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Eurovision Song Contest 2024: Previous winners

Anticipation is building for the hugely-popular Eurovision Song Contest ahead of the annual event in May.

This year's contest takes place in Malmo on 11th May with Sweden the host nation for the seventh time after Loreen's win in 2023.

Eurovision is the longest-running yearly international televised music competition, having first taken place in 1956. It has been staged annually ever since, apart from in 2020, and is organised by the European Broadcasting Union.

Each country taking part must enter an original song which is performed on the night in front of a live audience - which this year will be at the Malmo Arena - and then the competing countries cast votes for the other countries' songs to eventually work out a winner.

The rival nations award points for each song - ranging from one to 12 points - to their 10 favourite songs, using the views of expert music professionals alongside votes from each country's viewing public.

The competition is mostly made up of European countries but Australia were invited for the 60th anniversary in 2015 and have been part of the contest ever since.

There have been numerous memorable winners, with the UK triumphing on five occasions down the years. Ireland lead the way overall with seven victories and plenty of famous acts have taken part and won - including ABBA, Buck's Fizz and Celine Dion.

Here, broken down into decades, we run down the complete list of previous Eurovision winners from 1970 onwards.

The 1970s

Ireland won for the first time in 1970 in Amsterdam when Dana's 'All Kind's Of Everything' was voted best song.

The UK triumphed in 1976 for the third time with Brotherhood Of Man's 'Save Your Kisses For Me', while Monaco, Luxembourg and Israel (both twice) also enjoyed success in the 70s.

The 1974 contest was won by Swedish superstars ABBA, who performed 'Waterloo' in Brighton.

Year

Winning Country

Song

Artist

1970

Ireland

All Kinds of Everything

Dana

1971

Monaco

Un banc, un arbre, une rue

Severine

1972

Luxembourg

Apres Toi

Vicky Leandros

1973

Luxembourg

Tu te reconnaîtras

Anne-Marie David

1974

Sweden

Waterloo

ABBA

1975

Netherlands

Ding-a-dong

Teach-In

1976

UK

Save Your Kisses For Me

Brotherhood Of Man

1977

France

L'Oiseau et l'Enfant

Marie Myriam

1978

Israel

A-Ba-Ni-Bi

Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta

1979

Israel

Hallelujah

Milk And Honey

The 1980s

Ireland again got the decade off to a winning start when 'What's Another Year' by Johnny Logan came out on top.

Bucks Fizz’s 'Making Your Mind Up' took first prize a year later in 1981, and Logan was back for more glory in 1987 when he sung 'Hold Me Now'.

Year

Winning Country

Song

Artist

1980

Ireland

What’s Another Year?

Johnny Logan

1981

UK

Making Your Mind Up

Bucks Fizz

1982

Germany

Ein bisschen Frieden

Nicole

1983

Luxembourg

Si la vie est cadeau

Corinne Hermes

1984

Sweden

Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley

Herreys

1985

Norway

La det swinge

Bobbysocks!

1986

Belgium

J'aime la vie

Sandra Kim

1987

Ireland

Hold Me Now

Johnny Logan

1988

Switzerland

Ne partez pas sans moi

Celine Dion

1989

Yugoslavia

Rock Me

Riva

The 1990s

The 90s was the decade in which Ireland dominated the contest with no less than four victories. Linda Martin's 'Why Me' triumphed in 1992, before Niamh Kavanagh's 'In Your Eyes' won a year later and Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan made it an Irish hat-trick in 1994 with 'Rock 'n' Roll Kids'.

Ireland's fourth success came in 1996 when Eimear Quinn's 'The Voice' was voted the winner, and in 1997 Katrina and the Waves' 'Love Shine A Light' won the competition for the UK.

Year    

Winning Country

Song

Artist

1990

Italy

Insieme: 1992

Toto Cutugno

1991

Sweden

Fangad av en stormvind

Carola

1992

Ireland

Why Me?

Linda Martin

1993

Ireland

In Your Eyes

Niamh Kavanagh

1994

Ireland

Rock 'n' Roll Kids

Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan

1995

Norway

Nocturne

Secret Garden

1996

Ireland

The Voice

Eimear Quinn

1997

UK

Love Shine A Light

Katrina and the Waves

1998

Israel

Diva

Dana International

1999

Sweden

Take Me To Your Heaven

Charlotte Perrelli

The 2000s

The 2000s saw 10 different countries winning across the first decade of the millennium, including Denmark, Latvia, Turkey, Greece and Ukraine.

The 2009 victor, 'Fairytale', performed by Alexander Rybak, who was representing Norway, won with what was at the time the highest recorded score since the contest began, picking up 387 points out of a possible maximum 492.

Year

Winning Country

Song

Artist

2000

Denmark

Fly On The Wings Of Love

Olsen Brothers

2001

Estonia

Everybody

Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL

2002

Latvia

I Wanna

Marie N

2003

Turkey

Every Way That I Can

Sertab Erener

2004

Ukraine

Wild Dances

Ruslana

2005

Greece

My Number One

Helena Paparizou

2006

Finland

Hard Rock Hallelujah

Lordi

2007

Serbia

Molitva

Marija Serifovic

2008

Russia

Believe

Dima Bilan

2009

Norway

Fairytale

Alexander Rybak

The 2010s

Germany won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 for the second time when Lena's effort 'Satellite' picked up the most votes, with Sweden winning twice during this decade, triumphing in 2012 and 2015.

Portugal's sole success in the competition came in 2017 when Salvador Sobral performed 'Amar pelos dois' in Kyiv.

Year

Winning Country

Song

Artist

2010

Germany

Satellite

Lena

2011

Azerbaijan

Running Scared

Ell and Nikki

2012

Sweden

Euphoria

Loreen

2013

Denmark

Only Teardrops

Emmelie de Forest

2014

Austria

Rise Like a Phoenix

Conchita Wurst

2015

Sweden

Heroes

Mans Zelmerlow

2016

Ukraine

1944

Jamala

2017

Portugal

Amar pelos dois

Salvador Sobral

2018

Israel

Toy

Netta

2019

Netherlands

Arcade

Duncan Laurence

The 2020s

With no competition taking place in 2020, the 2021 version was won by Italy and Maneskin, who collected the most votes for their song 'Zitti e buoni'.

Ukrainian rap group Kalush Orchestra took the prize 12 months ago when they sung 'Stefania' in Turin.

Year

Winning Country

Song

Artist

2020

No contest

 

 

2021

Italy

Zitti e buoni

Maneskin

2022

Ukraine

Stefania

Kalush Orchestra

2023

Sweden

Loreen

Tattoo

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