You may not know it, but the Eurovision Song Contest and the United States have had many relationships.
Many American artists have participated in the contest over its nearly seven-decade history. More recently, American artists Justin Timberlake and Madonna were invited to the grand finale of Eurovision.
Then came the successful release of the Eurovision Netflix film, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”, in 2020, which was produced and written by American actor Will Ferrell, who also starred in it with Rachel McAdams.
2022 saw the start of the ‘American Song Contest’, a spin-off from the Eurovision Song Contest where all 50 states of the United States competed in a song contest.
However, the links between the United States and the Eurovision Song Contest actually began decades and decades earlier with Eurovision songs appearing on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart since 1958 when the chart began. .
This week marks the 12th Eurovision song to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, with Rosa Linn’s “SNAP” taking over the world.
To honor that feat, we’ve compiled a list of the best original Eurovision entries over the past six decades that have appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 chart according to the “#RecordsAndCharts… a deluxe must chart archive database”, which you can consult here. We’ve ranked Eurovision songs by their peak position and length on the Hot 100 chart.
12. Cliff Richard – ‘Congratulations’ – UK (1968)
#99 – 1 week at peak – 3 weeks on chart
Cliff Richard is no stranger to the US Billboard Hot 100 chart! ‘Congratulations’ was Richard’s sixth single to make a Hot 100 appearance and Eurovision runner-up for the UK in 1968. It appeared a total of 19 times in the Hot 100, with many singles including Cliff Richard & The Shadows. Richards’ highest charting single on the Hot 100 was “Devil Woman” which peaked at No. 6 for three weeks in 1976. Richards’ second Eurovision entry for the UK in 1973, “Power to All Our Friends” which finished in third place, just missed out on the Hot 100 chart at No. 109.
11. Domenico Modugno – ‘Piove (Ciao, ciao banbina)’ – Italy (1959)
N° 97 – 1 week on card
“Piove (Ciao, ciao banbina)” is Domenico Modugno’s second Eurovision appearance for Italy, and his second and final Hot 100 appearance. Modugno achieved worldwide notoriety and success after his podium in 1958 with ‘Nel blu dipinto di blu’, but you’ll have to wait and see where it ranks in our list.
10. Mary Hopkin – “Knock, knock, who’s there?” – United Kingdom (1970)
#92 – 2 weeks at peak – 4 weeks on chart
Mary Hopkin had achieved major success on the Hot 100 charts before representing the UK in 1970 with “Knock, Knock Who’s There?”. The entry came second in the contest, but it was Hopkin’s sixth and final single to chart on the Hot 100 at No. 92. His highest-grossing single was “Those Were The Days” which charted on the Hot 100 in 1968 and peaked at No 2 for three weeks. It was held in the top spot by The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ which held the top spot for nine weeks.
9. Ronnie Carroll – ‘Say Wonderful Things’ – UK (1963)
#91 – 2 weeks at peak – 4 weeks on chart
“Say Wonderful Things” was Ronnie Carroll’s only single to cross the Atlantic and appear on the Hot 100. It had more success in the UK where it had six songs on the UK charts. Interestingly, her Eurovision entry in 1963 missed the UK charts, her previous Eurovision entry “Ring-A-Ding Girl” charted at No. 46 in the UK.
8. Rosa Linn – ‘SNAP’ – Armenia (2022)
#82 – *CHART CURRENTLY* – 8 weeks on chart
‘SNAP’ is the latest Eurovision entry to enter the Hot 100. It debuts at No. 97 the week of September 3, 2022. The week of September 17, ‘Snap’ returned to the chart jumping to No. 93°.
This Eurovision 2022 song finished in 20th place at the Eurovision Grand Final in Turin, but after the contest it gained popularity on TikTok around the world and eventually made its way onto the chart American.
7. The New Seekers – ‘Beg, Steal or Borrow’ – UK (1972)
#81 – 2 weeks at peak – 4 weeks on chart
“Beg, Steal or Borrow” was one of nine singles by The New Seekers on the Hot 100. The New Seekers were formed after Australian band The Seekers disbanded in the 1960s. two Australians Peter Doyle and Marty Kristian. They scored the UK’s seventh place at Eurovision in 1972 with ‘Beg, Steal or Borrow’ which was co-written by Australian Tony Cole. The band’s highest charting single on the Hot 100 was “I’d Like to Teach The World To Sing (In Perfect Harmony)” which peaked at No. 7 in 1972 just before performing at Eurovision.
6. Duncan Laurence – ‘Arcade’ – Netherlands (2019)
No. 30 – 1 week peak – 24 weeks on the chart
In 2021 “Arcade” has become the first Eurovision song to hit the Billboard Hot 100 in 24 years! The Eurovision-winning Dutch song finally broke the drought with Eurovision songs charting in the Hot 100. “Arcade” peaked at No. 30 in September 2021. The song managed to return to the charts at the end of 2020 when the song became popular on TikTok.
5. Brotherhood of Man – ‘Save Your Kisses for Me’ – UK (1976)
#27 – 1 week at peak – 11 weeks on chart
“Save Your Kisses for Me” is one of two Eurovision-winning original songs to chart on the Hot 100. It was Brotherhood of Man’s fourth and final single to chart on the Hot 100. success years earlier when “United We Stand” peaked. at No. 13 in 1970. “Save Your Kisses for Me” was their second highest charting entry.
4. Gina G – ‘Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit’ – UK (1996)
No. 12 – 2 weeks maximum – 30 weeks on the chart
Australian Gina G has appeared in the Hot 100 twice. The first time with her 1996 Eurovision hit “Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit”. It reached No. 12 for two weeks in 1997. It fared best in the UK where it charted at No. 1, and in Australia at No. 5, on their music singles charts. “Ooh Aah…Just a Little Bit” earned Gina G a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. Her other US single “Gimme Song Love” reached No. 46 on the Hot 100 in 1997.
3. Mocedades – ‘Eres tú’ – Spain (1973)
#9 – 2 weeks at peak – 17 weeks on chart
Mocedades achieved huge success after their Eurovision performance of ‘Eres tú’ which finished in second place in 1973 beaten by Luxembourg’s entry ‘Tu te reconnaissanceras’ by Anne-Marie David. ‘Eres tú’ was released with an English version called ‘Touch the Wind’. It has been covered by many artists over the decades, including Il Divo, Petula Clark and Thalía. An instrumental guitar version of the song was even featured in Bank of New Zealand’s television advertising campaign in the 1990s. “Eres tú” was the band’s only song to chart on the Hot 100 and peaked at the top 10 to No. 9.
2. ABBA – ‘Waterloo’ – Sweden (1974)
#6 – 1 week at peak – 17 weeks on chart
Amazingly, ABBA only scored one No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 with “Dancing Queen” which peaked at the top for a week in 1977. Their Eurovision winning song “Waterloo” is one of three other singles that reached the top Hot 100 10. They include “Take A Chance On Me” at No. 3, “Waterloo” at No. 6, and “The Winner Takes It All” at No. 8. A total of 20 ABBA songs have been on the Hot 100 for two decades.
1. Domenico Modugno – ‘Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)’ – Italy (1958)
#1 – 5 weeks at peak – 16 weeks on chart
Number 1 on our list is Domenico Modugno’s ‘Nel blu dipinto di blu’, also known as ‘Volare’. It is the highest-charting original Eurovision entry, the only Eurovision song to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100, and it is the most covered song in Eurovision history.
Domenico Modugno flew Italy’s flag at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1958 with “Nel blu dipinto di blu” which finished in third place. The song became immensely popular around the world, with the single selling exceptionally well in Italy. Due to its domestic success, the single was released throughout Europe, the United States and Australia.
In the United States, the song debuted at No. 54 on the first-ever Billboard Hot 100 chart on August 4, 1958. Two weeks later, it topped the chart, becoming the second song to win the Billboard No. Hot. 100 table. He would stay there for five non-consecutive weeks. The single has sold over 22 million copies worldwide.
You can read more about the song’s success in our throwback story series. ‘The story and legacy of ‘Nel blu dipinto di blu (Volare)’.
And here are all the original Eurovision songs that we managed to track down and made it onto the US Billboard Hot 100.
Are there any songs we missed? With such a huge catalog of Eurovision covers, we wouldn’t be surprised if more landed on the Hot 100. Let us know on our social media.
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