List of Eurovision Song Contest winners

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Left: Lys Assia, the first Eurovision winner (1956), and Dima Bilan, winner in 2008. Centre: Johnny Logan, the winning artist in 1980, winning artist and composer in 1987 and the winning composer in 1992. Right: Ell & Nikki celebrating Eurovision Song Contest 2011 victory in Düsseldorf

Sixty-two songs have won the Eurovision Song Contest, an annual competition organised by member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. The contest, which has been broadcast every year since its debut in 1956, is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. The contest's winner has been determined using numerous voting techniques throughout its history; centre to these have been the awarding of points to countries by juries or televoters. The country awarded the most points is declared the winner.[1] The first Eurovision Song Contest was not won on points, but by votes (two per country), and only the winner was announced.[2]

There have been 59 contests, with one winner each year except the tied 1969 contest, which had four. Twenty-six different countries have won the contest. Switzerland won the first contest in 1956. The country with the highest number of wins is Ireland, with seven. Portugal is the country with the longest history in the contest without a win; it made its forty-seventh appearance at the 2014 contest. The only person to have won more than once as performer is Ireland's Johnny Logan, who performed "What's Another Year" in 1980 and "Hold Me Now" in 1987. Logan is also one of only five songwriters to have written more than one winning entry ("Hold Me Now" 1987 and "Why Me?" 1992, performed by Linda Martin).[3] This unique distinction makes Logan the only person to have three Eurovision victories to his/her credit, as either singer, songwriter or both. The other four songwriters with more than one winning entry to their credit are, Willy van Hemert (Netherlands, 1957 and 1959), Yves Dessca (Monaco, 1971 and Luxembourg, 1972), Rolf Løvland (Norway, 1985 and 1995) and Brendan Graham (Ireland, 1994 and 1996).

Winning the Eurovision Song Contest provides a unique opportunity for the winning artist(s) to capitalise on their success and surrounding publicity by launching or furthering their international career. However, throughout the history of the contest, relatively few of these artists have gone on to be huge international stars. The most notable winning Eurovision artists whose career was directly launched into the spotlight following their win were the members of ABBA, who won the 1974 contest for Sweden with their song "Waterloo." ABBA went on to be one of the most successful bands of its time.[4] Another notable winner who subsequently achieved international fame and success was Céline Dion, who won the 1988 contest for Switzerland with the song "Ne partez pas sans moi."

List[edit]

YearDateHost CityWinnerSongPerformerWritersPointsMarginRunner-up
195624 MaySwitzerland Lugano Switzerland"Refrain"Lys AssiaGéo Voumard, Émile Gardaz
Never announced[N 1]
19573 MarchGermany Frankfurt Netherlands"Net als toen"Corry BrokkenGuus Jansen, Willy van Hemert3114 France
195812 MarchNetherlands Hilversum France"Dors, mon amour"André ClaveauPierre Delanoë, Hubert Giraud273 Switzerland
195911 MarchFrance Cannes Netherlands"Een beetje"Teddy ScholtenDick Schallies, Willy van Hemert215 United Kingdom
196029 MarchUnited Kingdom London France"Tom Pillibi"Jacqueline BoyerAndré Popp, Pierre Cour327 United Kingdom
196118 MarchFrance Cannes Luxembourg"Nous les amoureux"Jean-Claude PascalJacques Datin, Maurice Vidalin316 United Kingdom
196218 MarchLuxembourg Luxembourg France"Un premier amour"Isabelle AubretClaude-Henri Vic, Roland Stephane Valade2613 Monaco
196323 MarchUnited Kingdom London Denmark"Dansevise"Grethe and Jørgen IngmannOtto Francker, Sejr Volmer-Sørensen422 Switzerland
196421 MarchDenmark Copenhagen Italy"Non ho l'età"Gigliola CinquettiNicola Salerno, Mario Pinzeri4932 United Kingdom
196520 MarchItaly Naples Luxembourg"Poupée de cire, poupée de son"France GallSerge Gainsbourg326 United Kingdom
19665 MarchLuxembourg Luxembourg Austria"Merci, Chérie"Udo JürgensUdo Jürgens, Thomas Hörbiger3115 Sweden
19678 AprilAustria Vienna United Kingdom"Puppet on a String"Sandie ShawBill Martin, Phil Coulter4725 Ireland
19686 AprilUnited Kingdom London Spain"La, la, la"MassielManuel de la Calva, Ramón Arcusa291 United Kingdom
196929 MarchSpain Madrid Spain"Vivo cantando"SaloméMaria José de Cerato, Aniano Alcalde18
No runner-up
(4 )
 United Kingdom"Boom Bang-a-Bang"LuluAlan Moorhouse, Peter Warne
 Netherlands"De troubadour"Lenny KuhrLenny Kuhr, David Hartsema
 France"Un jour, un enfant"Frida BoccaraÉmile Stern, Eddy Marnay
197021 MarchNetherlands Amsterdam Ireland"All Kinds of Everything"DanaDerry Lindsay, Jackie Smith326 United Kingdom
19713 AprilRepublic of Ireland Dublin Monaco"Un banc, un arbre, une rue"SéverineJean-Pierre Bourtayre, Yves Dessca12812 Spain
197225 MarchUnited Kingdom Edinburgh Luxembourg"Après toi"Vicky LeandrosMario Panas, Klaus Munro, Yves Dessca12814 United Kingdom
19737 AprilLuxembourg Luxembourg Luxembourg"Tu te reconnaîtras"Anne-Marie DavidClaude Morgan, Vline Buggy1294 Spain
19746 AprilUnited Kingdom Brighton Sweden"Waterloo"ABBABenny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson246 Italy
197522 MarchSweden Stockholm Netherlands"Ding-a-dong"Teach-InDick Bakker, Eddy Ouwens, Will Luikinga15214 United Kingdom
19763 AprilNetherlands The Hague United Kingdom"Save Your Kisses for Me"Brotherhood of ManTony Hiller, Lee Sheriden, Martin Lee16417 France
19777 MayUnited Kingdom London France"L'oiseau et l'enfant"Marie MyriamJean Paul Cara, Joe Gracy13615 United Kingdom
197822 AprilFrance Paris Israel"A-Ba-Ni-Bi" (א-ב-ני-בי)Izhar Cohen and the AlphabetaNurit Hirsh, Ehud Manor15732 Belgium
197931 MarchIsrael Jerusalem Israel"Hallelujah" (הללויה)Gali Atari and Milk and HoneyKobi Oshrat, Shimrit Orr1259 Spain
198019 AprilNetherlands The Hague Ireland"What's Another Year"Johnny LoganShay Healy14315 Germany
19814 AprilRepublic of Ireland Dublin United Kingdom"Making Your Mind Up"Bucks FizzJohn Danter, Andy Hill1364 Germany
198224 AprilUnited Kingdom Harrogate Germany"Ein bißchen Frieden"NicoleRalph Siegel, Bernd Meinunger16161 Israel
198323 AprilGermany Munich Luxembourg"Si la vie est cadeau"Corinne HermèsJean-Pierre Millers, Alain Garcia1426 Israel
19845 MayLuxembourg Luxembourg Sweden"Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley"HerreysTorgny Söderberg, Britt Lindeborg1458 Ireland
19854 MaySweden Gothenburg Norway"La det swinge"Bobbysocks!Rolf Løvland12318 Germany
19863 MayNorway Bergen Belgium"J'aime la vie"Sandra KimJean-Paul Furnémont, Angelo Crisci, Rosario Marino Atria17636 Switzerland
19879 MayBelgium Brussels Ireland"Hold Me Now"Johnny LoganJohnny Logan17231 Germany
198830 AprilRepublic of Ireland Dublin Switzerland"Ne partez pas sans moi"Céline DionAtilla Şereftuğ, Nella Martinetti1371 United Kingdom
19896 MaySwitzerland Lausanne Yugoslavia"Rock Me"RivaRajko Dujmić, Stevo Cvikić1377 United Kingdom
19905 MaySocialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb Italy"Insieme: 1992"Toto CutugnoToto Cutugno14917 Ireland
 France
19914 MayItaly Rome Sweden"Fångad av en stormvind"CarolaStephan Berg1460 France
19929 MaySweden Malmö Ireland"Why Me"Linda MartinJohnny Logan15516 United Kingdom
199315 MayRepublic of Ireland Millstreet Ireland"In Your Eyes"Niamh KavanaghJimmy Walsh18723 United Kingdom
199430 AprilRepublic of Ireland Dublin Ireland"Rock 'n' Roll Kids"Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettiganBrendan J. Graham22660 Poland
199513 MayRepublic of Ireland Dublin Norway"Nocturne"Secret GardenRolf Løvland, Petter Skavland14829 Spain
199618 MayNorway Oslo Ireland"The Voice"Eimear QuinnBrendan J. Graham16248 Norway
19973 MayRepublic of Ireland Dublin United Kingdom"Love Shine a Light"Katrina and the WavesKimberley Rew22770 Ireland
19989 MayUnited Kingdom Birmingham Israel"Diva" (דיווה)Dana InternationalSvika Pick, Yoav Ginai1726 United Kingdom
199929 MayIsrael Jerusalem Sweden"Take Me to Your Heaven"Charlotte NilssonLars 'Dille' Diedricson, Marcos Ubeda16317 Iceland
200013 MaySweden Stockholm Denmark"Fly on the Wings of Love"Olsen BrothersJørgen Olsen19540 Russia
200112 MayDenmark Copenhagen Estonia"Everybody"Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XLIvar Must, Maian-Anna Kärmas19821 Denmark
200225 MayEstonia Tallinn Latvia"I Wanna"Marie NMarie N, Marats Samauskis17612 Malta
200324 MayLatvia Riga Turkey"Everyway That I Can"Sertab ErenerDemir Demirkan, Sertab Erener1672 Belgium
2004
[N 2]
15 MayTurkey Istanbul Ukraine"Wild Dances"RuslanaRuslana, Oleksandr Ksenofontov28017 Serbia and Montenegro
200521 MayUkraine Kiev Greece"My Number One"Helena PaparizouChristos Dantis, Natalia Germanou23038 Malta
200620 MayGreece Athens Finland"Hard Rock Hallelujah"LordiMr. Lordi29244 Russia
200712 MayFinland Helsinki Serbia"Molitva" (Молитва)Marija ŠerifovićSaša Milošević Mare, Vladimir Graić26833 Ukraine
2008
[N 3]
24 MaySerbia Belgrade Russia"Believe"Dima BilanJim Beanz, Dima Bilan27242 Ukraine
200916 MayRussia Moscow Norway"Fairytale"Alexander RybakAlexander Rybak387169 Iceland
201029 MayNorway Oslo Germany"Satellite"LenaJulie Frost, John Gordon24676 Turkey
201114 MayGermany Düsseldorf Azerbaijan"Running Scared"Ell & NikkiStefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman, Iain Farquharson22132 Italy
201226 MayAzerbaijan Baku Sweden"Euphoria"LoreenThomas G:son, Peter Boström372113 Russia
201318 MaySweden Malmö Denmark"Only Teardrops"Emmelie de ForestLise Cabble, Julia Fabrin Jakobsen, Thomas Stengaard28147 Azerbaijan
201410 MayDenmark Copenhagen Austria"Rise Like a Phoenix"Conchita WurstCharlie Mason, Joey Patulka, Ali Zuckowski, Julian Maas29052 Netherlands
201523 MayAustria Vienna


Notes

Eleven Eurovision winners (alongside three non-winners) featured at the Congratulations concert in 2005, in which ABBA's "Waterloo" was voted the most popular song of the contest's first fifty years.[5]

Ireland has finished first seven times, more than any other country, Ireland also won the contest for three consecutive years (1992, 1993, 1994), more consecutive years than any other country. Three countries have won twice in a row, Spain (1968 and 1969), Luxembourg (1972 and 1973) and Israel (1978 and 1979). Apart from Switzerland's win in the first contest, Serbia is the only country to win with its debut entry (in 2007). Since the introduction of the current voting system in 1975, the winner of the contest has been decided by the final voting nation on eleven occasions.[N 4] The largest margin of victory was that of Alexander Rybak in 2009, who won by 169 points. Rybak won with 387 points, a record score, winning twelve points from sixteen out of 41 countries (excluding themselves). Although Alexander Rybak holds the record of the highest number of points in the contest's history, Loreen, the Swedish winner of 2012 broke Rybak's title of the most twelve points earned by a country. Loreen gained twelve points from eighteen out of 41 countries (excluding themselves). Also, with the current voting system, the lowest winning score is 123 points, accomplished by Norway in 1985, with the song "La Det Swinge" by the duo Bobbysocks. The lowest total is the eighteen points scored by the four winning countries in 1969.

The United Kingdom has finished second fifteen times at Eurovision (most recently in 1998), more than any other country. The most successful country never to have won the Contest is Malta, having finished second in 2002 and 2005 and third in 1992 and 1998.

By country[edit]

Map showing each country's number of Eurovision wins up to and including 2014.[N 5]
WinsCountryYears
7 Ireland1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996
5 France1958, 1960, 1962, 1969, 1977
 Luxembourg1961, 1965, 1972, 1973, 1983
 United Kingdom1967, 1969, 1976, 1981, 1997
 Sweden1974, 1984, 1991, 1999, 2012
4 Netherlands1957, 1959, 1969, 1975
3 Denmark1963, 2000, 2013
 Israel1978, 1979, 1998
 Norway1985, 1995, 2009
2 Switzerland1956, 1988
 Italy1964, 1990
 Austria1966, 2014
 Spain1968, 1969
 Germany[N 6]1982, 2010
1 Monaco1971
 Belgium1986
 Yugoslavia1989
 Estonia2001
 Latvia2002
 Turkey2003
 Ukraine2004
 Greece2005
 Finland2006
 Serbia2007
 Russia2008
 Azerbaijan2011

Years in italics indicate joint wins.

By language[edit]

Between 1966 and 1973, and again between 1977 and 1998, countries were only permitted to perform in their own language; see the main Eurovision Song Contest article. In 2007 Marija Šerifović's "Molitva" became the first Serbian-language song to win the contest, the first winner since 1989 to be in a language that had never produced a winning song before and the first winner since 1998 to be entirely in a language other than English.

WinsLanguageYearsCountries
29English1967, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1981, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004,[N 7] 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Netherlands, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Turkey, Ukraine,[N 7] Greece, Finland, Russia, Norway, Germany, Azerbaijan, Austria
14French1956, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1983, 1986, 1988Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Belgium
3Dutch1957, 1959, 1969Netherlands
Hebrew1978, 1979, 1998Israel
2German1966, 1982Austria, Germany
Norwegian1985, 1995Norway
Swedish1984, 1991Sweden
Italian1964, 1990Italy
Spanish1968, 1969Spain
1Danish1963Denmark
Serbo-Croatian1989Yugoslavia
Ukrainian2004Ukraine
Serbian2007Serbia

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See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ There were speculative reports that Germany ended up in second place in 1956 with "Im Wartesaal zum großen Glück" by Walter Andreas Schwarz, on account that Germany was chosen to host the 1957 contest.
  2. ^ Since 2004, the contest has included a televised semi-final::— In 2004 held on the Wednesday before the final:— Between 2005 and 2007 held on the Thursday of "Eurovision Week"
  3. ^ Since 2008 the contest has included two semi-finals, held on the Tuesday and Thursday before the final.
  4. ^ 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1998, 2002 and 2003.
  5. ^ Despite Germany's two wins, Germany as a whole have only won once in 2010. Before the German Reunification, the Federal Republic of Germany (also known by its common English name of West Germany) had won once in 1982.
  6. ^ the Federal Republic of Germany has two wins, one before, one after German renuification
  7. ^ a b This song was partially sung in Ukrainian.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Extract from the rules for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest. Eurovision.tv. Retrieved on 22 August 2007.
  2. ^ Eurovision 1956. Eurovision.tv. Retrieved on 24 May 2008.
  3. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History. Carlton Books, UK. 2007 ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3
  4. ^ BBC News (6 December 2005). ABBA's Bjorn says no to reunion. Retrieved on 15 March 2008.
  5. ^ ABBA win 'Eurovision 50th' vote. BBC News (23 October 2005). Retrieved on 22 August 2007.

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