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Popular Dutch music?

rhythmixed
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What are some popular songs in Dutch from the Netherlands? I like listening to popular German songs, and I'd like to listen to some in Dutch. Thanks!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

Well... I wouldn't really say any exist, because all the Dutchies I've talked to tend to hate their own language, find their culture unspecial refuse to listen to their own music.

Here's a playlist of Dutch music I have put together continue to add to regularly. There's EVERY kind of music on there... Unless you like boring old people music, you'll find something you like can find more artists from recommended videos... https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE632nm_xxYJLtF1NuJ4cjMwq1wJy6uo1

[Before I get downvoted by overly-sensitive people for being "offensive": out of like 6-7 Dutch people I have talked to a lot / still talk to a lot, NONE liked Dutch music. NONE found their culture special, and they said their language was ugly... Not my words. I find the language beautiful, the country more cultural than any other country nearby, and the music awesome.]

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

I'll add I really like Eefje de Visser but she might be a bit 'advanced' because of the way she puts one sentence into two lines, breaks up words, etc -- it may confuse you a lot. Still confuses me sometimes.

At the end of the list there's some rap that is easy to understand because you can clearly pick out words.

3 years ago

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rhythmixed
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Thank you for you playlist! I'm sure I'll find something I like on there. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bemk92
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I don't mind Dutch music!!!! (Though it is true that most Dutch people with international contacts don't like the sound of the Dutch language all that much, mostly because it doesn't sound very sophisticated though) Here's a short list of some of the better Dutch artists and songs I like - Guus Meeuwis (Sings in Dutch)

  • Brabant

  • Op straat (a Dutch translation of Streets of London)

  • Geef mij je angst

  • Vrienden van vroeger / Tranen gelachen

  • Per spoor / Kedeng Kedeng

  • Marco Borsato (Sings in Dutch)

  • Dochters

  • Herman van Veen (Sings in many languages, but mostly Dutch, also does nursery songs)

  • Hilversum 3

  • Suzanne (Dutch translation of Suzanne by Leonard Cohen)

  • Spetter pieter spater (Song for Alfred J. Kwak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bAyAvYAdW4)

  • Opzij

  • Ilse de Lange (have only heard her sing in English)

  • Het klein orkest

  • Over de muur (song about the differences between east and west Germany)

  • Boudewijn de Groot (Sings in Dutch)

\warning: Don't interpret his lyrics literally, he's very strong on the figure of speach

  • Land van Maas en Waal

  • Eva

  • Jimmy

  • Tip van de sluier

  • Meester Prikkebeen

  • Meneer de President (protest against Vietnam war)

  • Strand (can be taken literally, warning, very fast lyrics though)

  • Testament

Other artists that are very popular in the Netherlands (though I don't particularly care about their music):

  • Jan Smit (Jantje Smit in his childhood)

  • Frans Bouwer

  • Nick en Simon

  • Gerard Joling and Gordon

Also, if you care about musicals, many of them have been translated into Dutch, and it's quite possible to find some of the translated versions online, if you know what to look for. If you were to ever find yourself in the Netherlands, be sure to check one of those musicals out. Joop van den Ende musicals are always of very high quality.

3 years ago

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For Dutch lyrics I recommend Bløf and Nielson and also one song by Racoon called Ocean which is a personal favourite of mine ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRSIFTMRuCg ) Or Guus Meeuwis's song "Het is een nacht" ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4ddL85RtB0 ) which was and still kind of is really popular in the Netherlands. But some of his other songs are ok as well. Or if you like celtic kind of music, you could als listen to "wat zullen we drinken" by Rapalje: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owA-GIIF8Eg But Rapalje isn't really popular (like not at all)

There are loads of Dutch bands and singers that make English music, though. But I guess that that's not what you're looking for.

Most Dutchies (including me) indeed hate their language.

3 years ago

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rhythmixed
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Thank you so much! I'll be sure to listen to them soon.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mktoronto
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I've looked up Het is een nacht and I liked it so much I'm going to learn it. Thanks!

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StephGagne

I like these guys: https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klein_Orkest They have funny lyrics too. It's a bit old, mind you.

Otherwise I think Anouk can be interesting at least musically (not my style though) but I'm told the lyrics are kind of difficult for learners.

I totally agree with DogePamyuPamyu (thanks for the list btw!) about the lack of interest for their own culture. It's a pity. I'm sure a people of 16 million could come up with very interesting stuff, if only there was a market for it.

Edit: About Anouk, I think I might be mixing her up with someone else. Sorry. Anyway, enjoy the music!

3 years ago
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