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.
Which song will enter our Hall of Fame?
Let the countdown continue!
Best Team Wiwi Songs by Eurovision Song Contest Artists in 2021: 20-11
20. Barbara Pravi – “The man and the bird”
What we said: Barbara Pravi released “The Man and the Bird”, a hymn to freedom and to a bird that can never be captured. The title translates as “The Man and the Bird” and makes a nod to the animal, both mystical and free, to which Barbara regularly refers in her songs and her productions. After his Eurovision song “Voila” and his sequel “Le jour se leve”, “The Man and the Bird” completes a three-part triptych, the clips of which include a short film. Designed to complement and work together, the three songs in the triptych tell a mental and spiritual journey. From darkness to light comes liberation and rebirth. This is what all of the short film will imply for the viewers. (Oranie)
Top previous songs: “I love it, I love it, I love it” (# 32 in 2021), “The day to rise” (# 37 in 2021)
19. Barbara Pravi – “Prayer to sing”
In March of this year, Eurovision 2021 finalist Barbara Pravi released Prayers, six musical prayers to celebrate International Women’s Day. Then in November, volume two arrived. Title Prayers – roots (Prayers – roots), this second EP includes six more songs that will serve as musical devotions for certain parts of our lives. “Prayer to sing” closes the EP with a nice nod to the fact that singing can help bring joy in people’s lives: “I sing, that’s how I am human / It is so that I feel beautiful / And that my body finds its place in this world / I sing so that the joy devours the pain ». (Jonathan)
Top previous songs: “The man and the bird” (# 20 in 2021), “I love him, I love him, I love him” (# 32 in 2021), “Le jour se leve” (# 37 in 2021 )
18. Duncan Laurence – “Stars”
What we said: 2019 Eurovision Song Contest Champion Duncan Laurence finally has a successor after the grand final of this year’s competition. Although the Dutch star was unable to attend in person due to a positive Covid-19 test, Duncan still performed remotely during the interval. He sang his winning entry “Arcade” and also the new single “Stars”. The latter appears on the reissue of Duncan’s new album. Small Town Boy (Deluxe), which was released just before the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest. (Jonathan)
Top previous songs: “Someone Else” (# 33 in 2020), “Love Don’t Hate It” (# 1 in 2019)
17. The Roop – “Ohmygodable”
What we said: With their last single “Ohmygodable”, The Roop does it again. The song is built in part around a hook of deep growls and moans – it sounds like a deep whoa – and the idea that we are all amazing. A lot of things in life are uncertain, but the band wants you to know that you are ohmygodable – or worthy of an OMG! In the official press release, the band emphasizes the importance of having a slight shift in perspective to unleash the beauty and power of life. They write: “With their new work, the group invites everyone not to stop playing, discovering and at the same time taking a different look at life, art and oneself.” (William)
16. Philipp Kirkorov & MARUV – “Komilfo”
What we said: Russian actor of the 1995 Eurovision Song Contest Philipp Kirkorov celebrated his 54th birthday by releasing the new single “Komilfo”. For the song, he teamed up with MARUV (who should have been Ukraine’s representative at Eurovision 2019, but was unable to secure a contract with the national broadcaster). “Komilfo” is a Russian adverb that comes from the French expression “comme il faut”, which translates to “comme il should be” in English. Kirkorov and MARUV use the term to warn someone that the love they think is there between them and someone else is actually not real: “It’s not right with him, oh oh / It’s not love / And I just want you / But… “The clip is described as a” psychological fashion thriller about female revenge “and sees MARUV as a nurse taking care of Kirkorov in a mental hospital. (Jonathan)
Previous headlines, Philipp Kirkorov: “Стеснение пропало” (# 36 in 2019), “Mood Color Blue” (# 16 in 2018)
15. Bilal Hassani – “Thank you (Papa Maman)”
“Papa Maman” presented for the first time on Bilal Hassani’s 2020 album Against evening. After releasing the clip in early 2021, the French Eurovision 2019 star then dropped a redesign of the tender song in November. This new version is packaged as “Thank you (Papa Mum)” (“Thank you (Papa Mum)”). Bilal sings to his parents about the difficulties he is going through at the moment. Although he feels that his life can fall apart at any time, he wants his parents to know that he does not condemn them in any way: “If only I knew where this path is leading me / I want to reach out, I want you to take it / If tomorrow is the end I will say thank you / In the meantime I live / Daddy, mum, I don’t blame you ”. (Jonathan)
Top previous songs: “Jealous” (# 31 in 2019), “Fais Beleck” (# 33 in 2019), “Monarchy Absolue” (# 44 in 2019)
14. KEiiNO – “VENUS”
What we said: KEiiNO gave her first performance of “VENUS” as part of Alexandra Rotan’s appearance at the grand finale of Stjernekamp 2021. The Norwegian singer leads the vocals, with Tom Hugo and Fred Buljo providing backing vocals and joik respectively. It’s a fiery track that sees the Eurovision 2019 trio adding their usual flair to a more rock sound. The chorus really packs a punch and the song demonstrates that KEiiNO’s style can work with other genres beyond electro-pop. Alexandra sings about freeing herself from the people who are trying to hold her down and rising to new heights: “I’m cutting ground control signals / I see a goddess floating in the sky / She says to me: ‘All you have to do is fly’ / Venus I burn in the atmosphere / And I don’t care, no if I shine too bright / I saw the beauty in the blinding light / Now I can steal “. (Jonathan)
Top previous songs: “UNBREAKABLE” (# 25 in 2021), “Would I Lie” (# 6 in 2020), “Colors” (# 7 in 2020), “Black Leather” (# 8 in 2020), “Dancing In The Smoke” ( # 37 in 2019)
13. KEiiNO (feat. Peder Elias) – “A new start”
What we said: Eurovision 2019 group KEiiNO did “A New Beginning” after a hacker took over his old Instagram account. It’s also the title of the Norwegian trio’s new single. This song was funded by PwC Norge as part of their Julekalender, where the company paid for the production of 12 new songs over the holiday season. KEiiNO collaborated with emerging singer Peder Elias for the song, which develops into a wonderful and dynamic pop track. Fred Buljo adds a bit of joik for the bridge, but it’s Alexandra Rotan and Peder who take the lead on the rest of the vocals: “I guess I waited tonight / Even though I know it’s all in my head / I’m back in your bed / I can’t time travel / But tonight I want to go to a new place / A new beginning ». (Jonathan)
12. ABBA – “When you danced with me”
What we said: In 1981, the world famous pop group ABBA released their last album Visitors. But now, 40 years later, they have turned the ‘last’ into the ‘penultimate’. The Swedish quartet and the 1974 Eurovision Song Contestants got together and released the brand new LP Trip, which includes the folk-pop song “When You Danced With Me”. Although 40 years have passed since their last release, Trip isn’t meant to be a complete overhaul of ABBA’s sound that tries to bring them in line with contemporary music. Instead, there is an atmosphere of nostalgia in all of it, reminiscent of the ABBA so many people loved in the ’70s and early’ 80s. (Jonathan)
11. Lesley Roy – “I’m fine”
What we said: Lesley is known to encourage healthy discussions about mental health – and it sometimes comes out loud and clear in her music. His bright and joyful release “I’ll Be Fine” consists of getting up after a fall. He was born out of his sadness the day after the Eurovision Song Contest. Our daughter is committed to keep dancing and move on to bigger and better things. As she sings: “I’m fine / I take pleasure with pain / When I dance it out of my mind / So I keep dancing, I keep dancing / Until I dance it out of my mind. ” (William)
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 the list? Are you surprised by our choices so far? Let us know in the comments.