We have painstakingly whittled down the Eurovision Song Contest class of 2023 down to our personal top ten must hear tracks. Including returning champions, French eurodisco, Dutch duos and manic cha cha-ing, this year has it all.
Check out our top picks below. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.
Loreen – Tattoo – Sweden
She’s the icon that stormed to victory in 2012 with Euphoria. Loreen once again represents Sweden after storming Melodifestivalen with her powerful anthem Tattoo, a track that blends electronic pop influences with naturalistic earthy textures with a hint of ethereal magic, complimented impeccably by the tracks powerhouse staging.
Victor Vernicos – What They Say – Greece
Sixteen year old Victor Vernicos packs an insightful soul and gravitas into What They Say, a track that ascends with a prescient emotion and sonic richness. With influences of contemporary British singer-songwriter sound, Victor is one to watch with this strong number.
La Zarra – Évidemment – France
The spirit of the classic French disco chanteuse is a live and well and embodied in the captivating La Zarra. Blending classic chanson sounds with the euphoric disco-pop that made stars such as Dalida household names, La Zarra brings an entry dripping in classic opulence, finesse and sparkling dance beats.
Andrew Lambrou – Break a Broken Heart – Cyprus
The wonderfully talented Andrew Lambrou represents Cyprus with powerhouse ballad Break a Broken Heart, a touching and impeccably performed number that ascends through Andrew’s triumphant falsetto vocal.
Gustaph – Because Of You – Belgium
No stranger to fans of the house and dance scene, Gustaph delivers a feel-good nineties inspired club gem with Because Of You. Once again a new flavour for Belgium, Gustaph shines on the optimistic treat which will undoubtedly turn the Liverpool arena into the hottest nightclub in town.
Alessandra – Queen of Kings – Norway
Female empowerment is on the menu for powerhouse eurobanger Queen of Kings delivered by the Melodi Grand Prix winning Alessandra.
The Busker – Dance (Our Own Party) – Malta
A firm favourite on the pre-party scene The Busker have been spreading the party vibes across the globe with Dance (Our Own Party) an incredibly saxxy pop gem that sees the Maltese pop talents bring a sense of high energy fun to the competition. Don’t be fooled by their fun, carefree energy, The Busker are strong contenders this year and will be hoping to be crowned Malta’s first ever Eurovision winners.
Käärijä – Cha Cha Cha – Finland
Perfectly capturing the joyously out of the box spirit that Eurovision brings, Käärijä’s Cha Cha Cha is a manic high energy spectacle surrounding with wild earworming chorus and on-stage spectacle that will undoubtedly terrify and fascinate viewers at home who have somehow missed the Finnish star’s journey to the contest.
TVORCHI – Heart of Steel – Ukraine
Representing the host nation is never easy but electronic duo TVORCHI have followed their own path for their succesor to Kalush Orchestra’s Stefania, delving into electronic R&B textures for their moody yet optimistic gem Heart of Steel. This is cool, undeniably fresh and something admirably different for Ukraine.
Dion Cooper & Mia Nicolai – Burning Daylight – The Netherlands
Previously delighting with runner-up duo The Common Linnets and winning with Duncan Laurence, The Netherlands fuse together these successful elements in Dion Cooper & Mia Nicolai’s Burning Daylight. This male-female duet penned by Laurence tells the story of rising with resilience after a setback, touchingly performed by the two vocalists who capture an emotional vulnerability akin to Laurence’s winner Arcade.