My Number One voted ‘all time favourite Eurovision winning song’!

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest, the BBC decided to carry out a poll for Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show where people could vote for their favourite Eurovision winning song. Beating other obvious favourites, Helena Paparizou’s Greek winning song from 2005 once more did justice to its name as My Number One managed to get the coveted highest spot in the top 40 list of the poll.

The top 20 of Ken Bruce’s Ultimate Eurovision Chart on Radio 2 was revealed over several days during the week leading up to the 60th Eurovision Song Contest last Saturday in Vienna, whereas the full top 40 of the poll was played in full during the early hours of this morning.‘As soon as the voting lines opened the response was astounding and just shows the passion and enthusiasm the Eurovision fans still have after all these years. It has been an insightful week discovering who fans from across the continent love and remember, for better or worse. Like the Contest itself, there could be some surprises’, Radio 2’s Ken Bruce commented.

Indeed, Helena Paparizou’s My Number One beat Eurovision anthems such as Swedish winners Waterloo (1974) and Euphoria (2012) found in second and third place respectively. Given the fact that Paparizou, who was born to Greek parents, was born and raised in Sweden, one can argue that the Scandinavian country was present one way or another in all of the top three spots of the poll. If one takes into consideration the fact that the 60th Eurovision Song Contest was also won by Sweden, it seems that the country’s popularity in the contest remains as strong as ever. Yet, one has to acknowledge the success of My Number One as well as compliment its Greek creators and Helena Paparizou herself for the enduring popularity of Greece’s only winning song so far. Indeed, the timing of the announcement could not have been better as this year also marks the 10th anniversary since the song won the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv.

A full list of the poll’s top 40 can be found below (notice interesting features such as the two Dana’s – from Israel 1998 and Ireland 1970 – featuring side by side in 30th and 29th place respectively as well as the British tie in 11th place).

ranking: song title: artist: country/year:
1 My Number One Helena Paparizou Greece 2005
2 Waterloo ABBA Sweden 1974
3 Euphoria Loreen Sweden 2012
4 Believe Dima Bilan Russia 2008
5 Making Your Mind Up Bucks Fizz UK 1981
6 Fairytale Alexander Rybak Norway 2009
7 Rise Like A Phoenix Conchita Wurst Austria 2014
8 Everyway That I Can Sertab Erener Turkey 2003
9 Hard Rock Hallelujah Lordi Finland 2006
10 Satellite Lena Germany 2010
11 Save Your Kisses For Me Brotherhood Of Man UK 1976
= Love Shine A Light Katrina And The Waves UK 1997
12 Puppet On A String Sandie Shaw UK 1967
13 Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi Céline Dion Switzerland 1988
14 Wild Dances Ruslana Ukraine 2004
15 Apres Toi Vicky Leandros Luxembourg 1972
16 Hold Me Now Johnny Logan Ireland 1987
17 Only Teardrops Emmelie de Forest Denmark 2013
18 Ein Bischen Frieden Nicole Germany 1982
19 What’s Another Year Johnny Logan Ireland 1980
20 Molitva Marija Serifovic Serbia 2007
21 Tu Te Reconnaîtras Anne-Marie David Luxembourg 1973
22 Ding-a-Dong Teach-In The Netherlands 1975
23 La Det Swinge Bobbysocks! Norway 1985
24 Un Banc, Un Arbre, Une Rue Séverine Monaco 1971
25 Hallelujah Gali Atari and Milk And Honey Israel 1979
26 Nocturne Secret Garden Norway 1995
27 Fly On The Wings Of Love Olsen Brothers Denmark 2000
28 Non Ho L’Età Gigliola Cinquetti Italy 1964
29 All Kinds Of Everything Dana Ireland 1970
30 Diva Dana Israel 1998
31 Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley Herreys Sweden 1984
32 Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son France Gall Luxembourg 1965
33 Take Me To Your Heaven Charlotte Nilsson Sweden 1999
34 Boom Bang-A-Bang Lulu UK 1969
35 In Your Eyes Niamh Kavanagh Ireland 1993
36 Running Scared Ell And Nikki Azerbaijan 2011
37 L’Oiseau Et L’Enfant Marie Myriam France 1977
38 Rock n Roll Kids Charlie McGettigan & Paul Harrington Ireland 1994
39 The Voice Eimear Quinn Ireland 1996
40 La, La, La Massiel Spain 1968

You can find the full broadcast of Ken Bruce’s Ultimate Eurovision Chart here.

In the following video, you can watch Helena Paparizou performing My Number One for Greece in the 50th Eurovision Song Contest in 2005.

Source: BBC Radio 2, Eurovisionary
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