Note: this article does not take into consideration the various voting systems used over the years in the Eurovision Song Contest, nor does it address voting irregularities and disputes, or regional bloc and diasporic voting.

Note: this blog was amended July 2016 to incorporate the results of the 2015 and 2016 contests.

In 2009, Norway’s Alexander Rybak won The Eurovision Song Contest with his entry “Fairytale” and scored a record-breaking 387 points. Sixteen countries awarded Norway the maximum number of twelve points. Three years later, Sweden’s representative Loreen broke this record when eighteen countries awarded twelve points to her song “Euphoria” (her final score, however, was 372).

All very impressive, but it doesn’t take into account the fact that when Eurovision began in 1956 there were only seven countries competing, and now there are usually about forty. There are another twenty or so countries that are either members of the Council of Europe or that fall within the European Broadcasting Area (as defined in the International Telecommunication Union) that are eligible to compete in Eurovision, so there’s the potential that these records may be broken in the future.

Here are the top songs ranked by points only.

Rank Year Country
Song Title, Artist
Points
Awarded
1 2009 Norway
“Fairytale”, Alexander Rybak
387
2 2012 Sweden
“Euphoria”, Loreen
372
3 2015 Sweden
“Heroes”, Måns Zelmerlöw
365
4 2006 Finland
“Hard Rock Hallelujah”, Lordi
292
5 2014 Austria
“Rise Like A Phoenix”, Conchita Wurst
290
6 2013 Denmark
“Only Teardrops”, Emmelie de Forest
281
7 2004 Ukraine
“Wild Dances”, Ruslana
280
8 2008 Russia
“Believe”, Dima Bilan
272
9 2007 Serbia
“Molitva”, Marija Šerifović
268
10 2016 Ukraine
“1944”, Jamala
267*
11 2010 Germany
“Satellite”, Lena
246
12 2005 Greece
“My Number One”, Helena Paparizou
230
13 1997 United Kingdom
“Love Shine a Light”, Katrina & The Waves
227
41 1973 Luxembourg
Tu te reconnaîtras, Anne-Marie David
129

*In 2016, the voting system was changed so that jury votes and televotes would each be tallied separately.  The winning song from Ukraine earned a total of 534 points, which has been halved to adjust it for the purposes of this table.

The 13th ranking song (Love Shine A Light) is significant because there were roughly half the number of countries voting in 1997 as there are today and it still managed to acquire points comparable to those of more recent winners.

But in the same way that box office earnings for movies are sometimes adjusted for inflation, I have adjusted the ranking of winning Eurovision songs based on a percentage of maximum points awardable. For example, in a contest where forty countries participate and cast votes based on the current 12-10-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 system, the maximum number of points a song could earn is 468 (39 x 12). If a song earned 351 points in this contest, it would have received 75% of the maximum points awardable.

Here is a complete list of winning Eurovision songs ranked by percentage of points. The voting results of the first contest, held in 1956, have never been officially released; the winner was merely announced, and so there are no points to be calculated.

Rank Year Country
Song Title, Artist
# of voting
countries
Max. Possible Points Points
Awarded
Percentage
1 1973 Luxembourg
Tu te reconnaîtras, Anne-Marie David
17 160 129 80.63
2 1976 United Kingdom
Save Your Kisses for Me, Brotherhood of Man
18 204 164 80.39
3 1982 Germany
Ein bißchen Frieden, Nicole
18 204 161 78.92
4 1997 United Kingdom
Love Shine a Light, Katrina & The Waves
25 288 227 78.82
5 2009 Norway
Fairytale, Alexander Rybak
42 492 387 78.66
6 1994 Ireland
Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids, Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan
25 288 226 78.47
7 2015 Sweden
Heroes, Måns Zelmerlöw
40 468 365 77.99
8 1986 Belgium
J’aime la vie, Sandra Kim
20 228 176 77.19
9 2012 Sweden
Euphoria, Loreen
42 492 372 75.61
10 1971 Monaco
Un banc, un arbre, une rue, Séverine
18 170 128 75.29
11 1972 Luxembourg
Après toi, Vicky Leandros
18 170 128 75.29
12 2001 Estonia
Everybody, Tanel Padar, Dave Benton, 2XL
23 264 198 75.00
13 2000 Denmark
Fly on the Wings of Love, Olsen Brothers
24 276 195 70.65
14 1975 Netherlands
Ding-a-dong, Teach-In
19 216 152 70.37
15 1978 Israel
A-Ba-Ni-Bi, Izhar Cohen & The Alphabeta
20 228 157 68.86
16 1987 Ireland
Hold Me Now, Johnny Logan
22 252 172 68.25
17 1984 Sweden
Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley, Herreys
19 216 145 67.13
18 2014 Austria
Rise Like A Phoenix, Conchita Wurst
37 432 290 67.13
19 1977 France
L’oiseau et l’enfant, Marie Myriam
18 204 136 66.67
20 2004 Ukraine
Wild Dances, Ruslana
36 420 280 66.67
21 1980 Ireland
What’s Another Year, Johnny Logan
19 216 143 66.20
22 2006 Finland
Hard Rock Hallelujah, Lordi
38 444 292 65.77
23 1964 Italy
Non ho l’età, Gigliola Cinquetti
16 75 49 65.33
24 1993 Ireland
In Your Eyes, Niamh Kavanagh
25 288 187 64.93
25 2002 Latvia
I Wanna, Marie N
24 276 176 63.77
26 1983 Luxembourg
Si La Vie Est Cadeau, Corinne Hermès
20 228 142 62.28
27 1999 Swedeb
Take Me To Your Heaven, Charlotte Nilsson
23 264 163 61.74
28 2013 Denmark
Only Teardrops, Emmelie de Forest
39 456 281 61.62
29 1996 Ireland
The Voice, Eimear Quinn
23 264 162 61.36
30 1998 Israel
Diva, Dana International
25 288 172 59.72
31 1981 United Kingdom
Making Your Mind Up, Bucks Fizz
20 228 136 59.65
32 1990 Italy
Insieme: 1992, Toto Cutugno
22 252 149 59.13
33 1992 Ireland
Why Me?, Linda Martin
23 264 155 58.71
34 1991 Sweden
Fångad av en stormvind, Carola
22 252 146 57.94
35 1979 Israel
Hellelujah, Gali Atari and Milk and Honey
19 216 125 57.87
36 1962 France
Un premier amour, Isabelle Aubret
16 45 26 57.78
37 1988 Switzerland
Ne partez pas sans moi, Céline Dion
21 240 137 57.08
38 1985 Norway
La det swinge, Bobbysocks!
19 216 123 56.94
39 1995 Norway
Nocturne, Secret Garden
23 264 148 56.06
40 1963 Denmark
Dansevise, Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann
16 75 42 56.00
41 2003 Turkey
Everyway That I Can, Sertab Erener
26 300 167 55.67
42 2007 Serbia
Molitva, Marija Šerifović
42 492 268 54.47
43 1989 Yugoslavia
Rock Me, Riva
22 252 137 54.37
44 2016 Ukraine
1944, Jamala
42 984 534 54.27
45 2008 Russia
Believe, Dima Bilan
43 504 272 53.97
46 2010 Germany
Satellite, Lena
39 456 246 53.95
47 2005 Greece
My Number One, Helena Paparizou
39 456 230 50.44
48 2011 Azerbaijan
Running Scared, Ell & Nikki
43 504 221 43.85
49 1965 Luxembourg
Poupée de cire, poupée de son, France Gall
18 85 32 37.65
50 1966 Austria
Merci, Chérie, Udo Jürgens
18 85 31 36.47
51 1957 Netherlands
Net als toen, Corry Brokken
10 90 31 34.44
52 1958 France
Dors, mon amour, André Claveau
10 90 27 30.00
53 1967 United Kingdom
Puppet on a String, Sandie Shaw
17 160 47 29.38
54 1970 Ireland
All Kinds of Everything, Dana
12 110 32 29.09
55 1960 France
Tom Pillibi, Jacqueline Boyer
13 120 32 26.67
56 1959 Netherlands
Een beetje, Teddy Scholten
11 100 21 21.00
57 1961 Luxembourg
Nous les amoureux, Jean-Claude Pascal
16 150 31 20.67
58 1968 Spain
La, la, la, Massiel
17 160 29 18.13
59 1974 Sweden
Waterloo, ABBA
17 160 24 15.00
60 1969 Spain Vivo cantando, Salomé


United Kingdom Boom Bang-a-Bang, Lulu


Netherlands De troubadour, Lenny Kuhr


France Un jour, un enfant, Frida Boccara

16 150 18 12.00
61 1956 Switzerland
Refrain, Lys Assia
7 n/a n/a

Luxembourg’s 1973 entry “Tu te reconnaîtras”, the 41st highest song in points alone, now ranks as the highest song.  Only three countries that have competed in contests with the current number of roughly forty countries made the top ten. “Fairytale” has fallen to the fifth position, while “Heroes” and “Euphoria” have fallen to the seventh and ninth positions, respectively. Curiously, what is arguably the most famous song ever to win Eurovision (ABBA’s “Waterloo”, which won for Sweden in 1974) sits nearly at the bottom of the list. There were 17 countries voting that year. Each country had a panel of ten jurors who each cast a single vote for his or her favorite song. This made a total of 160 points a song could earn; out of those 160, “Waterloo” earned 24 points, or a mere 15.00 percent.

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