Benny - The Billboard List of the biggest ESC Songs in the USA Charts is very interesting.
EUROVISION SONGS IN THE USA -- (BILLBOARD CHARTS)
1)... 'Waterloo' is the only ESC Winning Entry to reach the USA Top 10. If we add in its Sales on
Singles Disc & ABBA Albums, & Downloads, it is certainly the biggest selling ESC Song. I know that
it was recently revealed to be the World's 3rd most Downloaded ESC Winner. It has over 450,000
Download Sales & around 250,000 of them are from the USA. The only 2 ESC Winning Songs to have
more Downloads than 'Waterloo' are 'Euphoria' by Loreen, which won for Sweden in 2012. That has
1,100,000 Download Sales, & 2010’s German Winner, 'Satellite', by Lena Meyer-Landrut, with 644,000
Download Sales. This Data is for Downloads, from 21 Countries, since 2004. But 'Waterloo' has done
very well to reach 450,000+ Downloads as it has sold Millions on ABBA Albums since 1974, with about
30 to 31 Million Sales on 'ABBA Gold' alone. The 2 ESC Winners, that have more Downloads, have sold
a tiny fraction of what 'Waterloo' has sold on other Formats.
2)... Although 'Nel blu dipinto di blu', ('Volare'), was a USA No.1 for Italy's Domenico Modugno in 1958, it only
came 3rd in that Year's ESC. However, it sold so well for him & people who covered it, (as 'Volare'), that it
is definitely the biggest selling ESC Entry on Singles Disc - if we add all of the Hit versions together - such as
Dean Martin's & Bobby Rydell's. With the Domenico Modugno original selling the most of all. It is estimated
that it has sold over 22 Million copies, when all of the cover versions are added in.
3)... The only other ESC Song to reach No.1 in the USA was 'Love Is Blue', by Paul Mauriat & his Orchestra, in 1968.
The Vicky Leandros original, ( 'L’amour est bleu'), finished 4th in the 1967 ESC. It was the Luxembourg Entry. The UK
Won that Year with 'Puppet On A String' by Sandie Shaw, but I've seen the writers of her winning entry say that they felt
that Vicky Leandros had the best ESC entry in 1967. (Vicky went on to Win the 1972 ESC with 'Après Toi', when she again
entered for Luxembourg).
4)... 'Eres tú', by Mocedades was 2nd, (for Spain), in the 1973 ESC. It lost to 'Tu te reconnaîtras' ('You'll Recognize Yourself'),
the Luxembourg Entry by Anne-Marie David. However, 'Eres tú' was a bigger Hit than the Winner in the Global Charts. Although it was not a hit in the UK, despite being one of the most beautiful songs that I've ever heard. The 1973 Winning Entry was a No.13 Hit in the UK, with English lyrics & the Title 'Wonderful Dream'.
5)... In 1974 The Netherlands came 3rd in the ESC with Mouth & MacNeal's 'I See A Star'. It was a No.8 Hit in the UK Charts.
However, they had a Global Hit in 1972 with 'How Do You Do', which reached No.8 in the USA & sold a Million there. Oddly,
it did absolutely nothing in the UK, despite being sung in English & being a very catchy Pop Song.
6)... Australia's Gina G. entered the ESC for the UK in 1996, with 'Ooh Aah... Just A Little Bit'. It only came 8th in the Final,
but it was a far bigger UK & Global Hit than that Year's Winner, (from Ireland). So catchy, that it managed to reach No.12
in the USA, even though the ESC was not shown there.
ABBA AND BROTHERHOOD OF MAN IN THE WORLD'S YEAR END BEST SELLING SINGLES -- (1974 & 1976)
7)... 'Save Your Kisses For Me' Won the 1976 ESC for Brotherhood Of Man. It & 'Waterloo' are the only ESC Winning Songs
to reach the USA Charts. It is often claimed that 'Save Your Kisses For Me' is the biggest selling ESC entry. It sold over a
Million in the UK & an estimated 6 Million copies Globally. 'Waterloo' sold around 5,500,000 as a Single, but with Download
Sales added in, that too has sold over 6 Million. Also, 'Waterloo' has sold 10's of Millions of copies on ABBA Albums, and
Brotherhood Of Man were not very good at selling Albums. One Global Chart Site has 'Waterloo' as the World's 4th biggest
Single of 1974. The Brotherhood Of Man Hit is 12th for 1976 - beaten by 2 ABBA Hits - 'Dancing Queen', (1st), & 'Fernando',
(5th). 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart', by Elton John & Kiki Dee, was the World's 4th biggest Single of 1976 on that Site.
Another Global Chart Site has 'Waterloo' in 3rd place for 1974. The Brotherhood Of Man Hit is 3rd for 1976, with 'Fernando'
in 2nd place & 'Dancing Queen' 4th. However, none of 'Dancing Queen's 1977 Points//Sales are added in, (for the USA & Canada), and the ABBA Hit would be 1st for 1976, with its 1977 Points added in. 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' is the World's No.1 Single for 1976, on that Site - but it would be 2nd if 'Dancing Queen' had its 1977 Sales & Points added in, with 'Fernando' 3rd & 'Save Your Kisses For Me' in 4th place.
ABBA AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF MAN
Some Brotherhood Of Man Fans say that ABBA copied off the UK Group, due to BHOM having Hits as early as 1970. But
BHOM had a different line up in 1970, & they were trying to sound like the USA Group - The Fifth Dimension. Their 1976
ESC Entry was more in the style of Tony Orlando & Dawn than ABBA. Indeed, 'Save You Kisses For Me' is very similar to
Dawn's Global 1973 Hit 'Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree'. Both Hits sold about 6 Million Globally. Dawn's
Hit was the World's Best Selling Single of 1973, on one Global Chart Site, & the 2nd Best Seller of 1973, on another Global
Chart Site. (Beaten by George Harrison's 'My Sweet Lord' on that Site). BHOM did not start to copy off ABBA until 1977,
when 'Oh Boy, (The Mood I'm In'), was a Hit, & the even more ABBA sounding 'Angelo' followed that one into the UK etc.
Charts.....Then we had 'Figaro' in 1978.....
THE WINNING SONG FROM THE 2016 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
As for the Winning Entry for 2016 - '1944' by Jamala, from the Ukraine - I think that it is dreadful, & far too serious & gloomy
to have Won. I'm not even sure if she can actually sing! I can see it being one of the least successful ESC Winning Songs ever,
as I cannot imagine that many people outside the Ukraine will buy it. It certainly won't do anything at all in Russia, as the whole Contest has ended up in Political controversy. It would be better if we could all forget our anger towards other Nations & just judged the ESC on how good the actual Songs are - as it was always meant to be..... Politics ought to have no place in the Voting - or in the Songs - at all. How innocent the 1974 ESC now seems, with ABBA Winning, Gigliola Cinquetti coming 2nd for Italy, Mouth & MacNeal in 3rd place for The Netherlands, & the UK's Olivia-Newton-John in 4th place. Then all 4 of those Songs reached the Top 11 in the UK Charts - ABBA at No.1, Gigliola & Mouth & MacNeal reaching No.8, & Olivia peaking at No.11. That sort of UK Chart success, from the ESC, will never, ever happen again, as the standard of most of the Songs has fallen so much.....
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