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Top 2000 – edition 2017

4 December 2017

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Since 1999, NPO Radio 2 in The Netherlands broadcasts the annual list of the Top 2000 songs of all times. Some 200,000 people vote for this list. They can choose up to 35 songs, 20 from a database and 15 as a free choice. This translates in a total of some 6.5 million votes (2016). Over 8 million people (2015) listen to (parts of) this 7 day non-stop broadcast between Christmas and New Year, which is about half of my country. On average, Radio 2 has a week average of 2.7 million listeners (NRC). 

This is my list – in alphabetical order. 

  1. Beatles – Long and winding road 
  2. Black Keys – Lonely boy 
  3. David Bowie – Heroes 
  4. Riccardo Cocciante – innamorato 
  5. Doobie Brothers – what a fool believes 
  6. Eagles – Hotel California 
  7. Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett – don’t look any further 
  8. Elbow – Magnificent (she says) 
  9. Fleetwood Mac – Dreams 
  10. Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush- don’t give up 
  11. Marvin Gaye – What’s going on 
  12. Bebel Gilberto – Aganju 
  13. Daryl Hall – Cab driver 
  14. Donny Hathaway – A song for you 
  15. Is Ook Schitterend – Voltooid Verleden Tijd 
  16. Isaac Hayes – Theme from Shaft 
  17. Jose James – come to my door 
  18. Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate 
  19. Michael McDonald – I keep forgetting 
  20. Paolo Nutini – Iron sky 
  21. Queen & David Bowie – under pressure 
  22. Corinne Bailey Rae – Are you here 
  23. Damien Rice – I don’t wanna change you 
  24. Mark Ronson – Uptown funk 
  25. Rose Royce – Wishing on a star 
  26. Skylark – Wildflower 
  27. Supertramp – Hide In Your Shell 
  28. Tears for Fears – Mad world 
  29. U2 – I will follow 
  30. Rufus Wainwright – Going to a town 
  31. War on Drugs – holding on 
  32. Paul Weller – you do something to me 
  33. Stevie Wonder – love’s in need of love today 
  34. Lizz Wright – Old man 
  35. Neil Young – Southern man

Note: for online streaming audio, please visit this NPO Radio 2 link.

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