Playlist of the Week: Eurovision for Break-Ups
Hello Dear Readers!
I thought this week, I would try something different. Instead of the usual twenty song playlist, I decided to craft two ten-song playlists – one for the heartbroken and one for heartbreakers. It’s no secret that Eurovision is full of love songs, but there are also quite a few anti-love songs. Here are twenty on both sides of the equation that I think are worth a listen. As a reminder, these songs come from the Televoting Era (1998 – onwards) with focus on recent years.
Songs for the Heartbroken
It’s never fun to be dumped — unless you can turn that pain into a successful song at Eurovision! These songs capture the anguish, remorse, loss, and pain that the end of a relationship can bring.
Find the playlist here: Eurovision for the Heartbroken
- Denmark 2012 – Should’ve Known Better performed by Soluna Somay
- Serbia 2008 – Oro performed by Jelena Tomašević
- Cyprus 2010 – Life Looks Better in Spring performed by Jon Lilygreen and the Islanders
- Iceland 2009 – Is it True? performed by Yohanna
- Bosnia & Herzegovina 2007 – Rijeka Bez Imena performed by Maria
- Greece 2015 – One Last Breath performed by Maria Elena Kyriakou
- Sweden 2004 – It Hurts performed by Lena Philipsson
- Russia 2010 – Lost & Forgotten performed by Peter Nalitch and Friends
- France 2009 – S’Il Fallait le Faire performed by Patricia Kaas
- Serbia & Montenegro 2004 – Lane Moje performed by Željko Joksimović
Honorable Mention: United Kingdom 2002, Portugal 2003, Slovenia 2006, Serbia 2012, Cyprus 2015, Montenegro 2015
Eurovision for Heartbreakers
Not every relationship ends in despair, in fact, oftentimes, one person is happy that the relationship is over. Sometimes their emotions can be joy, relief, excitement — just happy to be free of a bad relationship. These songs are for those who are feeling great to be single.
Find the playlist here: Eurovision for Heartbreakers
- Germany 2015 – Black Smoke performed by Ann Sophie
- Slovenia 2005 – Stop performed by Omar Naber
- Cyprus 2007 – Comme Çi, Comme Ça performed by Evridiki
- Italy 2012 – L’Amore È Femmina (Out of Love) performed by Nina Zilli
- Macedonia 2005 – Make My Day performed by Martin Vučić
- Slovenia 2011 – No One performed by Maja Keuc
- Belarus 2014 – Cheesecake performed by Teo
- Lithuania 2007 – Love or Leave performed by 4Fun
- Belgium 2013 – Love Kills performed by Roberto Bellarosa
- Denmark 2014 – Only Teardrops performed by Emmelie de Forest
Honorable Mention: Andorra 2006, Ukraine 2008, Denmark 2009, Poland 2011, Israel 2014, Estonia 2015
- Ballads of heartbreak and sadness are most known for coming from the former Yugoslav countries, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Macedonia. Furthermore, one man, Željko Joksimović is behind some of the most famous and successful entries for these countries as composer and occasional performer:
- 2004 – he performed Lane Moje, he won the semi-final but ultimately finished second
- 2006 – he composed Lejla, which Hari Mata Hari performed for Bosnia & Herzegovina. This is not only my favorite ESC song ever, but its third place is the best BiH finish to date.
- 2008 – in addition to hosting, he composed Serbia’s title defense effort Oro, finishing sixth.
- 2012 – his triumphant return as a performed, he performed his self-composed entry Nije Ljubav Stvar, finishing in third place.
- 2015 – he composed the Montengrin entry Adio, which only finished 13th, but is only the second Grand Final qualifier for Montenegro, and its highest ever finish.
- As female-led songs become more popular, we’ll see more and more heartbreaker songs.
- Interestingly enough, songs on both sides of the break-up spectrum range in tempo and tone.
The most recent previous list: Eurovision for Rockers
Next week: Eurovision for Baladeers