Six Eurovision 2021 Songs You Need To Hear Immediately

15 Mar 2021

It's that time of the year again when I try to force you all to listen to Eurovision songs and become as obsessed with them as I am. It's a fun time to be my friend lets put it that way! I'll be honest, the day that they cancelled the contest last year was one of the worst days of 2020 for me. I genuinely cried I was so upset, trivial yes but after dedicating months of your life to something, to have it torn away from you was just a little emotional okay! I've done two of these posts before, way back in 2017 and then also last year. Eurovision has been such a huge part of my life for the longest time. I've been watching the contest every year since 2008 but I didn't start following the contest properly until 2016. I feel like people, especially in the UK, have a bit of preconception of what to expect with Eurovision so this post is really here to show that there really is no such thing as 'Eurovision Music' and that this contest, that a lot of people don't take seriously, is actually such a great source of music and so many great songs and artists come out of it every year. Arcade by Duncan Laurence, which you may know because it is currently in the UK charts, actually won the contest back in 2019! As usual, this isn't my personal top ten (I'll likely make a video on that at some point soon so keep your eyes peeled over on my youtube channel for that!) but just a few songs that I think have a universal appeal that people not familiar with the contest could find some enjoyment in. I've included a selection of different genres so hopefully, there's something that suits your tastes here. Also, enjoy me milking the use out of this t-shirt I bought when I went to the contest in 2018 because it gets wheeled out every year at every party.
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United Kingdom

James Newman - Embers

I feel like it's only fitting that we open with the UK entry as a vast majority of my readership are from here and you may want to cheer for the home team. We've once again gone with James Newman, brother of John Newman of 'Love Me Again' and 'Blame' fame. James himself is also a BRIT award-winning songwriter having composed 'Waiting All Night' by Rudimental. This song definitely has a super contemporary UK chart sound and I can definitely see it being a popular track if it didn't have the Eurovision stigma attached and that's the whole point of this post, to remove the Eurovision stigma and show that a majority of Eurovision songs are in fact just good songs!

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Italy

Måneskin - Zitti E Buoni

I'm a simple girl, I see Italy and it automatically goes in my top ten, after all, Italy's entry in 2015 is the primary reason why I'm such a fan of this contest! This is very much not Italy's usual style or a typical Eurovision entry it's pure alternative rock and stylistically it this band is exactly how I picture The Six from Daisy Jones and The Six. It's in Italian but as I often say even if you don't understand the lyrics of a song you can generally feel the vibe from the music and this is one of those cases. This is the perfect song for angrily jumping around your room to.

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girl smiling with bow in hair with eurovision t shirt and flowy floral dress

San Marino

Senhit ft. Flo Rida - Adrenalina

Yes, you read that correctly, San Marino have ACTUAL real-life Flo Rida featuring on their song! San Marino is a microstate and has a very rocky history with Eurovision having only qualified for the final two times before so when we found out they'd somehow managed to secure a worldwide superstar in the form of Flo Rida we were all floored. The track itself, even without the addition of Flo Rida, is so modern and catchy that it's hard to believe that this is the same San Marino that we've come to know in the contest. They were even top of the community ranking at one point!

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Bulgaria

Victoria - growing up is getting old

I mentioned in last years post that Victoria has a very Billie Eilish-esque style but I actually think she reminds me more of Lorde, but either way, this is very much my usual style of music. This is a soft ballad with a contemporary pop style about how we lose our childlike wonder as we get older (very much sad girl bop vibes). Victoria has just put out an album called 'a little dramatic' so if you're a fan of this one I definitely recommend checking out her music. Some of my other faves from that album include 'the funeral song' and 'imaginary friend'.

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Switzerland

Gjon's Tears - Tout L'Univers

Gjon's Tears is so incredibly talented and after loving last years entry 'Répondez Moi' I had high hopes for this one, but I think he may have exceeded them! It's entirely in French but this song gives me massive Sleeping at Last vibes so if that's your thing then I'm sure you will love this one!

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Iceland

Daði Freyr - 10 Years

After his smash hit 'Think About Things' from last year, Daði Freyr is back for Iceland. This was probably the most hotly anticipated track of the season. The most fun element of this song though is that I'm actually singing on it! It's been my dream for as long as I can remember to participate in Eurovision so the fact that it kind of happened is still blowing my tiny mind. I'm part of the choir along with 1000 other people so you definitely can't hear me but I know my voice is in there somewhere!

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I hope with this post I've opened your eyes to a whole new side of Eurovision than you're maybe used to. You can listen to these six songs and the rest of the 40 entries on the official Eurovision 2021 Spotify playlist! Are you an avid Eurovision watcher, do you only watch it because it's the only thing on, or have you never seen it?

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