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Netherlands "Ding-a-dong"
French 7" single cover.
Eurovision Song Contest 1975 entry
Country Netherlands
Artist(s) Getty Kaspers,
Ard Weeink,
Chris de Wolde,
John Gaasbeek,
Koos Versteeg,
Rudi Nijhuis
As Teach-In
Language English
Composer(s) Dick Bakker
Lyricist(s) Will Luikinga, Eddy Ouwens
Conductor Harry van Hoof
Finals performance
Final result 1st
Final points 152
Appearance chronology
◄ "I See a Star" (1974)   
"The Party's Over" (1976) ►

"Ding-a-dong" (original Dutch title: "Ding dinge dong", as it was introduced in the titles when broadcast) was the title of the winning song in the Eurovision Song Contest 1975. It was sung by Teach-In, representing the Netherlands, and was written by Dick Bakker, Will Luikinga, and Eddy Ouwens. The song reached number 1 in both the Swiss and the Norwegian Singles Chart.


"Ding-a-dong" was notable for being one of the Eurovision winners that had quirky or entirely nonsensical titles or lyrics, following in the footsteps of Massiel's "La La La" in 1968 and Lulu's "Boom Bang-a-Bang" in 1969, later followed by the Herreys' "Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley" in 1984. "Ding-a-dong" was performed first on the performance night (preceding Ireland's The Swarbriggs with "That's What Friends Are For"). The song was the first winner under the now-familiar Eurovision voting system whereby each country awards scores of 1-8, 10 and 12. At the close of voting, it had received 152 points, placing first in a field of nineteen. As the first song performed during the evening, the victory ran contrary to the fact that success usually went songs performed later in the broadcast. According to author and historian John Kennedy O'Connor's The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, this was the first of three occasions when the first song would win the contest, the second coming the following year in 1976.[1]

The song, performed entirely in English, was an up-tempo ode to positive thought. The band (only the second to win the Contest in a non-native language after ABBA the year before) sings that one should "sing a song that goes ding ding-a-dong" when one is feeling unhappy, and continues "Ding-a-dong every hour, when you pick a flower. Even when your lover is gone, gone, gone." On the night of the Dutch National Song Contest, the song had already been selected to be performed at Eurovision, but there were two other singers competing for the honor of performing the song: Albert West and Debbie. [clarification needed]

The song reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart and Teach-In also recorded the song in German as "Ding ding-a-dong".


Charts (1975) Peak
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 13
Dutch Singles Chart 3
Norwegian Singles Chart 1


Single by beFour
from the album Friends 4 Ever
Released 17 April 2009
Format CD single
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop
Length 3:32
Writer(s) Will Luikinga, Eddy Ouwens
beFour singles chronology
"No Limit"

Edwyn Collins did a cover of the song for Eurotrash. "Ding-a-Dong" was also recorded by German band beFour for their fourth studio album Friends 4 Ever and released as the second single in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Russian musicians Alona Apina and Myrat Nacirov (Алёна Апина и Мурат Насыров) recorded "Moonlit Nights" (Лунные ночи) to the melody of Ding-a-Dong in 1997.[citation needed]


Chart (2009) Peak
German Singles Chart 61


  1. ^ O'Connor, J. K. (2007), The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, UK: Carlton Books, ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3

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Preceded by
"Griechischer Wein" by Udo Jürgens
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single
18 April 1975 - 16 May 1975
Succeeded by
"I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" by ABBA
Preceded by
"I Can Help" by Billy Swan
Norwegian Singles Chart number-one single
21 April 1975 - 9 June 1975
Succeeded by
"Love Hurts" by Nazareth
Preceded by
"Waterloo" by ABBA
Eurovision Song Contest winners
Succeeded by
"Save Your Kisses for Me" by Brotherhood of Man