Every Eurovision winner from 1956 to 2023 ranked

Eleven members of the Aussievision team took on the unenviable task of ranking every Eurovision winner from all competitions.

This included 70 entries that have won since the Eurovision Song Contest first took place in 1956. This also includes all four entries that tied for victory in 1969.

Each team member rated each entry with five stars based on the following:

  • Quality of the song

  • Overall performance

  • Impact on the match

  • Lifespan

  • iconicity

So without further ado, let’s rank them from 70th to 1st.

The complete ranking of every Eurovision winner

70 . 2001: Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL – ‘Everybody’ (Estonia)

Despite finishing last, the song is important because it is the first victory for an ex-Soviet country. Estonia’s victory would be supported by another Baltic victory for Latvia the following year.

69. 2011: Ell and Nikki – ‘Running Scared’ (Azerbaijan)

68. 1962: Isabelle Aubret – ‘Un premier amour’ (France)

67. 1966: Udo Jürgens – ‘Merci, Chérie’ (Austria)

66. 2018: Netta – ‘Toys’ (Israel)

65. 1958: André Claveau – ‘Dors, mon amour’ (France)

64. 2002: Marie N – ‘I Wanna’ (Latvia)

63. 1983: Corinne Hermès – ‘Si la vie estcadeau’ (Luxembourg)

62. 1959: Teddy Scholten – ‘A little’ (Netherlands)

61. 2008: Dima Bilan – ‘Believe’ (Russia)

60. 1960: Jacqueline Boyer – ‘Tom Pillibi’ (France)

59. 1957: Corry Brokken – ‘Just like then’ (Netherlands)

58. 1969: Lenny Kuhr – ‘The troubadour’ (Netherlands)

57. 1989: Riva – ‘Rock Me’ (Yugoslavia)

56. 1990: Toto Cutugno – ‘Insieme: 1992’ (Italy)

Eurovision isn’t about politics, right? Well, in 1990 there were several acts that referenced the changing times in Europe, including the fall of the Berlin Wall and the impending fall of the Iron Curtain. Toto Cutugno’s entry referred to the planned signing of the Maastricht Treaty that would form the European Union. It contained the lyrics Insieme, unite, unite Europe (Together, unite, unite Europe)”

55. 1994: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan – ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids’ (Ireland)

54. 1971: Séverine – ‘Un banc, un arbre, une rue’ (Monaco)

53. 1977: Marie Myriam – ‘L’Oiseau et l’Enfant’ (France)

52. 1992: Linda Martin – ‘Why Me?’ (Ireland)

51. 1979: Milk and Honey – ‘Hallelujah’ (Israel)

50. 2013: Emmelie de Forest – ‘Only Teardrops’ (Denmark)

49. 1969: Frida Boccara – ‘Un jour, un enfant’ (France)

48. 1993: Niamh Kavanagh – ‘In Your Eyes’ (Ireland)

47. 1961: Jean-Claude Pascal – ‘Nous les amoureux’ (Luxembourg)

The 1961 winner was important because it was a subtle gay love story. Jean-Claude used ambiguous references to gender when talking about his partner in the song. He was gay himself (although he never came out publicly) and this was a way to express this publicly across Europe without making it obvious. You can read more about this in our article about this. He returned to the competition in 1981 and finished 11th.

46. ​​​​2000: Olsen Brothers – ‘Fly on the Wings of Love’ (Denmark)

45. 1984: Herreys – ‘Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley’ (Sweden)

44. 1970: Dana – ‘All Kinds of Everything’ (Ireland)

43. 1985: Bobby Socks! – ‘La det swinge’ (Norway)

42. 1978: Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta – ‘A-Ba-Ni-Bi’ (Israel)

41. 2019: Duncan Laurence – ‘Arcade’ (Netherlands)

40. 1972: Vicky Leandros – ‘Après toi’ (Luxembourg)

39. 1996: Eimear Quinn – ‘The Voice’ (Ireland)

38. 2022: Kalush Orchestra – ‘Stefania’ (Ukraine)

37. 1999: Charlotte Nilsson – ‘Take Me to Your Heaven’ (Sweden)

36. 1969: Lulu – ‘Boom Bang-a-Bang’ (United Kingdom)

35. 2015: Måns Zelmerlöw – ‘Heroes’ (Sweden)

34. 1995: Secret Garden – ‘Nocturne’ (Norway)

The win for Secret Garden was notable for a number of reasons. It is best known for having the smallest number of lyrics of any Eurovision winner: just 24 words. It was also the entry that prevented Ireland from winning for the fourth time in a row. However, the violinist Fionnuala Sherr, whose instrumental makes up much of the song, came from Ireland.

33. 1975: Teach-In – ‘Ding-a-dong’ (Netherlands)

32. 1968: Massiel – ‘La La La’ (Spain)

31. 1963: Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann – ‘Dansevise’ (Denmark)

30. 2016: Jamala – ‘1944’ (Ukraine)

29. 1991: Carola – ‘Fångad av en stormvind’ (Sweden)

28. 1980: Johnny Logan – ‘What’s Another Year’ (Ireland)

27. 2005: Helena Paparizou – ‘My number one’ (Greece)

Greece was a powerhouse in the 2000s and achieved a deserved (and only) victory with the Med-pop banger. Since then she has performed at Eurovision celebrations and competitions and will appear again at Eurovision 2024 as an interval act in Semi-Final 1.

26. 1986: Sandra Kim – ‘J’aime la vie’ (Belgium)

25. 1964: Gigliola Cinquetti – ‘Non ho l’età’ (Italy)

24. 1969: Salomé – ‘Vivo cantando’ (Spain)

Salomé was one of four winners of the 1969 competition, but finishes highest on our list. Her performance was iconic because of her dress that weighed 14 kg and is made of small chalk blue porcelain cylinders. She was also wearing three 1kg chains. Moreover, dancing was not allowed, but Salomé did so, but on the spot, to avoid disqualification. It was also Spain’s second win in a row, and their last.

23. 2007: Marija Šerifović – ‘Molitva’ (Serbia)

22. 1997: Katrina and the Waves – ‘Love Shine a Light’ (United Kingdom)

21. 2010: Lena – ‘Satellite’ (Germany)

20. 1988: Céline Dion – ‘Ne partez pas sans moi’ (Switzerland)

19. 2004: Ruslana – ‘Wild Dances’ (Ukraine)

18. 1973: Anne-Marie David – ‘Tu te reconnaîtras’ (Luxembourg)

17. 1956: Lys Assia – ‘Refrain’ (Switzerland)

Lys was the very first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. She remained a strong ambassador for the Eurovision Song Contest throughout her life and even tried to go again in the late 80s, but unfortunately was not selected.

16. 2009: Alexander Rybak – ‘Fairytale’ (Norway)

15. 2023: Loreen – ‘Tattoo’ (Sweden)

14. 2006: Lordi – ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ (Finland)

13. 1967: Sandie Shaw – ‘Puppet on a String’ (United Kingdom)

12. 2017: Salvador Sobral – ‘Amar pelos dois’ (Portugal)

Salvador won with a simple but beautiful ballad in the 2017 competition. He gave Portugal its first victory and holds the record for the most points ever: 758. He was also the first to win entirely in another language since 2007, something which has happened several times since (Italy 2021, Ukraine 2022).

11. 2021: Måneskin – ‘Zitti e buoni’ (Italy)

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10. 2014: Conchita Wurst – ‘Rise Like a Phoenix’ (Austria)

How fitting it is that Conchita finished in 10th place in these rankings, considering it’s the 10th anniversary of that famous 2014 win. Conchita pulled off a stunning victory after much comment on her pre-performance look. Upon winning, Conchita uttered the famous words: We are one and we are unstoppable!”

9. 2003: Sertab Erener – ‘All I can’ (Turkey)

Sertab changed the Eurovision Song Contest in 2003 with a daringly choreographed staging that would usher in the era of the pop banger with a distinctly Eastern Mediterranean sound. Turkey, Greece and Ukraine would become the big players throughout the decade.

8. 1998: Dana International – ‘Diva’ (Israel)

Before there was Conchita, there was Dana International. The first transgender winner had a modern pop song that charted around the world, including in Australia.

7. 1982: Nicole – ‘Ein bißchen Frieden’ (Germany)

While Europe was in the middle of a cold war, teenager Nicole sang a song about a little peace and easily won the competition. Her win is also noted for the reprise in which she performed the song in multiple languages ​​to convey the message that music unites.

6. 1976: Brotherhood of Man – ‘Save Your Kisses for Me’ (United Kingdom)

UK finally broke their drought of six entries in a row by finishing between 2nd and 4th with a win! The song became the best-selling Eurovision winner of all time – yes, even more than ABBA!

5. 1981: Bucks Fizz – ‘Making Your Mind Up’ (United Kingdom)

Britain did not have to wait too long for another victory, with victory just four years later. An iconic performance with the reveal of the skirt removal became a worldwide hit.

4. 1987: Johnny Logan – ‘Hold Me Now’ (Ireland)

Johnny Logan made history when he won the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time with ‘Hold Me Now’. He was the first person to do this as a recording artist and would later win for a third time as a songwriter. During the performance, he pulled off the classic “winners wear white” outfit and Eurovision pose. It was a commercial hit, reaching number 4 here in Australia.

3. 1965: France Gall – ‘Poupée de cire, poupée de son’ (Luxembourg)

France Gall brought the Eurovision Song Contest into the modern era with a pop song that actually sounded contemporary. This was a departure from many of the dated orchestral ballads of previous years. It was a commercial hit and is often voted one of the best winners of all time and made it to our stage!

2. 2012: Loreen – ‘Euphoria’ (Sweden)

In a consistent theme of these top songs, Loreen also gave the Eurovision Song Contest the boost it needed. After the crazy 2000s, the Contest got back on track and had a bang when ‘Euphoria’ won in Baku. It was a much-needed commercial success for the competition and is synonymous with today’s Eurovision Song Contest. Loreen would do a Johnny Logan and win for a second time in 2023 with ‘Tattoo’.

WINNER: 1974: ABBA – ‘Waterloo’ (Sweden)

Yes, it’s predictable, but it’s predictable for a reason. It’s the song that made ABBA global stars and it’s so popular that being a Eurovision winner is a more interesting fact than the main story. This year marks 50 years since ABBA won the song and it is still just as popular. Fifty years from now, there won’t be many (if any) winners who can claim the same.

Have we understood correctly? Is Waterloo the greatest Eurovision winner of all time?

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