Amar pelos dois

Amar pelos dois
"Amar pelos dois"
Single by Salvador Sobral
Released 10 March 2017
Format Digital download, CD single
Length 3:05
Label Sons em Trânsito
Producer(s) Luísa Sobral
Salvador Sobral singles chronology
"Nem eu"
"Amar pelos dois"
"Amar pelos dois"
Eurovision Song Contest 2017 entry
Luísa Sobral
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Semi-final points
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Há um mar que nos separa" (2015)   

"Amar pelos dois" (English: Loving for both of us) is a song performed by Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral and written by his sister Luísa Sobral. The song won Festival da Canção 2017 and the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, giving Portugal its first ever win since their debut in 1964. It is the first winning song entirely performed in a country's native language since Serbia's "Molitva" in 2007, and the first winner written in triple metre since Ireland's "The Voice" in 1996. It gathered 758 points, setting the record for the most points ever achieved by a song in the contest.


"Amar pelos dois" was written and produced by Luísa Sobral, Salvador Sobral's sister. "Amar pelos dois" is a bossa-nova inspired jazz song with a length of three minutes and five seconds (3:05) that moves at a tempo of 92 beats per minute.[1][2][3] The song is written in triple metre. It has minimalistic instrumentation consisting of strings arrangements, done by Portuguese composer Luís Figueiredo, and piano without background vocals. Salvador Sobral stated that "Amar pelos dois" is "influenced by those old songs from the Great American Songbook, and it also has a touch of the beautiful bossa nova melodies".[4] Lyrically, the song is about a lost love and the continued attempts to get her back.[5][6] Sobral described it as "a love song. A sad one".[4]

Eurovision Song Contest

Luísa Sobral was announced as a participating songwriter in Festival da Canção 2017, Portugal's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, on 5 December 2016.[7] On 18 January 2017, her brother, Salvador Sobral, was announced to be performing her song, titled "Amar pelos dois".[8] After being sent two songs by Luísa Sobral, written for the competition, Salvador Sobral selected "Amar pelos dois" as the song he would like to perform. Luís Figueiredo, who did the string arrangement that is heard throughout the song, also chose "Amar pelos dois" as the song to go through the competition's various phases.

Sobral competed in the first semi-final on 19 February, placing second after winning the jury vote and coming third with the televoters.[9] In the final, held on 5 March, he won the jury vote and came second with televoters, effectively earning enough points to win the competition and represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.[10][11] Portugal competed in the first half of the first semi-final at the Eurovision Song Contest and managed to qualify for the final. In the final Portugal came out as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.[12][13]

The minimalistic jazz ballad,[citation needed] a clear departure from pop style sung in English that had graced Eurovision songs in the recent competitions, won the contest with 758 points.[citation needed] The win has sparked public debate about the Eurovision direction, with critics[who?] claiming that the win may influence future competitions.[citation needed]


Most votes given to Portugal by televote in Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Most votes given by the jury to Portugal in Eurovision Song Contest 2017


French newspaper 20 Minutes called "Amar pelos dois" a "superb melancholic song" and described it as a "delightfully anachronistic sound".[14] Spanish newspaper ABC claimed that its jazz-pop tempo distinguished it from the "outlandish proposals in the otherwise kitsch" festival.[15] French magazine Paris Match declared it as one of their ten favourite entries of the year, and noted a "great vocal mastery".[16] Australian Eurovision broadcaster SBS noted the "simplicity" of the song, adding that "there's something refreshing and reflective" in it.[17] British newspaper Metro named it "Portugal's best ever Eurovision entry", and commented that "sticking to Portuguese maintains the charm and charisma of this song that pulls at the heartstrings through musical composition".[18] British newspaper The Telegraph described it as an "artistic, beautifully crafted" and "sophisticated" song.[19]

"Amar pelos dois" was the second highest-ranked entry of 2017 on Finland's De Eurovisa, a Eurovision preview show. The song achieved 38 points out of 40 possible.[20] It was the third highest-ranked entry of the year on Iceland's Alla Leið preview show, achieving 38 points.[21]


"Amar pelos dois" debuted at number 4 on Billboard's Portugal Digital Songs chart. In the following week, the song climbed to number 3.[22] The song eventually reached number 1.[23]


"Amar pelos dois" earned the Sobral siblings two Marcel Bezençon Awards. Salvador Sobral received the Artistic Award, whereas Luísa Sobral received the Composer Award.[24]

Category Country Song Performer(s) Composer(s)
Artistic Award  Portugal "Amar pelos dois" Salvador Sobral Luísa Sobral
Composer Award

Track listing

Digital download[1]
No. Title Length
1. "Amar pelos dois" 3:05
CD single[25]
No. Title Length
1. "Amar pelos dois"  
2. "Amar pelos dois" (Instrumental)  

Credits and personnel

  • Vocals – Salvador Sobral
  • Songwriting – Luísa Sobral
  • Production – Luísa Sobral
  • String arrangement – Luís Figueiredo

Credits adapted from the liner notes of "Amar pelos dois" CD single.[26]


Chart (2017) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[27]
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[29] 30
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[30] 9
Europe (Euro Digital Songs)[31] 13
Finland Download (Latauslista)[32] 1
France (SNEP)[33] 4
Germany (Official German Charts)[34] 43
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[31] 5
Iceland (RÚV)[35] 1
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard)[31] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[36] 35
Portugal (AFP)[37] 38
Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard)[23] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[38] 37
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[39] 35
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[40] 33
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[41] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[42] 97

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Europe 10 March 2017 Digital download Sons em Trânsito


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  21. ^ "Alla Leið". RÚV (in Icelandic). May 6, 2017. 
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  37. ^ " – Salvador Sobral – Amar pelos dois". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved 23 March 2017.
  38. ^ "Archive Chart: 2017-05-19". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  39. ^ "Top 100 Canciones — Semana 20: del 12.05.2017 al 18.05.2017" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 24 May 2017. 
  40. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  41. ^ " – Salvador Sobral – Amar pelos dois". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  42. ^ "Archive Chart: 2017-05-19" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 May 2017.

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