Welcome to the Eurovision Lemurs Seal of Approval, our guide to the cream of the Eurovision crop, the top songs out of the top songs, the best music on tap at Eurovision.
According to us.
You see, taste is a subjective thing and while a lot of songs we list here may also be fan favorites, no Eurovision song can cater to every single Eurovision fan. Except for “Waterloo,” which is perfect in every way.
So when we give a song the Eurovision Lemurs Seal of Approval, we’re providing you with some insight into why we respond to songs the way we do. Our favorites may not be your favorites, but we hope we can explain what it is about each of these songs that move us.
“Soldi” by Mahmood
Mahmood tells his story in “Soldi” by building the verse and the bridge up, but instead of releasing all that tension, he just drops the beat for the chorus. This isn’t a song about resolving emotions, and you can tell that even if you don’t speak Italian. “Soldi” earned Italy a richly deserved second place at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.
“Shady Lady” by Ani Lorak
Over a decade after it came second at the Eurovision Song Contest, “Shady Lady” still has the power to thrill us. Its lush, strings-heavy orchestration propels it forward, and Ani Lorak fully embodies the song’s story. We’ve been saying for years that “Shady Lady” is the best song to never have won Eurovision.
“If Love Was a Crime” by Poli Genova
Bulgaria returned to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016 after a couple of years off with a new game plan: send great songs. “If Love Was a Crime” is a song that is immediately awesome. Its finger snap-laden beat and rich, pulsating bassline builds to an anthemic chorus that has everyone singing along in Bulgarian. When we’ve got this cranked, it still has the power to give us the chills.
“Occidentali’s Karma” by Francesco Gabbani
We latched onto “Occidentali’s Karma” right after its first performance at Sanremo 2017. Sure, the dancer in the gorilla suit caught our attention, but the song’s tuneful effervescence and playful satire hooked us. “Occidentali’s Karma” pokes fun at both the need for humans to feel like we have a higher purpose and our tendency to appropriate other cultures to feel like we have achieved that purpose. Despite the seemingly cynical subject matter, “Occidentali’s Karma” radiates joy.
“Visionary Dream” by Sopho Khalvashi
Georgia made an audacious debut to the Eurovision Song Contest with an entry that seemingly served as a mission statement for their participation. “Visionary Dream” starts off with neo-traditional instrumentation, then adds lush classical orchestrations when Sopho Khalvashi starts to sing. Then the chorus hits and the song veers into electronic pop. It’s Georgia’s Eurovision history in one neat little package, and it still gives us the chills over a decade later.