Utrecht star Claudia de Breij singing pretty

The Top 2000, the Netherlands’ most popular radio event of the year, continues to be dominated by white, male artists. This year’s ‘list of lists’, which was made public a week before the broadcast, features only one woman in the top 25 but it is our very own Utechter,  Claudia de Breij who makes it to number 24 with Mag Ik Dan Bij Jou.

Claudia de Breij DWDD [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The list is made up of the favourite songs of listeners, over 10 million of them, according to Dutch national radio station NPO Radio 2

Top 2000 is an annual marathon radio programme, that plays the 2000 most popular songs of all time, from Christmas through New Year’s Hosted by Dutch national radio station NPO Radio 2, over half of the population of the Netherlands listens to the broadcast each year.

Starting in 1999, the Top 2000 was intended to be a one-off event, but due to the programme’s popularity, NPO Radio 2 chose to make it an annual programme.

This years list sees Queen with “Bohemian Rhapsody” top once again, followed by the Eagles and “Hotel California” with Billy Joel and “Piano Man”  in third place.

Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple also feature before we see or should that be hear the first Dutchie, Boudewijn de Groot singing “Avond” in tenth place.

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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