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The weekly top 40 in Holland (This data originally came from //www.radio538.nl/web/show/id=44685). The web site used to list the weekly Dutch charts starting in 1965, many of the entries were truncated and have had to be expanded by other sources.

Attributes

This chart has the following attributes:

  • artist: The artist
  • name: The name of the track
  • position: The peak position that the song reached
  • date: The month when it first entered the chart
  • weeks: The total number of weeks that the song was in the chart

artist

There are a wide range of ways to assign scores to artists in order to work out which artists are most significant. By assigning a score to each song that combines its peak position with the number of weeks in the Dutch chart we can calculate the "top artists" for each decade:

Decade Number 1 Artist Number 2 Artist Number 3 Artist Number 4 Artist Number 5 Artist
1960s The Beatles The Rolling Stones Bee Gees The Kinks Cats
1970s Abba Boney M George Baker Selection Cats The Sweet
1980s Madonna Michael Jackson UB40 BZN George Michael
1990s 2 Unlimited Marco Borsato Snap Michael Jackson Mariah Carey
2000s Robbie Williams Marco Borsato Anouk Kane U2

Another approach is to assign each song a score based on one divided by the year position (so number 1 is 1.0, 2 is a half and so on). If we then total each artist's songs we get a rough idea of how significant they are.

# Artist Entries Biggest Hit Year Year Position
1 Marco Borsato 23 Dromen Zijn Bedrog 1994 1
2 The Rolling Stones 50 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 1965 2
3 The Beatles 32 Help! 1965 3
4 Julio Iglesias 10 Quiereme Mucho (Yours) 1979 1
5 Boney M 20 Ma Baker 1977 1
6 Golden Earring 45 Back Home 1970 1
7 Madonna 52 Hung Up 2005 4
8 Queen 37 Bohemian Rhapsody 1975 1
9 The Vengaboys 10 Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom 1998 1
10 Cats 37 Lea 1968 3
11 Abba 26 Dancing Queen 1976 2
12 Whitney Houston 22 I Will Always Love You 1992 1
13 The Black Eyed Peas 11 I gotta feeling 2009 1
14 Coldplay 11 Viva la Vida 2008 1
15 Elton John 23 Nikita 1985 1
16 Guus Meeuwis & Vagant 7 Het Is Een Nacht (Levensecht) 1995 1
17 Meatloaf 6 Paradise By the Dashboard Light 1978 1
18 Bruce Springsteen 19 Dancing in the Dark 1984 1
19 Billy Ocean 9 When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough get going 1986 1
20 Bryan Adams 11 (Everything I Do) I Do It For You 1991 1

name

A number of song titles have been hits for more than one artist. Here are the twenty titles that have spent the most weeks in the Dutch charts.

# Song Title Total Weeks Num Versions
1 Mama 75 8
2 Tonight 72 9
3 Heaven 63 5
4 It's My Life 60 5
5 Crazy 57 6
6 Holiday 54 5
7 Freedom 51 8
7 Help! 51 4
9 My Love 50 6
10 Why? 48 5
11 Fire 47 6
11 Hurt 47 4
11 La Danse De Zorba 47 1
11 Woman 47 7
15 Jump 46 5
16 Il Silenzio 45 1
16 Somebody To Love 45 4
16 This Strange Effect 45 1
19 Save Me 44 5
20 My Way 43 7
20 Nothing Else Matters 43 3
20 Saturday Night 43 5

position

The peak position that each song reached in the top 40.

date

The month in which a song first entered the Dutch chart.

weeks

Dutch chart weeks

The number of weeks that the average song spends in the Dutch charts has remained fairly steady for the whole duration of the charts.


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