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Germany was 1 of the founding countries of the Eurovision Song Contest and has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest every year since 1956 apart from 1996 when its entry failed to qualify from a pre-selection round.

Germany's early decades at the Eurovision Song Contest were a mixed bag; a couple of top 5 placings but finishing last with zero points in 1964 and 1965. It would take Germany until 1970 to reach the top 3 for the first time when Katja Epstein represented the country in Amsterdam.

Germany's most successful decade at the Eurovision Song Contest was the 1980s where the country notched up six top 5 placings including 4 second place finishes and its first victory in 1982 when Nicole won the contest in Harrogate with Ein bißchen Frieden. In 2010, Lena won the Eurovision Song Contest for Germany for the second time with the song Satellite. In 2018, they made a return to the top 5 of the competition thanks to Michael Schulte's You Let Me Walk Alone.

German songwriter Ralph Siegel is one of the most notable figures in the competition, having written more than 20 different entries, including Germany's first winner in 1982.

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Participation history

Event Contestant Song Place
Turin 2022
Rockstars
Grand Final
25th - 6 points
Rotterdam 2021
I Don't Feel Hate
Grand Final
25th - 3 points
Rotterdam 2020
Violent Thing
Tel Aviv 2019
Sister
Grand Final
25th - 24 points
Lisbon 2018
You Let Me Walk Alone
Grand Final
4th - 340 points
Kyiv 2017
Perfect Life
Grand Final
25th - 6 points
Stockholm 2016
Ghost
Grand Final
26th - 11 points
Vienna 2015
Black Smoke
Grand Final
27th - 0 points
Copenhagen 2014
Is it right
Grand Final
18th - 39 points
Malmö 2013
Glorious
Grand Final
21st - 18 points
Baku 2012
Standing Still
Grand Final
8th - 110 points
Düsseldorf 2011
Taken By A Stranger
Grand Final
10th - 107 points
Oslo 2010
Satellite
Grand Final
1st - 246 points
Moscow 2009
Miss Kiss Kiss Bang
Grand Final
20th - 35 points
Belgrade 2008
Disappear
Grand Final
23rd - 14 points
Helsinki 2007
Frauen Regieren Die Welt
Grand Final
19th - 49 points
Athens 2006
No, No, Never
Grand Final
14th - 36 points
Kyiv 2005
Run & Hide
Grand Final
24th - 4 points
Istanbul 2004
Can't Wait Until Tonight
Grand Final
8th - 93 points
Riga 2003
Lou
Let's Get Happy
Grand Final
11th - 53 points
Tallinn 2002
I Can't Live Without Music
Grand Final
21st - 17 points
Copenhagen 2001
Wer Liebe Lebt
Grand Final
8th - 66 points
Stockholm 2000
Wadde Hadde Dudde Da
Grand Final
5th - 96 points
Jerusalem 1999
Reise Nach Jerusalem - Kudüs'e Seyahat
Grand Final
3rd - 140 points
Birmingham 1998
Guildo Hat Euch Lieb
Grand Final
7th - 86 points
Dublin 1997
Zeit
Grand Final
18th - 22 points
Dublin 1995
Verliebt In Dich
Grand Final
23rd - 1 point
Dublin 1994
Wir Geben 'ne Party
Grand Final
3rd - 128 points
Millstreet 1993
Viel Zu Weit
Grand Final
18th - 18 points
Malmö 1992
Träume Sind Für Alle Da
Grand Final
16th - 27 points
Rome 1991
Dieser Traum Darf Niemals Sterben
Grand Final
18th - 10 points
Zagreb 1990
Frei Zu Leben
Grand Final
9th - 60 points
Lausanne 1989
Flieger
Grand Final
14th - 46 points
Dublin 1988
Lied Für Einen Freund
Grand Final
14th - 48 points
Brussels 1987
Laß Die Sonne In Dein Herz
Grand Final
2nd - 141 points
Bergen 1986
Über Die Brücke Geh'n
Grand Final
8th - 62 points
Gothenburg 1985
Für Alle
Grand Final
2nd - 105 points
Luxembourg 1984
Aufrecht Geh'n
Grand Final
13th - 34 points
Munich 1983
Rücksicht
Grand Final
5th - 94 points
Harrogate 1982
Ein Bißchen Frieden
Grand Final
1st - 161 points
Dublin 1981
Johnny Blue
Grand Final
2nd - 132 points
The Hague 1980
Theater
Grand Final
2nd - 128 points
Jerusalem 1979
Dschinghis Khan
Grand Final
4th - 86 points
Paris 1978
Feuer
Grand Final
6th - 84 points
London 1977
Telegram
Grand Final
8th - 55 points
The Hague 1976
Sing, Sang, Song
Grand Final
15th - 12 points
Stockholm 1975
Ein Lied Kann Eine Brücke Sein
Grand Final
17th - 15 points
Brighton 1974
Die Sommermelodie
Grand Final
14th - 3 points
Luxembourg 1973
Junger Tag
Grand Final
8th - 85 points
Edinburgh 1972
Nur Die Liebe Läßt Uns Leben
Grand Final
3rd - 107 points
Dublin 1971
Diese Welt
Grand Final
3rd - 100 points
Amsterdam 1970
Wunder Gibt Es Immer Wieder
Grand Final
3rd - 12 points
Madrid 1969
Primaballerina
Grand Final
9th - 8 points
London 1968
Ein Hoch Der Liebe
Grand Final
6th - 11 points
Vienna 1967
Anouschka
Grand Final
8th - 7 points
Luxembourg 1966
Die Zeiger Der Uhr
Grand Final
10th - 7 points
Naples 1965
Paradies, Wo Bist Du?
Grand Final
15th - 0 points
Copenhagen 1964
Man Gewöhnt Sich So Schnell An Das Schöne
Grand Final
13th - 0 points
London 1963
Marcel
Grand Final
9th - 5 points
Luxembourg 1962
Zwei Kleine Italiener
Grand Final
6th - 9 points
Cannes 1961
Einmal Sehen Wir Uns Wieder
Grand Final
13th - 3 points
London 1960
Bonne Nuit, Ma Chérie!
Grand Final
4th - 11 points
Cannes 1959
Heut' Woll'n Wir Tanzen Geh'n
Grand Final
8th - 5 points
Hilversum 1958
Für Zwei Groschen Musik
Grand Final
7th - 5 points
Frankfurt 1957
Telefon, Telefon
Grand Final
4th - 8 points
Lugano 1956
So Geht Das Jede Nacht
Grand Final
2nd - 0 points
Lugano 1956
Im Wartesaal Zum Großen Glück
Grand Final
2nd - 0 points