List of Eurovision Song Contest winning songwriters

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Left: Ralph Siegel, the winning songwriter in 1982 for Germany and composer of twenty-three other entries between 1974 and 2015. Centre: Johnny Logan, the winning songwriter in 1987 and 1992 for Ireland, and also composer for the 1984 Irish entry. Right: Udo Jürgens winning songwriter in 1966 for Austria, and composer for the 1964 and 1965 Austrian entries.

67 songs written by 124 songwriters have won the Eurovision Song Contest, an annual competition organised by member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. The contest, which has been broadcast every year since its debut in 1956, is one of the longest-running television programmes in the world. The contest's winner have been determined using numerous voting techniques throughout its history; centre to these have been the awarding of points to countries by juries or televoters. The country with the song that was awarded the most points is declared the winner.[1] The songwriters of the winning song have often been the first people to be called up on stage to receive their trophy before the performers perform the winning reprise.[2]

There have been 64 contests, with one winning country each year except the tied 1969 contest, which had four.

List of winning songwriters[edit]

Year Host City Date Winner Songwriter(s) Song Performer
1956 Switzerland Lugano 24 May   Switzerland "Refrain" Lys Assia
1957 Germany Frankfurt 3 March  Netherlands "Net als toen" Corry Brokken
1958 Netherlands Hilversum 12 March  France "Dors, mon amour" André Claveau
1959 France Cannes 11 March  Netherlands
"Een beetje" Teddy Scholten
1960 United Kingdom London 29 March  France "Tom Pillibi" Jacqueline Boyer
1961 France Cannes 18 March  Luxembourg "Nous les amoureux" Jean-Claude Pascal
1962 Luxembourg Luxembourg 18 March  France "Un premier amour" Isabelle Aubret
1963 United Kingdom London 23 March  Denmark "Dansevise" Grethe and Jørgen Ingmann
1964 Denmark Copenhagen 21 March  Italy "Non ho l'età" Gigliola Cinquetti
1965 Italy Naples 20 March  Luxembourg Serge Gainsbourg "Poupée de cire, poupée de son" France Gall
1966 Luxembourg Luxembourg 5 March  Austria "Merci, Chérie" Udo Jürgens
1967 Austria Vienna 8 April  United Kingdom "Puppet on a String" Sandie Shaw
1968 United Kingdom London 6 April  Spain
"La, la, la" Massiel
1969 Spain Madrid 29 March  Spain "Vivo cantando" Salomé
 United Kingdom
"Boom Bang-a-Bang" Lulu
 Netherlands "De troubadour" Lenny Kuhr
 France "Un jour, un enfant" Frida Boccara
1970 Netherlands Amsterdam 21 March  Ireland "All Kinds of Everything" Dana
1971 Republic of Ireland Dublin 3 April  Monaco "Un banc, un arbre, une rue" Séverine
1972 United Kingdom Edinburgh 25 March  Luxembourg "Après toi" Vicky Leandros
1973 Luxembourg Luxembourg 7 April  Luxembourg "Tu te reconnaîtras" Anne-Marie David
1974 United Kingdom Brighton 6 April  Sweden "Waterloo" ABBA
1975 Sweden Stockholm 22 March  Netherlands "Ding-a-dong" Teach-In
1976 Netherlands The Hague 3 April  United Kingdom "Save Your Kisses for Me" Brotherhood of Man
1977 United Kingdom London 7 May  France "L'oiseau et l'enfant" Marie Myriam
1978 France Paris 22 April  Israel "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta
1979 Israel Jerusalem 31 March  Israel "Hallelujah" Milk and Honey
1980 Netherlands The Hague 19 April  Ireland "What's Another Year" Johnny Logan
1981 Republic of Ireland Dublin 4 April  United Kingdom "Making Your Mind Up" Bucks Fizz
1982 United Kingdom Harrogate 24 April  Germany "Ein bißchen Frieden" Nicole
1983 Germany Munich 23 April  Luxembourg "Si la vie est cadeau" Corinne Hermès
1984 Luxembourg Luxembourg 5 May  Sweden "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" Herreys
1985 Sweden Gothenburg 4 May  Norway "La det swinge" Bobbysocks!
1986 Norway Bergen 3 May  Belgium "J'aime la vie" Sandra Kim
1987 Belgium Brussels 9 May  Ireland "Hold Me Now" Johnny Logan
1988 Republic of Ireland Dublin 30 April   Switzerland "Ne partez pas sans moi" Céline Dion
1989 Switzerland Lausanne 6 May  Yugoslavia "Rock Me" Riva
1990 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb 5 May  Italy "Insieme: 1992" Toto Cutugno
1991 Italy Rome 4 May  Sweden "Fångad av en stormvind" Carola
1992 Sweden Malmö 9 May  Ireland "Why Me" Linda Martin
1993 Republic of Ireland Millstreet 15 May  Ireland "In Your Eyes" Niamh Kavanagh
1994 Republic of Ireland Dublin 30 April  Ireland "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan
1995 13 May  Norway "Nocturne" Secret Garden
1996 Norway Oslo 18 May  Ireland "The Voice" Eimear Quinn
1997 Republic of Ireland Dublin 3 May  United Kingdom "Love Shine a Light" Katrina and the Waves
1998 United Kingdom Birmingham 9 May  Israel "Diva" Dana International
1999 Israel Jerusalem 29 May  Sweden "Take Me to Your Heaven" Charlotte Nilsson
2000 Sweden Stockholm 13 May  Denmark "Fly on the Wings of Love" Olsen Brothers
2001 Denmark Copenhagen 12 May  Estonia "Everybody" Tanel Padar, Dave Benton and 2XL
2002 Estonia Tallinn 25 May  Latvia "I Wanna" Marie N
2003 Latvia Riga 24 May  Turkey "Everyway That I Can" Sertab Erener
2004 Turkey Istanbul 15 May  Ukraine "Wild Dances" Ruslana
2005 Ukraine Kiev 21 May  Greece "My Number One" Helena Paparizou
2006 Greece Athens 20 May  Finland "Hard Rock Hallelujah" Lordi
2007 Finland Helsinki 12 May  Serbia "Molitva" Marija Šerifović
2008 Serbia Belgrade 24 May  Russia "Believe" Dima Bilan
2009 Russia Moscow 16 May  Norway "Fairytale" Alexander Rybak
2010 Norway Oslo 29 May  Germany "Satellite" Lena
2011 Germany Düsseldorf 14 May  Azerbaijan "Running Scared" Ell & Nikki
2012 Azerbaijan Baku 26 May  Sweden "Euphoria" Loreen
2013 Sweden Malmö 18 May  Denmark "Only Teardrops" Emmelie de Forest
2014 Denmark Copenhagen 10 May  Austria "Rise Like a Phoenix" Conchita Wurst
2015 Austria Vienna 23 May  Sweden "Heroes" Måns Zelmerlöw
2016 Sweden Stockholm 14 May  Ukraine "1944" Jamala
2017 Ukraine Kiev 13 May  Portugal "Amar pelos dois"
2018 Portugal Lisbon 12 May  Israel "Toy" Netta
2019 Israel Tel Aviv 18 May  Netherlands "Arcade" Duncan Laurence

Songwriters with multiple wins[edit]

The following songwriters have all had more than one winning song. The remaining songwriters from the table above have only had one win.

Wins Songwriter(s) Year(s)
2 Brendan Graham 1994, 1996
Johnny Logan 1987, 1992
Rolf Løvland 1985, 1995
Willy van Hemert 1957, 1959
Yves Dessca 1971, 1972

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See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Extract from the rules for the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest. Eurovision.tv. Retrieved on 22 August 2007. Archived 7 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Eurovision 1956. Eurovision.tv. Retrieved on 24 May 2008. Archived 28 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine

Bibliography[edit]

  • Eurovision Song Contest history. Eurovision.tv. Retrieved on 19 August 2007.
  • History. ESCtoday.com. Retrieved on 19 August 2007.
  • John Kennedy O'Connor (2005). The Eurovision Song Contest 50 Years The Official History. London: Carlton Books Limited. ISBN 1-84442-586-X.