1997: Love Shine a Light by Katrina and the Waves

Composed by Kimberley Rew of Katrina and the Waves and recorded by the same band. The song won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997 for the United Kingdom. The lead vocalist was Katrina Leskanich. The song was included on the band’s ninth studio album, Walk on Water. In an interview in 2009, Katrina Leskanich said about the song “It was such a feel-good, lighters-in-the-air, cheesy number. It would have been embarrassing for it not to win. It had I am a winner written all over it. Our song was quickly forgotten because we didn’t have any sensational gimmick like Bucks Fizz”. She also said that the Katrina and the Waves Eurovision victory boosted the group’s profile on the European cabaret circuit at the expense of their rock band credibility which heavily factored into the band’s 1999 breakup. When asked about the Eurovision Song Contest, she described it as a joke, saying “People who take it seriously are the kind of people who get into Miss Universe. How can you have a contest about what’s the best song?”

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Chart History (1997)Peak Position
Austria2
Belgium Ultratop 50 Flanders Region Chart6
Belgium Ultratop 50 Wallonia Region Chart28
Finland8
Germany62
Iceland19
Ireland5
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Chart4
Netherlands Single Top 100 Chart6
Norway2
Scotland3
Sweden5
Switzerland26
United Kingdom3
Year-End Chart (1997)Final Position
Austria27
Belgium Ultratop 50 Flanders Region Chart 40
Netherlands Single Top 100 Chart 65
Sweden53