#5 – Sandy Shaw – Puppet on a String
This song won the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom in 1967. It charted at #1 in the UK Charts too, and remained in the top spot for three weeks. Its singer, Sandy Shaw, wasn’t a fan, saying that she “hated it from the very first oompah to the final bang on the big bass drum. I was instinctively repelled by its sexist drivel and cuckoo-clock tune.”
#4 – Brotherhood of Man – Save Your Kisses For Me
Likely to be a song you’ve heard before in your life, this song brought the United Kingdom to victory in 1976. Very much a Middle of the Road track, the song described someone leaving for work and his emotions about a loved one. The twist? The final line of the song goes “Won’t you save them for me…even though you’re only three?”, meaning he was singing about one of his children. This song has the honour of being one of the few English Eurovision songs to ever reach the #1 spot in the French Charts.
#3 – Buck’s Fizz – Making Your Mind Up
At the time, it was a ground-breaking video – the men in the group ripped off pull-away dresses to reveal a much shorter get up for the women. How scandalously exciting it was to see Cheryl Baker’s knees! Again, the UK won the song contest this song featured in – in this case the 1981 contest. The song was a massive success aross the world, reaching #1 in the charts in the UK, Ireland, Austria, The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Israel, and Denmark.
#2 – Lulu – Boom Bang A Bang
Probably best known to the current generation as the theme song to the BBC3 comedy series Him & Her, this song tied for the winning spot at the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest with the French entry ‘Un Enfant, Un Jour’, the Dutch entry ‘De Troubador’, and the Spanish entry ‘Vivo Cantado’. Boom Bang A Bang never made it to #1 on the UK Charts either, peaking at #2 but becoming massively popular all across Europe.
1 – Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
Two days after the landslide victory of Tony Blair on 1st May, Katrina and the Waves stormed to a landslide success at the 1997 Song Contest, winning a total of 78.82% of the available votes, and winning with a massive 70 point margin between themselves and their closest competitor. Oddly, it did not get to #1 on any chart across Europe, peaking at #2 in Austria and Sweden, and at #3 in the UK.