• Kyriakos Tsinivits

Eurovision winning songs ranked by Spotify streams



Out of the 67 Eurovision winning songs, 65 of them can be streamed on Spotify in Australia.


We thought we would have a look and see how the Eurovision winning songs stack up against each other based on Spotify play counts, so have pulled together full rankings.


Only two Eurovision winning songs don’t appear on Spotify in Australia. They are the 2001 Eurovision winning song ‘Everybody’ by Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL and the 2008 song ‘Believe’ by Dima Bilan.


When adding up the total play counts for each song we included all versions of the winning song bar from any remixes. The total play counts include radio edits, live, symphonic, acoustic and remastered versions.


This ranking of Spotify play counts were collated as of September 21:


1. Loreen - 'Euphoria' - 2012 - Sweden - 151,899,474 play counts

2. Måns Zelmerlöw - 'Heroes' - 2015 - Sweden - 120,070,675

3. Duncan Laurence - 'Arcade' - 2019 - Netherlands - 116,152,129

4. ABBA - 'Waterloo' - 1974 - Sweden - 102,599,768

5. Netta - 'Toy' - 2018 - Israel - 64,553,805

6. Lena - 'Satellite' - 2010 - Germany - 43,709,919

7. Emmelie de Forest - 'Only Teardrops' - 2013 - Denmark - 36,883,675

8. Alexander Rybak - 'Fairytale' - 2009 - Norway - 32,584,549

9. Salvador Sobral - 'Amar pelos dois' - 2017 - Portugal - 21,083,449

10. Johnny Logan - 'Hold Me Now' - 1987 - Ireland - 18,349,763

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11. Carola - 'Fångad av en stormvind' - 1991 - Sweden - 18,291,472

12. Secret Garden - 'Nocturne' - 1995 - Norway - 16,990,300

13. Conchita Wurst - 'Rise Like a Phoenix' - 2014 - Austria - 16,891,062

14. France Gall - 'Poupée de cire, poupée de son' - 1965 - Luxembourg - 15,709,621

15. Olsen Brothers - 'Fly on the Wings of Love' - 2000 - Denmark - 11,224,566

16. Helena Paparizou - 'My Number One' - 2005 - Greece - 11,202,074

17. Jamala - '1944' - 2016 - Ukraine - 10,563,450

18. Herreys - 'Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley' - 1984 - Sweden - 9,337,630

19. Bucks Fizz - 'Making Your Mind Up' - 1981 - United Kingdom - 9,319,919

20. Katrina and the Waves - 'Love Shine a Light' - 1997 - United Kingdom - 8,600,747

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21. Sertab Erener - 'Every Way That I Can' - 2003 - Turkey - 8,198,232

22. Ruslana - 'Wild Dances' - 2004 - Ukraine - 8,035,452

23. Lordi - 'Hard Rock Hallelujah' - 2006 - Finland - 6,006,819

24. Sandra Kim - 'J'aime la vie' - 1986 - Belgium - 5,243,083

25. Bobbysocks! - 'La det swinge/Let It Swing‘ - 1985 - Norway - 5,145,868

26. Brotherhood of Man - 'Save Your Kisses for Me' - 1976 - United Kingdom - 5,144,296

27. Johnny Logan - 'What's Another Year' - 1980 - Ireland - 4,766,493

28. Vicky Leandros - 'Après toi (Come What May)’ - 1972 - Luxembourg - 4,579,621

29. Gigliola Cinquetti - 'Non ho l'età' - 1964 - Italy - 4,261,459

30. Marija Šerifović - 'Molitva' - 2007 - Serbia - 4,084,138

31. Sandie Shaw - 'Puppet on a String' - 1967 - United Kingdom - 3,923,600

32. Céline Dion - 'Ne partez pas sans moi' - 1988 - Switzerland - 3,834,070

33. Charlotte Nilsson - 'Take Me to Your Heaven' - 1999 - Sweden - 3,682,446

34. Toto Cutugno - 'Insieme: 1992' - 1990 - Italy - 3,677,430

35. Teach-In - 'Ding-a-dong' - 1975 - Netherlands - 3,642,034

36. Ell and Nikki - 'Running Scared' - 2011 - Azerbaijan - 3,514,211

37. Nicole - 'Ein bißchen Frieden' - 1982 - Germany - 3,149,510

38. Marie Myriam - 'L'oiseau et l'enfant' - 1977 - France - 2,238,117

39. Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann - 'Dansevise' - 1963 - Denmark - 1,465,553

40. Massiel - 'La, la, la' - 1968 - Spain - 1,443,877

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41. Lulu - 'Boom Bang-a-Bang' - 1969 - United Kingdom - 1,298,134

42. Dana - 'All Kinds of Everything' - 1970 - Ireland - 1,252,963

43. Dana International - 'Diva' - 1998 - Israel - 1,034,570

44. Udo Jürgens - 'Merci, Chérie' - 1966 - Austria - 912,223

45. Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan - 'Rock 'n' Roll Kids' - 1994 - Ireland - 892,713

46. Salomé - 'Vivo cantando' - 1969 - Spain - 865,049

47. Corinne Hermès - 'Si la vie est cadeau' - 1983 - Luxembourg - 683,647

48. Anne-Marie David - 'Tu te reconnaîtras' - 1973 - Luxembourg - 572,922

49. Milk and Honey - ‘Hallelujah' (Gali Atari) - 1979 - Israel - 541,377

50. Frida Boccara - 'Un jour, un enfant' - 1969 - France - 538,412

51. Marie N - 'I Wanna' - 2002 - Latvia - 506,975

52. Séverine - 'Un banc, un arbre, une rue' - 1971 - Monaco - 396,254

53. Teddy Scholten - 'Een beetje' - 1959 - Netherlands - 384,827

54. Jean-Claude Pascal - 'Nous les amoureux' - 1961 - Luxembourg - 384,625

55. Lenny Kuhr - 'De troubadour' - 1969 - Netherlands - 324,960

56. Riva - 'Rock Me' - 1989 - Yugoslavia - 298,145

57. Jacqueline Boyer - 'Tom Pillibi' - 1960 - France - 242,710

58. Isabelle Aubret - 'Un premier amour' - 1962 - France - 208,536

59. Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta - 'A-Ba-Ni-Bi' - 1978 - Israel - 195,655

60. André Claveau - 'Dors, mon amour' - 1958 - France - 175,069

61. Eimear Quinn - 'The Voice' - 1996 - Ireland - 118,118

62. Corry Brokken - 'Net als toen' - 1957 - Netherlands - 82,272

63. Lys Assia - 'Refrain' - 1956 - Switzerland - 42,384

64. Niamh Kavanagh - 'In Your Eyes' - 1993 - Ireland - 10,891

65. Linda Martin - 'Why Me’ (Matt Pop Unleashed version) - 1992 - Ireland - 4,597

It comes at no surprise that ‘Euphoria’ is the most streamed song on Spotify, being regarded by most as the best Eurovision song ever having topped the ESC250 for the last eight years, since its debut. Impressively for Sweden, five out of their six Eurovision wins make the top 20 of our list, with three winning songs in the top 5!

As expected the more recent Eurovision winning songs have been played more, with seven Eurovision winning songs from the 2010’s making the top 10.

The oldest Eurovision winning song with the highest ranking is 'Poupée de cire, poupée de son’ from 1965 reaching the top 20 in 14th place, the second oldest is ‘Waterloo’ in 4th place with over 102 million play counts. It is only one of four songs with 100 million or more play counts, not surprisingly though due to ABBA’s global popularity after their contest win.

One of the surprises of the list is the the 2nd placed ‘Heroes’ by Måns Zelmerlöw from the 2015 Contest which has amassed over 120 million play counts. It is clearly a fan favourite, considering it came from a rather hotly contested Eurovision year with many in the fandom split over the winner for the 2015 Contest.

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


  • Ireland (7 victories) - 10th place - Johnny Logan - 'Hold Me Now' - 1987 - 18,349,763 play counts

  • Sweden (6 victories) - 1st place - Loreen - 'Euphoria' - 2012 - 151,899,474 play counts

  • France (5 victories) - 38th place - Marie Myriam - 'L'oiseau et l'enfant' - 1977 - 2,238,117

  • Luxembourg (5 victories) - 14th place France Gall - 'Poupée de cire, poupée de son' - 1965 - 15,709,621

  • United Kingdom (5 victories) - 19th place Bucks Fizz - 'Making Your Mind Up' - 1981 - 9,319,919

  • Israel (4 victories) - 5th place - Netta - 'Toy' - 2018 - Israel - 64,553,805

  • Netherlands (4 victories) - 3rd place - Duncan Laurence - 'Arcade' - 2019 - 116,152,129

  • Denmark (3 victories) - 7th place - Emmelie de Forest - 'Only Teardrops' - 2013 - 36,883,675

  • Norway (3 victories) - 8th place - Alexander Rybak - 'Fairytale' - 2009 - 32,584,549 play counts


And lastly how do the total play counts of the Eurovision 2020 songs compare with this list?



Well considering Eurovision 2020 didn’t go ahead two of the favourites from 2020 would have easily made it to the top 10 of this Spotify rankings had the Contest gone ahead and they won. They are Iceland’s Daði og Gagnamagnið with 'Think About Things’ at 49,294,595 play counts and Italy’s Diodato with 'Fai rumore’ at 30,192,815 play counts, both making the top 2 played Spotify songs of the Eurovision 2020 year.


Check out our Spotify rankings of Australia’s Eurovision and National final songs here.

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