The RAC's Eurovision driving playlist

Yes, believe it or not we at the RAC were glued to the Eurovision song contest last weekend - it's a guilty pleasure we don't feel so guilty about truth be told.

The comments this morning around the weekend's events sparked an interesting discussion here in the office - if you were to drive to Ukraine to watch this year's winners live, (we know, everyone's going to be doing it) how long would it take and, more importantly, which Eurovision Song Contest winners would you listen to along the way.

The journey from our office in Bristol to Ukraine's capital, Kiev, would take approximately 26 hours via the Channel Tunnel before driving through France, Belgium, Netherlands, the entire width of Germany and Poland before then trekking into the heart of Ukraine to find its capital. You can see the map below.

No, before you ask, don't worry we didn't send the work experience kid there to find out, we simply consulted our handy, easy-to-use route planner.

If any of you reading this are indeed contemplating driving to or in Ukraine this summer (viewing of Jamala's 1944 live optional of course) then to find out more information about what you may need to know before setting off we recommend you consult our driving in Ukraine advice page.

So to keep you entertained (but not necessarily sane) on your 30 hour drive to Ukraine, here is our agreed best Eurovision winners playlist, enjoy...

1. Alexander Rybak – Fairytale (2009)

To kick off proceedings we have Norway's Alexander Rybak, the baby-faced lyrical-assassin with violin skills likened to Legolass's bow - if it was known as an aphrodisiac, that is.

Alexander won in 2009 in Moscow, Russia, with his upbeat ballad of lost love, reportedly about his ex-girlfriend. The song reached number one in the Norwegian charts and made it to number three in the UK Download Chart. 

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2. ABBA - Waterloo (obviously)

This was always going to make the list, save for its abhorrent tendency for being overplayed at family weddings it's an absolute classic (and still an absolute belter). 

Proof of its popularity is still evident in the fact that it has been downloaded more than 450,000 times in the past decade, making it the third-highest-selling Eurovision winner in terms of digital sales in that period - according to digital single sales data provided by Nielsen Music, covering 21 countries.

3. Katrina and the Waves - Love Shine a Light

This was the UK's 1997 entrant and winner, which, at almost 20 years ago, is appallingly our most recent winner in the competition (thanks Jemini for getting nul points in 2003).

The song's highest chart position was second in Austria's top 40 with the song also achieving a respectable third in the UK charts too.

4. Lulu - Boom Bang-a-Bang

Lulu represented the UK in 1969 with this jazzy hip-swinging pop number winning the competition for Queen and country as our second ever winner in the competition, the first coming two years before that with Sandie Shaw's Puppet on a String.

Lulu's song was actually a joint winner with three other countries, but we don't care, it's still one of our faves.

5. Johnny Logan - Hold Me Now

Number five is Northern Ireland's 1987 winner, Hold me Now, written and performed by Johnny Logan.

Logan had previously won with "What's Another Year?" in the 1980 Contest and would go on to write the winner of the 1992 Contest ("Why Me?" for Linda Martin for whom he had previously written "Terminal 3" at the 1984 Contest. 

The song was further used in an Irish advertising campaign launched by McDonald's toward the end of 2007 and was covered by Belgian rapper Kaye Styles as "Don't Cry".

6. Lordi - Hard Rock Hallelujah

Yep, it's Lordi, because what Eurovision playlist wouldn't be complete without the surprise heavy metal winners from Finland?

The song may have only reached number 25 in the UK's top 40, but the sheer spectacle of their performance alone gets them into our playlist.

7. Loreen - Euphoria

A slightly more modern genre, at number seven we have Sweeden's Loreen perform electro dance-pop anthem Euphoria, winner of the 2012 contest held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The song received the highest number of maximum (12) points of any entry in the contest's history with eighteen countries giving the song their top marks.

8. Olsen Brothers - Flying on the Wings of Love

These Danish brothers captured audiences hearts and ears in 2000 with this English ballad that managed to reach number one in the Sweedish charts but only hit number 160 in the UK...

Well we like it in the office and not just for the robotic-like voice effects in the final chorus... Well maybe it was just for the robotic-like voice effects in the final chorus, on second thought.

9. Niamh Kavanagh – In your eyes (1993)

Irish singer Niamh Kavanagh won the competition on home turf in 1993. 

The song reached number one in Ireland's charts (funnily enough) and Niamh Kavanagh also returned to the Contest in 2010 with "It's for You", which came 23rd out of 25 countries, with 25 points in the final.

10. Céline Dion – Ne partez pas sans moi

Canadian singer Celine Dion sung this song for Switzerland in her native language of French, winning the competition in 1998.

The song won Eurovision with 137 points, beating the United Kingdom entry "Go" performed by Scott Fitzgerald by just one point in one of the closest finishes in Eurovision history.

11. Bucks Fizz - Making Your Mind Up

This British pop song is a feel-good favourite from mainstream British singers Bucks Fizz, winner of the 1981 Eurovision song contest and penultimate track on our Eurovision driving playlist.

The group had only been formed two months prior to the contest and won it with ease despite being up against the favourites and then current chart-topping group Liquid Gold.

12. Brotherhood of Man - Save Your Kisses for Me

And finally... We have finished the list with a bit of cheese that every soft soul cannot deny singing along to.

Like it or loathe it the song became a worldwide hit, reaching No.1 in many countries, including the UK. Save Your Kisses for Me won the 1976 competition which took place in the Netherlands and overall, it remains one of the biggest-selling Eurovision winners ever, and the biggest such seller in the UK.