ESCXTRA will be curating Spotify playlists for our readers. Check back every Sunday for new playlists featuring past Eurovision entries and other music from former Eurovision participants. This week’s playlist is “Alternative Eurovision”.
At Eurovision, we mostly hear Europop, ballads and ethnic songs. However, there had been plenty of participants who don’t fall into any of those musical genres. Since their music does not fit into the mainstream, they are considered “Alternative”. As the word suggests, an alternative to the pop-centric songs that usually compete at Eurovision.
Sending an “alternative song” to Eurovision is always risky. However, in 2006 Finland’s Lordi won the contest with the heavy metal song “Hard Rock Hallelujah”.
The following is a compilation of former Eurovision participants, of the 21st century, featuring alternative sounds.