Journey inspired by some of Eurovision’s most iconic pop anthems.
Eurovision has given us some great songs, from the catchy melody of Waterloo by an unknown ABBA in 1974 to electropop, powerful ballads and the competition’s first-ever heavy metal winner in 2006. To mark the latest edition of the Europe’s happiest musical celebration, brought us together some of Eurovision’s most iconic songs and the hometowns of the stars who performed them. Book a trip to one of these destinations to embark on an unforgettable Eurovision pilgrimage.
Waterloo, Abba – Sweden
Sweden has had a few iconic Eurovision victories, from Loreen winning first place in the 2012 Baku contest with her hit ‘Euphoria’, to ABBA’s soaring rise to the limelight in 1974. The latter remains the greatest achievement of Eurovision; launched to international fame at the Brighton pageant in the early 70s with the now classic pop anthem, WaterlooABBA became one of the best-selling bands in music history, selling 150 million records worldwide. Visit the Swedish hometowns of three of the ABBA band members (Anni-Frid was actually born in Norway) – staying at At Six in Stockholm, Hotel Royal in Gothenburg and Clarion Collection Hotel Victoria in Jönköping.
Think About Things, Daði Freyr – Iceland
Although Eurovision was canceled in 2020, this song was a fan favorite. A synthetic dance tune imagined by the Icelandic singer Daði Freyr and his group Gagnamagnið, think about things became a viral hit and received endorsements from celebrities and Eurovision commentators. While the song had been selected to represent Iceland in Rotterdam in 2020, tragically the competition was cancelled. Check out the full retro video with an eye-catching dance routine, if you haven’t already. The band hails from the Icelandic capital Reykjavík, famous for its vibrant nightlife and music scene. Stay at Freyja Guesthouse & Suites, a guest house in Reykjavík.
Lipstick, Jedward – Ireland
Ireland holds the record for most Eurovision wins; an impressive seven times since this musical nation’s very first entry in 1965. And while 2011’s Emerald Isle entrant may not have won the top prize – identical twin brother duo Jedward , secured eighth place – it still turned out to be a memorable year for Ireland . Whether it’s extreme quiff hairstyles, their electropop banger Lipstick, or for being described by Simon Cowell when they appeared on the X-Factor in 2009 as “two of the most irritating people we’ve had here in a long, long time”, Jedward has amassed something of a cult following. And proved to be one of the most successful acts to come out of Eurovision. Jedward hails from Dublin, a city beloved for its musical heritage and live music scene. tour the band’s hometown yourself and stay centrally located at Moxy Dublin City.
Hard Rock Hallelujah, Lordi – Finland
Representing Finland at the Athens Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, hard rock/heavy metal band Lordi became the first entry of its kind to win first place at Eurovision. The song? Hard Rock Hallelujah, a track that went on to break more records for the most people singing simultaneously in karaoke, when it was sung by a crowd of 80,000 in Helsinki’s Market Square. 2006 was also Finland’s first-ever Eurovision win, making this particular anthem all the more symbolic. The group hails from Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland and a city known both as the home of Santa Claus and for viewing the Northern Lights. stay in the luxurious suites of Tuomas, Nouka.
Rise Like A Phoenix, Conchita Wurst – Austria
In 2014, Austrian singer and drag queen Conchita Wurst (artist Thomas Neuwirth’s alter ego) graced the Eurovision stage with her powerful ballad, Rise like a phoenix. Wowing the crowd with her character as a glamorous, long-haired, bearded woman, she won the top prize and became an instant sensation. But her career continued to blossom after the contest, with more music, modeling, activism, public appearances and even an autobiography; head to Gmunden – the Austrian town where Conchita grew up – staying at the Renaissance Apartment Marktplatz.
Nel blu dipinto di blu, Domenico Modugno – Italy
In 1958, A Eurovision classic was born with the entry of Domenico Modugno Nel Blu Dipinto Di Bluwhich literally translates to “In the Blue-Painted Blue” (although the song actually became better known as Volaresense Steal). Modugno failed to clinch first place (he was voted third) but the song has become a Eurovision anthem over the years, captivating audiences with its poetic lyrics. It was written by lyricist Franco Migliacci with Domenico Modugno and was inspired by Miglacci’s recollections of two hypnotic paintings by modernist artist Marc Chagall. Head to Modugno’s birthplace, Polignano a Mare, an idyllic seaside town in Puglia for a night or two at the charming B&B, Torres Suite.