And just like that, the 50s are over. Let’s have a quick retrospective on the four contests.
Before continuing to the next decade, I wanted to take a quick retrospective first. Favourite songs, favourite countries, things like that.
Average score: 68.022
Median score: 79.5
Despite not being my winner in any year, Denmark is the first in my rankings. I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect that at first, but this also isn’t surprising. I found all three Danish entries charming, well-written and well-performed. They were the most consistently good country in the 1950s, which pays off in average rankings like this.
France ended up being second-to-last in my ratings. Once again, I’m not surprised. I’m simply not a huge fan of classic waltzy French chansons, which is something France has sent a lot of in the 1950s. They also sent my least favourite song in 1956 and the decade in general.
I find it a bit interesting that I’ve only chosen winners from the 7 countries that have participated in the inaugural contest. This definitely won’t continue for long because quite a few countries are about to join.
I actually enjoyed most songs. There were a couple of duds (which is normal, I’d be more surprised if I loved every song equally), but a couple of the songs have gone into some of my playlists, which is a great achievement.
Next up, the 60s.