Die Grand Prix Hitliste

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Die Grand Prix Hitliste
Final20 May 2006
VenueNDR Studios, Hamburg, Germany
Host broadcasterNorddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR)
Number of entries20
Voting systemCombination of televote, jury vote and an online poll (German public only)
Winning songUkraine "Wild Dances" by Ruslana
Thomas Hermanns, the presenter of the programme

Die Grand Prix Hitliste – Die schönsten Songs Europas (English: The Grand Prix Hit Parade – The Best Songs of Europe)[1] was a one-off music competition, held by the German broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) on 20 May 2006 in Hamburg, Germany. Its aim was to determine the best song in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest by means of an opinion poll.

Twenty songs were selected to participate in the competition through an online poll, which included all winners of the Eurovision Song Contest and all German Eurovision entries between 1956 and 2005 (103 in total).[2][3] During the live broadcast on the television channel Das Erste, "Wild Dances" by Ruslana was chosen as the winner, ahead of well-known Eurovision classics such as "Waterloo" and "Ein bißchen Frieden". The programme was viewed by a television audience of approximately six million people in Germany.[4]


The top twenty Eurovision acts voted for in an online poll participated in the live show. None of the acts were performed live; videos of their original performances in their respective years were shown to the viewers instead. After all twenty songs had been shown, the German public could vote for their favourite song through televoting or via the online poll. All votes were combined to determine the final results. At the end of the show, "Wild Dances" by Ruslana was announced as the winner, having received a total of 71,209 votes.

Year Country Artist Song Language Place Votes
1960  France Jacqueline Boyer "Tom Pillibi" French 19 6,208
1972  Germany Mary Roos "Nur die Liebe läßt uns leben" German 11 8,423
1972  Luxembourg Vicky Leandros "Après toi" French 3 57,514
1973  Luxembourg Anne-Marie David "Tu te reconnaîtras" French 17 6,278
1974  Sweden ABBA "Waterloo" English 6 21,659
1977  France Marie Myriam "L'oiseau et l'enfant" French 16 6,287
1979  Germany Dschinghis Khan "Dschinghis Khan" German 15 7,321
1981  Germany Lena Valaitis "Johnny Blue" German 9 13,506
1981  United Kingdom Bucks Fizz "Making Your Mind Up" English 8 15,011
1982  Germany Nicole "Ein bißchen Frieden" German 12 8,092
1985  Germany Wind "Für alle" German 13 7,821
1985  Norway Bobbysocks "La det swinge" Norwegian 14 7,420
1986  Belgium Sandra Kim "J'aime la vie" French 18 6,227
1993  Germany Münchner Freiheit "Viel zu weit" German 10 10,225
1998  Israel Dana International "Diva" Hebrew 20 [a]
2003  Turkey Sertab Erener "Every Way That I Can" English 2 63,958
2004  Germany Max "Can't Wait Until Tonight" English, Turkish 5 24,084
2004  Ukraine Ruslana "Wild Dances" English, Ukrainian 1 71,209
2005  Germany Gracia "Run & Hide" English 7 19,157
2005  Greece Helena Paparizou "My Number One" English 4 51,960

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  1. ^ The total number of votes cast for "Diva" by Dana International remains unknown to date.


  1. ^ Böhme, Fabian (19 May 2006). "«Eurovision Song Contest»: Programm und Ablauf im Überblick". Quotenmeter (in German). Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  2. ^ "NDR läutet Countdown zum Grand Prix mit Internet-Abstimmung ein". MusikWoche (in German). 15 February 2006. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Die Grand-Prix Hitliste". Das Erste. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  4. ^ Busa, Alexandru (24 May 2007). "Ruslana - The best of Eurovision". ESCToday. Archived from the original on 17 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-03.