Top 2000

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Top 2000
The outside of the Top 2000 purpose-built studio and cafe, displaying the show's logo
The Top 2000 is broadcast from a purpose-built studio and cafe, with the show's logo on the outside
Genre listener determined mix including Classic hits, Mainstream rock, Hot adult contemporary, Rhythmic adult contemporary
Running time 6½ days (25 December noon - 31 December midnight) with short hourly news bulletin and commercials
Country Netherlands
Language(s) Dutch
Home station Radio 2
TV adaptations Top 2000 a Gogo
Host(s) 2014:
Sander de Heer
Jan-Willem Roodbeen
Gijs Staverman
Wouter van der Goes
Bert Haandrikman
Hans Schiffers
Marc Adriani
Jasper de Vries
Creator(s) Kees Toering
Recording studio Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum
Air dates 1999 to -
No. of episodes 16
Audio format FM, cable, satellite, DAB, DTT and internet
Opening theme Tommy Overture (The Who)
Website NPO Radio 2 - Top 2000
Podcast NPO Radio 2 player

The Top 2000 is an annual marathon radio program, that plays the 2000 most popular songs of all time, from Christmas through New Year's eve.[1][2] Hosted by Dutch national radio station Radio 2, over half of the population of the Netherlands listens to the broadcast each year.[3][4]

Starting in 1999, the Top 2000 was intended to be a one-time event, but due to the program's popularity, Radio 2 chose to make it an annual program, traditionally broadcast from midnight on Boxing Day and continuing until midnight of New Year's Eve. However as of 2009, the show begins broadcasting at noon on December 25, Christmas Day.[5]


Voting[edit]

During the 6 to 7 day broadcast, the station broadcasts a set of 2000 songs that have been voted on by the show's audience via Internet voting to be the "most popular songs of all time". The first year of voting was limited to a set list of 2000 songs that the users ranked themselves, with Radio 2 changing the format in 2005 to allow voters to nominate their own choices. Radio 2 also used a different voting format for the tenth anniversary of Top 2000 in 2008, when they compiled the votes from the previous nine years to create a "jubilee list".

Other media[edit]

In 2002 Radio 2 added the television show Top 2000 a Gogo to the broadcast,[6] which showed performances, clips of various songs on the list, as well as interviews of performers. The following year they added Top 2000 in Concert, where various Dutch artists are invited to sing one of their favorite songs along with one of their own songs.[7] The concert is typically broadcast on New Year's Eve, right after the end of Top 2000.

Notable occurrences within the list[edit]

The song Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen has traditionally been voted the most popular song on the countdown,[8] with Boudewijn de Groot's Avond achieving the top spot in 2005 and the Eagles' Hotel California doing the same in 2010 and 2014 being the only exceptions.[9]

The top 10[edit]

Year / Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1999 Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Eagles
Hotel California
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Meat Loaf
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
The Beatles
Yesterday
John Lennon
Imagine
The Rolling Stones
Angie
Simon & Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Procol Harum
A Whiter Shade of Pale
2000 Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Eagles
Hotel California
Meat Loaf
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
The Beatles
Hey Jude
John Lennon
Imagine
The Beatles
Yesterday
The Rolling Stones
Angie
Guns N' Roses
November Rain
2001 Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Eagles
Hotel California
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Meat Loaf
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
The Animals
House of the Rising Sun
Dire Straits
Brothers in Arms
Billy Joel
Goodnight Saigon
The Beatles
Hey Jude
Dire Straits
Sultans of Swing
2002 Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Eagles
Hotel California
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Meat Loaf
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
The Animals
House of the Rising Sun
Dire Straits
Private Investigations
The Alan Parsons Project
Old and Wise
Dire Straits
Brothers in Arms
The Doors
Riders on the Storm
2003 Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Eagles
Hotel California
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Meat Loaf
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
Guns N' Roses
November Rain
The Animals
House of the Rising Sun
Boudewijn de Groot
Avond
The Alan Parsons Project
Old and Wise
The Rolling Stones
Angie
2004 Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Eagles
Hotel California
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Boudewijn de Groot
Avond
Meat Loaf
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
Guns N' Roses
November Rain
The Animals
House of the Rising Sun
John Lennon
Imagine
Coldplay
Clocks
2005 Boudewijn de Groot
Avond
Queen
Bohemian rhapsody
Eagles
Hotel California
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Meat Loaf
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
Coldplay
Clocks
The Animals
House of the Rising Sun
The Alan Parsons Project
Old and Wise
Guns N' Roses
November Rain
2006 Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Boudewijn de Groot
Avond
Eagles
Hotel California
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
U2
One
Meat Loaf
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
Coldplay
Clocks
Metallica
Nothing Else Matters
2007 Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Boudewijn de Groot
Avond
Eagles
Hotel California
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Coldplay
Clocks
The Animals
House of the Rising Sun
U2
One
The Alan Parsons Project
Old and Wise
Meat Loaf
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
2008 Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Eagles
Hotel California
Boudewijn de Groot
Avond
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Meat Loaf
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
The Animals
House of the Rising Sun
The Alan Parsons Project
Old and Wise
Guns N' Roses
November Rain
U2
One
2009 Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Eagles
Hotel California
Boudewijn de Groot
Avond
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Ramses Shaffy & Liesbeth List
Pastorale
Ramses Shaffy
Zing, Vecht, Huil, Bid, Lach, Werk en Bewonder
Coldplay
Clocks
Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
Ramses Shaffy
Laat Me
2010 Eagles
Hotel California
Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Boudewijn de Groot
Avond
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
Coldplay
Viva la Vida
Coldplay
Clocks
Meat Loaf
Paradise by the Dashboard Light
The Alan Parsons Project
Old and Wise
2011 Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Eagles
Hotel California
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Boudewijn de Groot
Avond
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Adele
Someone Like You
Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
Coldplay
Clocks
Coldplay
Viva la Vida
Bruce Springsteen
The River
2012 Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Eagles
Hotel California
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Boudewijn de Groot
Avond
Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Adele
Someone Like You
Coldplay
Clocks
Pink Floyd
Comfortably Numb
2013 Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Eagles
Hotel California
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Boudewijn de Groot
Avond
Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
Bruce Springsteen
The River
Pink Floyd
Comfortably Numb
Metallica
Nothing Else Matters
Pink Floyd
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
2014 Eagles
Hotel California
Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
Deep Purple
Child in Time
Boudewijn de Groot
Avond
Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
Billy Joel
Piano Man
Pink Floyd
Comfortably Numb
Pink Floyd
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
Guns N' Roses
November Rain

See also[edit]

  • Serious Request — another annual Dutch radio marathon in the month of December, that reaches over half the population.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nederland: De Top 2000 is volop bezig". Radio Visie. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ van Dijck, José (2007). Mediated Memories in the Digital Age. Stanford University Press. pp. 93–97. ISBN 0804756244. 
  3. ^ "Recordaantal luisteraars en kijkers Top 2000 - NU.nl" [Record number of listeners and viewers for Top 2000] (in Dutch). NU.nl. 6 January 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Bijsterveld, Karin (2009). Sound Souvenirs: Audio Technologies, Memory and Cultural Practices. Amsterdam University Press. pp. 116–118. ISBN 9089641327. 
  5. ^ "Radio 2 weer van start met Top 2000". HVNL. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Knallend einde in 'Top 2000 a gogo'". TV Visie. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Top 2000 leeft op Hollandse lied". Volkskrant. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "office time waster". San Antonio Express-News. July 26, 2009. Retrieved 2 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Nederland: Top 2000-lijst is bekend". Radio Visie. Retrieved 2 January 2013.