Higher Ground (Rasmussen song)

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"Higher Ground"
Single by Rasmussen
Released 11 February 2018[1]
Format Digital download
Length 3:03
Label Renegade
  • Niclas Arn
  • Karl Eurén
  • Niclas Arn
  • Karl Eurén
Music video
"Higher Ground" on YouTube
Denmark "Higher Ground"
Eurovision Song Contest 2018 entry
  • Niclas Arn
  • Karl Eurén
  • Niclas Arn
  • Karl Eurén
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Semi-final points
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Where I Am" (2017)   

"Higher Ground" is a song performed by Danish singer Rasmussen. The song was released as a digital download in Denmark on 11 February 2018, through Renegade Records.[1] It represented Denmark in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.[2]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

On 22 January 2018, Rasmussen was confirmed as one of the 10 participants in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2018 with the song "Higher Ground". The 10 songs competed in the final, where the winner was determined over two rounds of voting. In the first round, the top 3 songs based on the combination of votes from a public vote and a five-member jury panel qualified to the super-final. In the super-final, the winner was determined as well by the combination of votes from the public and the jury panel. Rasmussen won the super-final with 50% of the vote.

The song competed in the second semi-final, held on 10 May 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, and subsequently qualified for the final, held on 12 May 2018. In the final, the song received 38 points from jury vote and 188 points from televote for a combined score of 226 points and an overall 9th place.


In an interview,[3] Rasmussen explains that the song is about trying to solve conflicts by peaceful means and refraining from the use of violence.

Quote: "That's why the song is also about being able to take a step back and solve conflicts in a different way than just thrusting a sword into the belly of someone, you are facing. So, it has a message of peace."

In the same interview,[3] Rasmussen explained that the song is inspired by the legend of Magnus Erlendsson, a late Viking age chieftain.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[1]
1."Higher Ground"3:03
2."Higher Ground" (karaoke version)3:03
3."Higher Ground" (instrumental version)3:03


Chart (2018) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 49
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[6] 43
Denmark (Tracklisten)[7] 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 88
Hungary (Single Top 40)[9] 9
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[10] 38
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 29
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 43
UK Download (Official Charts Company)[13] 34
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[14] 45

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Denmark 11 February 2018[1] Digital download Renegade


  1. ^ a b c d "Higher Ground - Single by Rasmussen". Apple Music. Retrieved 12 February 2018. 
  2. ^ Weaver, Jessica (10 February 2018). "Denmark: Rasmussen wins Dansk Melodi Grand Prix 2018!". ESCToday.com. ESCToday. Retrieved 10 February 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Han er favorit til at vinde i aften: Derfor blev han kontaktet af DR (in Danish), retrieved 2018-02-21 
  4. ^ "Eurovision Denmark: The ancient and modern Viking inspiration behind Rasmussen's Higher Ground - ESCToday.com". Eurovision News, Polls and Information by ESCToday. 2018-02-15. Retrieved 2018-02-25. 
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Rasmussen – Higher Ground" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Rasmussen – Higher Ground" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Rasmussen – Higher Ground". Tracklisten. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Rasmussen – Higher Ground". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Rasmussen – Higher Ground". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 May 2018.