On the basis of interviews with music audiences, heritage practitioners, and cultural industry workers, this article explores how language use in Dutch popular music relates to local and historically situated taste patterns and music practices. Most popular music in the Netherlands is sung in English, Dutch, or dialects of the Dutch language.

We discuss how these languages are used in Dutch popular music as an expression of cultural taste, cultural identities, and local heritages. Furthermore, we describe historical trends in the attention to various languages and their associated genres, focusing on processes of classification and cultural legitimization.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/03007766.2015.1061344, hdl.handle.net/1765/79624
Journal Popular Music & Society
Grant This work was funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme; grant id fp7/217152 - Trans-national co-operation among National Contact Points for Socio-economic sciences and the Humanities (NET4SOCIETY)
van der Hoeven, A.J.C, Janssen, M.S.S.E, & Driessen, S.M.R. (2015). Articulations of identity and distinction. Popular Music & Society, 39(1), 43–58. doi:10.1080/03007766.2015.1061344