Are you in need of a playlist refresh? We picked 100 of our favourite songs from Eurovision and National Final stars, and today we continue the countdown! To broaden the playlist inspiration, we picked just one song from each of the selected artists. We also chose songs which weren’t related to their Eurovision or National Final participations. In today’s instalment, you will be introduced to songs 60 to 51, so let’s get into it!
Anton Ewald – Prison
Eurovision Connection: Anton Ewald competed at Melodifestivalen on three occasions. His first appearance was in 2013 with the song ‘Beggin’. He returned in 2014 with the song ‘Natural’ and then again in 2021 with the song ‘New Religion’.
And this song? If you’re looking for some quality Swedish pop, look no further. Anton Ewald has a strong catalogue of pop music, and this is one of our favourites. The piano is a nice addition to this catchy track.
Helena Paparizou – Kati Skoteino
Eurovision Connection: Helena Paparizou competed at Eurovision on two occasions. The first was part of the group Antique who represented Greece in 2001 with the song ‘(I Would) Die For You’. The song finished in third place. Helena returned as a soloist in 2005 with the song ‘My Number One’ and won Eurovision.
And this song? There’s no mistaking the origins of this song, with strong Greek influences throughout. This is a powerful Greek language song that really showcases Helena’s incredible vocals. The chorus hits at just the right intensity.
Marco Mengoni – Io Ti Aspetto
Eurovision Connection: Marco represented Italy at Eurovision in 2013 with the song ‘L’Essenziale’ which finished 7th in the final
And this song? It was difficult to pick just one Marco Mengoni track, but this upbeat track is a classic. This is a perfect track to add to a summer playlist with the catchy beat and melody. As usual, Marco’s vocals are a standout.
Twin Twin – Routine
Eurovision Connection: Twin Twin represented France at Eurovision in 2014 with the song ‘Moustache’ which finished in last place in the final.
And this song? While many would remember Twin Twin for the chaotic stage performance of ‘Moustache’, we promise that ‘Routine’ is a complete 180. The group adopted a different style since their Eurovision performance, and this track is a good representation of that. The rap track has some of that same chaos, but in a different form.
Lanberry – Heart of Gasoline
Eurovision Connection: Lanberry competed in the Polish Eurovision selection in 2017 with the song ‘Only Human’. She also co-wrote both Polish Junior Eurovision winning songs, ‘Anyone I Want To Be’ and ‘Superhero’.
And this song? It comes as a surprise that Lanberry hasn’t yet made it to Eurovision after the success she had as a Junior Eurovision songwriter. ‘Heart of Gasoline’ is an absolute banger. The song builds well from the first verse to the pre-chorus, then the chorus kicks the song into another gear. Definitely one to add to your playlist.
Nano – The Day I’m Gone
Eurovision Connection: Nano competed in Melodifestivalen on two occasions. The first was in 2017 with the song ‘Hold On’ which finished in second overall. He returned in 2019 with the song ‘Chasing Rivers’.
And this song? This is an emotion filled track from Nano. The song is lyrically moving, but also strong in all other aspects. Nano has such a great voice that can convey the emotion of the lyrics perfectly.
Carolina Deslandes & Jimmy P – Don’t Let Me Down
Eurovision Connection: Carolina Deslandes competed in the Portuguese national selection ‘Festival da Canção’ in 2021. Her song ‘Por um Triz’ finished in second place. Jimmy P competed in the previous edition the same selection with the song ‘Abensonhado’.
And this song? Carolina and Jimmy P released an entire EP together, and it is heaven. As a Jimmy P fan, this song ticks the boxes however Carolina brings it to a whole new level. The vocals together are angelic. If you’re looking for some super chill songs to add to your playlist, definitely check out their EP.
Gromee ft. Jesper Jenset – One Last Time
Eurovision Connection: Gromee represented Poland at Eurovision alongside Lukas Meijer in 2018. They competed with ‘Light Me Up’ which did not reach the final. Gromee wrote the common songs for Junior Eurovision 2019 and 2020, and composed the competing entry ‘I’ll Be Standing’ sung by Ala Tracz.
And this song? If only this was the Eurovision song for Poland… This track has a very catchy beat (of course), and the change in beat between the verse and chorus gives good dimension to the song. Jesper’s vocals are on point.
Anouk – I’m a Cliché
Eurovision Connection: Anouk represented The Netherlands at Eurovision in 2013 with the song ‘Birds’. She qualified to the final, marking the first time for the nation since 2004. She finished in 9th place overall.
And this song? This isn’t one of Anouk’s biggest tracks, but rather an underrated gem. There’s something about the melody of this song that has stuck with me over the years. The soulful vocals are stunning, as always with Anouk.
Eric Saade – Wide Awake
Eurovision Connection: The Swedish pop star competed at Melodifestivalen in 2010 with the song ‘Manboy’ which finished third overall. Eric Saade returned to Melodifestivalen in 2011 with the song ‘Popular’ which went on to represent Sweden at Eurovision in the same year. He returned to Melodifestivalen in 2015 with ‘Sting’ and then again in 2021 with the song ‘Every Minute’.
And this song? The unique beat of this track is a highlight, and the addition of featured artist Gustaf Norén makes an already catchy song even catchier. Out of his discography, this is always the track that always comes back in rotation.
Check out songs 70 – 61 here.