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Hans Breukhoven and Lex Harding celebrating a printed edition of the Dutch Top 40 in 2005
Hans Breukhoven and Lex Harding celebrating a printed edition of the Dutch Top 40 in 2005

The Dutch Top 40 (Dutch: Nederlandse Top 40) is a weekly music chart compiled by Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. It started as a radio program titled "Veronica Top 40", on the offshore station Radio Veronica in 1965. It remained "The Veronica Top 40" until 1974, when the station was forced to stop broadcasting. Joost den Draaijer initiated the Top 40 in the Netherlands. The show currently airs on Fridays from 2 to 6 PM on Qmusic.

History

On January 2, 1965, the first Top 40 was compiled, with its first #1 hit "I Feel Fine" by The Beatles. In September 1974, the Stichting Nederlandse Top 40 bought the Top 40 and named it De Nederlandse Top 40. The Dutch Top 40 is one of the four official charts in the Netherlands, the other three being the B2B Single Top 100, which is based entirely on pure sales and streaming, the Mega Top 30 from (NPO 3FM) which, like the Dutch Top 40 also includes airplay data and the 538 Top 50.

From October 4th. 1974 until May 20th. 1976, the Top 40 was broadcast by TROS on the pop radio station Hilversum 3, presented by Dutch famous DJ Ferry Maat. From May 28th, 1976 until November 29th. 1985 the Top 40 was broadcast by Veronica on Hilversum 3. As of December 1st. 1985, after the rename of the station name to Radio 3, the Top 40 continued to be broadcast by Veronica on Radio 3.

In January 1993 Radio 3 decided that the broadcasting of two hit lists (the other one was the Nationale Top 100) on one radio station must come to an end and therefore as from February 7th. 1993 Radio 3 started to broadcast a new hitlist: the Mega Top 50 and wanted to terminate the broadcasting of the Top 40. Due to a lawsuit of the Stichting Nederlandse Top 40, Veronica had to continue broadcasting the Dutch Top 40 on Radio 3 until December 18th. 1993.

Meanwhile the Dutch Top 40 was also broadcast on the Dutch commercial radiostation Radio 538 since June 1993. The list continued to be broadcast on this radiostation until December 28th. 2018, when Radio 538 discontinued the broadcasting of the Dutch Top 40. As from January 4th. 2019, the Top 40 is broadcast by the Dutch commercial radiostation Qmusic.

Compilation

Composition

For most of its history, the Top 40 was based on sales figures of record stores. These were collected through telephone surveys. As of 1999, the airplay of a limited number of radio stations was included. Between 2006 and 2014, download figures were added to the mix. They were removed again because supposedly, download sales could be easily manipulated by record companies or artists.[1]

As of February 2014, the chart is a combination of airplay, streaming, and social media trends.[2] The more often a song gets played on the radio, the higher its ranking in the Top 40.

To compute year-end chart positions, the weekly #1 positions get 40 points, the #2 positions get 39 points, etc. These weekly scores are then added up and sorted by single to determine the ranking.

Tipparade

The Tipparade, a 'bubbling under' chart for the Top 40, is based on sales, streaming, airplay, and recommendations from both the general public and the music industry. [3]

Rules

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There is a set of rules, of which some have existed since 1972, that has been maintained up until 2012. Some of these have been criticized as a hindrance.

Records, milestones and achievements

This is a listing of significant achievements and milestones based upon the Dutch Top 40 charts.

Song achievements

Most weeks at number one

Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa — "One Kiss" (2018)
Harry Styles — "As It Was" (2022)
Ed Sheeran — "Shape of You" (2017)
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber — "Despacito (Remix)" (2017)
Tones and I — "Dance Monkey" (2019-20)
The Weeknd — "Blinding Lights" (2020)
Gusttavo Lima — "Balada" (2012)
Marco Borsato — "Dromen Zijn Bedrog" (1994)
Shawn Mendes featuring Camila Cabello — "Señorita" (2019)
Bruno Mars — "Just the Way You Are" (2010)
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne — "Rather Be" (2014)
André Hazes and Gerard Joling — "Blijf Bij Mij" (2007)
OMI — "Cheerleader" (Felix Jaehn remix) (2015)
Michel Teló — "Ai Se Eu Te Pego!" (2012)
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams — "Blurred Lines" (2013)
Davina Michelle — "Duurt Te Lang" (2018-19)
Avicii — "Wake Me Up" (2013)
Marco Borsato — "Rood" (2006)
Bryan Adams — "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (1991)
Owl City — "Fireflies" (2009–10)
Céline Dion — "My Heart Will Go On" (1998)
BLØF featuring Geike Arnaert — "Zoutelande" (2018)
Vangelis — "Conquest of Paradise" (1995)
4 Non Blondes — "What's Up? (1993)
Mike Posner — "I Took a Pill in Ibiza (SeeB remix) (2016)
Alexis Jordan — "Happiness" (2011)
Snelle and Maan — "Blijven Slapen" (2021)
Heintje — "Ich Bau' Dir Ein Schloss" (1968)

Source:[4]

Most total weeks in the Top 40

Pharrell Williams — "Happy" (2013–14)
Lewis Capaldi — "Someone You Loved" (2019)
Corry En De Rekels — "Huilen Is Voor Jou Te Laat" (1970–71)
The Scorpions — "Hello Josephine" (1965, 1977)
Trio Hellenique — "Zorba's Dance" (1965–66, 1974)[1]
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg — "Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus" (1969, 1974)
Avicii — "Wake Me Up" (2013–14, 2018)
Gotye featuring Kimbra — "Somebody That I Used to Know" (2011–12)
Dave Berry — "This Strange Effect" (1965–66)
Nini Rosso — "Il Silenzio" (1965–66)[2]
The Weeknd — "Blinding Lights" (2019-2020)
De Heikrekels — "Waarom Heb Jij Me Laten Staan?" (1967)
John Legend — "All of Me" (2013–14)
Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring — "Lean On" (2015)
Five Seconds of Summer — "Youngblood" (2018-19)
Gers Pardoel — "Ik Neem Je Mee" (2011–12)
Henk Westbroek — "Zelfs Je Naam Is Mooi" (1998–99)
Joel Corry featuring MNEK — "Head & Heart" (2020)
Danny Vera — "Rollercoaster" (2019-20)
Nielson — "Beauty En De Brains" (2012–13)
Lorde — "Royals" (2013–2014)
Sam Smith — "Stay with Me" (2014–15)
Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug — "Havana (Camila Cabello song)" (2017-18)

Source:[5]

Notes

Number-one debuts

Artist achievements

Most Top 40 entries

Source:[6]

Most number-one singles

Number of singles Artist
16 The Beatles
15 Marco Borsato
8 ABBA
7 Justin Bieber
6 (tie) Michael Jackson
6 (tie) George Michael
6 (tie) Jan Smit
6 (tie) Queen

Source:[7]

Most weeks at number one
(Total)
Artist Record
United Kingdom The Beatles 74 weeks
Netherlands Marco Borsato 72 weeks
Canada Justin Bieber 47 weeks
United Kingdom Ed Sheeran 34 weeks
United Kingdom Adele 27 weeks
United Kingdom George Michael 26 weeks
Netherlands Jan Smit 25 weeks
United Kingdom Elton John 25 weeks
Sweden ABBA 24 weeks
United Kingdom Calvin Harris 22 weeks

Source:[8]

Most weeks at number one
(in 1 year)
Artist Year Record
United Kingdom The Beatles 1965 30 weeks
Netherlands Marco Borsato 2006 22 weeks
United Kingdom Ed Sheeran 2017 20 weeks
United Kingdom The Beatles 1966 19 weeks
United Kingdom Calvin Harris 2018 16 weeks
United Kingdom Dua Lipa 2018 16 weeks
United Kingdom Harry Styles 2022 16 weeks
Canada Justin Bieber 2016 15 weeks
2017
Sweden Avicii 2013 15 weeks
United States Pharrell Williams 2013 15 weeks
Jamaica Shaggy 2001 14 weeks
Netherlands André Hazes 2007 14 weeks
United States Bruno Mars 2010 14 weeks
Canada The Weeknd 2020 14 weeks
Netherlands Heintje 1968 13 weeks
Australia Olivia Newton-John 1978 13 weeks
Colombia Shakira 2002 13 weeks
Netherlands Marco Borsato 2004 13 weeks
Brazil Gusttavo Lima 2012 13 weeks
Australia Tones and I 2019 13 weeks
Most successful top 40 artists
Artist Weeks Points
France David Guetta 745 16389
Barbados Rihanna 590 14741
United States Madonna 540 13428
Netherlands Marco Borsato 494 12996
Canada Justin Bieber 472 12584
United Kingdom Rolling Stones 462 12070
United Kingdom Ed Sheeran 420 10398
United States Michael Jackson 433 10326
United Kingdom The Beatles 328 9728
United States Pink 444 9312

Source:[9]

References

  1. ^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. "Geschiedenis Nederlandse Top 40". Top40.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  2. ^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. "Samenstelling Top 40". Top40.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-02-21.
  3. ^ Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. "Geschiedenis Nederlandse Top 40". Top40.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  4. ^ "Langst op nummer 1". www.top40.nl. Dutch Top 40. Retrieved September 5, 2012.
  5. ^ "Langst in de Top 40". www.top40.nl. Dutch Top 40. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
  6. ^ Top 40, Stichting Nederlandse. "Artiest met de meeste Top 40-hits". Top40.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-12-17.
  7. ^ "Artiest met meeste nummer 1-hits". Dutch Top 40 (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Artiest langst op nummer 1". Dutch Top 40 (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  9. ^ "Best scorende artiest". Dutch Top 40 (in Dutch). Retrieved 17 December 2021.