• Kyriakos Tsinivits

Eurovision runner-up songs ranked by Spotify streams



Out of the 64 Eurovision runner-up songs, 56 of them can be streamed on Spotify in Australia.


A fortnight ago we had a look at how the Eurovision third placed songs stack up against each other based on Spotify streams, so we thought we would revisit and take a look at how the Eurovision runner-up songs rank now.


We last looked at the ranking of runner-up Eurovision songs back in October 2020, we now compare how they rank nine months later.

Eight Eurovision runner-up songs don’t appear on Spotify in Australia. They include:

  • Paule Desjardins - 'Le belle amour' - 1957 - France

  • Esther Ofarim - 'T'en va pas' - 1963 - Switzerland

  • Paola del Medico - 'Bonjour, Bonjour' - 1969 - Switzerland

  • Jean Vallée - 'L'amour ça fait chanter la vie' - 1978 - Belgium

  • Live Report - 'Why Do I Always Get it Wrong?' - 1989 - United Kingdom

  • Amina - 'C'est le dernier qui a parlé qui a raison' - 1991 - France

  • Michael Ball - 'One Step Out of Time' - 1992 - United Kingdom

  • Chiara - 'Angel' - 2005 - Malta


This ranking of Spotify streams were collated as of July 02, 2021:


1. Mahmood - 'Soldi' - 2019 - Italy - 183,194,447 streams (-)

2. Eleni Foureira - 'Fuego' - 2018 - Cyprus - 86,098,198 (-)

3. The Common Linnets - 'Calm After the Storm' - 2014 - Netherlands - 41,784,077 (-)

4. Mocedades - 'Eres tú' - 1973 - Spain - 31,116,591 (-)

5. Barbara Pravi - 'Voilà' - 2021 - France - 25,202,731 (NEW)

6. Dami Im - 'Sound of Silence' - 2016 - Australia - 18,831,203 (Down 1)

7. Kristian Kostov - 'Beautiful Mess' - 2017 - Bulgaria - 16,998,197 (Down 1)

8. Verka Serduchka - 'Dancing Lasha Tumbai' - 2007 - Ukraine - 7,402,328 (Down 1)

9. maNga - 'We Could Be the Same' - 2010 - Turkey - 6,585,083 (Up 6)

10. Buranovskiye Babushki - 'Party for Everybody' - 2012 - Russia - 3,513,112 (Down 2)

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11. Cliff Richard - 'Congratulations' - 1968 - United Kingdom - 3,175,698 (Down 2)

12. Polina Gagarina - 'A Million Voices' - 2015 - Russia - 3172742 (Down 2)

13. Edyta Górniak - 'To nie ja!' - 1994 - Poland - 2,240,877 (Down 1)

14. Željko Joksimović & Ad-Hoc Orchestra - 'Lane moje' - 2004 - Serbia and Montenergro - 2,028,532 (Down 3)

15. Lena Valaitis - 'Johnny Blue' - 1981 - Germany - 1,908,419 (Down 2)

16. The New Seekers - 'Beg, Steal or Borrow' - 1972 - United Kingdom - 1,563,968 (Down 2)

17. Wind - 'Lass die Sonne in dein Herz' - 1987 - Germany - 1,328,750 (Down 1)

18. Ani Lorak - 'Shady Lady' - 2008 - Ukraine - 1,327,784 (-)

19. Farid Mammadov - 'Hold Me' - 2013 - Azerbaijan - 1,203,744 (Down 2)

20. Dima Bilan - 'Never Let You Go' - 2006 - Russia - 879,631 (Up 14)

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21. Yohanna - 'Is It True?' - 2009 - Iceland - 866,453 (Down 2)

22. Catherine Ferry - 'Un, deux, trois' - 1976 - France - 863,568 (Down 1)

23. The Allisons - 'Are You Sure?' - 1961 - United Kingdom - 803,641 (Down 3)

24. Raphael Gualazzi - 'Madness of Love' - 2011 - Italy - 766,393 (Down 2)

25. Imaani - 'Where Are You?' - 1998 - United Kingdom - 731,593 (Down 2)

26. Karina - 'En un mundo nuevo' - 1971 - Spain - 731,059 (Down 1)

27. Rollo & King - 'Never Ever Let You Go' - 2001 - Denmark - 649,712 (Down 3)

28. Katja Ebstein - 'Theater' - 1980 - Germany - 643,220 (Down 2)

29. Wind - 'Für alle' - 1985 - Germany - 547,635 (Down 2)

30. Sonia - 'Better the Devil You Know' - 1993 - United Kingdom - 426,033 (Down 2)

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31. The Shadows - 'Let Me Be The One' - 1975 - United Kingdom - 390,823 (Down 2)

32. Ofra Haza - 'Hi' - 1983 - Israel - 355,443 (Down 4)

33. Lill Lindfors & Svante Thuresson - 'Nygammal vals' - 1966 - Sweden - 353,910 (Down 3)

34. Selma - 'All Out of Luck' - 1999 - Iceland - 340,227 (Down 3)

35. Anabel Conde - 'Vuelve conmigo' - 1995 - Spain - 291,211 (Down 3)

36. Joëlle Ursull - 'White and Black Blues' - 1990 - France - 278,635 (Down 3)

37. Ira Losco - '7th Wonder' - 2002 - Malta - 242,525 (Down 2)

38. Elisabeth Andreassen - 'I evighet' - 1996 - Norway - 216,712 (NEW)

39. Alsou - 'Solo' - 2000 - Russia - 215,368 (Down 2)

40. Betty Missiego - 'Su canción' - 1979 - Spain - 205,356 (Down 2)

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41. Urban Trad - 'Sanomi' - 2003 - Belgium - 181,923 (Up 7)

42. Avi Toledano - 'Hora' - 1982 - Israel - 114,713 (Down 2)

43. Gigliola Cinquetti - 'Sì' - 1974 - Italy - 108,451 (Down 4)

44. Liam Reilly - 'Somewhere in Europe' - 1990 - Ireland - 82,954 (Down 3)

45. Scott Fitzgerald - 'Go' - 1988 - United Kingdom - 52,555 (Down 3)

46. Sean Dunphy - 'If I Could Choose' - 1967 - Ireland - 37,665 (Down 2)

47. Pearl Carr & Teddy Johnson - 'Sing, Little Birdie' - 1959 - United Kingdom - 37,030 (Down 4)

48. Kathy Kirby - 'I Belong' - 1965 - United Kingdom - 31,303 (Down 3)

49. Mary Hopkin - 'Knock, Knock Who's There?' - 1970 - United Kingdom - 30,060 play counts from Liv Maessen cover (Down 3)

50. Lys Assia - 'Giorgio' - 1958 - Switzerland - 17,294 (Down 3)

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51. Linda Martin - 'Terminal 3' - 1984 - Ireland - 15,500 (Down 2)

52. Daniela Simmons - 'Pas pour moi' - 1986 - Switzerland - 10,335 (-)

53. François Deguelt - 'Dis rien' - 1962 - Monaco - 7,874 (Down 3)

54. Matt Monro - 'I Love the Little Things' - 1964 - United Kingdom - 6,270 (Down 3)

55. Marc Roberts - 'Mysterious Woman' - 1997 - Ireland - 1,821 (NEW)

56. Bryan Johnson - 'Looking High, High, High' - 1960 - United Kingdom - 1,691 play counts from David Hughes cover (Down 3)

It comes at no surprise that ‘Soldi’ is the most streamed Eurovision runner-up song on Spotify. ‘Soldi’ garnered a huge following during and after Mahmood’s win at San Remo 2019 with strong Spotify streams. ‘Soldi’ was also one of the favourites to take out the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, finishing in runner-up spot overtaken by Duncan Laurence with ‘Arcade’.


As expected the more recent Eurovision runners-up songs have been played more, with eight Eurovision runner-up songs from the 2010’s and 2020’s making the top 10.



This years runner-up Barbara Pravi with 'Voilà' lands in the top 5 at No. 5 with a strong 25 million streams on Spotify.


Australia’s runner-up entry from 2016 ‘Sound of Silence’ remains in the Top 10. Dami Im’s top song on Spotify ‘Sound of Silence’ has over 18.8 million streams, which makes it the most streamed Australian Eurovision entry ever.


The oldest Eurovision runner-up song with the highest ranking in the Top 10 is Mocedades’ 'Eres tú' from 1973 remaining in 4th place, it is no surprise given it became a worldwide hit.


Out of the countries with multiple Eurovision runner-up songs, we thought it would be interesting to look at their best song ranked in this list - with countries with three or more runner-up positions in Eurovision are:

  • United Kingdom (15 runners-up entries) - 11th place - Cliff Richard - 'Congratulations' - 1968 - 3,175,698 streams

  • France (5 runner-up entries) - 5th place - Barbara Pravi - 'Voilà' - 2021 - 25,202,731

  • Germany (4 runner-up entries) - 15th place - Lena Valaitis - 'Johnny Blue' - 1981 - 1,908,419

  • Russia (4 runner-up entries) - 10th place - Buranovskiye Babushki - 'Party for Everybody' - 2012 - 3,513,112

  • Spain (4 runner-up entries) - 4th place - Mocedades - 'Eres tú' - 1973 - 31,116,591

  • Switzerland (4 runner-up entries) - 50th place - Lys Assia - 'Giorgio' - 1958 - 17,294

  • Ireland (3 runner-up entries) - 44th place - Liam Reilly - 'Somewhere in Europe' - 1990 - 82,954

  • Italy (3 runner-up entries) - 1st place - Mahmood - 'Soldi' - 2019 - 183,194,447