The end of 2021 is fast approaching. And that means one thing – the return of Yearly countdown to Team Wiwi’s best tracks.
As usual, the wiwibloggs team voted for their favorite new songs released in 2021 by the stars of Eurovision Song Contest. After reviewing over 1000 songs over the course of the year, we finally picked our top 50 – it wasn’t easy. And now we are ready to share it with all of you. We will be releasing ten tracks a day until New Years Eve, as we end the year.
Songs that were selected for Eurovision or that made it to the national finals were excluded (they were analyzed to death in our jury reviews). However, the other new VICTORIA songs released as potential Eurovision entries were eligible for voting as it was not a formal national final (and they were not included in our account at countdown to the best final national songs).
At least one singer of the song must have competed in Eurovision as part of the main act to be eligible. Acts that had been chosen for Eurovision 2020 but had not been reselected for the 2021 competition were still included in the vote.
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Let the countdown continue!
Best Team Wiwi Songs by Eurovision Song Contest Artists in 2021: 40-31
40. Michael Schulte – “Nothing is going well here”
What we said: Michael Schulte jumps head first in love. The German star’s new single, “Here Goes Nothing,” sees him spread all his cards and try his luck by asking the person he’s fallen for: “There’s something in the air tonight / A little corner of paradise / I’m just going to roll the dice love / Nothing goes here ». Musically, the Eurovision 2018 star is keeping things relatively upbeat with a solid pop track. (Jonathan)
Top previous songs: “All I Need” (# 34 in 2019), “Never Let You Down” (# 9 in 2018), “The Love You Left Behind” (# 18 in 2018)
39. Montaigne – “My life is better with you”
What we said: The highly anticipated “My Life Is Better With You” is the theme song for The McElroy Family’s hit podcast. My brother, my brother and me. The theme song originally premiered in abbreviated form in March 2021. Since then fans have begged the Australian superstar to release a full version of the happy pop-rock track. And now it’s finally here! The original “My Life is Better With You” music video features a transcontinental splicing of home video clips. We see Montaigne and the McElroy brothers – Travis, Justin and Griffin – going through their daily adventures. Montaigne goes wild in his living room, takes a walk to the beach and even shows off his skills as a skateboarder. (Olivier)
38. Little Big (feat. Netta) – “Mustache”
What we said: It would appear that Israel’s Netta and Russia’s Little Big have a lot more in common than an ability to kill the song contest. Apparently, they’re all big fans of the mustache. The song opens with Little Big frontman Ilya Prusikin suggesting he’s struggling with women who don’t conform to traditional beauty standards. These rules extend from head to toe. He sings, “I like women with a big fat bass, big blue eyes and hair on their faces. I like graceful women, big mustaches, sunscreen on their faces. Netta, who shares the post-verse with Sonya from Little Big, suggests his mustache brings a lot of guys and girls to her backyard: “Too many, too many, too many, too many, too many, too many lovers.” (William)
Top previous tracks, Little Big: “Hypnodancer” (# 13 in 2020)
Best Previous Songs, Netta: “Cuckoo” (# 4 in 2020), “Ricki Lake” (# 31 in 2020), “Bassa Sababa” (# 3 in 2019), “Nana Banana” (# 10 in 2019)
37. Barbara Pravi – “The day is rising”
What we said: Barbara kept the new music flowing and released “The Day Rises” – a hymn to love and happiness that comes with creating a lasting connection. The title means “The Day Is Rising” or “The Day Begins”. Despite its melancholy air, the song portrays a positive and pleasant feeling: that of love. Specifically, it strives to convey that feeling of being full and fulfilled when you are with your loved one. Love, Barbara suggests, dispels the fears and doubts that usually haunt us. Speaking to wiwibloggs, she made it clear that she wanted to convey a sense of resilience and hope after difficult experiences: “It’s a love song, it’s very tender, it’s a little expression of when you’re fine and “boom” – there’s nothing more to say about that. I’m not scared anymore, I’m fine “. (Oranie)
36. Margaret Berger – “Gal”
What we said: Margaret Berger returns with the new single “Gal” (“Crazy”). The Norwegian star of Eurovision 2013 delivers a light and playful pop tune. It adapts quite well to this spring to summer transition – there’s an uplifting spirit, but it’s also got enough pizzazz that you can dance to it. (Jonathan)
Top previous songs: “Apologize” (# 23 in 2016), “Running With Scissors” (# 44 in 2016), “Scream” (# 5 in 2014), “Human Race” (# 3 in 2013)
35. Oleksandr Ponomaryov, ALEKEEV, DZIDZIO & Artem Pyvovarov – “ому?“
What we said: One of the biggest hits in Ukraine this spring was the single “ому?“(” Why? “), Sung by a quartet of Ukrainian singers, including Eurovision 2003 and 2018 candidates Oleksandr Ponomaryov and Alekseev. The single was originally released in March and has been a popular favorite ever since. Oleksandr Ponomaryov’s decision to collaborate with artists who normally don’t sing in Ukrainian or engage in an entirely different genre has also been widely applauded. (Renske)
Top previous tracks, ALEKSEEV: »Целуй ”(# 45 in 2019),“ Сберегу ”(# 42 in 2018)
34. Marco Mengoni – “My stasera”
What we said: Italian Marco Mengoni might like a good ballad at best, “Ma stasera” (“But tonight”) he just wants to dance. The star of Eurovision 2013 brings us a real bop with his latest single. It has a hint of a retro 80s musical trend, but it’s still a great song in its own identity. In the lyrics, Marco addresses someone with whom he has ruined a relationship and with whom he wishes to be able to spend the night: But tonight run fast, I hardly see you / And to reach you so as not to let go “. (Jonathan)
Top previous songs: “Muhammad Ali” (# 17 in 2019), “Duemila volte” (# 25 in 2019), “Voglio” (# 8 in 2018), “Hola (I Say)” (# 11 in 2018), “Onde” (# 7 in 2017), “Ti ho voluto bene veramente” (# 24 in 2015), “Io ti aspetto ”(# 30 in 2015),“ Guerriero ”(# 41 in 2014),“ Pronto a correre ”(# 10 in 2013),“ Non Passerai ”(# 25 in 2013)
33. Ermal Meta – “Milano non esiste”
Milan may have lost the race to host Eurovision 2022, but the city has at least one new song written about it. However, the Italian Ermal Meta declares “Milan non esiste” (“Milan does not exist”). The former Eurovision Songwriter sings about how he focuses only on his partner and nothing else around them: “Milan does not exist / Tonight there is only you / That’s enough to make me breathe / For tonight there is nothing else special “. (Jonathan)
32. Barbara Pravi – “I love her, I love her, I love her”
What we said: Barbara Pravi’s professional rise accelerates as she triumphs with the release of her debut album We don’t lock up the birds (We don’t lock up the birds). All of the songs on the album, including “I love it, I love it, I love it” (“I love it, I love it, I love it”), are sung in French, the Barbara’s mother tongue, and like her entry to Eurovision, the 11 songs are inspired by French variety and the tradition of French song. The album’s guiding principle seems to lean towards self-expression – a feeling of freedom despite the judgment of others. Barbara uses the album to finalize her own rebirth, which began with her trip to Eurovision. Now an accomplished artist, she is no longer afraid to move forward and take risks. (Oranie)
Top previous songs: “The day rises” (# 37 in 2021)
31. Lena – “Strip”
What we said: “If I don’t fit in your boxes, you can cross me off your list.” The German Lena is there to remind us that we are perfect as we are and that we do not have to conform to fit in with others. The winner of Eurovision 2010 released “Strip”. It’s a nice pop offering with an underlying rhythm that’s easy to cheer on. Lena sings about focusing on the things that make us happy: “Baby strip, all your make off / Get happy doing what you want / All we need is love, love, of love “. (Jonathan)
Top previous songs: “Better” (# 6 in 2019), “Love” (# 20 in 2019), “Don’t Lie To Me” (# 23 in 2019), “Thank You” (# 5 in 2018), “Lost In You “(# 20 in 2017),” If I weren’t your daughter “(# 24 in 2017), “Beat To My Melody” (# 9 in 2016), “Traffic Lights” (# 1 in 2015), “Wild & Free” (# 14 in 2015)
Our Top Tracks ranking for 2021 is determined by independent votes from a panel of wiwibloggers. They are Jonathan, Renske, Oliver, Robyn, Tom, William, Cinan, Mario, Padraig and Josh.
Which songs do you think should be on our top tracks countdown? Are you surprised by our choices so far? Let us know in the comments.