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Nederbeat (also: Nederbiet) is a genre of rock music that began with the Dutch rock boom in the mid-1960s influenced by British beat groups and rock bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.[1] Much like British freakbeat, it is essentially the Dutch counterpart to American garage rock.[citation needed] Among the best-known Nederbeat groups are the Golden Earring, The Motions, The Outsiders and Shocking Blue.


The Beatles performing in Blokker, Netherlands in 1964

In the 1960s, The Beatles and the Merseybeat sound began to dominate the Dutch charts. The popularity of such music led to interest among Dutch musicians in forming bands to play this type of rock music, replacing a previous genre Indorock performed by Indonesian immigrants in the Netherlands.[2] The interest was further spurred on by the Beatles concerts in the Netherlands in 1964 that drew large crowds, followed by a performance by The Rolling Stones at the Kurhaus in Scheveningen disrupted by an excited audience.[3] The emergence of pirate station Radio Veronica also worked to stimulate the Dutch music community to produce a great amount of 'Nederbeat'.[citation needed]

The Motions in 1966

The Hague was the country's beat capital, where bands such as "the Golden Earrings" (the predecessor of Golden Earring), InCrowd, Q65, Het, Sandy Coast and The Motions were formed,[3] along with its neighbouring coastal town Scheveningen. The clubs on its boulevard, from where Veronica's pirate ship was constantly visible, became the locus for Dutch talent.[citation needed] Other bands such as the Outsiders also emerged in Amsterdam. These bands generally performed in English, with the exception of a few such as Het who performed in Dutch.[3]

Golden Earring in 1969

The Motions were the first Nederbeat band to produce charting singles in the Netherlands with their songs "It's Gone" released in late 1964, and "Wasted Words", in 1965.[4] Their guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen would later form Shocking Blue. Other popular groups were the Outsiders, Q65, Golden Earring, Ro-d-ys, The Shoes, and Cuby & the Blizzards.

Nederbeat had association with the psychedelia and counterculture of the 1960s in the Netherlands.[5] The beat sound was popular for a few years before the sound started to change, and the musical style of the bands evolved. Soul and Rhythm and blues became more popular, groups that performed in such style include Rob Hoeke Rhythm & Blues Group. The Cats shifted into the palingsound they created, while Cuby & the Blizzards developed their own distinct style of blues.[3]

The bands were mostly popular only in the Netherlands, but a few bands found success internationally. In 1970, Tee-Set had a top 10 hit with "Ma Belle Amie" in many countries, while Shocking Blue did better with "Venus", which became the first ever No. 1 single by a Dutch band on Billboard Hot 100. Later in 1973, Golden Earring also had a worldwide hit with "Radar Love". However, despite the successes, the genre had faded in the 1970s as popular music moved on to other genres and tastes such as Disco.

List of Nederbeat bands[edit]

Q65 in 1967
Tee-Set in 1968
The Outsiders in 1968

The following is incomplete list of Nederbeat bands and some of their songs:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ryan, Matt (20 June 2022). "An Introduction To Nederbeat". Strange Currencies Music.
  2. ^ Elizabeth J Miles (2017). "Immigrant Music in Europe". In Chris Goertzen; James Porter; Timothy Rice (eds.). The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Vol. 8. Taylor & Francis. p. 411. ISBN 9781351544269 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b c d Willem Frijhoff; Kees Schuyt; Marijke Spies (2003). Dutch Culture in a European Perspective: 1950, prosperity and welfare. Royal Van Gorcum. p. 411. ISBN 9789023239666 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ a b "Motions". Top 40.
  5. ^ "Amsterdam". Nederbeat.
  6. ^ "Les Baroques". Top 40.
  7. ^ "The Buffoons". Top 40.
  8. ^ "The Cats". Top 40.
  9. ^ "Cuby + Blizzards". Top 40.
  10. ^ "Eddysons". Top 40.
  11. ^ "Het". Top 40.
  12. ^ "Jay-Jays". Top 40.
  13. ^ "Johnny Kendall and the Heralds". Top 40.
  14. ^ "Outsiders ((nederbeat))". Top 40.
  15. ^ "The Phantoms". Top 40.
  16. ^ "Q65". Top 40.
  17. ^ "R0-d-Ys". Top 40.
  18. ^ "Sandy Coast". Top 40.
  19. ^ "The Shoes". Top 40.
  20. ^ "Shocking Blue". Top 40.
  21. ^ "Tee-Set". Top 40.

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