Famous Dutch Musicians

Find out more about the greatest Dutch Musicians, including Martin Garrix, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, Floor Jansen and André Rieu

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Eddie Van Halen

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 Martin Garrix

Martin Garrix
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Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: May 14, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amstelveen, Netherlands

Dutch DJ and record producer Martin Garrix has been ranked No.1 on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list. He decided to become a DJ when he was a child, and at the age of 17, he became the youngest DJ to headline the 2014 Ultra Music Festival. He has performed at many music festivals including Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival.

 3 Michiel Huisman

Michiel Huisman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amstelveen, Netherlands

Michiel Huisman is a Dutch musician and actor who achieved international fame after taking over the role of Daario Naharis in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones in 2014. Michiel Huisman is also known for his association with the band Fontane, which was later renamed Michiel Huisman.

 4 Alex van Halen

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alex Van Halen is an American musician known for his drumming skills. He is credited with co-founding the now-defunct band, Van Halen. The band's self-titled debut album influenced several musicians in hard rock at the time of its release in 1978. Alex is also credited with coining the term brown sound, which was usually associated with his late-brother Eddie's guitar.

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 5 Tiësto

Tiësto
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Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: January 17, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands

Tiësto is a Dutch record producer and DJ. Popular among fans, Tiësto was voted the Greatest DJ of All Time in a poll conducted by Mix magazine. Considered the Godfather of EDM, he was voted best DJ of the last 20 years by DJ Magazine readers in 2013. Tiësto is credited with founding the Dutch record label, Black Hole Recordings.

 6 André Rieu

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Famous As: Violinist, Conductor best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra
Birthdate: October 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maastricht, Netherlands

André Rieu is a Dutch violinist whose work has earned him international fame for over 30 years. Also an orchestra leader, Rieu is credited with founding the Johann Strauß Orchestra, which is renowned for its unorthodox performances of classical works. André Rieu has played all over the world and is well-known for his performances of classical works by Johann Strauss. 

 7 Armin van Buuren

Armin van Buuren
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Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: December 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leiden

Armin van Buuren is a Dutch record producer and DJ. He is best known for hosting a weekly radio show called A State of Trance (ASOT), which is broadcast in 84 countries to nearly 40 million listeners on over 100 FM radio stations. Armin has been named by DJ Mag as the number one DJ on a record five occasions.

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 8 Floor Jansen

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.

 9 Martyn LeNoble

Martyn LeNoble
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Famous As: Bassist
Birthdate: April 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vlaardingen, Netherlands

Martyn LeNoble is a Dutch musician and bass guitarist who has contributed to the success of many bands like Porno for Pyros, Thelonious Monster, The Cult, and Jane's Addiction. Martyn LeNoble, who has courted controversy in the past due to his drug addiction, is currently working on a solo album.

 10 Mark Rutte

Mark Rutte
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Famous As: Prime Minister of the Netherlands since 2010
Birthdate: February 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Dutch politician and VVD party leader Mark Rutte has been serving his nation as its prime minister since 2010. While he initially aspired to be a pianist, he later studied history and then worked for Unilever, before stepping into politics. He is known as Teflon Mark for recovering from controversies unscathed. 

 11 Hardwell

Hardwell
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Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: January 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands

Hardwell is a Dutch record producer, DJ, and remixer. In 2013 and 2014, he was named the world's number one DJ by DJ Magazine. In 2019, he was ranked 12th in a poll conducted by DJ Magazine to determine the top 100 DJs around the world. He is also credited with founding a record label called Revealed Recordings.

 12 Afrojack

Afrojack
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Famous As: Disc jockey
Birthdate: September 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Spijkenisse, Netherlands

Afrojack is a Dutch music producer and disc jockey who often collaborates with other popular musicians like Pitbull, David Guetta, and Eva Simons. He is also credited with establishing his own record label, Wall Recordings. In 2019, Afrojack was ranked ninth in DJ Magazine's list of top 100 DJs.

 13 David Oistrakh

David Oistrakh
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: September 30, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Odessa
Died: October 24, 1974

Two-time Grammy Award-winning Soviet violinist David Oistrakh had been trained in the instrument since age 5 and performed in his first concert at age 6. He later taught at the Moscow Conservatory and performed throughout the world, especially in Europe and the US. He also played for Soviet soldiers during World War II.

 14 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.

 15 Sharon den Adel

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.

 16 Candy Dulfer

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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Candy Dulfer is a Dutch saxophonist best known for her solo career as well as for her association with the band The Ladies of Soul. Dulfer became a household name in the Netherlands in 2013 when she started appearing as a jury member in the popular TV show X-Factor. During the 1990s, Candy Dulfer won many Conamus Export Prizes.

 17 Anneke van Giersbergen

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.

 18 Anouk

Anouk
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Anouk is a Dutch singer widely regarded as the most famous rock singer in the Netherlands. She achieved popularity in 2013 when she represented her country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden with the song, Birds. Anouk is one of the most decorated singers of her generation; she has won several awards like TMF Awards and Edison Music Awards.

 19 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.

 20 Aad van Toor

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.

 21 R3hab

R3hab
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Famous As: DJ and Record Producer
Birthdate: April 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Breda, Netherlands

 22 Anita Doth

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.

 23 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.

 24 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.

 25 Ferry Corsten

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Famous As: Disc Jockey, Record Producer
Birthdate: December 4, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Dutch DJ/producer Ferry Corsten is known for his hit tracks that he churned out throughout the 1990s and 2000s, using a variety of pseudonyms such as Gouryella. A master of trance and progressive house music, he has also created concept albums such as Blueprint and supports VH1’s Save The Music Foundation.

 26 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.

 27 Charlotte Wessels

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.

 28 Laidback Luke

Laidback Luke
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Famous As: DJ, founder of Mixmash Records
Birthdate: October 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines

Laidback Luke, whose real name is Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, is a Dutch-Filipino DJ and music producer who has released albums like Psyched Up and Electronic Satisfaction and is the founder of Mixmash Records. He is also a vlogger and a kung fu world champion. 

 29 Headhunterz

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Famous As: DJ
Birthdate: September 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Veenendaal, Netherlands

Willem Rebergen, popularly known by his stage name Headhunterz, is a prominent Dutch DJ and music producer who is known for his hard style music. His works include albums like Studio Sessions, Sacrifice and The Return of Headhunterz. Also a voice actor, he has dubbed for animated movies and television series like The Land Before Time and Rocket Power.

 30 Jan Akkerman

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Famous As: Guitarist
Birthdate: December 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman not just co-founded the internationally acclaimed progressive rock band Focus, but also had a phenomenally successful solo career as a jazz-rock/fusion musician and became known for tracks such as Streetwalker. The son of a scrap dealer, he had learned the accordion before switching to guitar.

 31 YoungKio

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

 32 Adrian Vandenberg

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.

 33 Do

Do
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Dutch singer Dominique Rijpma van Hulst, better known as Do, was a promising tennis player in her early days. However, an injury made her switch to music. She soared to fame with the cover version of Bryan Adams’s track Heaven and later churned out hits such as Love Is Killing Me.

 34 Eva Simons

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

 35 Arjen Anthony Lucassen

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.

 36 Barry Hay

Barry Hay
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Faizabad, India

Born to a Dutch mother and a Scottish father in India, Barry Hay later moved to the Netherlands, where he lived with his mother. Initially part of the Dutch rock band Golden Earring, he later went solo and also contributed as a singer and flutist on as Ayreon track.

 37 Esmée Denters

Esmée Denters
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Arnhem, Netherlands

Esmée Denters first gained attention with her cover versions on YouTube. At 19, she signed with Justin Timberlake's label and accompanied him on tours. The MTV Europe Music Award-winning Dutch singer is best known for her UK top 10 hit Outta Here. She has also been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

 38 Trijntje Oosterhuis

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.

 39 Thijs van Leer

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.

 40 Mark Jansen

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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer
Birthdate: December 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Reuver, Netherlands

Mark Jansen is a Dutch singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Over the years, Jansen has been an important contributor to the symphonic metal subgenre and has worked with popular bands like After Forever. Mark Jansen is also credited with co-founding symphonic death metal bands like Mayan and Epica.

 41 Antonia Brico

Antonia Brico
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 26, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: August 3, 1989

Born to an unwed mother in the Netherlands, Antonia Brico later moved to the US with her foster parents. She was the first American to graduate from the master class of conducting at the Berlin State Academy of Music. She was also the first woman to gain respect as a symphony orchestra conductor.

 42 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.

 43 George Kooymans

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Famous As: Guitarist, Vocalist
Birthdate: March 11, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

A renowned guitarist, George Kooymans was also the founder of the Dutch rock band Golden Earring. A talented songwriter, too, he penned the Billboard-charting Twilight Zone and co-wrote other smash hits such as Radar Love. He also co-wrote tracks for the debut album of Anouk, making her a star.

 44 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.

 45 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.

 46 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.

 47 André Hazes

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Famous As: Former accomplished levenslied singer who recorded 36 studio and live albums, and 55 singles prior to his death in 2004
Birthdate: June 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died: September 23, 2004

 48 Herman Brood

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands
Died: July 11, 2001

Best known as part of Wild Romance, Dutch musician Herman Brood was the poster child of Dutch rock and roll and the Netherlands’s biggest rock superstar but was also notorious for his addiction to drugs and alcohol. He later turned to painting but committed suicide by jumping from an Amsterdam hotel at 54.

 49 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.

 50 Murda

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