🇮🇸 The northest country of Eurovision Song Contest, Iceland has been participating the contest since 1986. They have brought us a lot of powerful entries.
The biggest interest to Eurovision comes from Iceland every year and most of the population watch the contest constantly. However, Iceland couldn’t win the contest so far. They placed second in 1999 and 2009 with ”All Out Of Luck” by Selma and ”Is It True?” by Yohanna. Moreover, Iceland can rank in fifth place twice. They are Stjórnin – “Eitt lag enn” 1990 and Daði og Gagnamagnið – ”10 Years” in 2021.
Musiable.com has listed ten personal favorite songs from Iceland.
1990 | Stjórnin – “Eitt lag enn”
Iceland, which finished sixteenth three years in a row, had its first success in 1990. Considering the styles of the songs in that year, we can say that “Eitt lag enn” definitely deserved this success. The audience must have been unable to sit still while watching the song. The song, which received enough attention from the jury too, brought its first success to Iceland by placing fourth on the night of the competition.
1999 | Selma – ”All Out Of Luck”
Iceland participated in Eurovision for the first time in 1999 with an English song. The country, which was among the favorites that year, was one of the countries closest to winning. During the voting, they constantly changed the lead with Sweden, but in the last few votes, Sweden strenghtened their first place.
2003 | Birgitta – ”Open Your Heart”
It would be a shame if we didn’t include “Open Your Heart” in the list of Iceland’s best songs. The country finished eighth that night, but we think it deserves a better result. Maybe because they were the country that opened the final of that year, this result was inevitable for them. Beautiful Birgitta performed a good vocal by the way.
2008 | Euroband – ”This Is My Life”
In 2008, the most powerful song of the night came from Iceland. The synchronized movements of the couple, their vocal performances and the harmony of their outfits were very good. With so many songs that shined in 2008, it is acceptable for Iceland to be in the background, but we didn’t expect it to be the fourteenth.
2009 | Yohanna – ”Is It True?”
We still remember Yohanna’s shining face and incredible blue dress. If Alexander had not raced for Norway that year, Iceland would have brought the prize home. It is another coincidence that Iceland was pushed to second place by another Scandinavian country in 1999.
2010 | Hera Björk – ”Je Ne Sais Quoi”
If the audience had been standing in 2010, maybe it would have ranked better? We don’t know. But it’s not nice to see the audience not having fun on TV during a song like this. Hera Björk’s strong voice carried the song very well. Although the country placed third in the semi-finals, it was able to place 19th in the final.
2012 | Greta Salóme & Jónsi – ”Never Forget”
After 2008, the beautiful woman – handsome man duet comes from Iceland again. The duo, who showed great performance in terms of vocals and show, could not find what they expected and came in twentieth.
2016 | Greta Salóme – ”Hear Them Calling”
Again Greta and another underrated song from Iceland. Iceland was considered the absolute favorite by most fans in 2016, and many of us were delighted that Greta was back in the competition. However, Iceland finished fourteenth in the semi-finals despite a great performance, causing great disappointment.
2019 | Hatari – “Hatrið mun sigra”
We should have added this song to this list. Although there are many songs that are more valuable than the other in 2019, Hatari has been the most mentioned name with both performances and styles. While their place was sufficient for us, it should have been higher for some fans.
2021 | Daði og Gagnamagnið – ”10 Years”
Just like last year, Iceland was shown among the favorites. The sweetness and fun of the song attracts everyone. Although not being able to perform live seems to be a disadvantage for them, they made it to the top five in the final.
After Hatari and Daði og Gagnamagnið, Iceland has become one of the favorite countries of the competition.
BONUS | 2013 – Eythor Ingi – Ég Á Líf
Even though most of us don’t like and listen to the songs of 2013, it is not possible to forget this song. Eythor fascinates us with his voice and calming song. Even though Iceland was seventeenth at the end of the Night, we don’t think they deserved it.
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