By Karin

Being born in 1983 meant having my first school dance in the 90’s, my first “great” love in the 90’s, the first time I went to a “Discotheek” or Club as the Americans call it in the 90’s and of course the first CD, I bought in the 90’s. This CD was a so-called “Single”, a CD with only 1 hitsong and 1 bonus track. I believe it was Wannabe from the Spice Girls. Not exactly a Dutch music band, but nevertheless a Dutch connection with Scary Spice dating their Dutch backing dancer.


Taking the trip down memory lane there were a lot of Dutch bands and artists very popular in The Netherlands in the 90’s. Examples are 2 Unlimited, 2 brothers on the 4th floor, Marco Borsato, Trijntje Oosterhuis and Anouk. I listened and danced to all of their music. One thing we liked to do with friends was making our own choreography to the music and then perform that to our parents. Such fun memories!

The Netherlands however has many music traditions, depending on the era you grew up in, every Dutchie knows some Dutch songs. Either sung in Dutch or English. A couple of Dutch bands became world famous, such as the Golden Earring and Shocking Blue. Today most of the Dutch artists who conquer the world are DJ’s who produce dance music, including Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Sander van Doorn, Fedde le Grand, Hardwell, Showtek, Afrojack, Oliver Heldens and Martin Garrix, all of whom consistently rank high in the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs and other rankings. The Amsterdam dance event (ADE) is the world’s leading electronic music conference and the biggest club festival for the many electronic subgenres on the planet. These artists also contribute significantly to the mainstream pop music played over the airwaves all around the world, as they frequently collaborate and produce for many notable artists. At last a popular genre of Dutch music is known as “Levenslied”, meaning “Song of/ about life”. These songs have catchy, simple rhythms and melodies, and are always built up on couplets and refrains. Themes are often sentimental and include love, death and loneliness. When you visit the Netherlands and walk into a traditional pub at night, you will often find yourself at some point among Dutchies singing along with “Zij gelooft in mij” from Andre Hazes. A classic example of the Dutch “Levenslied”.