Every single year, the Dutch gather for their Top 2000 – a tradition that’s been going on for twenty years now. By now the Dutch all know Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” will claim the #1 spot… but several Eurovision stars have also managed to make the list! Check out who they are below…
What is the Top 2000?
The annual Top 2000 may require some explanation. In 1999, Dutch radio station NPO Radio 2 kicked off their idea. Dutch people would get the chance to vote for their all-time favourite songs to compose an all-time top 2000 of the nation’s favourite songs ever.
Voting is always possible in the first week of December, with over a million votes determining who makes the cut and who doesn’t. Traditionally, the battle for the top spot is between two songs. The aforementioned “Bohemian Rhapsody” usually tops the list, but “Hotel California” by the Eagles isn’t far behind. The only other songs to ever claim first place are “Imagine” by John Lennon in 2015 and “Avond” by Boudewijn de Groot in 2005.
By being able to pick 35 songs to vote for, the list usually gives a good idea of what the Dutch see as their all-time favourites. The highest newcomer this year is 2019 hit single “Roller Coaster” by Danny Vera.
ABBA leading the Eurovision pack
When we look at songs by Eurovision related artists, we see a total of 58 songs that have made the list. Leading the pack with 22 (!) of those is ABBA. The legendary Swedish group is still immensely popular in the Netherlands. Their highest ranked entry is “Dancing Queen” at #68. “Waterloo”, their winner at Eurovision, doesn’t do badly either at #438.
Only two other winners make the cut this year. Loreen’s “Euphoria” is still there, but only just at #1974. There wasn’t a lot of room between her and an exit out of the Top 2000. Perhaps understandably, the other winner on the list is “Arcade”. The first Eurovision winner for the Netherlands since 1975 enters at #160. With that, Duncan Laurence has the title of highest ranked Eurovision song in the list.
Aside from Duncan Laurence, only one other act from the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 has managed to make the list. Finnish DJ Darude surprisingly entered the Top 2000 last year at #1513 with his monster hit “Sandstorm”. The song never featured before, but saw a sudden rise in popularity. He loses some spots this year, but is hanging in there at #1654.
With fourteen songs, Anouk is the best scoring Dutch Eurovision act. “Nobody’s Wife” makes it to #125 on the list. Anouk’s Eurovision song “Birds” is also still there on #507. Following Anouk as most successful Dutch act is Ilse DeLange with seven songs on the list, including The Common Linnets’ 2014 song “Calm After The Storm” on #612.
Interestingly, #1467 is for the song “Gute Nacht, Freunde”. The song participated in Germany’s national final for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972. Back then, Inga & Wolf performed and finished in third. However, after their failed adventure, the song’s composer, Reinhard Mey, released it. The song became a hit in the Netherlands, especially as the tune for radio show Met Het Oog Op Morgen, a show which has been airing since 1976.
Below you can see a list of all Eurovision related entries on the list. Check it out!
|Artist||Song title||Artist||Song title|
|ABBA||Dancing Queen (#68)||Marco Borsato ft. Trijntje Oosterhuis||Wereld Zonder Jou (#1026)|
|Anouk||Nobody’s Wife (#125)||Anouk||For Bitter Or Worse (#1031)|
|Duncan Laurence||Arcade (#160)||ABBA||Super Trouper (#1049)|
|ABBA||The Winner Takes It All (#182)||Ilse DeLange||I’m Not So Tough (#1076)|
|ABBA||The Day Before You Came (#317)||Céline Dion||My Heart Will Go On (#1081)|
|ABBA||Eagle (#325)||Ilse DeLange||So Incredible (#1091)|
|Anouk||Lost (#343)||Anouk||Three Days In A Row (#1240)|
|ABBA||Mamma Mia (#411)||Anouk||R U Kiddin’ Me (#1266)|
|ABBA||Thank You For The Music (#416)||3JS||Watermensen (#1311)|
|ABBA||Gimme Gimme Gimme (#427)||Anouk||Jerusalem (#1317)|
|ABBA||Waterloo (#438)||Anouk ft. Douwe Bob||Hold Me (#1336)|
|ABBA||Lay All Your Love On Me (#466)||Ilse DeLange||World Of Hurt (#1339)|
|Bonnie Tyler||Total Eclipse Of The Heart (#481)||ABBA||S.O.S. (#1384)|
|Anouk||Birds (#507)||ABBA||The Name Of The Game (#1439)|
|Anouk||Michel (#513)||Reinhard Mey||Gute Nacht Freunde (#1467)|
|ABBA||Chiquitita (#554)||Barbra Streisand ft. Céline Dion||Tell Him (#1519)|
|ABBA||Does Your Mother Know (#560)||Waylon||Outlaw In ‘Em (#1552)|
|The Common Linnets||Calm After The Storm (#612)||Douwe Bob||Jacob’s Song (#1631)|
|Ilse DeLange||I Still Cry (#675)||Darude||Sandstorm (#1654)|
|ABBA||Happy New Year (#758)||Douwe Bob ft. Jacqueline Govaert||I Do (#1661)|
|Ilse DeLange||Miracle (#796)||Anouk||Modern World (#1688)|
|ABBA||Take A Chance On Me (#805)||ABBA||Money Money Money (#1786)|
|ABBA||I Have A Dream (#861)||Cliff Richard & The Young Ones||Living Doll (#1821)|
|ABBA||One Of Us (#888)||Jan Smit||Als De Morgen Is Gekomen (#1836)|
|ABBA||Fernando (#902)||Anouk||Sacrifice (#1905)|
|ABBA||Knowing Me Knowing You (#917)||Maggie MacNeal||Terug Naar De Kust (#1945)|
|Anouk||Girl (#907)||Anouk||I Don’t Wanna Hurt (#1955)|
|Anouk||One Word (#930)||Loreen||Euphoria (#1974)|
|ABBA||Voulez-Vous (#1024)||Ilse DeLange||Lay Your Weapons Down (#1979)|
When and where?
NPO Radio 2 will air the Top 2000 for seven consecutive days. They will start on 25th December at 08:00 CET. The #1, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, will air around midnight on 31st December, just before or after the New Year has kicked off.