Hundreds of songs have gone through the past 63 editions (Eurovision 2019 will celebrate number 64). Many have fallen into oblivion, others are still remembered as part of the festival and others have been famous for themselves and they have even been remixed or versioned by other artists.
"Volare", Domenico Modugno (1958). Many will not know that this popular song by Domenico Modugno (also known as "Nel blu dipinto di blu"), swept the San Remo festival and later won the Eurovision Festival in the spring of 1958.
"Poupée de cire, poupée de son", France Gall (1965). It is another of the great known of the eurofestival. He won the 1965 edition thanks to the interpretation of the French singer (now deceased) France Gall.
"Puppet on a string". Sandie Shaw (1967). Barefoot and strong, the British Sandie Shaw came on the scene and with "Puppet on a string" achieved the first triumph for the United Kingdom. The popular theme was also covered in Spanish: "Marionetas en la cuerda".
"Congratulations", Cliff Richards. (1968). Behind Massiel, in second place was the popular theme of the British Cliff Richards, who would return years later (in 1973) remaining in third position.
"Waterloo", ABBA (1974). Some very young Anni-Frid, Benny, Björn and agnetha ("ABBA"), won with "Waterloo" the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. More than a battle, it was a complete conquest, because that Swedish group would become years later, in a of the most popular Pop bands in the history of music. Their lyrics, music and songs would be recognized by millions of people, while hitting the sales lists around the world.
"Save your kisses for me", Brotherhood of man (1976). It is another milestone in the history of the festival. With a nice staging, the British quartet won the victory in The Hague, giving the United Kingdom its third victory in the eurofestival.
"A-Ba-Ni-Bi", Izhar Cohen & ALphabeta (1978). In 1998, the Catalan artist Marc Parrot (also called "El peval de la peca") released a version of the song "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" and popularized this song that twenty years earlier, the Israeli Izar Cohen had played in the 1978 edition, giving the first triumph for Israel in the whole history of the festival.
"What's another year?", Johnny Logan (1980). The one that would become one of the most popular musicians of the festival, was presented for the first time in 1980, in The Hague. The ballad ("What's another year?) Captivated the jury, which surrendered to Logan, giving the second triumph for Ireland.
"Love shine a light", Katrina and the waves "(1997). The British group that in 1983 jumped to fame with "Walking on sunshine", breaks into the Eurovision in the spring of 1997 and wins the festival in what would be the last victory for the United Kingdom.
"Diva", Dana International (1998). The Israeli transgender Dana International generates a great expectation in the 1998 edition, obtaining the victory for Israel and giving her country, the third victory in the history of Eurovision.
"My number one", Helena Paparizou (2005). The Greek settled in Sweden Helena Paparizou, in Kiev achieved the first victory for the Hellenic country. "My numer one" also enters the top of the best songs of the festival in the contest that was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary eurovision.
"Fairytale", Alexander Ribak (2009). The city of Moscow hosted the festival, in what has been considered the most expensive and spectacular of all editions to date. On the immense and majestic stage, shone (violin in hand) the young Belarusian origin Alexander Ribak, who with "fairytale" gave the triumph to Norway.
"Euphoria", Loreen (2012).It is undoubtedly the most popular Eurovision song of this century. The theme played by the Swedish-born Moroccan Loreen, swept in the Melodifestivalen (Swedish festival where the representative for Eurovision is chosen) and later, it did in Baku in the Grand Final. Not only did he win, but "Euphoria" took over the dance floors of half of Europe, including, his notes were played by the guard band of the Royal Palace in Stockholm.
"Rise like a phoenix", Conchita Wurst (2014). The Austrian Thomas Neuwirth, came to Eurovision from the hand of his alter ego, Conchita Wrust. The character faced by Neuwirth, had a very feminine appearance: gala dress in golden tone, dark hair, long and molded, but without detaching himself from his bushy and perfectly cropped beard. "The bearded woman" (as I call her part of the public opinion) won with "Rise like Phoenix" by launching a message in favor of freedom, tolerance and sexual diversity. "We are unstoppable" ("We are unstoppable"), said Conchita after receiving the award.
"Toy", Netta (2018). The artist Netta Barzilai was discovered in a television program, surprising by using a looper (device used to play sound tracks that are made with the voice and can be repeated simultaneously as a sampler). The Israeli came to the last edition of Eurovision with "Toy" but without looper (EBU regulations prevent using live instruments, considering this type of device as such). Even so, he devastated and gave the fourth victory to Israel.