In the previous post you can read all about the 10.000 coverversions project and the top 10 of Eurocovers, now it's time to share some thoughts on my favorite versions of the most covered Eurovision songs of all time.
# 10 - Poupée de cire, poupée de son
- France Gall - 155 versions listed
-The ultimate French Yé Yé girl - pop chanteuse France Gall's Eurovision performance is a defining moment in Eurovision history. Poupée is the first successful Pop song in the contest and her charming sexy performance wowed television audiences all over the world.
Serge Gainsbourg, French legend, wrote the song that is at # 10 in the top 10 most covered Eurovision songs. It's one of those songs I could sing (in my own language, carbon dating alert!) before I even knew Eurovision existed. France Gall won the contest for Luxembourg.
How to pick a favorite version? The 60's beat versions are as charming as the alt-rock versions made in recent years. And there are a few Eurovision stars who have recorded their version of the song: Gitte, Karina, Conchita Bautista, Mrs. Einstein, Madalena Iglesias and Lill Babs.
Not many superstars recorded the song though, the most famous I could find are Sacha Distel (with Dubstar), Belle and Sebastian or Kim'Kay. And of course it's a popular live track of todays 'everyones new favorite band' Arcade Fire.
There are versions in (at least) 19 languages with an impressive following in Japanese and Vietnamese.
With 19 versions in Japanese listed (and several in French by Japanese artists) 夢見るシャンソン人形 - Yume Miru Chanson Ningyo is one of the songs with the most Japanese covers to its name (with L'amour est bleu and Dio come ti amo). My favorite version is the one by Minami Saori (pic left) , recorded in 1972.
The 10.000 feature 8 versions in Vietnamese of which the version by Mỹ Tâm is the most recent hit version (2003).
南沙織 - 夢見るシャンソン人形
------ Minami Saori a.k.a Cynthia-ly
- on CD '28 singles', recording from 1972
Mỹ Tâm - Búp bê không tình yêu
- CD Hãy đến với em - The Best Of My Tam 2.
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France Gall at BeaRecords