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  • Writer's pictureKyriakos Tsinivits

All the Swedish Eurovision entries that have charted on Sweden's national singles chart

Sweden is one of the most successful nations at Eurovision with six wins, just one win behind Ireland’s record of seven wins. They are also one of the longest participating nations in the Eurovision Song Contest with 59 appearances, only missing the Contest three times. They made their debut in the third Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 held in Hilversum, Netherlands, where Alice Babs sung ‘Lilla stjärna’. She finished up in 4th place.

Out of their 60 entries, 43 songs have charted on the Swedish national singles chart. The first single to chart was Sweden’s first Eurovision winning entry ‘Waterloo’ by ABBA in 1974, the Swedish version of the song reached No. 2 and the English version reached No. 3 and was prevented from reaching the coveted spot due to ABBA’s album ‘Waterloo’, more on that later.

This list shows us that the Swedish people are obsessed with their Melodifestivalen winning songs and their Eurovision entries. The Eurovision entry for Sweden has been selected through an annual televised contest since 1959, which was known as Melodifestivalen in 1967. Since 1958 a whopping 17 Swedish Eurovision songs have reached the top of the summit at No.1, with 39 out of all 43 charting songs reaching the top 10 of the singles chart.

In this list we have ranked all the charting singles in order of their peak positions, then number of weeks at their peak, then number of weeks in the chart.

This list has been complied from the archive which you can find here. is complied by the following charts:

Combined album and singles sales chart (complied by Kvällstoppen) before 1975 Topplistan from1975 to 1997

Hitlistan from 1998 to 2007

National record chart - Sverigetopplistan 2008 to present day

Swedish entries have charted since their first win in 1974 and have only failed to chart four times since then (1975, 1976, 1985, and 1994).

We have included video links to a few Eurovision entries with interesting facts along with the Top 3 in this list.

Let’s begin!

43. Lotta Engberg - ‘Boogaloo’ - 12th place in 1987 (No. 19 - 1 week on chart)

‘Boogaloo’ is best known in Sweden as ‘Fyra Bugg och en Coca Cola’ which translates to ‘Four chewing gums and a Coca-Cola’. The summery song was renamed because of international advertising rules and called ‘Boogaloo’ at Eurovision 1987. The song was released together with Lotta Engberg’s other song ‘En help ny dag’ as a B-side.

42. Monica Törnell & Lasse Holm - ‘E’ de' det här du kallar kärlek?’ - 5th place in 1986 (No. 17 - 2 weeks on chart)

41. Edin-Ådahl - ‘Som en vind’ - 16th place in 1990 (No. 15 - 2 weeks on chart)

40. Björn Skifs - ‘Fångad i en dröm’ - 10th place in 1981 (No. 11 - 3 weeks on chart)

39. Ted Gärdestad - ‘Satellit’ - 17th place in 1979 (No. 10 - 4 weeks on chart)

38. Arvingarna - ‘Eloise’ - 7th place in 1993 (No. 10 - 6 weeks on chart)

37. Tommy Körberg - ‘Stad i ljus’ - 12th place in 1988 (No. 8 - 3 weeks on chart)

36. Björn Skifs - ‘Det blir alltid värre framåt natten’ - 14th place in 1978 (No. 8 - 4 weeks on chart)

35. One More Time - ‘Den vilda’ - 3rd place in 1996 (No. 7 - 19 weeks on chart)

34. Christer Björkman - ‘I morgon är en annan dag’ - 22nd place in 1992 (No. 5 - 1 week at peak - 6 weeks on chart)

Christer Björkman represented Sweden in 1992 and achieved Sweden’s worst result at Eurovision since 1977 coming in at second to last. At the time it was the bookmakers favourite to take out the Contest. Björkman went on to be producer of Melodifestivalen in 2002 and is to step down in 2021. He also was the Show Producer for Eurovision 2013 in Malmö.

33. Jill Johnson - ‘Kärleken är’ - 10th place in 1998 (No. 5 - 1 week at peak - 20 weeks on chart)

32. Carola - ‘Främling’ - 3rd place in 1983 (No. 5 - 2 weeks at peak - 4 weeks on chart)

31. Chips - ‘Dag efter dag’ - 8th place in 1982 (No. 4 - 6 weeks on chart)

30. Friends - ‘Listen To Your Heartbeat’ - 5th place in 2001 (No. 4 - 25 weeks on chart)

Friends’ Eurovision entry ‘Listen To Your Heartbeat’ which was performed in English didn’t chart, but their Swedish Melodifestivalen winning version ‘Lyssna till ditt hjärta’ reached No.4 in the Swedish singles chart.

29. Blond - ‘Bara hon älskar mig’ - 14th place in 1997 (No. 4 - 16 weeks on chart)

28. Tommy Nilsson - ‘En dag’ - 4th place in 1989 (No. 3 - 5 weeks on chart)

27. Carola - ‘Fångad av en stormvind’ - 1st place in 1991 (No. 3 - 6 weeks on chart)

Even though it is a Eurovision winning classic song, in 1991 it only managed to peak at No. 3 in the Swedish singles chart, and it is the lowest place Swedish Eurovision winning song in our list. The win was a great achievement for Carola who managed a 3rd placed finish at Eurovision 1983 with ‘Främling’. She would go on to represent Sweden at Eurovision for a third time in 2006 with ‘Invincible’.

26. Forbes - ‘Beatles’ - 18th (last) place in 1977 (No. 3 - 7 weeks on chart)

25. Robin Bengtsson - ‘I Can't Go On’ - 5th place in 2017 (No. 3 - 17 weeks on chart)

24. Herreys - ‘Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley’ - 1st place in 1984 (No. 2 - 6 weeks on chart)

23. Sanna Nielsen - ‘Undo’ - 3rd place in 2014 (No. 2 - 16 weeks on chart)

22. Benjamin Ingrosso - ‘Dance You Off’ - 7th place in 2018 (No. 2 - 17 weeks on chart)

=20. Malena Ernman - ‘La voix’ - 21st place in 2009 (No. 2 - 19 weeks on chart)

=20. Charlotte Nilsson - ‘Take Me to Your Heaven’ - 1st place in 1999 (No. 2 - 19 weeks on chart)

19. Roger Pontare - ‘When Spirits Are Calling My Name’ - 7th place in 2000 (No. 2 - 2 weeks at peak - 22 weeks on chart)

Roger Pontare’s English Eurovision entry for Sweden ‘When Spirits Are Calling My Name’ didn’t chart in Sweden, but it was his Swedish version ‘När vindarna viskar mitt namn’ that reached No. 2 in 2000.

18. ABBA - ‘Waterloo’ - 1st place in 1974 (No. 2 Swedish version - No. 3 English version)

‘Waterloo’ was immensely popular in Sweden, but did not reach No. 1 it was held back from the top spot by ABBA’s album ‘Waterloo’. Music sales were combined back then by Kvällstoppen, and the weekly chart was combined with both album and singles together. At the peak of the song's popularity, its Swedish and English versions reached No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. In Australia ‘Waterloo’ reached No. 4 in the singles chart and it makes it the highest charting Swedish Eurovision entry in the Australian charts.

17. The Mamas - ‘M0VE’ - Eurovision 2020 cancelled (No. 1 - 1 week at peak - STILL IN CHART)

16. Tomas Ledin - ‘Just nu!’ - 10th place in 1980 (No. 1 - 1 week at peak - 8 weeks on chart)

15. Måns Zelmerlöw - ‘Heroes’ - 1st place in 2015 (No. 1 - 1 week at peak - 14 weeks on chart)

On Måns Zelmerlöw’s third attempt at Melodifestivalen he managed to take it out with ‘Heroes’ in 2015 and represent Sweden at Eurovision. In a very tough year Måns Zelmerlöw managed to give Sweden’s their sixth and last Eurovision win.

He managed to reach the top spot of Sweden’s singles chart for a single week and got his second Swedish No.1 since 2007 when he reached the top spot with his Melodifestivalen 2007 entry ‘Cara Mia’.

In Australia ‘Heroes’ reached No. 19 in the singles chart and is the second highest charting Swedish Eurovision entry in Australia.

=13. Martin Stenmarck - ‘Las Vegas’ - 19th place in 2005 (No.1 - 1 week at peak - 17 weeks on chart)

=13. Afro-dite - ‘Never Let It Go’ - 8th place in 2002 (No. 1 - 1 week at peak - 17 weeks on chart)

12. Fame - ‘Give Me Your Love’ - 5th place in 2003 (No. 1 - 3 weeks at peak - 18 weeks on chart)

11. Carola - ‘Invincible’ - 5th place in 2006 (No. 1 - 3 weeks at peak - 24 weeks on chart)

It was Carola’s Swedish version of the song ‘Evighet' that reached No. 1 for 3 weeks. Her English Eurovision version only managed to reach No. 29.

10. Anna Bergendahl - ‘This Is My Life’ - Semi Final in 2010 (No. 1 - 4 weeks at peak - 17 weeks on chart)

‘This Is My Life’ may be the only Swedish Eurovision to fail to qualify to the Grand Final but that didn’t stop the song from being a hit in Sweden. Anna Bergendahl managed to reach No. 1 for 4 consecutive weeks. She would go on to return to Melodifestivalen in 2019 with ‘Ashes to Ashes’ and in 2020 with ‘Kingdom Come’, which came in 3rd place.

9. The Ark - ‘The Worrying Kind’ - 18th place in 2007 (No. 1 - 4 weeks at peak - 20 weeks on chart)

8. John Lundvik - ‘Too Late For Love’ - 5th place in 2019 (No. 1 - 4 weeks at peak - 26 weeks on chart)

7. Charlotte Perrelli - ‘Hero’ - 18th place in 2008 (No. 1 - 5 weeks at peak - 19 weeks on chart)

6. Robin Stjernberg - ‘You’ - 14th place in 2013 (No. 1 - 5 weeks at peak - 22 weeks on chart)

5. Frans - ‘If I Were Sorry’ - 5th place in 2016 (No. 1 - 5 weeks at peak - 25 weeks on chart)

4. Eric Saade - ‘Popular’ - 3rd place in 2011 (No. 1 - 5 weeks at peak - 27 weeks on chart)

3. Loreen - ‘Euphoria’ - 1st place in 2012 (No. 1 - 6 weeks at peak - 43 weeks on chart)

‘Euphoria’ is one of the most popular Eurovision winning entries selling over 2 million copies worldwide. It charted across Europe, and reached number one in seventeen countries, making it the most successfully charting Eurovision song ever. It also charted in Australia reaching No. 36 on the ARIA singles chart and No. 4 on the ARIA dance chart. It is the third highest ranked Swedish Eurovision song on the Australian singles chart.

2. Lena Philipsson - ‘It Hurts’ - 5th place in 2004 (No. 1 - 7 weeks at peak - 37 weeks on chart)

After entering Melodifestivalen three previous times as an artist and two previous times as a songwriter Lena Philipsson finally found her crowning glory with the song ‘Det gör ont’. She represented Sweden at Eurovision 2004 performing the English version to ‘Det gör ont’, ‘It Hurts’. Her performance got her a 5th place position tying with Cyprus. The Swedish version of the song charted exceptionally well in Sweden staying at the top spot at No. 1. The English version also charted well in Sweden reaching No. 4 and after Eurovision it also charted in Belgium at No. 38 and in Turkey at No.6.

1. Jan Johansen - ‘Se på mig’ - 3rd place in 1995 - (No. 1 - 9 weeks at peak - 31 weeks on chart)

‘Se på mig’, which translates to ‘Look At Me’, spent 9 weeks at No. 1 in the Sverigetopplistan singles charts in 1995. It was a popular song throughout Sweden, it impressively remained at the No. 1 spot in the Svensktoppen (a weekly record chart which airs on Sveriges Radio) for 15 weeks. Since 1995 Johansen has entered Melodifestivalen another four times in 2001, 2002, 2003 and again in 2020 where he participated in the second semifinal replacing Thorsten Flinck who was disqualified.

If you enjoyed this list do check out our previous country chart list articles Every Eurovision song to chart in Australia and All the UK Eurovision entries that have charted on the UK Official Top 100 Singles Chart.

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