Dutch Top 40

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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.



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.



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.


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]


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

  • 17 weeks
Harry Styles — "As It Was" (2022)
  • 16 weeks
Calvin Harris with Dua Lipa — "One Kiss" (2018)
  • 15 weeks
Ed Sheeran — "Shape of You" (2017)
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber — "Despacito (Remix)" (2017)
Tones and I — "Dance Monkey" (2019-20)
  • 14 weeks
The Weeknd — "Blinding Lights" (2020)
  • 13 weeks
Gusttavo Lima — "Balada" (2012)
  • 12 weeks
Marco Borsato — "Dromen Zijn Bedrog" (1994)
Shawn Mendes featuring Camila Cabello — "Señorita" (2019)
  • 11 weeks
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)
  • 10 weeks
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

  • 49 weeks
Pharrell Williams — "Happy" (2013–14)
  • 42 weeks
Lewis Capaldi — "Someone You Loved" (2019)
  • 41 weeks
Corry En De Rekels — "Huilen Is Voor Jou Te Laat" (1970–71)
  • 40 weeks
The Scorpions — "Hello Josephine" (1965, 1977)
Trio Hellenique — "Zorba's Dance" (1965–66, 1974) [1]
  • 39 weeks
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg — "Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus" (1969, 1974)
  • 38 weeks
Avicii — "Wake Me Up" (2013–14, 2018)
Gotye featuring Kimbra — "Somebody That I Used to Know" (2011–12)
  • 35 weeks
Dave Berry — "This Strange Effect" (1965–66)
Nini Rosso — "Il Silenzio" (1965–66) [2]
  • 34 weeks
The Weeknd — "Blinding Lights" (2019-2020)
De Heikrekels — "Waarom Heb Jij Me Laten Staan?" (1967)
John Legend — "All of Me" (2013–14)
  • 33 weeks
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]

  • 1 ^ Three different versions of the song (which was featured in the 1964 film Zorba the Greek ), performed by Trio Hellenique, Mikis Theodorakis and Duo Acropolis, were combined as one chart entry (which happened more often in the 1960s), spending 37 weeks on the chart. The Trio Hellenique version spent three more weeks on the chart in 1974, totalling 40 weeks.
  • 2 ^ Different versions of the song were performed by three different artists, and were listed on the Top 40 as only one song.

Number-one debuts

Artist achievements

Most Top 40 entries

Source: [6]

Most number-one singles

Number of singlesArtist
16 The Beatles
15 Marco Borsato
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
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Beatles 74 weeks
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco Borsato 72 weeks
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Justin Bieber 47 weeks
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ed Sheeran 34 weeks
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Adele 27 weeks
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg George Michael 26 weeks
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jan Smit 25 weeks
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Elton John 25 weeks
Flag of Sweden.svg ABBA 24 weeks
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Calvin Harris 22 weeks

Source: [8]

Most weeks at number one
(in 1 year)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Beatles 196530 weeks
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco Borsato 200622 weeks
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ed Sheeran 201720 weeks
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Beatles 196619 weeks
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harry Styles 202217 weeks
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Calvin Harris 201816 weeks
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dua Lipa 201816 weeks
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Justin Bieber 201615 weeks
Flag of Sweden.svg Avicii 201315 weeks
Flag of the United States.svg Pharrell Williams 201315 weeks
Flag of Jamaica.svg Shaggy 200114 weeks
Flag of the Netherlands.svg André Hazes 200714 weeks
Flag of the United States.svg Bruno Mars 201014 weeks
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg The Weeknd 202014 weeks
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Heintje 196813 weeks
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Olivia Newton-John 197813 weeks
Flag of Colombia.svg Shakira 200213 weeks
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco Borsato200413 weeks
Flag of Brazil.svg Gusttavo Lima 201213 weeks
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tones and I 201913 weeks
Most successful top 40 artists
Flag of France.svg David Guetta 74516389
Flag of Barbados.svg Rihanna 59014741
Flag of the United States.svg Madonna 54013428
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Marco Borsato 49412996
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Justin Bieber 47212584
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rolling Stones 46212070
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ed Sheeran 42010398
Flag of the United States.svg Michael Jackson 43310326
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Beatles 3289728
Flag of the United States.svg Pink 4449312

Source: [9]

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