The Most Famous

SINGERS from Netherlands

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This page contains a list of the greatest Dutch Singers. The pantheon dataset contains 3,541 Singers, 41 of which were born in Netherlands. This makes Netherlands the birth place of the 14th most number of Singers behind Norway and India.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Dutch Singers of all time. This list of famous Dutch Singers is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Dutch Singers.

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1. Mariska Veres (1947 - 2006)

With an HPI of 68.18, Mariska Veres is the most famous Dutch Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 19 different languages on wikipedia.

Maria Elizabeth Ender, better known as Mariska Veres (pronunciation ) (1 October 1947 – 2 December 2006), was a Dutch singer who was best known as the lead singer of the rock group Shocking Blue. Described as being similar to a young Cher, she was known for her sultry voice, eccentric performances, and her striking appearance which featured kohl-rimmed eyes, high cheekbones, and long jet black hair, which was actually a wig.

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2. C. C. Catch (1964 - )

With an HPI of 67.74, C. C. Catch is the 2nd most famous Dutch Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Caroline Catherine Müller (born 31 July 1964), known professionally as C. C. Catch, is a Dutch-born German pop singer, also known for her collaboration with Dieter Bohlen (one half of Modern Talking) in the 1980s.

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3. Corry Brokken (1932 - 2016)

With an HPI of 67.46, Corry Brokken is the 3rd most famous Dutch Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 42 different languages.

Cornelia Maria "Corry" Brokken (3 December 1932 – 31 May 2016) was a Dutch singer, television presenter and jurist. In 1957, she won the second edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Net als toen", representing the Netherlands. Throughout her career, she scored a number of hits, sang in the popular Sleeswijk Revue with Snip en Snap, and had her own television show. She was also the presenter of the Eurovision Song Contest 1976, which was held in The Hague, Netherlands, following the victory of Teach-In the year before. She ended her career as a singer in 1973 to study law, after which she became a lawyer and ultimately a judge.

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4. Teddy Scholten (1926 - 2010)

With an HPI of 65.25, Teddy Scholten is the 4th most famous Dutch Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 33 different languages.

Dorothea Margaretha "Teddy" Scholten (née van Zwieteren; 11 May 1926 – 8 April 2010) was a Dutch singer and television presenter. She is known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 1959 with the song "Een beetje", representing the Netherlands.

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5. Sharon den Adel (1974 - )

With an HPI of 64.32, Sharon den Adel is the 5th most famous Dutch Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 44 different languages.

Sharon Janny den Adel (born 12 July 1974) is a Dutch singer, songwriter and fashion designer, best known as the lead vocalist and one of the main songwriters in the Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation. She has been a performing musician since the age of 14, and is a founding member of Within Temptation, along with Robert Westerholt, in 1996. She was also elected to be the Dutch chairperson of the jury for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

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6. Cristina Deutekom (1931 - 2014)

With an HPI of 64.26, Cristina Deutekom is the 6th most famous Dutch Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Cristina Deutekom (28 August 1931 – 7 August 2014) was a Dutch operatic coloratura soprano. She sang with many of the leading tenors of her time, including Carlo Bergonzi, José Carreras, Franco Corelli, Plácido Domingo, Nicolai Gedda, Alfredo Kraus, Luciano Pavarotti, and Richard Tucker.

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7. Floor Jansen (1981 - )

With an HPI of 63.03, Floor Jansen is the 7th most famous Dutch Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 34 different languages.

Floor Jansen (pronounced [ˈfloːr ˈjɑnsə(n)]; born 21 February 1981) is a Dutch singer, songwriter, and vocal coach. She is the lead vocalist of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish. Jansen first became known as a member of symphonic metal band After Forever, standing as their lead vocalist from 1997, when she joined at age 16, to their disbanding in 2009. When After Forever disbanded, she formed ReVamp and has released two albums with them. In 2012 following the departure of their lead vocalist Anette Olzon, Nightwish brought in Jansen as a touring member until the end of their Imaginaerum World Tour. In 2013, they announced Jansen was now their full-time lead vocalist; she subsequently disbanded ReVamp to focus on Nightwish. In 2018, she and Pagan's Mind guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad premiered their hard rock duo Northward. A frequent collaborator of Arjen Anthony Lucassen, Jansen is a member of his progressive metal supergroup Star One, and sang in the Ayreon albums Universal Migrator Part 1: The Dream Sequencer, 01011001, and The Source, as well as the live album Ayreon Universe – The Best of Ayreon Live. She also sang lead vocals in several songs of the MaYan album Quarterpast and in Avalon's Angels of the Apocalypse. She is the older sister of fellow singer Irene Jansen, who also worked with Ayreon.

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8. George Baker (1944 - )

With an HPI of 62.19, George Baker is the 8th most famous Dutch Singer.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

George Baker (born Johannes "Hans" Bouwens, (born 8 December 1944) is a Dutch singer and songwriter who, with his band George Baker Selection, scored two international hits in the 1970s, "Paloma Blanca" and "Little Green Bag." He became a solo artist after 1989. "Little Green Bag" was used as the opening soundtrack for the film Reservoir Dogs.

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9. Jetty Paerl (1921 - 2013)

With an HPI of 61.25, Jetty Paerl is the 9th most famous Dutch Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Henriette Nanette "Jetty" Paerl (27 May 1921 – 22 August 2013) was a Dutch singer and resistance member of Jewish origin. She is known for being one of the Netherlands' representatives in the Eurovision Song Contest 1956 with the song "De vogels van Holland", and for being the first singer ever to perform in the Eurovision Song Contest.

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10. Lenny Kuhr (1950 - )

With an HPI of 60.20, Lenny Kuhr is the 10th most famous Dutch Singer.  Her biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Helena Hubertina Johanna "Lenny" Kuhr (born 22 February 1950) is a Dutch singer-songwriter.

Pantheon has 41 people classified as singers born between 1921 and 2004. Of these 41, 35 (85.37%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living singers include C. C. Catch, Sharon den Adel, and Floor Jansen. The most famous deceased singers include Mariska Veres, Corry Brokken, and Teddy Scholten. As of October 2020, 4 new singers have been added to Pantheon including Willeke Alberti, Jan Smit, and Sharon Kovacs.

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Newly Added Singers (2020)

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