The Eurovision Song Contest impacts the Official Charts30 May 2022 at 18:05 CEST
As 161 million viewers watched the credits roll on the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on May 14, the music very clearly didn’t stop there for many of those tuning in. This year’s batch of songs inspired music fans across the globe to either add their new favourites to their own playlists, or to purchase them to become a cherished new part of their music collection.
This flurry of streaming and downloading resulted in a wave of chart success across Europe for the 2022 Contest entries, with a number of songs reaching chart peaks in their own countries that hadn’t been witnessed in decades. We’re bringing you a selection of highlights and headlines from the Eurovision takeover of the official singles charts across Europe in the weeks that followed the Contest.
Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra lifted the Eurovision trophy with their song Stefania, and as news of their victory hit news outlets everywhere, the hit shot up streaming and download charts in the days immediately after. This surge in popularity resulted in the band entering the official charts of many of the plentiful countries that had awarded them points in the Grand Final.
Finland, Croatia and Sweden made Stefania a Top 10 success, with the song peaking at 2, 6 and 7 respectively, while Lithuania went even better and took it all the way to Number 1. Chart success followed in Switzerland (11), Iceland (14), Norway (19), Germany (22), Belgium (24), Austria (26), Ireland (30), Netherlands (36), United Kingdom (38) and Italy (53).
The impact of the song was truly felt far beyond that very special winning reprise on May 14.
Listeners in the United Kingdom responded very well to the entry that gave the country its first medal finish in two decades. SPACE MAN by Sam Ryder rocketed to a peak of Number 2 in the official UK singles chart, the highest charting Eurovision entry (UK or otherwise) in the country since Gina G topped the chart in 1996 with Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit.
Elsewhere, more chart success was enjoyed by Sam as SPACE MAN made its impact in Iceland (5), Germany (12), Lithuania (13), Sweden (15), Ireland (22), Belgium (30), Switzerland (45) and Netherlands (71).
Another song that gave its country its best performing entry in the Contest in quite some time, is SloMo by Chanel, for Spain. The undeniably hypnotic performance ensured that a whole host of rhythm enthusiasts headed to streaming and downloading platforms, seeing to it that SloMo charted in Lithuania (8), Iceland (11), Croatia (24), Germany (32), Sweden (32), Ireland (44), the United Kingdom (56), Switzerland (65), Netherlands (72), and Portugal (88).
Back home in Spain, meanwhile, Chanel was rewarded with that all-important Number 1 single, and SloMo became the first Spanish Eurovision song to top the charts there since another entry that incorporated high-octane choreography into its performance: Rodolfo Chikilicuatre with Baila El Chiki Chiki in 2008.
In Sweden, 4th-place finisher Hold Me Closer by Cornelia Jakobs had already earned Number 1 status on the Swedish singles chart back in March, upon the song’s victory at the Swedish pre-selection for Eurovision, Melodifestivalen. In the week after the Eurovision Song Contest, however, the song rebounded back up the charts to a Number 2 position, following renewed domestic interest in the Contest vote-grabber.
Elsewhere in Europe, Hold Me Closer became a hit for Cornelia in Lithuania (5), Germany (7), Finland (9), Iceland (15), Norway (15), Ireland (34), Switzerland (53), the United Kingdom (59), Netherlands (76), and Spain (88).
There were plenty more Top 10 hits seen across Europe in the week following the Eurovision Song Contest, with the participating countries showing particular love for their own entries.
In the Netherlands, the Dutch song De Diepte was a Number 1 for s10, with neighbouring Belgium also giving their entry, Miss You by Jérémie Makiese, chart-topping glory in the official singles chart (Flanders) there.
In the Icelandic and Italian charts, both countries’ Eurovision songs (Systur’s Með Hækkandi Sól and Mahmood & BLANCO’s Brividi, respectively) climbed back up to Number 2, having previously peaked at Number 1 earlier in the year, while in Greece, the Greek song Die Together by Amanda Georgiadi Tenfjord reached a new peak of Number 2 there.
Lithuania, too, saw Monika Liu’s Sentimentai chart at Number 2 following the song’s Grand Final success, while in Romania and Portugal, WRS’ Llámame and MARO’s Saudade Saudade hit Number 3. In Norway, Subwoolfer’s Give That Wolf A Banana shot back up to Number 7 following a Number 4 peak earlier in the year, and in Germany, Malik Harris’ Rockstars achieved a new high of Number 8 in the official singles chart there.
In the US, a select few of our 2022 Eurovision Song Contest entries even managed to impact the Billboard Charts. The Billboard Global 200 is a weekly chart that ranks the top songs globally and is based on digital sales and online streaming from over 200 territories worldwide. In the week following the Eurovision Song Contest, the Billboard chart saw new entries from Stefania (Ukraine, at Number 85), SPACE MAN (United Kingdom, at Number 93), and SloMo (Spain, at number 151).
2021 Contest champs Måneskin returned to the Eurovision Song Contest stage to perform their new single SUPERMODEL at the 2022 Grand Final. The explosive performance saw to it that viewers headed straight to music platforms to take in all of the inimitable glamour once more, resulting in the song becoming yet another chart smash for the Italian foursome all over Europe (and beyond!).
To date, SUPERMODEL has now peaked in the following chart positions:
Belgium (Flanders): 23
United Kingdom: 43
US (Billboard Global 200): 114