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Some people hate Facebook. But the majority of us, even if we hate Facebook, are on there and using it as an outlet to indulge our obsession with, love for, and fascination of all things Eurovision.

The newest Eurovision craze on Facebook is posting the songs that “stay with you, no matter what” and the songs that annoy you.

A few days ago, my friend Assaf challenged me to post my 10 “stay with you” songs. Then a few days later, my friend Aija challenged to list my 5 annoying songs.


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We at ESC United decided to share our Top 5 songs that “stay with us” and that annoy us. See below for each person’s choices. And then feel free to share yours in the comments or at our ever-popular forum. Please note that I took “stay with me” songs in a completely different way than everyone else. I took it as the songs that I keep singing as a joke. I may find many of them as ridiculous or bad, but it sure is fun to sing along to them!

“Stay with you” songs
1) Krassimir Avramov – Illusion (Bulgaria 2009) – When I used to mow my then boyfriend’s two-acre lawn, I used to sing this at the top of my lungs. He still refers to it as the “Gimme Gimme Your Time” song.
2) Cezar – It’s My Life (Romania 2013) – Great memories of biking through the streets of Malmo after the shows singing this through the neighborhood at the top of my lungs
3) Joy Fleming – Ein Lied kann eine Brücke sein (Germany 1975) – The performance is always a joy to watch and never gets old.
4) Pastora Soler – Quedate Conmigo (Spain 2012) – Okay, the previews they kept showing in the semi-finals of ESC 2012 did not do much for me, but I actually like this song a lot now. And when she hit that note in Baku at the finals, I finally stopped and took notice.
5) Minouche Barelli – Boum-badaboum (Monaco 1967) – The most badass hairflip in Eurovision history!

“Annoy you” songs
1) Glen Vella – One Life (Malta 2011) – :shrug: Just did nothing for me, and I found his stage presence to be annoying, although he seemed like a nice guy when he went to Malmo two years later.
2) Rambo Amadeus – Euro Neuro (Montenegro 2012) – Having a strong political statement means nothing when you act ambivalent about being at Eurovision. I heard he was a major pain to interview. At least Silvia Night had some fun with it.
3) Copycat – Copycat (Belgium 2009) – Never good news when you’re act and song name are the same, unless you’re a dance tune. This is not a dance tune.
4) D’Nash – I Love You Mi Vida (Spain 2007) – People were swept up with the Thomas G:Son “Eurovision Hit Factory” but I wasn’t. I don’t know. I just never liked this song.
5) Dustin the Turkey – Ireland Douze Pointe (Ireland 2008) – Sheer nonsense. I’ll listen to Jemini “Cry Baby” 100 times over listening to this once.

Here’s what the other ESC United folks thought.

“Stay with you” songs
1) Ivi Adamou – La La Love (Cyprus 2012)
2) ABBA – Waterloo (Sweden 1974)
3) DJ Bobo – Vampires Are Alive (Switzerland 2007)
4) Loreen – Euphoria (Sweden 2012)
5) Zlata Ognevich – Gravity (Ukraine 2013)

“Annoy you” songs
1) Daniel Popović – Džuli (Yugoslavia 1983)
2) Molly – Children of the Universe (UK 2014)
3) Hadise – Düm Tek Tek (Turkey 2009)
4) Krista Siegfrids – Marry Me (Finland 2013)
5) Eric Saade – Popular (Sweden 2011)

It's been 10 years and people still love "Lane Moje" by Zeljko Joksimovich
It’s been 10 years and people still love “Lane Moje” by Zeljko Joksimovich

“Stay with you” songs
1) Zeljko Joksimovic – Lane Moje (Serbia and Montenegro 2004)
2) Zeljko Joksimovic – Nije ljubav stvar (Serbia 2012)
3) Hari Mata Hari – Lejla (Bosnia and Herzegovina 2006)
4) Harel Skaat – Milim (Israel 2010)
5) Pastora Soler – Quédate conmigo (Spain 2012)

“Annoy you” songs
1) Roberto Chikilicuatre – Baila el chiki chiki (Spain 2008)
2) Frederik Ndoci – Hear my plea (Albania 2007)
3) Las Ketchup – Un blodymary (Spain 2006)
4) Son de sol – Brujería (Spain 2005)
5) Neiokoso – Tii (Estonia 2004)

“Stay with you” songs
1) t.A.T.u. – Ne ver’ ne bojsia (Russia 2003)
2) Ruth Lorenzo – Dancing in the rain (Spain 2014)
3) Anouk – Birds (Netherlands 2013)
4) Los TNT – Caracola (Spain 1964)
5) Zeljko Joksimovic – Lane Moje (Serbia and Montenegro 2004)

“Annoy you” songs
1) Las Ketchup – Un blodymary (Spain 2006)
2) Piero – Celebrate (Switzerland 2004)
3) Alvaras – Happy (Lithuania 2002)
4) Eddie Butler – Together we are one (Israel 2006)
5) Glen Vella – One Life (Malta 2011)

“Stay with you” songs
1) Grethe & Jørgen Ingmann – Dansevise (Denmark 1963)
2) Aarzemnieki – Cake To Bake (Latvia 2014)
3) Alsou – Solo (Russia 2000)
4) Andrea Demirovic – Just Get Out Of My Life (Montenegro 2009)
5) Aliona Moon – O Mie (Moldova 2013)

“Annoy you” songs
1) Hotel FM – Change (Romania 2011)
2) Chanée and N’evergreen – In a Moment Like This (Denmark 2010)
3) Pirates of the Sea – Wolves of the Sea (Latvia 2008)
4) Yohanna – Is it True (Iceland 2009)
5) Alex Sparrow – Get You (Russia 2011)

glen vella malta 2011
Unfortunately Glen Vella’s “On Life” rubs a lot of people the wrong way

“Stay with you” songs
1) Loreen – Euphoria (Sweden 2012)
2) Nina – Caroban (Serbia 2011)
3) Carl Espen – Silent Storm (Norway 2014)
4) Danijela – Neka Mi Ne Svane (Croatia 1998)
5) Helena Paparizou – My Number One (Greece 2005)

“Annoy you” songs
1) Donatan and Cleo – My Slowianie (We Are Slavic) (Poland 2014)
2) Rambo Amadeus – Euro Neuro (Montenegro 2012)
3) Trackshittaz – Woki Mit Deim Popo (Austria 2012)
4) Twin Twin – Moustache (France 2014)
5) Rodolfo Chikilicuatre – Baila el Chiki-Chiki (Spain 2008)

“Stay with you” songs
1) Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai (Ukraine 2007)
2) Joy Fleming – Ein Lied kann eine Bruecke sein (Germany 1975)
3) Charlotte Nilsson – Take me to your heaven (Sweden 1999)
4) Buranovskiye Babushki – Party for everybody (Russia 2012)
5) France Gall – Poupee de cire, poupee de son (Luxembourg 1965)

“Annoy you” songs
1) Donatan and Cleo – My Slowianie (We Are Slavic) (Poland 2014)
2) Emmelie de Forest – Only Teardrops (Denmark 2013)
3) Svetlana Loboda – Be my valentine (Anti-crisis girl) (Ukraine 2009)
4) Massiel – La,la,la (Spain 1968)
5) Daniel Diges – Algo pequenito (Spain 2010)

There are some repeat offenders in our lists, but overall what we see is a nice mix of songs that people can’t get out of their heads, for better or for worse. What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments or in our forum.


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