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Our #ESC250 votes – Part 4: Tim, Simon, Costa

Simon: Quirky compositions and evocative ear worms

My top ten may seem a curious selection to most readers, but you should see what didn’t quite make the cut! These songs made a distinct impression on me, usually because they’ve been brave enough to stand out from the crowd, but musically savvy enough to get away with it.

#10 – Anna Maria Jopek – Ale Jestem (Poland 1997)

A smashing little ditty from Poland. What stands out to me are the unusual chord patterns and rhythms on the guitars. Dissonant strings make me happy, as does Anna’s vocal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=piD3PP1QDBQ
#9 – Tose Proeski – Life (FYR Macedonia 2004)

Tose was a superb vocalist and this song shows that off. Anything that is in 7-4 time is a winner for me.

#8 – Stop – Omar Naber (Slovenia 2005)

Robbed. By which I mean it should at least have qualified. I get that it is not everyone’s cup of tea, but its production was right up my street.

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Tim Jumawan

I started watching Eurovision ever since I moved to the UK in 2006, obsessed since 2012 and haven't looked back since.

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