Metal and Rock Song in the Eurovision Song Contest

Metal and Rock Song in the Eurovision Song Contest
Maneskin – Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Song Contest happens in 2022 taking place in Italy, following the country’s victory at the 2021 contest with the song “Zitti e Buoni” by the Måneskin band. We listed every metal and rock song in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual international songwriting contest held through the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) with participants from mainly European countries. Every country participating has a unique song submitted that will be performed live on radio and television, broadcast to national broadcasters through the EBU’s Eurovision and Euroradio networks. Competing nations cast votes on songs submitted by other countries to decide who will win.

However, The last year proved that heavy music can remain a major force on stage Eurovision scene. And, it wasn’t the only instance that metal was heard at the most hilariously absurd music festival.

Here’s every metal and rock song in the Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Song Contest isn’t normally related to rock or metal. There are too many genres of artists and bands who have tried to break into the pop music-influenced traditional style with their more experimental styles. There are not many metal and rock songs in Eurovision. Check our list below!

Lordi (2006)

Lordi is a Finnish hard rock/heavy metal group from Finland founded around 1992, by the lead singer, songwriter, and costume designer Mr. Lordi (Tomi Petteri Putaansuu).

Alongside their metal sound, Lordi is also known for wearing masks of monsters and employing horror elements such as fireworks at concerts and in music videos. The group gained notoriety in 2002 when they released their smash single “Would You Like Monsterman? Monsterman? ” They also took home the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 with their hit song “Hard Rock Hallelujah”.

Eldrine (2011)

Eldrine participated and was also awarded the national telecast voting in order to be a representative of Georgia at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, in Germany. After the announcement was made that Sopho Toroshelidze was to replace the original singer of the group, Tamar Vadachkoria due to contractual problems.

Eldrine participated in the semi-finals in the first round and was chosen as the 9th performance. They came 6th in voting and were thus qualified for the final which they did last. They placed 9th with 110 points. They received 12 points for Lithuania, Ukraine, and Belarus.

Mor ve Ötesi – Deli (2008)

Mor ve Ötesi is one of the Turkish alternative rock band formed in Istanbul, Turkey. The current four members of the group include Harun Tekin (vocals and rhythm guitar), Kerem Kabadayi (drums), Burak Guven (bass), and Kerem Ozyegen (lead guitar). The band’s former band members comprise Alper Tekin (no relationship with Harun) along with Derin Esmer. The group achieved mainstream success after the release of the album Dunya Yalan Soyluyor.

Deli (translation”Insane”) was the Turkish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade which was performed by Mor ve Ötesi. It qualified for the second semifinal in seventh place with 138 points.

Apocalyptica (2007)

Apocalyptica is a Finnish metal group that symphonic originates hails from Helsinki was formed in 1993. Their band members include cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lotjonen, and Perttu Kivilaaksoas well as the jazz drummer Mikko Siren. The band was initially a classical-inspired Metallica tribute group, the band later changed to a neoclassical style of metal.

Apocalyptica was the interlude in which they performed a mix of tracks: Worlds Collide, Faraway, and lastly Life Burns!, however without using the standard lyrics.

Wig Wam (2005)

“In My Dreams” was the Norwegian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, and was performed by Wig Wam. The track is a metal genre, which is in line with the band’s belief of “rock’n’roll can be the next rocker”.

Hatari (2019)

Iceland was a participant in Iceland’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the song “Hatrid mun Sigra” composed by Einar Hrafn Stefansson Klemens Nikulasson Hannigan as well as Matthias Tryggvi Haraldsson. The song was performed by the band Hatari.

Teräsbetoni (2008)

Eurovision Song Contest 2008 after hosting the 2007 contest in Helsinki. To pick their entry, the Yleisradio Oy (Yle) hosted an open national competition, Euroviisut 2008. A winner was Terasbetoni with the tune “Missa Mihet Ratsastaa” composed by the band’s members Jarkko Ahola.

Alexander Rybak and Keep Of Kalessin (2009)

Alexander Rybak from Norway won the competition with a metal-as-fuck music track titled Fairytale. Eurovision is a fan of sequels and in 2011, the Norwegian singer returned with a group that was comprised of the Norwegian metal band Keep Of Kalessin, who were in the contest the year before.

AWS/Viszlát Nyár (2018)

Metal group AWS have been named the winners of A Dal 2018 Hungary’s national selection to the Eurovision Song Contest, and will represent Hungary in Lisbon with their song “Viszlat Nyar’.

Blind Channel (2021)

The track “Dark Side” was nominated for the 2021 Global Metal Apocalypse Awards, in which it placed 9th in Eurovision Song Contest 2021.

“Dark Side” is a hit song from the Finnish post-hardcore music band Blind Channel. It was a song that represented Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, winning Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu 2021. It was ranked number one in Finland on the 28th of February in 2021.

Måneskin (2021)

Maneskin is an Italian Glam rock group that was formed in Rome in the year 2016. Maneskin is comprised of singer Damiano David and the bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi, and drummer Ethan Torchio.

The band also performed on the streets in their beginning days and then gained fame following their 2nd place finish in the 11th season of the Italian reality show X Factor in the year 2017. Their breakthrough on the international stage came when they have crowned Eurovision Song Contest winners in 2021 in Italy by singing “Zitti e Buoni”.

Athena – For Real (2004)

Athena is a ska/rock duo formed in Istanbul, Turkey, founded by twin brothers Hakan Ozoguz (guitar and backing vocals) and Gokhan Ozoguz (lead vocals and guitar) in 1987. They’ve released over 8 albums.

Turkey also joined in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 with the song “For Real” composed by Gokhan Ozoguz and Hakan Ozoguz.

O.Torvald – Time (2017)

Ukraine joined in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Time” composed by Yevhen Halych and Yevhen Kamenchuk. It was performed by O.Torvald.

Kaliopi – Crno I Belo (2012)

“Crno I Belo” is a track by Macedonian musician and singer Kaliopi. The song was composed by Kaliopi with Romeo Grill and produced by Grill. It is most well-known as the entry of Macedonia to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The group was able to qualify Macedonia to compete in the final evening of the competition, following the preceding four years of entries that were not qualified. The song finished 13th in the competition, with an overall score of 71 points. It also received 12 points each from Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Serbia.

Hanna Pakarinen – Leave Me Alone (2007)

Hanna Pakarinen is a pop artist who became famous by taking home the Finnish Idols talent competition with 60 percent of the vote.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2007 Finland will serve as host for this year’s Eurovision competition for the very first time following Lordi taking the title in 2006. Finland was represented in the contest by Hanna Pakarinen with the song “Leave Me Alone”. The song was written by Martti Vuorinen and Miikka Huttunen. Its lyrics were composed by Martti Vuorinen as well as Pakarinen.

Max Jason Mai – Don’t Close Your Eyes (2012)

Slovakia joined as a participant in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 with the song “Don’t Close Your Eyes” composed and performed by Max Jason Mai, who was selected internally by the Slovak broadcaster Rozhlas a Televizia Slovenska (RTVS) for the role of representing Slovakia during the competition in Azerbaijan.

Max Jason Mai and the track “Don’t Shut Your Eyes” were released and introduced in front of the world as”the” Slovak entry on the 7th of March 2012.


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  1. I guess Lordi is the best with the “Hard Rock Hallelujah” song and some of the bands are also not bad for previous Eurovision Song Contest.

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