The first part of this page is about myself. General information (why I’ve made this site / information about the tags / etcetera) is at the bottom part of this page.
I’m Christina, living in the south of The Netherlands and born in the spring of 1981. I’m a ‘regular’ music listener (not professionally involved with it) sharing my favorites here; more about that in this section.
My personal music history:
1990/1991: THE VERY FIRST DAYS — I’m listening to music since early 1990: initially children’s music and my dad’s cds/lps. They were filled with classical music, old pop/rock classics and corny stuff like Boney M, Luv and BZN. Never heard of the third act? Check ‘Yeppa’ at YouTube.
1991-2004: DANCE MUSIC ERA — Halfway 1991, I started listening to current music. From that moment till the mid 00s I preferred dance music.
*** The first couple of years there was much variety (from heavily commercial to quite serious), despite the clear rave influences.
*** The next era was dominated by happy-go-lucky tunes, generating an endless list of embarassing ‘I liked that song’ memories. Dig up an average ‘month cd’ like Braun MTV Eurochart/HitXplosion/etc., released somewhere between Autumn 1993 and late 2000 (for people outside of Europe: once véry popular illegal compilation cds), and you’ll find those tracks.
*** Late 2000, after discovering internet radio, I started listening to more grown-up sounding dance; groovy house, Hed Kandi (like) stuff, acts like Basement Jaxx/Audio Bullys/Groove Armada and some trance. When it comes to being involved with dance music, the second half of 2001 + 2002 and 2003 was the most ‘intense’ era; thanks to the new phenomenon ‘broadband internet’.
*** About the previous line: I can also count 2004, but at the same time, feeling connected with the dance scene in general became harder that year.
SINCE 2005/NOWADAYS — Between 2005 and 2008 much changed (for example: playing lots of music released way before my time, which hadn’t been the case since 1991/1992), tastewise resulting in the current mish mash. It can be 50 years old, brand new, guitar based, drum based or synth based (although many favorites have a funky edge).
*** Dance remained a part of the combination of favorites, just not that dominant anymore. And the types of dance I still enjoyed changed, related to the things said in the line below.
*** In general, I pay attention to arrangements/details (interesting percussion = nice), and prefer tracks with an open, dynamic production; let’s call it a common thread within that mish mash. Pre 2005 my preferences were generally more ‘in your face’, I cared less about things like the loudness war.
Anyway, my music taste hasn’t changed that much anymore since everything was finally fallen into place in 2008. O.k., since the mid 10s the general feel is slightly more serious. And at the same time, some dance tracks I still liked the years before are played less/have even fallen off the map (especially among the left-overs within subgenres played a lot pre-2005). But that’s all.
A couple of important influences, among many (also pop and rock related) others:
- The deep house/tech house/classic house/electro station Underground FG (2005): still good nowadays but really awesome back then. In general, the tracks sounded quite subtle compared to a lot of dance I listened to before. In fact I discovered it right áfter my dance heydays, but that didn’t matter. The underlying feel left its marks.
- Lefto’s Studio Brussel show ‘De Hop’ (2008), playing music from the ‘beat scene’, jazz, world music, the better side of hip hop, etc; making me also listen to stations like FIP, Nova, Bolz, AlternativeRadio and Laid Back Radio. All those stations are on my radar since 2009 or 2010; sadly the last one (similar to Lefto’s style) doesn’t exist anymore. I’ve listened six years to it, it was an important one.
Btw, Lefto’s show still exists nowadays; I still listen to it. On Mixcloud you can find stripped down versions of his shows. And when you’re already there: search also for ‘Chunks Of Funk’.
In general, I don’t like:
- Excessively ‘brickwalled’ music/loudness wars; from time to time in combination with annoying autotune.
- Specific types of EDM. Afrojack + music related to that sound isn’t my cup of tea. Same goes for that thing called ‘tropical house’; too lifeless and boring for me.
- Music sounding that overly hipster it becomes painful.
- …but in fact, forced hipness or just a contrived feel in general, on a level it becomes annoying. There are guilty pleasures among utterly plastic productions, though. It helps when the artist doesn’t seem to take himself/herself too seriously.
- There’s lot of stupid(/chimpanzee level) Dutch spoken rap music, often getting +5 million (and from time to time +20 million) YouTube views for some reason. Be conscious of the fact that the Dutch language is spoken in just a couple of small countries, and realize it’s a lot.
MY RELATIONSHIP WITH MUSIC:
I’m a devoted, critical but at the same time ‘regular’ music listener sharing my favorites here. Not working in the music business, not that frontrunner discovering new releases before others do (there’s a reason this site is only about old music), and for sure not knowing nearly everything released in the past –> I wonder how some people seem to be able to, in a world with just 24 hours in a day; partly spent on sleep, work, etcetera. *scratches head*
Songs are found at internet stations (very important here; visit the webradio pages to find them), radio/Mixcloud shows (partly presented by those frontrunners), by trying recommended tracks at music boards/blogs (if there’s a chance I will like it), by clicking related videos at YouTube, by accident, etcetera.
–> That’s the way you have to view this site; there aren’t that many pretensions.
This site: Why?
This is a kind of an archive, started in 2010 with the first tracks which came to mind, and since then constantly growing. The lists are provided in decade versions and (cultural/soundwise) era versions, because both have their benefits.
Making a kind of a personal music archive is needed for myself to see the wood for the trees, after listening to music over 25 years already. But sharing it with others is more fun. You can try something you don’t know yet, or – if your taste is/was partly similar to mine – feel nostalgic about some songs of yesterday.
The track selection
About the tags
Instead of nitpicking about tiny subgenres, I make use of ‘big’ genre tags as much as possible.
‘Electronic music’ is an umbrella term for many kinds of electronic sounding music, trip hop included, mostly under 120 bpm.
Hits in Holland / release year
- When track X became a (Dutch) hit one, two or more years after the original year of release, it’s mentioned. It’s often similar to the situation in other countries. And when track x was originally released in (for example) 1989 and a Dutch hit in 1990, it’s in both the 80s and 90s sections.
- When a track already became popular in The Netherlands in the year of release, nothing’s mentioned. That would be too much.
About so-called ‘hits’: I also count semi-alternative tracks becoming quite big, despite not having that much chart success (for example: a couple of early Portishead classics).
The original year of release?
The original year of release is based on information at sites like Discogs.
Those are marked with .