Hans Breukhoven and Lex Harding celebrating a printed edition of the Dutch Top 40 in 2005
The Dutch Top 40 (Dutch: Nederlandse Top 40) is a weekly music chart, which started as the "Veronica Top 40", on the offshore radio 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 sales and the Mega Top 50 which, like the Dutch Top 40, includes sales and airplay data.
Currently, Radio 538 is airing the Dutch Top 40 on radio. Jeroen Nieuwenhuize presents the program every Friday afternoon from 14.00 until 18.00. The Dutch Top 40 is the 'most-listened-to' program on Dutch radio during its timeslot.
Like the Mega Top 50, the chart is a combination of single sales and airplay. The more often a song gets played on the radio, the higher its place in the Top 40. As of 2003, digital downloads are also counted.
For year end chart positions: #1 position gets 40 points, #2 position gets 39 points .... #40 position get one point. This way you just count up all numbers and sort them from most points till least points.
There is a set of rules, of which some have existed since 1972, that are still maintained. Some of these have been criticised as a hindrance.
Singles must remain minimal two weeks in the chart. 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.
Singles that highly change position upwards are noted as having superstip status. These singles are not allowed to fall down in chart position the following week. If a superstip single has 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.
Recent example: Guus Meeuwis' "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 is the biggest fall down in the Dutch Top 40. However this is not always the case. Sometimes singles with a superstip do drop for some reason
Re-entry only takes place when the single re-enters within the top 30, if differently, these re-entried singles are ignored.
Example: Racoon recently re-entered the Dutch Top 40 at #31 though with the song "Love You More".
Singles with double A-side are noted separately in the top 40; due the (possible) different number of airplay the two songs get.