Britain's Biggest Eurovision Hits

The Eurovision Song Contest, the longest and the biggest televised song competition in the world, is coming up in early May in Stockholm.

Mostly unknown in the U.S., the contest has expanded outwards from Europe over the years to where Australia became a regular competitor in 2015. Also mostly unknown are the winners which normally go on to top selling status in their home country along with many others.

In the U.S., only three of the winners since the inception of the competition in 1956 can be said to be at least somewhat known. In 1967, England won for Puppet on a String, sung by Sandie Shaw and, while it did not chart in America, it did make some compilations of British invasion hits.

In 1976, the U.K. won again with Save Your Kisses For Me by The Brotherhood of Man, a number 27 hit in the U.S.

...and then there was 1974 when Sweden took the prize for Waterloo by ABBA. It catapulted the group into worldwide acclaim, even in the normally Eurovisionless United States.

Overall, Britain has won the Eurovision five times with three of the songs going to number 1 in the U.K. and the others peaking at 2 and 3.

Earlier today, the Official Charts Company released a list of all of Britain's Eurovision songs, in chronological order. We thought it would be interesting to rank them based on peak position, final Eurovision placing and, as a tie braker, number of weeks at top position.
  1. Save Your Kisses For Me - Brotherhood of Man (1976 / #1 / 1st / 6 weeks at #1)
  2. Puppet on a String - Sandie Shaw (1967 / #1  / 3 weeks at #1 / 18 weeks on chart)
  3. Making Up Your Mind - Bucks Fizz (1981 / #1 / 1st / 3 weeks at #1 / 12 weeks on chart)
  4. Congratulations - Cliff Richard (1968 / #1 / 2nd)
  5. Ooh Ah...Just a Little Bit - Gina G (1996 / #1 / 8th)
  6. Boom Bang-a-Bang - Lulu (1969 / #2 / 1st)
  7. Are You Sure - The Allisons (1961 / #2 / 2nd / 6 weeks at #2)
  8. Beg, Steal or Borrow - New Seekers (1972 / #2 / 2nd / 3 weeks at #2)
  9. Knock Knock Who's There? - Mary Hopkin (1970 / #2 / 2nd / 1 week at #2)
  10. One Step Farther - Bardo (1982 / #2 / 7th)
  11. Love Shine a Light - Katrina & the Waves (1997 / #3 / 1st)
  12. Jack in the Box - Clodagh Rodgers (1971 / #3 / 4th)
  13. Power to All Our Friends - Cliff Richard (1973 / #4 / 3rd)
  14. Flying the Flag (For You) - Schooch (2007 / #5 / 22nd)
  15. Say Wonderful Things - Ronnie Carroll (1963 / #6 / 4th)
  16. Say It Again - Precious (1999 / #6 / 12th)
  17. Love City Groove - Love City Groove (1995 / #7 / 10th)
  18. Teenage Life - Daz Sampson (2006 / #8 / 19th)
  19. Long Live Love - Olivia Newton-John (1974 / #11 / 4th)
  20. Love Games - Love & Devotion (1984 / #11 / 7th)
  21. Let Me Be the One - The Shadows (1975 / #12 / 2nd / 1 week at #12 / 9 weeks on chart)
  22. Sing Little Birdie - (1959 / #12 / 2nd / 1 week at #12 / 8 weeks on chart)
  23. Come Back - Jessica Garlick (2002 / #13 / 3rd)
  24. Bad Old Days - Co-co (1978 / #13 / 11th)
  25. Hold Onto Our Love - James Fox (2004 / #13 / 16th)
  26. Where Are You - Imaani (1998 / #15 / 2nd / 1 week at #15 / 15 weeks on chart)
  27. Better the Devil You Know - Sonia (1993 / #15 / 2nd / 1 week at #15 / 7 weeks on chart)
  28. Cry Baby - Jemini (2003 / #15 / 26th)
  29. I Can - Blue (2011 / #16 / 11th)
  30. Touch My Fire - Javine (2005 / #18 / 22nd)
  31. Rock Bottom - Lynsey de Paul & Mike Moran (1977 / #19 / 2nd)
  32. Looking High, High, High - Bryan Johnson (1960 / #20 / 2nd / 1 week at #20 / 11 weeks on chart)
  33. One Step Out of Time - Michael Bell (1992 / #20 / 2nd / 1 week at #20 / 7 weeks on chart)
  34. I'm Never Giving Up - Sweet Dreams (1983 / #21 / 6th)
  35. Children of the Universe - Molly (2014 / #23 / 17th)
  36. Lonely Symphony (We Will Be Free (1994 / #25 / 10th)
  37. It's My Time - Jade Ewen (2009 / #27 / 5th)
  38. A Man Without Love - Kenneth McKellar (1966 / #30 / 9th)
  39. A Message to Your Heart - Samantha Janus (1991 / #30 / 10th)
  40. No Dream Impossible - Lindsay (2001 / #32 / 15th)
  41. Give a Little Love Back to the World - Emma (1990 / #33 / 6th)
  42. Don't Play That Song Again - Nicki French (2000 / #34 / 16th)
  43. I Belong - Kathy Kirby (1965 / #36 / 2nd)
  44. Mary Ann - Black Lace (1979 / #42 / 7th)
  45. Ring-a-Ding Girl - Ronnie Carroll (1962 / #46 / 4th)
  46. Love Enough For Two - Prima Donna (1980 / #48 / 3rd)
  47. Live is... - Vikki Watson (1985 / #49 / 4th)
  48. Go - Scott Fitzgerald (1988 / #52 / 2nd)
  49. Love Will Set You Free - Englebert Humperdinck (2012 / #60 / 25th)
  50. Even If - Andy Abraham (2008 / #67 / 23rd)
  51. Why Do I Always Get It Wrong - Live Report (1989 / #72 / 2nd)
  52. Believe in Me - Bonnie Tyler (2013 / #93 / 19th)
  53. Only the Light - Rikki Pebbles (1987 / #96 / 13th)
  54. Runner in the Night - Ryder (1986 / #98 / 7th)
  55. Still in Love With You - Electro Velvet (2015 / #114 / 24th)
  56. That Sounds Good to Me - Josh Dubovie (2010 / #179 / 25th)
  57. I Love the Little Things - Matt Munro (1964 / Did not chart / 2nd)
  58. All - Patricia Breidin (1957 / Did not chart / 7th)

2 comments

Brian S said...

Thanks for this - it is very interesting. However, I just wanted to mention that if the songs were listed by sales of by international chart success then the listing would look quite different - for example, while "Rock Bottom" by Lynsey De Paul and Mike Moran only made #19 in the UK charts (it was during the punk rock explosion, when may established artists were no longer charting), the song was massive in Europe, reach #1 in Switzerland and going top 10 in France and Germany (selling in excess of 250,000 in Germany alone). Also, many of the U.K.'s artists who did not win Eurovision were quite well known and commercially successful e.g. Cliff, Lulu, Olivia Newton John, Lynsey de Paul and more recently Engelbert and Bonnie Tyler.

Brian S said...

Cliff, Lulu, Olivia Newton John, Lynsey de Paul and more recently Engelbert and Bonnie Tyler all had success in the USA.

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