The sixth metal leads of the second edition of the Low Countries to

The sixth metal leads with ‘Ploegsteert’ the second edition of the Low country List on Radio 1. This new number 1 was last year at 45.


Radiocoryfeeën Jan Hautekiet and Jan Douwe Kroeske loodsten the listeners between 9 and 18 hours by the top 100 of the best Dutch-language songs since 1945. The number 1 of last year, Pastoral, drops a place. Number 3 ‘Spaceman’ of Kommil Foo is also new in the Top 10, last year at 29.

This is the top 10:

1 Ploegsteert – The Sixth Metal

2 Pastorale – Ramses Shaffy and Liesbeth List

3 Astronaut – Kommil Foo

4 My flat country of Jacques Brel

5 Kronenburg Park – Frank Boeijen

6 , Two girls – Raymond van het Groenewoud

7 Mia –Gorki

8 The foolish morgen – Zjef Vanuytsel

9 iedereen is van de wereld – The Scene

10 The village – Wim Sonneveld

The Low country List is nicely divided between the Netherlands (46 numbers) and Flanders (54 numbers). There are 13 new songs in the list. Boudewijn De Groot is the most common with six quotations, Raymond Van het Groenwoud, and The Scene with four entries. The ’70s are the most represented with 27 songs. The oldest song, “On the canals of Amsterdam”, dates from 1949. The most recent issue is “the wuppe” of The Sixth Metal. “The stone” by Bram Vermeulen is the grootstet riser. (98 to 20)

As icing on the cake comes there on Monday, september 18, a Low Countries Session at the Roma in Borgerhout. That session is completely sold out.

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