Only Love Survives

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"Only Love Survives"
Single by Ryan Dolan
Released 8 February 2013
Format Digital download
Genre Pop, Dance
Length 3:00
Writer(s) Wez Devine, Ryan Dolan
Ryan Dolan singles chronology
"Only Love Survives"
"Start Again"
Ryan Dolan presenting the song.
Republic of Ireland "Only Love Survives"
Eurovision Song Contest 2013 entry
Country Ireland
Artist(s) Ryan Dolan
Language English
Composer(s) Wez Devine and Ryan Dolan
Lyricist(s) Wez Devine and Ryan Dolan
Finals performance
Semi-final result 8th
Semi-final points 54
Final result 26th
Final points 5
Appearance chronology
◄ "Waterline" (2012)   
"Heartbeat" (2014) ►

"Only Love Survives" is a song recorded by singer-songwriter Ryan Dolan and was selected to represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden.[1] The song was performed at the first semi final and successfully advanced to the final. Dolan performed the song on 18 May 2013 at the final with 25 other countries. The song finished in 26th place with 5 points.

"Only Love Survives" features wild drum sounds against a dance beat, with high range vocals and lyrics about love and empowerment. It was well received by music critics who appreciated its new sound and energetic nature.


Under the Eurosong mentor system, producer Stuart O'Connor selected Dolan and his song as one of the five Eurosong contestants. "Only Love Survives" was debuted on the RTÉ Radio 1 programme Mooney on 7 February [2] and was released on iTunes the following day.[3]

The song was selected as the winner on 22 February on Eurosong 2013, receiving 52 points from the regional juries and the maximum of 60 points from the televote, making a total of 112 points.

At Eurovision 2013, Ryan competed in the first semi-final on 14 May and earned a place in the final on 18 May.[4] He finished last in the final which was Ireland's second time finishing in that position.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[5]
  1. "Only Love Survives" – 3:00

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[6] 67
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 13
Sweden (DigiListan)[8] 48
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[9] 33


  1. ^ "Ryan Dolan wins Eurosong contest". RTÉ Ten. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "song played 7th Feb Mooney Show RTE". Stuart O'Connor. Retrieved 16 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Only Love Survives - Single". iTunes. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Draw results: Who's in which Semi-Final?". Eurovision. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "iTunes - Music - Only Love Survives - Single by Ryan Dolan". iTunes. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 
  6. ^ " – Ryan Dolan – Only Love Survives" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  7. ^ "Chart Track: Week 21, 2013". Irish Singles Chart.
  8. ^ "DigiListan 2013-05-26". Sveriges Radio. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Indie Chart.