Written by: Thomas G:son and Peter Boström
Produced by: Peter Boström and SeventyEight
UK release: February 2012
UK chart peak: 3
A dramatic synthfart for an introduction. A barely-whispered verse. A promising hands-aloft first chorus. Then the beat drops.
The biggest Eurovision song of the decade and veeeeery possibly the best (its closest competition is this), Loreen‘s Euphoria not only swept to victory in Azerbaijan in 2012, it also became an international chart sensation. It was the biggest song of the year in its native Sweden (going 10x Platinum) and hit No1 in *deep breath* Austria, Estonia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia and Switzerland. When it reached No3 in the UK, it became the highest-charting Eurovision song on our shores since our own Katrina and the Waves in 1997. It’s still the only non-British song from the contest to hit the Top 3 this side of 1987.
It is, needless to say, a massive, massive tune; helped along massively by Loreen’s breath-taking performance in Baku. 2012 was just the right time for this variety of electro-banger to take the world by storm; its production, top-line hook and sheer vocal force giving us all the exact feeling described in the title.