Famous Dutch Lyricists & Songwriters

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 1 Eddie Van Halen

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Famous As: Guitarist, Musician
Birthdate: January 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: October 6, 2020

Eddie Van Halen was an American songwriter and guitarist. The co-founder of the popular rock band Van Halen, Eddie is widely considered one of the greatest guitar players in the history of rock music. He is credited with popularizing the tapping technique, which is now used extensively by guitarists all over the world.

 2 Floor Jansen

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Goirle, Netherlands

Floor Jansen is a Dutch singer best known for her association with the Finnish band Nightwish. She is also widely known for her role in the popular TV program Beste Zangers. In 2018, she was honored with the Buma Rocks! Export prize. In 2020, Floor Jansen won the Popprijs at the Noorderslag festival.

 3 Sharon den Adel

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Waddinxveen, Netherlands

Dutch singer Sharon den Adel began training in music at 14 and later soared to fame as the lead singer and the main songwriter of the Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation. Well-traveled, she has lived in 10 countries and often incorporates the moves of Balinese dancers she has grown up watching.

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 4 Simone Simons

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hoensbroek, Heerlen, Netherlands

Popular Dutch mezzosoprano Simone Simons has also been the lead vocalist of the symphonic metal band Epica, a band she joined at age 17. She has collaborated with bands and projects such as Kamelot and Ayreon. She runs a lifestyle blog and is married to Kamelot keyboard player Oliver Palotai.

 5 Sevdaliza

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Sevdaliza is an Iranian-Dutch singer whose debut album ISON earned her the 3voor12 Award under the Best Album of the Year category. Although she is not very popular in the Netherlands, Sevdaliza performs all over the world. A former professional basketball player, Sevdaliza played for the Dutch national team before embarking on a career as a singer.

 6 Anneke van Giersbergen

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands

Anneke van Giersbergen is a Dutch singer best known for leading her band Agua de Annique where she is the main vocalist. Over the years, her contribution to Dutch music has been honored with several prestigious awards like the Edison Music Award and the Buma Rocks! Award.

 7 Aad van Toor

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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: October 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maassluis, Netherlands

Aad van Toor is a Dutch recording artist, acrobat, director, actor, and lyricist. He is known for his work with his brother Bas with whom he created popular acts, namely Bassie en Adriaan and The Crocksons. Bassie en Adriaan, which featured acrobatic acts of the duo, was televised from 1978 to 1996. Van Toor also established a couple of companies.

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 8 Anita Doth

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Best known for her mega hit No Limit, as part of the Belgian-Dutch duo 2 Unlimited, along with Ray Slijngaard, Anita Doth initially worked at a police station. She is a breast cancer survivor. After reuniting with Ray, following the first break-up of the duo, she quit again, in 2016, to go solo.

 9 Ilse DeLange

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Almelo, Netherlands

One of the bestselling and most popular artists from the Netherlands, Dutch pop and country singer Ilse DeLange had a successful solo career before she joined the band The Common Linnets. She was part of Eurovision 2014 with the band and later churned up hits such as Calm After the Storm.

 10 Natalie La Rose

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dutch-Surinamese singer Natalie La Rose soared to fame with her Billboard-charting single Somebody. She moved to Los Angeles after being disappointed with her career in the Netherlands and struck gold when she signed with Flo Rida’s label I.M.G. Her music in influenced by the likes of Aaliyah and Beyoncé.

 11 Charlotte Wessels

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands

Best known for her 16-year stint with the symphonic metal band Delain, Dutch singer Charlotte Wessels soared to fame with tracks such as Burning Bridges and We Are the Others. Trained in both classical and jazz, she has also experimented with a collaborative rock musical, which came along with her debut novella.

 12 YoungKio

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Famous As: Record producer, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 3, 1999
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Purmerend, Netherlands

 13 Imran Khan

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Born in the Netherlands to Pakistani parents, Imran Khan began his music career in his teens. Known for tracks such as Amplifier and Imaginary, which garnered millions of views on YouTube, Khan has also sung for the Bollywood film Tevar and has been appreciated for putting Punjabi music on the global platform.

 14 Adrian Vandenberg

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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: January 31, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

One of the most popular Dutch rock guitarists of all time, Adrian Vandenberg soared to fame as part of the hard rock bands Whitesnake and Vandenberg. Known for tracks such as Your Love Is In Vain and Burning Heart, he later formed another band, Vandenberg's MoonKings.

 15 Eva Simons

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 16 Arjen Anthony Lucassen

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: April 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hilversum, Netherlands

While Arjen Anthony Lucassen began his career as a backing singer and guitarist for Bodine, using the pseudonym Iron Anthony, he later soared to fame as part of the progressive metal/rock band Ayreon. In his career of over 2 decades, he has been part of countless projects and has also released solo tracks.

 17 Trijntje Oosterhuis

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Trijntje Oosterhuis was a teenager when she formed Total Touch, which scored the bestselling debut by a Dutch band with their first album. Known for her mix of jazz, pop, and soul, the singer has also been a judge on The Voice of Holland and has represented her country in Eurovision 2015.

 18 Thijs van Leer

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: March 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

The founder member of the Dutch progressive rock band Focus, Thijs van Leer was the son of a flautist father and a singer mother. He began training in the piano and the flute as a child. Known for hits such as Hocus Pocus, he has also received a Dutch knighthood.

 19 Ray Slijngaard

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ray Slijngaard is a Dutch rapper best known for his association with fellow singer Anita Dotho; the two had formed a musical duo named 2 Unlimited, which became the most affluent Dutch-Belgian pop band of all time. After the disbandment of 2 Unlimited, Ray Slijngaard started focusing on his own record label Rayvano Records.

 20 Robbie van Leeuwen

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 29, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Robbie van Leeuwen is a Dutch pop musician, guitarist, and songwriter. He is credited with founding the successful rock band Shocking Blue and wrote the highly popular song Venus, which earned him international fame. Van Leeuwen was honored with the Buma Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

 21 Loona

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: IJmuiden, Netherlands

Loona is a Dutch dancer and singer-songwriter best known for her collaboration with DJ Sammy and her cover of Vamos a la playa. She is also popular for her cover of Paradisio's Bailando, which became a hit in Germany in 1998. After taking a break from 2005 to 2008, Loona started performing again, much to the delight of her fans.

 22 Dianne van Giersbergen

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Famous As: Soprano
Birthdate: June 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liempde, Netherlands

Dianne van Giersbergen is a Dutch singer best known as the founder of the popular symphonic metal band Ex Libris where she has been performing as the lead singer since 2004. She was also associated with the German band Xandria where she was the lead singer from 2014 to 2017.

 23 Douwe Bob

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

The son of Simon Posthuma of the designer group The Fool, Douwe Bob began playing the piano at age six and the guitar at age 14. He gained fame after winning a Dutch talent show and has also been part of Eurovision. Openly bisexual, he has fathered children with multiple women.

 24 Dotan

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Israeli-born singer Dotan moved to the Netherlands as a toddler. He began his music career performing at private functions and soared to fame with his debut album, 7 Layers. Though he hardly appeared in his own music videos, he was later criticized for hiring troll accounts to boost his social-media reputation.

 25 Murda

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: January 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 26 Robert Westerholt

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 2, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Waddinxveen, Netherlands

Robert Westerholt is a Dutch grunter and guitarist. He is best known for his association with a symphonic metal band named Within Temptation, which he founded along with Sharon den Adel in 1996. Within Temptation, for which Westerholt served as a guitarist from 1996 to 2011, is one of the most affluent bands in the genre.

 27 George Baker

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: December 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hoorn, Netherlands

 28 Amber

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ubbergen, Netherlands

Amber is a Dutch singer and songwriter best known for her hit single Sexual (Li Da Di), which has been playing on MTV since 1999. Amber, who had a long-term association with Tommy Boy Music label, is also credited with founding her own label, JMCA Enterprises.

 29 Keren Ann

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter known for her song
Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caesarea, Israel

Keren Ann is a singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and engineer. In addition to playing the guitar, clarinet, and piano, Ann also writes and engineers musical and choir arrangements. Over the years, she has also contributed to the soundtrack of films like Thelma, Louise et Chantal and Yossi.

 30 Nicole Bus

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Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nieuwegein, Netherlands

Nicole Bus is a Dutch singer whose single You became the joint-fastest debut single to peak at number one on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs chart. Bus achieved popularity in her home country and won the Grand Prize of the Netherlands in 2010. She then appeared in a couple of TV programs before signing to Roc Nation and gaining international acclaim.

 31 Danny Vera

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: May 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Middelburg, Netherlands

Best known for his Americana music, Dutch singer-songwriter Danny Vera began his music career with the band Till Dawn. Best known for his chart-topping track Roller Coaster, he writes songs about life and love. The heavily tattooed musician also promotes New Black and White genres of music.

 32 Herman van Veen

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Famous As: Actor, Musician
Birthdate: March 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands

Herman van Veen is a Dutch actor, stage performer, musician, singer-songwriter, voice actor, and author. He is credited with creating a one-man theatre show titled Alfred J. Kwak, which was later adapted into an animated comedy-drama TV series. Apart from creating the show's story, Herman van Veen also composed most of the show's music.

 33 Boudewijn de Groot

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia

Boudewijn de Groot is a Dutch singer-songwriter best known for his 1966 song Welterusten meneer de president, which condemned the then US President Lyndon B. Johnson and the war in Vietnam. The song helped establish De Groot as a protest singer. Boudewijn de Groot is also credited with creating a supergroup named Vreemde Kostgangers in 2016.

 34 Nathalie Makoma

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Libreville, Gabon

Nathalie Makoma is a Congolese Dutch singer and songwriter best known for her association with the popular band Makoma where she was the lead singer before leaving the band in 2004 to pursue a solo career. Over the years, Nathalie Makoma has also appeared in a couple of popular TV shows, such as Dancing with the Stars and Idols.

 35 Guus Meeuwis

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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: March 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mariahout, Netherlands

Guus Meeuwis was in his teens when he played the guitar and appeared in public functions. Though he studied law initially, he later realized music was his true calling. He formed the band Vagant, also known as Guus Meeuwis & Vagant, named after a café they often visited.

 36 RANI

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: 1999 AD
Birthplace: Netherlands

Best known for her collaboration with DJ Sam Feldt on Post Malone, Dutch singer Rani became a sensation all over Scandinavia with her hit Faustix before going global, while still in her teens. She has also collaborated with famous Norwegian DJ duo Kream on the song Go Somewhere.

 37 Jerney Kaagman

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Dutch singer and musician Jerney Kaagman is best known for her stint as a lead vocalist with the group Earth and Fire. She soared to fame with tracks such as Weekend. She has also appeared in the Dutch Playboy and has been a judge on the Dutch talent show Idols.

 38 Lenny Kuhr

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: February 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Eindhoven, Netherlands

Lenny Kuhr is a Dutch singer-songwriter best known for her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969 where she represented the Netherlands with the song De troubadour. Also known for her humanitarian efforts, Lenny Kuhr joined hands with other artistes in 1991 to record the song Shalom from Holland to express support to the Israelis during the Gulf War.

 39 Youp van 't Hek

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Famous As: Comedian, Singer
Birthdate: February 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Naarden, Netherlands

Youp van 't Hek was 12 when he decided to be a comedian. Born Joseph, or Joep, he changed his name to Youp at 17 and later co-founded Cabaret NAR. He soared to fame with De alles is anders-show and his signature style of self-deprecating humor. He also penned columns for NRC Handelsblad.

 40 Daniël Sahuleka

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Musician
Birthdate: December 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Semarang, Indonesia

 41 Eefje de Visser

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Singer
Birthdate: February 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Voorburg, Netherlands

 42 Sanne Hans

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dedemsvaart, Netherlands

 43 Karsu

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 44 Thomas Puskailer

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lichtenvoorde, Netherlands

 45 Ralf Mackenbach

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Famous As: Singer who rocketed to fame in 2009 after he won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Birthdate: October 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Best, Netherlands

 46 Iris Kroes

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Drachten, Netherlands

 47 Naaz

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gorinchem, Netherlands

 48 Leona Philippo

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Famous As: Singer-songwriter who won the title for season 3 of the Dutch reality television music competition The Voice of Holland
Birthdate: May 6, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

 49 Euson

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aruba

 50 Mr. Probz

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Famous As: Songwriter, Rapper, Record producer
Birthdate: May 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zoetermeer, Netherlands