It’s that time of year again for the unique, bizarre, extravagant and often politically charged spectacle that is the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest which began in 1956 is popular worldwide, with viewer ratings increasing each year (reaching over 200 million in 2016). Whether you love it or hate it, the musical contest has a global appeal that can neither be denied nor ignored.
To help celebrate the eccentricity of European pop culture in light of the big evening in Kiev, Ukraine, Oxford University Press staff have selected a list of their favorite Eurovision hits from across the decades; from the addictive to the utterly ridiculous. Fly your flags and enjoy!
An OUP approved playlist:
Featured image credit: “Kiev” by tpsdave. CC0 Public Domain via Pixabay.