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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 was the initiator of the top 40 in the Netherlands.
On January 2, 1965, the first Top 40 was compiled, with its first #1 hit " I Feel Fine " by The Beatles. In 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 three official charts in the Netherlands, the other two being the Single Top 100, which is based entirely on pure sales and streaming and the Mega Top 50 (3FM) which, like the Dutch Top 40 also includes airplay data.
From 1993 until 2018, the Top 40 was broadcast by Radio 538. Currently, Qmusic is airing the Dutch Top 40 on radio. Domien Verschuuren presents the program every Friday afternoon from 14.00 until 18.00.
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.
As of February 2014, the chart is a combination of airplay, streaming and social media trends.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, listing likely candidates for the Top 40, is based on sales, streaming, airplay, and recommendations from both the general public and the music industry.
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There is a set of rules, of which some have existed since 1972, that have been maintained up until 2012. Some of these have been criticised as a hindrance.
This is a listing of significant achievements and milestones based upon the Dutch Top 40 charts.
|Number of singles||Artist|
|6 (tie)||Michael Jackson|
|6 (tie)||George Michael|
|6 (tie)||Jan Smit|
|5 (tie)||The Rolling Stones|
|5 (tie)||The Cats|
|5 (tie)||Bee Gees|
|5 (tie)||The Kinks|
|5 (tie)||Golden Earring|
|5 (tie)||David Bowie|
|5 (tie)||Justin Bieber|