Dutch Top 40

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.[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, listing likely candidates 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 have been maintained up until 2012. Some of these have been criticised as a hindrance.

  • Since late 1971, singles had to remain at least two weeks in the charts. If a single officially no longer belongs in the top 40, these are placed on #40.
    • Example: Missy Elliott's "Lose Control": Remained two weeks on #40 in the chart, because it did not sell enough and also wasn't played enough on the radio.
    • There have been two exceptions for this, though: In October 1994, Pet Shop Boys's "Yesterday, When I Was Mad" stayed in the charts for only 1 week due to an error in the compilation, and in late September 2007, Kus's "4 meiden" just didn't sell enough to stay in the charts for 2 weeks.
  • Since 1983, singles that move up in the chart by a large number of positions are assigned superstip status. These singles were not allowed to fall down in chart position in the following week. If a superstip single had a comparatively lower sales/airplay statistics a week later, it would remain stuck on the same chart position until a second week of drop, by which time it may appear as if it dropped hard in chart positions.
    • Example: Guus Meeuwis's "Ik wil dat ons land juicht": The song entered the chart at #11 (superstip), rose up to #5 (superstip again) in its second week. The following week it was meant to drop in chart position, but remained on the #5 position. The following two weeks, it went from #5 to #39. Because of this rule, this single was the biggest fall down in the Dutch Top 40. However, this was not always the case. Sometimes singles with a superstip status did drop, for example, if there's no room.
  • Re-entry only took place when the single re-entered within the top 30, if differently, these re-entried singles were ignored. Since 2005, there were no re-entries, until Michael Jackson died in 2009. Ever since, singles only re-entered the charts posthumously, but since 2012, "normal" re-entries started to occur again.
  • Singles with double A-side are noted separately in the top 40; due the (possible) different number of airplay the two songs get.

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

  • 16 weeks
Calvin Harris featuring Dua Lipa — "One Kiss" (2018)
  • 15 weeks
Ed Sheeran — "Shape of You" (2017)
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber — "Despacito (Remix)" (2017)
  • 13 weeks
Gusttavo Lima — "Balada" (2012)
  • 12 weeks
Marco Borsato — "Dromen zijn bedrog" (1994)
  • 11 weeks
Bryan Adams — "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" (1991)
Marco Borsato — "Rood" (2006)
André Hazes and Gerard Joling — "Blijf bij mij (Dit zijn voor mij de allermooiste uren)" (2007)
Bruno Mars — "Just the Way You Are" (2010)
Michel Teló — "Ai se eu te pego!" (2012)
Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams — "Blurred Lines" (2013)
Avicii — "Wake Me Up" (2013)
Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne — "Rather Be" (2014)
OMI — "Cheerleader" (Felix Jaehn remix) (2015)
Davina Michelle — "Duurt te lang" (2018-19)
  • 10 weeks
Heintje — "Ich bau' dir ein Schloß" (1968)
4 Non Blondes — "What's Up? (1993)
Vangelis — "Conquest of Paradise" (1995)
Céline Dion — "My Heart Will Go On" (1998)
Owl City — "Fireflies" (2009–10)
Alexis Jordan — "Happiness" (2011)
Mike Posner — "I Took a Pill in Ibiza (SeeB remix) (2016)
BLØF featuring Geike Arnaert — "Zoutelande" (2018)


Most total weeks in the Top 40

  • 49 weeks
Pharrell Williams — "Happy" (2013–14)
  • 41 weeks
Corry en de Rekels — "Huilen is voor jou te laat" (1970–71)
  • 40 weeks
Trio Hellenique / Polis & Les Helleniques / Duo Akropolis / Mikis Theodorakis — "Zorba's Dance" (1965–66, 1974)[1]
The Scorpions — "Hello Josephine" (1965, 1977)
  • 39 weeks
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg — "Je t'aime... moi non plus" (1969, 1974)
  • 38 weeks
Gotye featuring Kimbra — "Somebody That I Used to Know" (2011–12)
Avicii — "Wake Me Up" (2013–14, 2019)
  • 35 weeks
Nini Rosso / Heinz Schachtner / Willy Schobben — "Il Silenzio (Abschiedsmelodie)" (1965–66)[2]
Dave Berry — "This Strange Effect" (1965–66)
  • 34 weeks
De Heikrekels — "Waarom heb jij me laten staan?" (1967)
John Legend — "All of Me" (2013–14)
Lewis Capaldi - "Someone You Loved" (2019)
  • 33 weeks
Henk Westbroek — "Zelfs je naam is mooi" (1998–99)
Gers Pardoel — "Ik neem je mee" (2011–12)
Nielson — "Beauty en de brains" (2012–13)
Lorde — "Royals" (2013–2014)
Sam Smith — "Stay with Me" (2014–2015)
Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring — "Lean On" (2015)


  • 1 ^ Four different versions of the song (which featured in the 1964 film Zorba the Greek), performed by four different artists, were listed on the Top 40 as only one song.
  • 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


Most number-one singles

Number of singles Artist
16 The Beatles
14 Marco Borsato
6 (tie) Queen
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) UB40
5 (tie) Madonna
5 (tie) Justin Bieber


Most weeks at number one
The Beatles74 weeks
Marco Borsato69 weeks
George Michael26 weeks
Elton John25 weeks
Jan Smit25 weeks
Justin Bieber25 weeks
ABBA24 weeks
Madonna22 weeks
Calvin Harris22 weeks
The Rolling Stones20 weeks
The Cats20 weeks
Guus Meeuwis20 weeks
Most weeks at number one
(in 1 year)
The Beatles196530 weeks
Marco Borsato200622 weeks
The Beatles196619 weeks
Calvin Harris201816 weeks
Dua Lipa201816 weeks
Avicii201315 weeks
Pharrell Williams201315 weeks
Justin Bieber201615 weeks
Shaggy200114 weeks
André Hazes200714 weeks
Bruno Mars201014 weeks
Heintje196813 weeks
Olivia Newton-John197813 weeks
Shakira200213 weeks
Marco Borsato200413 weeks
Gusttavo Lima201213 weeks
Most successful top 40 artists
Rolling Stones44811649
The Beatles3129220
Golden Earring3659093
Michael Jackson3368563
The Cats3358077
Bee Gees3267625
Calvin Harris3067570
Most successful artists
(combined Single top 40 and Album top 100)
The Rolling Stones111757200
Golden Earring103953833
André Hazes97249412
Michael Jackson87344240
Celine Dion77543119


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