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  picture forget-me-nots symbol of dutch pop songs chansons Dutch songs 1900-1940's

Louis Davids - A boattrip on the Rhine (1906)
    Louis Davids - Een reisje langs de Rijn
Louis Davids - In the Jordaan (1917)
    Louis Davids - In de Jordaan
Jean-Louis Pisuisse - Dare to live, people (1917)
    Jean-Louis Pisuisse - Mens, durf te leven
Heintje Davids - Because I love you really much (1934)
    Heintje Davids - Omdat ik zoveel van je hou
Bert van Dongen - Next to that windmill (1935)
    Bert van Dongen - Daar bij die molen
Willy Derby - Two lovely blue eyes (1935)
    Willy Derby - Twee ogen zo blauw
Willy Derby - White roses (1935)
    Willy Derby - Witte rozen
Bob Scholte - Sprinkle a litte sun (1936)
    Bob Scholte - Breng eens een zonnetje
Lou Bandy - Plunge in sunshine (1936)
    Lou Bandy - Zoek de zon op
Lou Bandy - Enjoy life at all times (1937)
    Lou Bandy - Schep vreugde in 't leven
  Joseph Schmidt - I love you, Holland (1937)
    Joseph Schmidt - Ik hou van Holland
Frans van Schaik - Our ship-boy (1940)
    Frans van Schaik - Ketelbinkie
Willy Derby - On the Grebbeberg (1940)
    Willy Derby - Op de Grebbeberg
Nelly Verschuur - Deep in my heart (1943)
    Nelly Verschuur - Diep in mijn hart
Willy Walden - When on the Leidseplein (1943)
    Willy Walden - Als op het Leidseplein
Albert de Booy - Trees and her Canadian (1945)
    Albert de Booy - Trees heeft een Canadees
Kees Pruis - Mariandel (1949)
    Kees Pruis - Mariandel
Max van Praag - When the bell of Arnemuiden (1949)
    Max van Praag - Als de klok van Arnemuiden


  picture forget-me-nots symbol of dutch pop songs chansons Dutch songs from the fifties

Cocktail Trio - Honky-tonk
    Cocktail Trio - Honky tonk
Corry Brokken - Like those days
    Corry Brokken - Net als toen
De Chico's - When the campfire burns at night
    De Chico's - 's Avonds als het kampvuur brandt
De Selvera's - The stage coach
    De Selvera's - De postkoets
Donald Jones - But most of all I would like
    Donald Jones - Ik zou je het liefste
Dorus - Two clothes moths
    Dorus - Twee motten
Eddy Christiani - Your name I've forgotten completely
    Eddy Christiani - Hoe je heette, dat ben ik vergeten
Frits Rademacher - Church bells are chiming
    Frits Rademacher - Loeënde klokke
Herman Emmink - Tulips from Amsterdam
    Herman Emmink - Tulpen uit Amsterdam
Johnny Jordaan - My choice is Amsterdam
    Johnny Jordaan - Geef mij maar Amsterdam
Johnny Jordaan - In our own Jordaan
    Johnny Jordaan - Bij ons in de Jordaan
  Jules de Corte - I would like to know the reason
    Jules de Corte - Ik zou wel eens willen weten
Peter Koelewijn - Get off that roof top
    Peter Koelewijn - Kom van dat dak af
Rijk de Gooyer - From the top of the Dom tower
    Rijk de Gooyer - Als ik bovenop de Dom kom
Sylvain Poons - Ballad of the Southern Sea
    Sylvain Poons - Zuiderzeeballade
Teddy Scholten - A little
    Teddy Scholten - Een beetje
Toon Hermans - Like a balloon
    Toon Hermans - Als een ballonnetje
Toon Hermans - Méditerranée
    Toon Hermans - Méditerranée
Willy Alberti - At the foot of the Western Tower
    Willy Alberti - Aan de voet van die oude Wester
Wim Sonneveld - Marjolijne
    Wim Sonneveld - Marjolijne


  picture forget-me-nots symbol of dutch pop songs chansons Dutch songs from the sixties

Boudewijn de Groot - Testament
    Boudewijn de Groot - Testament
Boudewijn de Groot - Drowned butterfly
    Boudewijn de Groot - Verdronken vlinder
Boudewijn de Groot - Eva
    Boudewijn de Groot - Eva
Boudewijn de Groot - Prikkebeen
    Boudewijn de Groot - Prikkebeen
Conny Stuart - What's the weather today in The Hague
    Conny Stuart - Wat voor weer zou het zijn in Den Haag
Hetty Blok - My granddad
    Hetty Blok - M'n opa
Herman van Veen - Circles
    Herman van Veen -Cirkels
Herman van Veen - Long lasting love
    Herman van Veen - Liefde van later
Jacques Brel - My flat low land
    Jacques Brel - Mijn vlakke land
Johnny Hoes - Oh no, I should have stayed home
    Johnny Hoes - Och, was ik maar
Leen Jongewaard - In a carriage
    Leen Jongewaard - In een rijtuigje
  Leen Jongewaard - At a lovely Whitsunday
    Leen Jongewaard - Op een mooie Pinksterdag
Lenny Kuhr - The troubadour
    Lenny Kuhr - De troubadour
Liesbeth List - Don't abandon me
    Liesbeth List - Laat me niet alleen
Ramses Shaffy - Sammy
    Ramses Shaffy - Sammy
Rudi Carrell - It's such a luck
    Rudi Carrell - Wat een geluk
Toon Hermans - Twenty-seven roses
    Toon Hermans - Vierentwintig rozen
Willeke Alberti - Mirror image
    Willeke Alberti - Spiegelbeeld
Willy Alberti - To see a smiling child
    Willy Alberti - De glimlach van een kind
Wim Sonneveld - To the canals of Amsterdam
    Wim Sonneveld - Aan de Amsterdamse grachten
Wim Sonneveld - The village
    Wim Sonneveld - Het dorp


  picture forget-me-nots symbol of dutch pop songs chansons Dutch songs from the seventies

André Hazes - The kite
    André Hazes - De vlieger
Conny Vandenbos - A rose, my dear Rosy
    Conny Vandenbos - Een roosje, m'n Roosje
Corry and the Rekels - It's too late for you to cry
    Corry en de Rekels - Huilen is voor jou te laat
Corry Konings - I get a special and unusual feeling
    Corry Konings - Ik krijg een heel apart gevoel
Drs. P - Death ride (The troika)
    Drs. P - Dodenrit (De trojka)
Frans Halsema - Kees
    Frans Halsema - Kees
Frans Halsema - For her
    Frans Halsema - Voor haar
Gerard Cox - Summertime once again is ending
    Gerard Cox - 't Is weer voorbij die mooie zomer
Henk Wijngaard - With my truck blazing flames
    Henk Wijngaard - Met de vlam in de pijp
Jan Boezeroen - Vondel was good
    Jan Boezeroen - Vondel was goed
Nico Haak - Foxy Foxtrot
    Nico Haak - Foxie Foxtrot
Normaal - Crazy fast
    Normaal - Oerend hard
Oh Sixteen Oh Seven - In Brabant life is good
    Oh Sixteen Oh Seven - Het leven is goed
  Ramses Shaffy - Let me
    Ramses Shaffy - Laat me
Ramses Shaffy - Sing, fight, cry, pray
    Ramses Shaffy - Zing, vecht, huil, bid
Rita Hovink - Leave me alone
    Rita Hovink - Laat me alleen
Rob de Nijs - Jan Klaassen the trumpeter
    Rob de Nijs - Jan Klaassen de trompetter
Ronnie Tober - Splash and paddle
    Ronnie Tober - Pootjebaaien
Saskia & Serge - It are little things that matter most
    Saskia & Serge - 't Zijn de kleine dingen die het doen
Teach-In - Dinge dong
    Teach-In - Dinge dong
Theo Diepenbrock - Oh darling
    Theo Diepenbrock - Oh darling
Vader Abraham - The little cafe at the harbour
    Vader Abraham - Het kleine café aan de haven
Willeke Alberti - Every time
    Willeke Alberti - Telkens weer


  picture forget-me-nots symbol of dutch pop songs chansons Dutch songs from the eighties

André Hazes - A little in love
    André Hazes - Een beetje verliefd
André Hazes - Give me your fears
    André Hazes - Geef mij je angst
BB Band - Silent Willie
    BB Band - Stille Willie
Benny Neyman - Why do I still whisper your name
    Benny Neyman - Waarom fluister ik je naam nog
Bloem - I will quickly ask my mother
    Bloem - Even aan m'n moeder vragen
Bonnie St. Claire - Bonnie, come play outside
    Bonnie St. Claire - Bonnie, kom je buiten spelen
Danny de Munk - I'm feeling so goddamn alone
    Danny de Munk - Ik voel me zo verdomd alleen
Doe Maar - 32 Years old
    Doe Maar - 32 Jaar
Doe Maar - The bomb
    Doe Maar - De bom
Drukwerk - Hey Amsterdam
    Drukwerk - Hé Amsterdam
Ede Staal - The Hogeland
    Ede Staal - 't Hogelaand
Ede Staal - The times have often been so dark
    Ede Staal - 't Het nog nooit zo donker west
Frank Boeijen - Tell me please it is not true
    Frank Boeijen - Zeg me dat het niet zo is
  Hans de Booij - Annabel
    Hans de Booij - Annabel
Harry Klorkestein - Oh, oh, The Hague
    Harry Klorkestein - O, o, Den Haag
Herman van Veen - Anne
    Herman van Veen - Anne
Herman van Veen - Radio 3
    Herman van Veen - Hilversum III
Het Goede Doel - Belgium
    Het Goede Doel - België
Het Klein Orkest - Over the wall
    Het Klein Orkest - Over de muur
Normaal - Achterhook boogie
    Normaal - Achterhoek boogie
Robert Long - This morning she still flew
    Robert Long - Vanmorgen vloog ze nog
Rene Froger - Everything can make a person happy
    Rene Froger - Alles kan een mens
Willeke Alberti - Being close
    Willeke Alberti - Samen zijn
Willy en Willeke Alberti - No one wants to leave his child alone
    Willy en Willeke Alberti - Niemand laat zijn eigen kind alleen


  picture forget-me-nots symbol of dutch pop songs chansons Dutch songs from the nineties

Acda & De Munnik - Not or never been
    Acda & De Munnik - Niet of nooit geweest
André Hazes - My small boy
    André Hazes - Kleine jongen
Boudewijn de Groot - Evening
    Boudewijn de Groot - Avond
Brigitte Kaandorp - Living without fear
    Brigitte Kaandorp - Leven zonder angst
Clouseau - She walks by
    Clouseau - Daar gaat ze
De Kast - A brand new day
    De Kast - In nije dei
Fluitsma and Van Tijn - 15 Million people
    Fluitsma en Van Tijn - 15 Miljoen mensen
Gordon - I wish I still could be with you
    Gordon - Kon ik maar even bij je zijn
Guus Meeuwis - It is a night
    Guus Meeuwis - Het is een nacht
Hero - When I saw you
    Hero - Toen ik je zag
Henk Westbroek - Even your name is beautiful
    Henk Westbroek - Zelfs je naam is mooi
Karin Bloemen - No longer a child
    Karin Bloemen - Geen kind meer
  Liesbeth List - Be in love with life
    Liesbeth List - Heb het leven lief
Marco Borsato - Dreams are deceptive
    Marco Borsato - Dromen zijn bedrog
Marco Borsato, Trijntje Oosterhuis - World without you
    Marco Borsato, Trijntje Oosterhuis - Wereld zonder jou
NUHR - Dreams
    NUHR - Dromen
Paul de Leeuw - I love you so
    Paul de Leeuw - 'k Heb je lief
Paul de Leeuw, Ruth Jacott - Stay with me
    Paul de Leeuw, Ruth Jacott - Blijf bij mij
Paul de Leeuw, Simone Kleinsma - Without you
    Paul de Leeuw, Simone Kleinsma - Zonder jou
Stef Bos - Daddy
    Stef Bos - Papa
Toon Hermans - Springtime me
    Toon Hermans - Lente me
Volumia - Hold me tight
    Volumia - Hou me vast


  picture forget-me-nots symbol of dutch pop songs chansons Dutch songs from the years 2000

Bløf - Dancing at the seaside
    Bløf - Dansen aan zee
Bløf - Everything is love
    Bløf - Alles is liefde
Claudia de Breij - Can I stay with you
    Claudia de Breij - Mag ik dan bij jou
Daniël Lohues - But as long as love will conquer
    Daniël Lohues - As de liefde mar blef winnen
Frans Bauer - Spend a moment with me
    Frans Bauer - Heb je even voor mij
Hermes House Band - Rotterdam
    Hermes House Band - Rotterdam
Jan Smit - Lifelong friends for ever
    Jan Smit - Vrienden voor het leven
  Jan Smit, Damaru - Garden in my heart
    Jan Smit, Damaru - Tuintje in mijn hart
Marco Borsato - She
    Marco Borsato - Zij
Nick and Simon - Just take my hand
    Nick en Simon - Pak maar m'n hand
Toon Hermans - If there was no love in life
    Toon Hermans - Als de liefde niet bestond
Twarres - Where are you
    Twarres - Wêr bisto
Veldhuis & Kemper - I wish I could be you
    Veldhuis & Kemper - Ik wou dat ik jou was


  picture forget-me-nots symbol of dutch pop songs chansons Dutch songs from the years 2010 onward

Ali B - I only cry near you
    Ali B - Ik huil alleen bij jou
André Hazes jr. - Hey, old man
    André Hazes jr. - Hé, ouwe
Angela Groothuizen - Nothing stays
    Angela Groothuizen - Niets blijft
Daniël Lohues - In the countryside
    Daniël Lohues - Op 't platteland
Kenny B - Paris
    Kenny B - Parijs
  Lange Frans - Sing for me
    Lange Frans - Zing voor me
Maaike Ouboter - That I miss you
    Maaike Ouboter - Dat ik je mis
Metropole Orkest - Worldwide orchestra
    Metropole Orkest - Wereldwijd orkest
Racoon - Endless sea
    Racoon - Oceaan


  picture forget-me-nots symbol of dutch pop songs chansons Songs for special occasions

Songs about the Dutch Royal Family

Brigitte Kaandorp - Dear Queen Beatrix (2013)
    Brigitte Kaandorp - Lieve koningin
Allard en Huib - You are a king  (Willem-Alexander, 2013)
    Allard en Huib - Je bent een koning
3JS - So beautiful  (Máxima, 2013)
    3JS - Zo mooi als jij
Paul van Vliet - My heart will be orange for good (2013)
    Paul van Vliet - Oranje, de kleur van mijn hart


Songs about the Dutch national football team

Jan de Cler - Go, Holland, go (1950)
    Jan de Cler - Hup, Holland, hup
André van Duin - Netherland has got the ball (1980)
    André van Duin - Nederland die heeft de bal
André Hazes - We love our Orange football team (1988)
    André Hazes - Wij houden van Oranje
  Dutch carnival songs

Toon Hermans - Mien where is my nose (1968)
    Toon Hermans - Mien waar is m'n neus
Wim Kersten - A curtain with a flower print (1980)
    Wim Kersten - Bloemetjesgordijn
André van Duin - A horse in the hall (1981)
    André van Duin - Er staat een paard in de gang


Children for Children

KvK - I dreamt so insanely tonight (1980)
    KvK - Ik heb zo waanzinnig gedroomd
KvK - On an uninhabited island (1981)
    KvK - Op een onbewoond eiland
KvK - To the secondary school (1981)
    KvK - Bijna brugklas
KvK - Photo album (1981)
    KvK - Foto-album
KvK - Girl group (1983)
    KvK - Meidengroep
KvK - The river Lek (1986)
    KvK - De Lek


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About Dutch pop songs, ballads and chansons
(Dutch songs since 1900)


The (Dutch) singing and music tradition changed enormously from the 20th century onward. Since the emergence of the gramophone and LP records, radio's, cassette tapes, cd's, music television channels, videoclips, car head units, walkmans/discmans/iPods and other developments, the singing culture changed from an oral tradition -people singing themselves- to a primarily listening tradition -people listen to performing artists-.

The first well-known performers of Dutch songs, in the 1910's-1930's, were artists like Louis Davids, Willy Derby and Lou Bandy. Most of them started as street singer or as revue artist in the theatre. Besides the theatre they became well-known from the radio and/or records.

From these street songs and theatre songs traditions, developed three genres in the area of the Dutch songs:
(1) The theatre song or 'cabaret song' ('cabaretlied'). This Dutch 'cabaret' is very popular in the Netherlands since the 1950's. It's usually a one man show, and the cabaretier tells a story or series of anecdotes (personal or critical about politics/society or just hilarious) with jokes and songs. This kind of Dutch theatre ('cabaret') evolved out of French cafes, where poets, singers, philosophers and other artists, presented their work. The songs that are sung during a cabaret show, are very similar to the songs that were sung during revue shows (1910's-1940's) - the songs can be funny, cheerful, sentimental, contemplative or even moralistic.

(2) The chanson or 'listening song' ('luisterlied'). These songs are similar to the French singing tradition: the content is poetic-narrative, the music melodious. The singers don't sing pop songs and don't perform at pop festivals. Used musical instruments are often a piano, an acoustic guitar or classical instruments, like a violin.
These first two types of Dutch songs (cabaret songs and chansons) are called 'small art' ('kleinkunst'). This term refers to the small, intimite setting of a stage in a theatre. Especially ment are quality songs from the theatre or on records.

(3) The third genre is the 'life song' ('levenslied'): these are songs about the common people and the problems, misery and hardship of daily life. The singers of these 'life songs' are called 'singers for the common people' ('volkszangers'). The songs are usually sung lamenting with whines and whimpers, and with an Amsterdam accent. Used instruments are often accordions. This kind of song originates from -mainly Amsterdam- cafes. When the 'life song' is about terrible misery, especially when a loved one passed away, it's then called a 'smartlap' (a tear-jerker, a sob song).

In the fifties and sixties pop music became very popular, first of all of English speaking artists. In their footsteps also Dutch pop and rock was made (for example by Peter Koelewijn), but most Dutch artists sang in English (The Cats, Shocking Blue, Golden Earring and many others). It's not until the 1980's that (4) Dutch singing pop groups became very popular ('Netherpop'/'Nederpop'), including Doe Maar, Het Goede Doel, Drukwerk, Frank Boeijen, Klein Orkest and others. Most common in Dutch pop are disco (four counts with a beat on every count, meant for dancing) and ballads, other sub-genres are less common, like rock, country, reggea and rap.

But still most artists in the Netherlands sing exclusively or mainly in English, like: Anita Meyer, Lee Towers, The Blue Diamonds, Dolly Dots, Luv', Maywood, Pussycat, The Cats, BZN, Earth & Fire, Shocking Blue, Golden Earring, Gruppo Sportivo, Kayak, Herman Brood, George Baker, Mathilde Santing, Do, Dana Winner, Petra Berger, 2 Unlimited, Jacqueline Govaert (Krezip), Roel van Velzen, Ilse de Lange, Waylon, Anouk, Leona Philippo, Shirma Rouse, Glennis Grace, O'g3ne, Mr. Probz, Caro Emerald and many more. So, although they're famous and successful pop stars, they are not included on this website.

This website gives a general picture of the Dutch song since 1900. The more than 150 selected songs (revue songs, cabaret songs, chansons, 'life songs', tear-jerkers, pop songs and ballads) are especially songs that were:
hits that reached the Top 40 or the Top 2000   songs that became evergreens, people will still be able to sing along   the most well-known song of famous singers/cabaret artists that never had a big Top 40 hit   songs from smaller sub-genres like rock, country, rap, shanty songs, etc.   famous songs about the Netherlands, Dutch cities/provinces or other typical Dutch subjects   and songs in Dutch regional languages (dialects) that are well-known in at least the province concerned.

Of course, this website will never be complete. The included singers always have other songs that are also well-known - or beautiful. Many more Dutch-singing artists haven't (yet) got a place on this website, although they also might have songs worth listening. The expression is: to choose is to lose - and to keep the website limited, accessible and easy-viewed, asked sometimes for hard, or even painful decisions. Nevertheless I hope this website with over 150 translated pop songs, ballads and chansons, will give a good and clear overview of the most famous Dutch songs and Dutch singers since 1900.


By Rozemarijn van Leeuwen


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What is..?
terminology of Dutch song research


Revue song / theatre song

The revue was a kind of theatre that was popular in the Netherlands in the 1901's-1940's. It consisted of big dance shows, songs, funny skits or even magicians and acrobats.

Famous singers: Louis Davids, Heintje Davids, Willy Derby, Lou Bandy, Fien de la Mar, Sylvain Poons and Snip & Snap. List of Dutch revue songs.

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Cabaret song / theatre song

Dutch 'cabaret' is a kind of theatre in which someone, often in a one man show, tells a story or series of anecdotes (personal or critical about politics/society or just hilarious) with jokes and songs.

This evolved out of French cafes, where poets, singers, philosophers and other artists, presented their work. It became very popular in the Netherlands since the 1950's and still is.

Cabaret songs are very similar to the songs that were sung during revue shows - the songs can be funny, cheerful, sentimental, contemplative or even moralistic.

Famous singers: Toon Hermans, Wim Sonneveld, Frans Halsema, Brigitte Kaandorp, Claudia de Breij, Youp van 't Hek, Herman Finkers and Karin Bloemen. List of Dutch cabaret songs.

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Small art ('kleinkunst')

The word 'small art'/'kleinkunst' refers to the small, intimite setting of a stage in a theatre. This includes especially theatre shows and songs of high quality, like a cabaret show or a chanson.

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Dutch chanson ('luisterlied'/'listening song')

In French, a 'chanson' simply means 'song'. In Dutch it means a song that's similar to the French singing tradition: the content is poetic-narrative, the music melodious (supporting the singing, so not too loud).

It's sung (since the 1960's) in theatres and released on albums, by artists who don't sing pop songs or perform at pop podiums or pop festivals. Used musical instruments are often a piano, an acoustic guitar or classical instruments, like a violin, contrabass, flute or harp.

Famous singers: Boudewijn de Groot, Herman van Veen, Liesbeth List, Ramses Shaffy, Willeke Alberti, Paul de Leeuw and Lenny Kuhr. List of Dutch chansons.

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Song in regional language (dialect)

The current Standard Dutch (a West Germanic language) derived from Low Franconian, Friso-Franconian and Low Saxon languages.

Nowadays six groups of dialects are distinguished in the Low Countries (the Netherlands and Belgium): Hollands; Zeeuws/West-Vlaams; Nedersaksisch (Gronings, Twents, Achterhoeks); Utrechts; Brabants/Limburgs/Oost-Vlaams; and Limburgs.

Each group is subdivided in regional dialects and city dialects. Regional languages usually don't correspond exactely with the borders of the 12 provinces.

Since the 1970's there is a big growth of songs in dialect, both chansons and pop/rock music. The band Normaal (Achterhooks) is considered the beginning of the dialect pop and the farmer's rock. Ede Staal was a pioneer in singing chansons in dialect. The province of Limburg has a strong, old tradition of carnival songs in dialect.

Usually the dialect singers are well-known within their province or region and not necessarily nationwide. Only a few bands/singers became nationally famous, like Normaal, De Kast, Twarres and Daniël Lohues. They all scored hits in the Top 40 - although the greater part of the Dutchmen couldn't (easily) understand their lyrics.

Famous singers: Normaal, Ede Staal, Frits Rademacher, Piet Brakman, Skik, De Kast, Twarres, Bobbejaan Schoepen, Herman Finkers, Mannenkoor Karrespoor, Herman Berkien, Beppie Kraft, Rowwen Hèze and Daniël Lohues. All translated songs in dialect.

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Kinderen voor Kinderen

'Children for Children' (1980) is a Dutch national children's choir. Every year, since 1980, they release an album with new children's songs for the age of 8 till 13.

The songs are written by well-known songwriters, lyricists and composers, who normally write chansons, cabaret songs or even pop songs/ballads. The choir won over 15 Diamond/Platinum/Golden Albums, had seven Top 40 hits, and one song was even voted into the Top 2000.

Some well-known contributors: Harry Bannink, Herman Pieter de Boer, Jan Boerstoel, Claudia de Breij, Rob Chrispijn, Hans Dorrestijn, Tonny Eyk, Jack Gadellaa, Toon Hermans, Harry Jekkers, Lenny Kuhr, Robert Long, Joop Stokkermans, Henk Temming, Henk Westbroek, Willem Wilmink and Ivo de Wijs.

List Children for Children songs.
  'Life song' ('levenslied')

A 'life song'/'levenslied' is a song about the common people and the problems, misery and hardship of daily life. This is usually sung lamenting with whines and whimpers, with an Amsterdam accent, often accompanied by accordions.

The singers are called 'singers for the common people'/'volkszangers'. The genre originates from singers in -mainly Amsterdam- pubs, especially since the 1950's (but goes even back to the streetsingers in the 1901's-1930's).

Famous singers: Willy Alberti, Johnny Jordaan, Corry en de Rekels, Zangeres Zonder Naam, Tante Leen, Manke Nelis and André Hazes. List of Dutch 'life songs'.

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'Smartlap' (tear-jerker)

A 'smartlap' (a kind of tear-jerker or a sob song) is a special kind of 'life song'. The word derived from 'smachtlap' (being sentimental, melodramatic, longing, hankering). It's especially used for a 'life song' in which a loved one dies or has died; or in which other terrible misery happens, like illness, poverty or unbearable heartache.

Famous songs: 'White roses' (Willy Derby) and 'The kite' (André Hazes).

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Dutch pop song

Pop music is popular music on the radio, on cd's and on festivals, usually uptempo, specially aiming at teenagers and young adults. The band usually consists of electric guitar, bass guitar, synthesizer and drums.

Very common in Dutch pop is disco (four counts with a beat on every count, ment for dancing). Less common in Dutch are sub-genres like rock, country, hillbilly, honky-tonk, boogiewoogie, punk, reggea and rap.

Famous singers: Marco Borsato, Guus Meeuwis, Henk Westbroek, Stef Bos, Peter Koelewijn, De Dijk, Volumia, Bløf and Jan Smit. List of Dutch pop songs.

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Dutch Netherpop/Nederpop (1980's)

'Netherpop'/'Nederpop' refers to the sudden growth of Dutch language pop music in the Netherlands in the eighties. In the 1960's/1970's, Dutch pop singers always sang in English (still most Dutch pop artists use exclusively or mostly English).

Famous singers: Doe Maar, Frank Boeijen, Drukwerk, Klein Orkest, Hans de Booij, Bloem and Het Goede Doel. List of Dutch 'Nederpop' songs.

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Ballad

A ballad is a pop song with a low tempo and a melodious melody. The song is often about love. It's sung by pop artists who perform at pop podiums or pop festivals.

List of Dutch ballads.

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The Dutch Top 2000

The Top 2000 is an annual Dutch marathon radio programme, playing the 2000 most popular pop songs: all time, all languages. The broadcast runs from the day after Christmas, until New Year's Eve (24/7) on Radio 2. The first edition was in 1999. The Dutch public can vote in December - up to 3,5 million people vote.

Most of the chosen songs are in English. Almost every year in the top of the list are: Queen ('Bohemian Rhapsody', 14 times number 1); The Eagles ('Hotel California', 2 times number 1), Deep Purple ('Child in Time', 3 times number 2) and John Lennon ('Imagine', 1 time number 1). Also the Dutch song 'Avond', Boudewijn de Groot, was 1 time the number 1 (in 2005; and 14 times in top 10).

High scoring Dutch songs are (the highest position ever is mentioned):  (1) Boudewijn de Groot, 'Avond';  (4) Claudio de Breij, 'Mag ik dan bij jou';  (6) Ramses Shaffy, Liesbeth List, 'Pastorale';  (7) Ramses Shaffy, 'Zing, vecht';  (10) Ramses Shaffy, 'Laat me';  (21) Racoon, 'Oceaan';  (22) Guus Meeuwis, 'Brabant';  (28) Stef Bos, 'Papa;  (29) Wim Sonneveld, 'Het dorp';  (30) André Hazes, 'Zij gelooft in mij';  (31) Boudewijn de Groot, 'Testament';  (32) Klein Orkest, 'Over de muur';  (36) Frans Halsema, 'Voor haar';  (36) Acda en De Munnik, 'Niet of nooit geweest';  (47) Boudewijn de Groot, 'Verdronken vlinder'. This list is not complete.

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  From  Testament
             (Testament of my youth)


  up to  Tulpen uit Amsterdam
             (Tulips from Amsterdam)



  From  Ik geef je een roosje, m'n Roosje
             (I give you a rose, my dear Rosy )


  up to  Aan de Amsterdamse grachten
             (Along the canals of Amsterdam)



  From  Als de klok van Arnemuiden
             (When the church bell of Arnemuiden)


  up to  Alles kan een mens gelukkig maken
             (Everything can make a person happy)



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For the survivors  (1966)
by Boudewijn de Groot and Lennaert Nijgh.



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