I must admit that
now 1995 is my favorite year! I cannot believe
that there were so many awesome songs in one
year. The first fifteen on my chart at the bottom
are all I liked the best and I would put them all
in top 10 if it were possible. I found myself
liking many ballads. And many of the songs were
ethnically influenced, which beats any other type
of song for me. Some of those were Greece,
Cyprus, Denmark, Norway, Turkey, Poland, Israel,
The stage looked
very simple in the beginning, but when they
started using the lighting, it was all looking
marvellous! That was especially so during the
Norwegian song. The host was OK, but I preferred
Fiounnala (or however the heck that's spelled).
The Irish did a superb job in 1993, 1994, 1995,
and 1997 stage-wise (and certainly not
song-wise). Off to the songs:
1. Poland: This
is really a nice song. It sounds so soothing. I
like it more than that praised To nie ja!
Have you noticed that a lot of songs this year
sound Irish? Many of them contain Celtic
influences and Sama is just one of those
songs. More power to it! Greatly underrated on
the night. Maybe the juries were turned off by
Justyna's off-tune screaming near the end of the
song? I don't care, I love this!
2. Ireland: This is also very nice. I love
how it sounds. It reminds me of old American
black-and-white movies. It actually makes me
think of Roman Holiday, which is one of
my all-time favorite movies (if not THE
favorite). My brother said that it reminds him of
the late Frank Sinatra' ssongs and he is quite
right. Y'all know that I'm not a fan of Irish
entries at all, but this song I enjoy (together
with Mysterious Woman)!
3. Germany: Last place?! Come on!! I love
this song. Then again I love any ethnically
influenced song. I don't know. I just love the
melody of the song and it was vastly underrated.
My favorite part of the song are those bagpipes.
Oh! Cheyenne did sing off-tune during most of the
chorus, so that may have been why the juries
placed it so low. I am happy to say that this is
one of my favorite German entries.
4. Bosnia: This sounded awful sung live.
The backing vocals ruined the only good part of
the song: the chorus. No-one liked this song when
it was chosen to represent Bosnia and no-one
likes it now either. I know I don't, however big
a patriot I may be. This must be the worst
Bosnian song and one of the worst songs ever sung
at ESC. However, the lyrics are beautiful and
y'all should check them out in the lyrics
5. Norway: A somewhat deserved victory.
It's such an emotional song that it could not
escape the juries. I enjoyed listening to it then
and I still enjoy it. I think that it had to be
performed with virtually no words, because the
music is too powerful in itself to be ruined by
lyrics. Nocturne was another (more or
less) ethnically influenced song and I love it.
The stage lights looked superb during it. My
favorite part is when the other two instruments
start to play. It's so powerful..
6. Russia: Horrible! I hate this song! And
what's up with the guy's looks? the hair? the
make-up? the clothes? the whole style? Such a
great country and all they could come up with was
this piece of shit called a song sung by a
Caucasian copy of Michael Jackson. Yack!
7. Iceland: Ehm, nothing special, really.
It's a nice, sweet ballad, but those don't do
well with me (y'all should know that). If there
ain't no ethno sound then the song is bound to be
on the bottom of my list (most of the time,
anyway). I don't know, but I am really amazed at
these Scandinavian countries (in addition to
Germany and Austria) which send us at least one
song like this every year (Germany 1993, Austria
1994, Iceland 1995). But once in a while they
also amaze me by sending a masterpiece (Germany
1995, Iceland 1993, Sweden 1995).
8. Austria: Speaking of the devil. It
started off well, but as soon as that saxophone
stopped playing and the lead started singing I
knew this wasn't going to be good. And it wasn't.
I'm not a fan of quasi-jazz songs. Especially
when the singer and the rest act as if it's the
most uptempo song ever, while it is really a
faster ballad. BTW, did she have that microphone
too close to her mouth? She sounded so loud! And
annoying at times!
9. Spain: Hey, every ESC fan likes this
song and I have to say that I liked it in 1995
and I adore it now. Anabel gave us a superb
performance. She has such a beautiful voice and
she gave it all on the Night. Just listen to her
changing octaves when yelling--it's so powerful
that it is amazing someone is able to do that.
(Not even Mariah Carey has that good a voice, in
my opinion.) If it weren't for that mesmerizing
Norwegian tune, this would have won by a
landslide, and we all know that.
10. Turkey: How underrated! I could not
believe my eyes! This is a beautiful song. It's
almost as powerful as Vuelve conmigo. I
was surprised that I remembered this song from
the previews that I saw back 1995. Back then I
loved this song. I think she gave a splendid
performance, but the only part I did not like was
the introductory acapella. Sev!
is not a traditional Turkish pop song (e.g.
Dinle), but I love it nonetheless. Maybe it
was hurt by Vuelve conmigo and Nostalgija
like Tha' nai erotas was hurt by All
Out Of Luck and Take Me To Your Heaven?
Who knows! These are riddles that none of us can
11. Croatia: One of my favorite Croatian
entries. When they chose this at Dora back in
1995, we all trully believed that it might as
well win. And it did not do bad at all. It kind
of started the Croatian trend of superb, fairly
rated entries. It's an awesome song. But, I would
have definitely gotten rid of Lidija, when I
think about it. She kind of ruined her verse,
then ruined Danijela's verse by melodically
screaming, then ruined the chorus by screaming
way too alto for me, and then ruined the
end, which she did not pull off as well as in
Dora. Nevertheless, I love this song.
12. France: This I always thought was
pretty god. But when I watched the tape of ESC
1995, I found many more better songs. I also
found myself using the FF buttong quite a lot
during this song. And I don't know why. It is
good, but it loses its appeal after few listens
and it certainly lost a lot of the appeal after a
few years. It seems to drag on forever, as it is
quite repetitive. 4th place was a bit overrated.
13. Hungary: The melody is awesome. It's
such an emotional song. But, why send this
dirt-bag? He is the ugliest and the dirtiest ESC
artist in a while. Also, his voice is not
becoming to the song at all. I like the entire
song, except the chorus, which sounds way too
much like something already done (basically
sounds like most Scandinavian 80's and 90's
14. Belgium: This is a perfect example of
an easily forgettable song. I mean, I did not
remember a single line of this song from when I
watched it in 1995. The Belgians tried to make
this song sound powerful, but when there is no
appealing melody, then the song cannot possibly
sound powerful. Just like in 1993, Belgium is in
the bottom of my chart of 1995.
15. United Kingdom: I laughed my ass off
watching this. And so did my brother. It's so
funny. I like rap and so does my brother (he's
the ultimate fan), but this piece of wannabe crap
just makes fun of rap music. Rap cannot be done
by just anyone and certainly cannot be done by
Brits. It's an oxymoron :). Please, stick to
dance and pop, OK?! And do not mix rap with a
cheery chorus. Oh, it's just fucking funny.
16. Portugal: OK, what kind of bullshit is
this? I mean, if a country sends this as the best
song they could come up with, then I don't know,
the song deserves the last place. And the guy! He
was looking like a small child in one of those
kids festivals. Portuguese sounded awful in this
song. It's almost unbearable. I hate how
"chocolate" is pronounced in
Portuguese. It's just yack.
17. Cyprus: Oh, yeah! Bring it on! After
the boring Belgium, UK, and Portugal, this really
puts faith back into a person. Sti fotia
is in my top 15 of all time. Cypriots can really
make powerful songs that everyone likes. And
what's that guy's on the drums name? phone
number? address? He is gorgeous! He's young, too.
Mmm, just kidding. This song was underrated,
though it made it into top 10. It deserved a top
5 position, if you ask me.
18. Sweden: Such a beautiful song. I don't
like the verses all that much, but I love the
chorus. Even though it is a Scandinavian ballad,
it has something that attracts me. The backing
vocals did a super job, as did the lead. Hey,
didn't this song sound like an Italian canzone?
And didn't the Swedish language sound beautiful
and also very Italian-like?
19. Denmark: It is really rare that I like
a Danish song, but this one swept me off my feet.
It's beyond soothing. The beat, the music in the
background, the lead's voice, the backing vocals'
voices--they all sounded so smooth. It makes you
want to meditate. And also, the swaying movements
of the lead and the backers is so mesmerizing. I
love the whole song, but my favorite part is when
they sing the chorus, then go quiet (while the
music plays) and then again sing it more loudly
for the last time. It's awesome!
20. Slovenia: Many fancy this more than
Slovenia's 1999 entry. I, on the other hand, like
For A Thousand Years more. Don't get me
wrong. Prisluhni mi is also very nice,
but those verses are too ordinary for my taste.
The chorus is, though, very potent and I like it
very much. Much deserved 7th place.
21. Israel: I addition to Sev!,
this is another song that I remember clearly from
the previews. I remember that I and my family all
liked it. But, I do not like how Israelis keep
sending entire herds of backing vocals with the
lead. They all have to come close to the lead and
sing a part of the song with her/him. They did it
in 1993 and that annoyed the shit ouf ot me. In
1995, they did the same thing and I find it very
annoying, to say the least. There's a reason the
Irish designed two extensions on the stage--they
were for the backing singers, you know!
22. Malta: Yack! Why in the hell did
Bosnia and Croatia give this shit 12 points? It
really beats me. In case of Bosnia, I can maybe
understand it. I bet the same people who chose Dvadeset
i prvi vijek to represent Bosnia gave Keep
Me In Mind a douze. Now, that makes sense!
23. Greece: My all-time favorite. Yes,
that's right! ALL-TIME! Meaning, out of hundreds
of songs sung at ESC, this is the one I like the
most. Just love it! And I love the performance.
The drums sounded mesmerizing. And Elina's voice
is the best! BTW, is she Asian or has Asian
roots? She looks very Oriental to me, and to my
folks, too. The song was vastly underrated and no
wonder ERT does not want to participate in 2000.
They keep sending these superb, chart-topping (at
least in Greece) songs and Europe keeps
underrating them. I think it's time Greece of
Cyprus won. They deserve it. They've sent the
most number of beautiful songs in the nineties.
Here is my top 23
1. Greece: Pia prosefhi
2. Cyprus: Sti fotia
3. Denmark: Fra Mols til Skagen
4. Spain: Vuelve conmigo
5. Norway: Nocturne
6. Croatia: Nostalgija
7. Turkey: Sev!
8. Poland: Sama
9. Israel: Amen
10. Sweden: Se på mej
11. Germany: Verliebt in dich
12. Slovenia: Prisluhni mi
13. France: Il me donne rendez-vous
14. Hungary: Uj nev...
15. Ireland: Dreamin'
17. United Kingdom: Love City Groove
18. Iceland: Nuna
19. Malta: Keep Me In Mind
20. Belgium: La voix est libre
21. Bosnia: Dvadeset i prvi vijek
22. Portugal: Baunilha e chocolate
23. Russia: Kablyandiya dlya vukana