Ukrainian song “Shum” entered the top three most popular at Eurovision

The song “Shum” by the Ukrainian group Go_A, with which they participated in Eurovision in 2021, hit the top three in the history of the song contest. It is reported by Eurovision Song Contest Radio.

In total, the list includes the 250 best songs in the history of Eurovision. Radio listeners choose them every year.

Go_A is a Ukrainian band that combines authentic Ukrainian folklore, modern electronic beats, and a powerful guitar drive into an explosive musical mix. The band members are vocalist Kateryna Pavlenko, sound producer and keyboards/percussion player Taras Shevchenko, multi-instrumentalist and woodwinds player/backing vocalist Ihor Didenchuk and guitar player Ivan Hryhoriak.

The name of the band consists of ‘Go’ as ‘movement’ and ‘A’ as an ancient Greek letter ‘alpha’, which refers to going back to one’s cultural roots.

The story of the band started in 2012 when the sound producer Taras Shevchenko met the ethnic singer Kateryna Pavlenko. After recording several songs, they realized that Ukrainian folklore and electronic music are a perfect match, combining energy and emotions into an engaging mix.

Go_A, Eurovision 2020
Photo: Alina Harmash

The first place was taken by the song “Euphoria”, with which the Swedish singer Loreen won the 2012 competition. The second place went to the winners of the 2021 competition – the Italian group Måneskin with the song “Zitti e Buoni”. In third place are the Ukrainians with the song “Shum”.

The song “Nightingale”, with which Go_A was supposed to go to the competition in 2020, took 128th place. Jamala’s song “1944” took 14th place – with it Ukraine won the competition in 2016.

 Jamala – 1944, 2016

Verka Serduchka with the song “Dancing Lasha Tumbai” (2007) was in 72nd place, and Ruslana with the song “Wild Dances” (2004) – in 78th place. Ani Lorak, who represented Ukraine at the 2008 competition with the song “Shady Lady”, took 108th place.

Verka Serduchka – Dancing Lasha Tumbai, 2007
Ruslana – Wild Dances, 2004.
Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Ani Lorak – Shady Lady, 2008

Zlata Ognevich‘s song “Gravity” (2013) – 179th place, Mélovin‘s song “Under The Ladder” (2018) – 183rd place. Svetlana Loboda took 242 place in the rating with the song “Be My Valentine”.

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