All the Eurovision winning songs that have charted on the UK Official Top 100 Singles Chart
The United Kingdom have been one of the longest participating nations in the Eurovision Song Contest. We have previously looked at ‘All the UK Eurovision entries that have charted on the UK Official Top 100 Singles Chart’ with 57 our of their 62 Eurovision entries charting in the UK charts. Today, we explore all the Eurovision winning songs that have charted on the UK singles chart.
Out of all the 67 Eurovision winning songs, 45 songs have reached the the Top 100 UK Singles Chart. 21 songs failed to chart on the UK Singles Chart and three failed to reach the Top 100. Two reached the Top 100 via cover versions by other artists and one, Marija Šerifović’s ‘Molitva’, the Eurovision winning song from 2007 only reached No. 112.
In this list we have ranked all the Top 100 charting singles in order of their peak positions, then number of weeks at their peak, then number of weeks in the Top 5, Top, 10, Top 20, Top 40, Top 75 and so on.
This list has been complied by the Official Charts archive which you can find here. The Official Singles Chart is complied by the following charts:
NME Singles Chart from November 1952 to February 1960
Record Retailer Singles Chart from March 1960 to February 1969
Singles Chart (complied by BMRB) from February 1969 to December 1983
Singles Chart (complied by Gallup) from January 1983 to February 1994
Singles Chart (complied by Kantar - formerly Millward Brown) from February 1994 to present day
45. Salvador Sobral - ‘Amar pelos dois’ - Portugal - 2017 (No. 97 - 1 week on chart)
44. Secret Garden - 'Nocturne' - Norway - 1995 (No. 90 - 1 week on the chart)
43. Corinne Hermès - 'Si la vie est cadeau' - Luxembourg - 1983 (No. 89 - 1 week on the chart)
42. Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan - 'Rock 'n' Roll Kids' - Ireland - 1994 (No. 83 - 1 week on the chart)
41. Sertab Erener - 'Everyway That I Can' - Turkey - 2003 (No. 72 - 1 week on the chart)
40. Duncan Laurence - 'Arcade' - Netherlands - 2019 (No. 67 - 1 week on the chart)
39. Ell and Nikki - 'Running Scared' - Azerbaijan - 2011 (No. 61 - 1 week on the chart)
38. Linda Martin - 'Why Me' - Ireland - 1992 (No. 59 - 1 week on the chart)
37. Netta - 'Toy' - Israel - 2018 (No. 49 - 1 week on the chart)
36. Ruslana - 'Wild Dances' - Ukraine - 2004 (No. 47 - 1 week on the chart)
35. Herreys - 'Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley' - Sweden - 1984 (No. 46 - 1 week on the chart)
34. Bobbysocks! - 'La det swinge' - Norway - 1985 (No. 44 - 1 week on the chart)
The English version of the song charted as the single in the UK, called ‘Let It Swing’.
33. Marie Myriam - 'L'oiseau et l'enfant' - France - 1977 (No. 42 - 1 week on the chart)
32. Eimear Quinn - 'The Voice' - Ireland - 1996 (No. 40 - 1 week on the chart)
31. Udo Jürgens - 'Merci, Chérie' - Austria - 1966 (cover version No. 36 - 1 week on the chart)
Udo Jürgens' Eurovision winning song was covered by traditional pop music singer Vince Hill. His version of the song ‘Merci Cherie’ reached No. 36 for a single week in 1966. His highest entry in the UK would end up being a year later in 1967 with the song ‘Edelweiss’ which reached No. 2.
30. Massiel - 'La, la, la' - Spain - 1968 (No. 35 - 1 week on the chart)
29. Jacqueline Boyer - 'Tom Pillibi' - France - 1960 (No. 33 - 2 week on the chart)
'Tom Pillibi’ would go on to be the first Eurovision winning song to reach the UK singles chart. It debuted at No. 33, remaining in the same spot the following week, before dropping out of the chart. It is only one of two of France’s winning Eurovision songs to chart in UK out of their five wins.
28. Lena - 'Satellite' - Germany - 2010 (No. 30 - 1 week on the chart)
27. Lordi - 'Hard Rock Hallelujah' - Finland - 2006 (No. 25 - 1 week on the chart)
26. Niamh Kavanagh - 'In Your Eyes' - Ireland - 1993 (No. 24 - 1 week on the chart)
25. Charlotte Nilsson - 'Take Me to Your Heaven' - Sweden - 1999 (No. 20 - 1 week on the chart)
24. Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta - 'A-Ba-Ni-Bi' - Israel - 1978 (No. 20 - 1 week on the chart)
23. Conchita Wurst - 'Rise Like a Phoenix' - Austria - 2014 (No. 17 - 1 week on the chart)
'Rise Like a Phoenix' may have only reached No. 17 on the Top 100 UK Singles chart, but it did manage to reach No. 1 on the UK Indie chart. Conchita Wurst’s powerful ballad charted relatively well across Europe, reaching No. 1 in Austria and the Top 10 in 11 other countries.
22. Gigliola Cinquetti - 'Non ho l'età' - Italy - 1964 (No. 17 - 1 week on the chart)
The only Italian Eurovision winning entry out of their two wins to chart in the UK. 'Non ho l’età' is surprisingly the second longest charting Eurovision winning song in the UK singles chart with one less week than ‘Puppet on a String’ which charted for 18 weeks. 'Non ho l’età' hovered in the Top 20 for only four weeks. The song reached No. 1 in Italy, Belgium and France.
21. Emmelie de Forest - 'Only Teardrops' - Denmark - 2013 (No. 15 - 1 week on the chart)
20. Teach-In - 'Ding-a-dong' - Netherlands - 1975 (No. 13 - 1 week on the chart)
19. Anne-Marie David - 'Tu te reconnaîtras' - Luxembourg - 1973 (No. 13 - 3 week on the chart)
The English version of the song charted as the single in the UK, called ‘Wonderful Dream’.
18. Måns Zelmerlöw - 'Heroes' - Sweden - 2015 (No. 11 - 1 week on the chart)
17. Dana International - 'Diva' - Israel - 1998 (No. 11 - 1 week on the chart)
16. Alexander Rybak - 'Fairytale' - Norway - 2009 (No. 10 - 1 week on the chart)
15. Séverine - 'Un banc, un arbre, une rue' - Monaco - 1971 (No. 9 - 1 week on the chart)
14. Olsen Brothers - 'Fly on the Wings of Love' - Denmark - 2000 (cover version No. 8 - 3 week on the chart)
It wasn’t the Olsen Brothers actual Eurovision winning song to reach the top 100 in the UK, 'Fly on the Wings of Love’ only managed to reach No. 160 in the UK singles chart. An EDM cover version of the Olsen Brothers’ song managed to reach the top 10 in 2003, it is by XTM & DJ Chucky Presents Annia. It remains the highest Eurovision winning song from the 2000’s in our list.
13. Milk and Honey - 'Hallelujah' - Israel - 1979 (No. 5 - 8 weeks on the chart)
=11. Katrina and the Waves - 'Love Shine a Light' - United Kingdom - 1997 (No. 3 - 16 weeks on the chart)
The UK’s last Eurovision winning song is surprisingly the lowest charting from the UK in our list. 'Love Shine a Light’ was held back from the top spot by Olive’s ‘You’re Not Alone’ at No.1 and Sarah Brightman with Andrea Bocelli’s ‘Time To Say Goodbye (Con the partiro) at No. 2. It charted relatively well across Europe reaching the top 5 in six countries. More recently it featured in the Eurovision replacement show ‘Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light’ performed by the contestants of the cancelled Eurovision Song Contest 2020, minus Hooverphonic.
=11. Loreen - 'Euphoria' - Sweden - 2012 (No. 3 - 16 weeks on the chart)
Narrowly missing out on the Top 10 in our list, ‘Euphoria’ is the highest charting Eurovision winning song from the 2010’s. It did reach No.1 across 17 countries in Europe, but only No. 3 for a single week in the UK. ‘Euphoria’ was held back from the top spot by Rudimental featuring John Newman with ‘Feel The Love’ at No. 1 and Fun featuring Janelle Monae with ‘We Are Young’ at No. 2. The epic Eurovision entry did reach No.2 on the UK Dance chart.
10. Johnny Logan - 'Hold Me Now' - Ireland - 1987 (No. 2 - 11 weeks on the chart)
‘Hold Me Now’ was held back from the No.1 spot by Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)’.
9. Lulu - 'Boom Bang-a-Bang' - United Kingdom - 1969 (No. 2 - 13 weeks on the chart)
Only the UK Eurovision winning entry from 1969 managed to chart on the UK singles chart. 'Boom Bang-a-Bang' was prevented from reaching the top spot by Marvin Gaye with ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’. It will be Lulu’s second best charting single and her best charting as a solo artist. She did reach the No. 1 spot of the UK singles chart in 1993 with ‘Relight My Fire’ featuring in a song with Take That.
8. Vicky Leandros - 'Après toi' - Luxembourg - 1972 (No. 2 - 16 weeks on the chart)
The English version of the song charted as the single in the UK, called ‘Come What May’. It was held from the No.1 spot by a rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’ by Pipes and Drums and the Military Band of the Royal Scots Dragon Guard.
7. Johnny Logan - 'What's Another Year' - Ireland - 1980 (No. 1 - 2 weeks at peak - 8 weeks on the chart)
6. Nicole - 'Ein bißchen Frieden' - Germany - 1982 (No. 1 - 2 weeks at peak - 9 weeks on the chart)
The English version of the song charted as the single in the UK, called ‘A Little Peace’.
5. ABBA - 'Waterloo' - Sweden - 1974 (No. 1 - 2 weeks at peak - 12 weeks on the chart)
4. Dana - 'All Kinds of Everything' - Ireland - 1970 (No. 1 - 2 weeks at peak - 16 week on the chart)
3. Bucks Fizz - 'Making Your Mind Up' - United Kingdom - 1981 (No. 1 - 3 weeks at peak - 12 weeks on the chart)
It was the UK’s third Eurovision winning song and Bucks Fizz’s debut single. It reached No. 1 across Europe, even reaching No. 6 in Australia. Interestingly the song reappeared on the UK singles chart 17 years later as ‘Making Your Mind Up ’98’ for two weeks, peaking at No.84 and then falling to No.94 before dropping out of the chart. It was a revamped version released as a CD single with various mixes and the song ‘U-Gotta-Vision’.
2. Sandie Shaw - 'Puppet on a String' - United Kingdom - 1967 (No. 1 - 3 weeks at peak - 18 weeks on the chart)
‘Puppet on a String’ was the first Eurovision winning song to reach the No. 1 spot on the UK singles chart. It is also the first UK entry to reach the top spot. It is the longest running Eurovision winning song on the UK chart with 18 weeks in the Top 100. 'Puppet on a String' reached No. 1 in ten countries across the world, including New Zealand and even reached the No. 2 spot in Australia.
1. Brotherhood of Man - 'Save Your Kisses for Me' - United Kingdom - 1976 (No. 1 - 6 weeks at peak - 16 weeks on the chart)
Drum roll….. the No.1 in this list is ‘Save Your Kisses for Me’. It is the longest running Eurovision winning song to chart at No. 1 with six consecutive weeks at the top summit. The single was the best selling song of the year in the UK. It became a huge hit charting at No.1 in six more countries across Europe. ’Save Your Kisses for Me’ also managed to chart down under, peaking at No. 5 on the Kent Music Report in Australia.
We hope you enjoyed our list, please do check out our previous list on all the Eurovision songs to ever chart in Australia click here.