The UK public's Top 20 Eurovision Songs of All Time
Overnight BBC Radio 2 and BBC Sounds revealed the top 20 of the UK public’s favourite Eurovision songs.
Alongside some classics, some Aussie artists made the list!
In a result that may not surprise many, ABBA’s ‘Waterloo’ won the vote, followed by British winners Bucks Fizz and Katrina and the Waves in second and third respectively.
Four entries in the Top 20 have a strong Australian connection.
“Mr Eurovision” (yes he was born in Frankston so we can claim him as an Aussie) Johnny Logan’s first winning entry ‘What’s Another Year’ finished in 8th and his second 'Hold Me Now' finished in 15th.
Brisbane's own Gina G came in 10th place with her entry 'Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit'. The song may have only finished 8th in Oslo in1996, but it became a smash hit across the world and is one of the highest selling Eurovision songs of all time.
Also in the list was The New Seekers with their song 'Beg, Steal or Borrow'. The group The New Seekers was formed after the disbanding of the Australian band The Seekers. In the new band there were two Australians Peter Doyle and Marty Kristian and the song was co-written by Australian Tony Cole.
An online vote was conducted to determine the list, with voters asked to pick between three and 15 of their favourite songs of all time. The full top 50 will be revealed during a special show that will be available on BBC Sounds from 8pm tonight British time (5:00am tomorrow AEST), and on Radio 2 from 1:00-3:00pm Saturday British time (10:00pm Sat - 12:00am Sun AEST).
The full top 20 is as follows:
1. ABBA - 'Waterloo' (Sweden, 1974)
2. Bucks Fizz - 'Making Your Mind Up' (United Kingdom, 1981)
3. Katrina and the Waves - 'Love Shine a Light' (United Kingdom, 1997)
4. Brotherhood of Man - 'Save Your Kisses for Me' (United Kingdom, 1976)
5. Sandie Shaw - 'Puppet on a String' (United Kingdom, 1967)
6. Loreen - 'Euphoria' (Sweden, 2012)
7. Conchita Wurst - 'Rise Like a Phoenix' (Austria, 2014)
8. Johnny Logan - 'What's Another Year' (Ireland, 1980)
9. Måns Zelmerlöw - 'Heroes' (Sweden, 2015)
10. Gina G - 'Ooh Aah... Just a Little Bit' (United Kingdom, 1996)
11. Alexander Rybak - 'Fairytale' (Norway, 2009)
12. Cliff Richard - 'Congratulations' (United Kingdom, 1968)
13. Dana - 'All Kinds of Everything' (Ireland, 1970)
14. Lulu - 'Boom Bang-a-Bang' (United Kingdom, 1969)
15. Johnny Logan - 'Hold Me Now' (Ireland, 1987)
16. Michael Ball - 'One Step Out of Time' (United Kingdom, 1992)
17. Lordi - 'Hard Rock Hallelujah' (Finland, 2006)
18. Nicole - 'Ein bißchen Frieden' (Germany, 1982)
19. Dana International - 'Diva' (Israel, 1998)
20. The New Seekers - 'Beg, Steal or Borrow' (United Kingdom, 1972)