• Kyriakos Tsinivits

Spotify and YouTube rankings of Eurovision 2016 songs



Over the next few weeks we will take a look at all play counts and views on Spotify and YouTube of all the Eurovision songs year by year since Australia’s debut in 2015 to 2020, to see which songs have been most popular with listeners and watchers.


Last month we looked at how the Eurovision 2015 songs ranked on Spotify and YouTube, with Australia's first Eurovision entry by Guy Sebastian still holding strong. Today we look at how Dami Im's 'Sound of Silence' fairs against all the other Eurovision 2016 songs on Spotify and YouTube.

Before we begin with the full list of songs with combined play counts and views we will take a look at the current top 10 on Spotify and YouTube. Also in brackets we have shown the songs final placing at Eurovision.

All play counts and views were collated on April 3 2021 (Australian time).

Spotify Top 10 - since song release



1. Sweden - Frans - 'If I Were Sorry' - 94,926,006 play counts (5th place at Eurovision)

2. France - Amir - 'J'ai cherché' - 34,317,638 (6th place)

3. Australia - Dami Im - 'Sound of Silence' - 18,325,040 (2nd place)

4. Netherlands - Douwe Bob - 'Slow Down' - 15,232,985 (11th place)

5. Russia - Sergey Lazarev - 'You Are the Only One' - 14,521,618 (3rd place)

6. Spain - Barei - 'Say Yay!' - 14,199,364 (22nd place)

7. Ukraine - Jamala - '1944' - 11,620,298 (1st place)

8. Germany - Jamie-Lee - 'Ghost' - 10,617,599 (26th place)

9. Norway - Agnete - 'Icebreaker' - 7,596,730 (SF2-13th place)

10. Belgium - Laura Tesoro - 'What's the Pressure' - 7,164,516 (10th place)


YouTube Top 10 - since song release


1. Russia - Sergey Lazarev - 'You Are the Only One' - 69,306,149 views (3rd place at Eurovision)

2. Ukraine - Jamala - '1944' - 47,828,147 (1st place)

3. Australia - Dami Im - 'Sound of Silence' - 36,162,464 (2nd place)

4. Poland - Michał Szpak - 'Color of Your Life' - 33,918,452 (8th place)

5. France - Amir - 'J'ai cherché' - 28,197,496 (6th place)

6. Bulgaria - Poli Genova - 'If Love Was a Crime' - 26,925,171 (4th place)

7. Spain - Barei - 'Say Yay!' - 17,724,900 (22nd place)

8. Sweden - Frans - 'If I Were Sorry' - 17,285,955 (5th place)

9. Armenia - Iveta Mukuchyan - 'LoveWave' - 16,828,358 (7th place)

10. Austria - Zoë - 'Loin d'ici' - 14,596,673 (13th place)




Spotify and YouTube Combined Rankings - since release



1. Sweden - Frans - 'If I Were Sorry' - 112,211,961 play counts and views (5th place at Eurovision)

2. Russia - Sergey Lazarev - 'You Are the Only One' - 83,827,767 (3rd place)

3. France - Amir - 'J'ai cherché' - 62,515,134 (6th place)

4. Ukraine - Jamala - '1944' - 59,448,445 (1st place)

5. Australia - Dami Im - 'Sound of Silence' - 54,487,504 (2nd place)

6. Poland - Michał Szpak - 'Color of Your Life' - 39,698,558 (8th place)

7. Bulgaria - Poli Genova - 'If Love Was a Crime' - 34,061,298 (4th place)

8. Spain - Barei - 'Say Yay!' - 31,924,264 (22nd place)

9. Netherlands - Douwe Bob - 'Slow Down' - 23,204,998 (11th place)

10. Belgium - Laura Tesoro - 'What's the Pressure' - 21,051,940 (10th place)

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11. Austria - Zoë - 'Loin d'ici' - 20,989,404 (13th place)

12. Armenia - Iveta Mukuchyan - 'LoveWave' - 19,470,042 (7th place)

13. Hungary - Freddie - 'Pioneer' - 18,335,592 (19th place)

14. Germany - Jamie-Lee - 'Ghost' - 17,846,829 (26th place)

15. Azerbaijan - Samra - 'Miracle' - 16,239,592 (17th place)

16. Malta - Ira Losco - 'Walk on Water' - 13,184,620 (12th place)

17. Italy - Francesca Michielin - 'No Degree of Separation' - 12,508,817 (16th place)

18. Latvia - Justs - 'Heartbeat' - 11,902,095 (15th place)

19. Lithuania - Donny Montell - 'I've Been Waiting for This Night' - 11,803,345 (9th place)

20. Norway - Agnete - 'Icebreaker' - 11,111,844 (SF2-13th place)

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21. Czech Republic - Gabriela Gunčíková - 'I Stand' - 10,778,977 (25th place)

22. Belarus - Ivan - 'Help You Fly' - 10,024,384 (SF2-12th place)

23. Cyprus - Minus One - 'Alter Ego' - 9,758,174 (21st place)

24. Croatia - Nina Kraljić - 'Lighthouse' - 9,522,719 (23rd place)

25. United Kingdom - Joe and Jake - 'You're Not Alone' - 9,253,064 (24th place)

26. Denmark - Lighthouse X - 'Soldiers of Love' - 8,684,413 (SF2-17th place)

27. Israel - Hovi Star - 'Made of Stars' - 8,583,328 (14th place)

28. Serbia - Sanja Vučić ZAA - 'Goodbye (Shelter)' - 7,088,789 (18th place)

29. Bosnia and Herzegovina - Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala - 'Ljubav je' - 6,187,609 (SF1-11th place)

30. Iceland - Greta Salóme - 'Hear Them Calling' - 5,915,015 (SF1-14th place)

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31. Ireland - Nicky Byrne - 'Sunlight' - 4,960,703 (SF2-15th place)

32. Finland - Sandhja - 'Sing It Away' - 4,734,657 (SF1-15th place)

33. Estonia - Jüri Pootsmann - 'Play' - 4,583,000 (SF1-18th place)

34. Greece - Argo - 'Utopian Land' - 3,668,668 (SF1-16th place)

35. Moldova - Lidia Isac - 'Falling Stars' - 3,444,683 (SF1-17th place)

36. North Macedonia - Kaliopi - 'Dona (Дона)' - 3,211,125 (SF2-11th place)

37. Switzerland - Rykka - 'The Last of Our Kind' - 3,132,171 (SF2-18th place)

38. Georgia - Nika Kocharov & Young Georgian Lolitaz - 'Midnight Gold' - 2,479,902 (20th place)

39. Albania - Eneda Tarifa - 'Fairytale' - 2,290,575 (SF2-16th place)

40. San Marino - Serhat - 'I Didn't Know' - 2,011,745 (SF1-12th place)

41. Slovenia - ManuElla - 'Blue and Red' - 1,722,707 (SF2-14th place)

42. Montenegro - Highway - 'The Real Thing' - 1,330,559 (SF1-13th place)


(All the YouTube counts are based on the videos through the Official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel.)

Out of the songs from Eurovision 2016 'If I Were Sorry' dominates Spotify with nearly three times more plays counts than second ranked song 'J'ai cherché', whilst on the official Eurovision YouTube channel 'You Are the Only One' takes the crown with 22 million more collated views than the Eurovision winning song '1944'.



In the combined ranking 'If I Were Sorry' takes the crown due to it huge streaming numbers on Spotify. The biggest jump into the top 10, compared to their Eurovision final placing, is Spain's 'Say Yay!' '. It ranks in 8th place in our list compared to finishing in 22nd place at the Eurovision final. It beat three other songs which finished in the top 10 in Stockholm.



The highest ranked entry from semi final 1 in our list is 'Ljubav je' by Dalal & Deen feat. Ana Rucner and Jala which came in at 29th place in our ranking. At Eurovision the song failed to qualify to the final and came in 11th place in its semi final.


The highest placed song from the semi final 2 is Norway's 'Icebreaker'. It may have finished in 13th place at Eurovision in semi final 2, but in our list it reached the 20th place, placing higher than seven other songs that made it to the grand final.


Australia's entry, 'Sound of Silence' faired very well, reaching the Top 3 of the most played Eurovision 2016 songs on Spotify and the Top 3 most viewed Eurovision 2015 entries on YouTube. It came in at an overall place of 5th in our overall ranking.

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