It is no longer a very big surprise, but it remains a nice form of recognition, says Guus Meeuwis. He is number one in the Top 900 for the twelfth time with his song ‘Brabant’.

    Written by

    Nelleke Arnout

    “It just remains cool!”, the singer tells presenter Maarten Kortlever on Omroep Brabant Radio. “Every time it happens, I think next year it will be harder again. But every year I still come back to number one. So I am a bit pleasantly surprised.”

    Danny Vera’s Rollercoaster is in number two and in third place is the highest newcomer: Jan Biggel with Ons Mother Zeej Nog. He is therefore more popular than ABBA and Queen.

    Jan Biggel was totally surprised when he heard that he is the highest new entrant.
    Jan Biggel was totally surprised when he heard that he is the highest new entrant.

    But it is Guus who is again at the top with his Brabant: a third of all voters put our unofficial national anthem on his or her list. “I’ve been in the business for almost 27 years now. It is increasingly nice to notice that all the songs we have made, no matter how old they are, are still appreciated,” Meeuwis says on the radio. “That just makes me proud.”

    This was the Top 900
    The Top 900 is the list with the best music ever made and is composed of voting lists completed by the people of Brabant. From Saturday 17 September the list could be heard on Omroep Brabant Radio, and on Friday evening just before seven it was concluded with the now traditional number one. View the whole list here.

    The voting lists were collected from the listener in the neighborhood for the first time this year. The Top 900 Ballot Box, containing a mobile radio studio, moved from one place to another through the province. When the bus stopped, listeners could cast their vote.

    The Top 900 Ballot box on the Piet Blomplein in Helmond, where the local police officer cast his vote.
    The Top 900 Ballot box on the Piet Blomplein in Helmond, where the local police officer cast his vote.

    Those listeners came in great numbers. Miep (70) came to the bus in Uden to vote for Que Sera Sera. It reminds her of her childhood: “We used to play this song at home.” And Henk came by in Helmond to vote, but especially not for songs by André Hazes: “When he passes by in the pub, I go to the toilet.”

    If you do have access to such a bus, you should use it. And so the Wakker team also paid a visit to Corry Konings to wake her up at six thirty in the morning.

    Corry Konings and Koen Wijn with the ballot box of the Top 900 in the background.
    Corry Konings and Koen Wijn with the ballot box of the Top 900 in the background.

    The horn of the bus is a bit measly, but when radio host Koen Wijn yells: “Corry! Waking!” a head with small eyes sticks out the window. She eventually votes on In The Ghetto by Elvis Presley, “I used to be such an Elvis fan, I enjoy this song so much.”

    The list is up again. But don’t worry. The list will be compiled and broadcast again next September. Do you want to reminisce in the meantime? Then go to omroepbrabant.nl/top900!

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