#3 – 🇸🇪 Loreen – Euphoria (Sweden 2012)
The Queen of Eurovision: not so much Loreen herself, but her song. It is insanely good, mystic, and exceedingly well-performed. It is the lyrical and musical embodiment of what an actual euphoria can be, and in that it is rooted in the deepest and purest reality: the foghorn as the trigger, and then the unstoppable race, building up to the best of feelings in the chorus, and how it can last a bit and be rekindled all by itself in the rest of the song.
#2 – 🇷🇸 Marija Serifovic – Molitva (Serbia 2007)
After such a description of “Euphoria”, it’s hard to justify having two other songs higher. “Molitva” might not be as well-constructed, but it is still beautifully authentic (I like the religious references), and more melodic than “Euphoria”. The live performance is a bit static, but still powerful and flawless.
#1 – 🇮🇪 Paul Harrington & Charlie McGettigan – Rock’n’Roll Kids (Ireland 1994)
Yes, my all-time favourite is one of the most disliked winner of the contest : Ireland’s rock’n’roll kids. What can I say? The story is heartfelt and more relatable than most love stories : haven’t we all drifted apart from friends? Don’t we all feel some sort of nostalgia from our childhood or teenage years? The music and performance are simple without being minimalist, and this live version is so good, so soft, so smooth. And I just love it all.