It became so popular, that Radio 2 decided to continue this as an annual tradition, dubbing it the radio event of the year. Currently, about half the Dutch population listens to it, and for 2011's edition the number of votes was around 20% of the population. It creates a feeling of nostalgia that perfectly fits the last days of the year. And it seems to fill a need for people to feel some good old "gezelligheid" or coziness in this individual era.
So what are the most popular songs according to the Dutch?
Well, the songs that make up the top 5 are almost always the same, switching places each year. But out of the 13 editions so far, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen made it to number 1 a total of 11 times (!).
So this year's top 10 was:
- Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
- The Eagles - Hotel California
- Deep Purple - Child in Time
- Boudewijn de Groot - Avond (Dutch.........)
- Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
Next to these classics (there is a large imbalance with mostly songs from the 1970s in this list), the highest new entry this year is actually from 2011: coming in at number 6, Adele's "Someone like you" is the highest new entry ever.
Anyone feeling melancholic? All you need is ......... the top 2000!
Happy New Year - that yours may be your stairway to heaven, your Hotel California, or whatever you wish it to be!