The Eurovision Song Contest 1960 was the 5th in the show's history, after the inauguration in 1956. The Netherlands won in 1959, however, they didn't want to host another contest so soon, so the hosting went to the second-placed United Kingdom for the first time. The show was hosted by Katie Boyle, who will go on to set a Eurovision record with Jacqueline Joubert by hosting three more contests up until 1974 inclusive.
The number of participants grew to 13. Norway made its debut with one of the country's leading jazz singers, Nora Brockstedt. The entry from Austria was written by famous operetta composer Robert Stolz who was already 80 years old in 1960.
The winning country in 1960 has won before. France celebrated their second win in three years, this time with Tom Pillibi by Jacqueline Boyer. The United Kingdom were runners-up for the second time in a row, with Looking High, High, High by Bryan Johnson, the brother of Teddy Johnson, the male participant of the UK's entry the previous year. Things were looking up for Monaco with Ce soir-là by François Deguelt, finishing third after their dreadful debut.
|01||United Kingdom||Bryan Johnson||Looking High, High, High||English||--||2||25|
|02||Sweden||Siw Malmkvist||Alla andra får varann||Swedish||All the others get each other||10||4|
|03||Luxembourg||Camillo Felgen||So laang we's du do bast||Luxembourgish||As long as you are there||13||1|
|04||Denmark||Katy Bødtger||Det var en yndig tid||Danish||It was a lovely time||10||4|
|05||Belgium||Fud Leclerc||Mon amour pour toi||French||My love for you||6||9|
|06||Norway||Nora Brockstedt||Voi Voi||Norwegian||--||4||11|
|07||Austria||Harry Winter||Du hast mich so fasziniert||German||You fascinated me so much||7||6|
|08||Monaco||François Deguelt||Ce soir-là||French||That night||3||15|
|09||Switzerland||Anita Traversi||Cielo e terra||Italian||Heaven and earth||8||5|
|10||The Netherlands||Rudi Carrell||Wat een geluk||Dutch||What luck||12||2|
|11||Germany||Wyn Hoop||Bonne nuit ma chérie||German||Goodnight, my darling||4||11|
|13||France||Jacqueline Boyer||Tom Pillibi||French||--||1||32|