of Europe after the atrocities of the Second World War. It was 1956 when the first Eurovision Song contest occured, and it was 10 years ago I started watching it. It has its problems, often it can get Political in the voting process, and many countries on it are only on it because they happen to be on the Eurasian continent. But; despite all its flaws, we all come back to this wacky little competition, with Jedward, ABBA, Lordi, Celine Dion, Australian, and Justin Timberlake, because it is an institution. We here in the UK may see ourselves as British, not European, but Eurovision makes us forget this and we can unite as one Europe around the medium of sound.

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Since 2012, Benjamin Attwood has written for the If you Ask Ben blog.

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