Top 2000

Being Dutch – Part 10: Top 2000

Actually, Top 2000 Take Two… as I wrote a post about the Top 2000 last year. (So you can read that if you want to find out all the details about this awesome Dutch tradition!)

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This year’s post is to celebrate the songs I voted for! So here goes:

1. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black

Wino is my all-time favourite artist. I vote her every year (this year is my 6th year of voting!)

2. Adele – Someone Like You

Again, Adele gets a vote every year. Usually this song, but I mix it up as all of her songs are pretty amazing. This live version is MUCH better than the album version. You’re welcome!

3. Roxy Music – If There Is Something

Not If There’s Something as Top 2000 seems to think. This is “our song” and was played at the wedding. Monumental song.

4. Roger Glover And The Butterfly Ball – Love is All

If I ever get a tattoo it will be “Love Is All” on my wrist. Possibly the happiest lyrics ever! (Until that tyke Pharrell made a whole bloody song about it, anyway!)

5. Texas – Say What You Want

Back to the old school… this isn’t my first choice of Texas song (that would be Halo) but the Top 2000 list only gave 2 choices. I saw Texas live last year and my 15-year-old self was BEYOND excited!

6. New Order – Blue Monday

No sticking to genres here. I’m a music slut.

7. No Doubt – Don’t Speak

One of the best songs of the 90s. Fact.

8. The Clash – London Calling 

The Clash at their absolute best. Was gonna say one of the best songs of the 80s, but it came out in ’79. Doh!

9. The Fratellis – Chelsea Dagger

Never fails to make me smile/dance/sing along. TUNE!!!!!!!!!

10. Joy Divison – Love Will Tear Us Apart

Haunting.

11. Maroon 5 – She Will Be Loved

I have loved this song for 12 years and my passion is still going strong! Shame that the rest of their songs are a bit wank…

12. Bill Joel – Piano Man

Epic. Seriously epic.

13. Keane – Sovereign Light Cafe

I was massively slow on the uptake with this song as I only discovered it a couple of months ago – despite it being released in 2012! Not a Keane fan, except for this song.

14. 4 Non Blondes – What’s Up

I actually got stick on Facebook for this choice, but I wholeheartedly stand by it. Fucking fantastic song!

15. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

Obviously.

And now for the vrije keuzes (free choices):

16. Arctic Monkeys – I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor

I could use my whole 20 votes for this band (if it was allowed)…

17. The Vaccines – Wetsuit

See above. (Wait, do they even have 20 songs?!)

18. Jake Bugg – Green Man

If you haven’t heard this dude sing, you should do it now. This is a really early version when he performed for BBC Introducing! Bless!

19. Savages – No Face

“You have no face, you have no face, YOU HAVE NO FAAAAAACE!!” What’s not to love? I once heard a quote that if Ian Curtis & Siouxsie Sioux had a love child, it would be the lead singer of the Savages (Jehnny Beth). SPOT ON!

20. The Smiths – Panic

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is on the stemlijst (voting list) but it should be replaced with THIS.

Have you voted yet? If not, you have until 19.00 tomorrow to vote! (28th November 2014.)

Enjoy!

Hayley x

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Being Dutch – Part 1: Top 2000

As part of my integration into the culture, I try and do as many “Dutch” things as possible. In the past this has included, but is not limited to: eating raw haring (herring), dressing head to toe in orange for Koninginnedag (Queen’s day now King’s Day!), cooking mini meat products on a bakplaat (hot plate for cooking things ON the table! Weird! Also known as gourmettensee photo below), kissing strangers on the cheek 3 times, attending Dutch circle parties and enjoying a canal boat ride or twenty.

However, Top 2000 is without a doubt one of  my favourite things about the Netherlands. Each year, one of the biggest radio stations, Radio 2, opens its website for stemmen (voting) for just one week and you have to choose your top 15 all-time songs from their list… plus 5 songs of your own choice. (Voting closes this Friday, 6th December, so if you’re quick you can still vote now.)

Then on 25th December at midday they begin the Top 2000. Yes, the station literally plays 2000 songs, as chosen by the public… non-stop all the way until midnight on 31st December!!! Since it started running in 1999, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen has been number 1 twelve times, beaten only by Hotel California by the Eagles in 2010 and by Dutch legend, Boudewijn de Groot with Avond in 2005.

What better driving music is there?

What better driving music is there?

The Dutchie and I are HUGE music fans, so it’s a very exciting time for us! From the excitement of voting, to actually hearing the first song on Christmas Day to find out which songs only *just* made the cut! There’s always a huge pull-out sheet in the newspaper to tell you what date and time the songs are on and quite often over the past 5 years we have left the radio on at night or set and alarm just to listen to one of our favourite songs. Yes – we can listen to that song any time, but this is different, this is the Top 2000!

Of course there are always people moaning because their favourite song/band is missing from the list, but I try to look on the positive side and just make the best out of what IS there. We would never have anything like this in the UK, so I have to make the most of it! Last year a Facebook group was formed to get SLAYER in the Top 2000 (much like the campaign to make Rage Against the Machine number one in the UK) anyway, it worked and SLAYER Angel of Death was number 199 in 2012! We stayed up until 5.30am at a party to celebrate and listen to it being played among ABBA and Sting! Very surreal!

Slayer and a grillplaats (Gril/hot plate) all in one!

Slayer and a bakplaat all in one!

Following 6 days solid of pure music pleasure… the magic really kicks in on New Years Eve when you get to the pointy end of the chart and into the Top 100 or so. Some personal highlights from last year were:

Alice Cooper – Halo Of Flies (number 167)
Neil Young – Like A Hurricane (no. 146)
Kate Bush – Wuthering Heights (no. 144)
Radiohead – Creep (no. 116)
Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (no. 97)
The Cure – A Forest (no. 42)
Billy Joel – Piano Man (no. 36)

… you get the idea, it’s TUNE after tune! (Unfortunately “our song”: Roxy Music – If There Is Something only ends up being around the 1000 mark every year… such a shame. Amazing song, it really takes you on a journey. Totally underrated!)

Anyway, the best is yet to come… New Years eve is of course fantastic wherever you are.

BUT…

If you are standing on a roof terrace in Amsterdam with your best friends in the world, listening to the Top 2000 whilst fireworks are going off all around the city and you have a 360° panoramic view… well, then it’s just EPIC!! I can safely say that belting out Bohemian Rhapsody at the top of my lungs, champagne in hand, in Holland’s capital was one of the best nights of my life, EVER. I think I even shed a little tear. So thanks, Top 2000, ik hou van jou.

Hayley x