Golden Earring is a Dutch {{Hard Rock}} band formed in 1961 that is still together and touring today, making them the [[LongRunners longest runner]] when it comes to Rock music. They had two big hits with "Radar Love" (1973) and "Twilight Zone" (1982) and enjoyed general international success in the [[TheSeventies '70s]] and [[TheEighties '80s]]; other songs, such as "Candy's Going Bad", "Instant Poetry", "Sleepwalkin'", "The Devil Made Me Do It", "Quiet Eyes", and "When the Lady Smiles" were smaller hits. They are the most successful Dutch rock act by a fairly large margin.

!Band members
* Barry Hay - Vocals and Flute
* George Kooymans - Vocals and Guitar
* Rinus Gerritsen - Bass and Keyboards
* Cesar Zuiderwijk - Drums

!Discography
* Just Earrings (1965)
* Winter-Harvest (1966)
* Miracle Mirror (1967)
* On the Double (1968)
* Eight Miles High (1969)
* Golden Earring (a.k.a. Wall of Dolls) (1970)
* Seven Tears (1971)
* Together (1972)
* Moontan (1973)
* Switch (1975)
* To the Hilt (1976)
* Contraband[[note]]titled Mad Love with different cover art and alternate track listing in the USA[[/note]] (1976)
* Grab It for a Second (1978)
* No Promises...No Debts (1979)
* Prisoner of the Night (1980)
* Cut (1982)
* N.E.W.S. (1984)
* The Hole (1986)
* Keeper of the Flame (1989)
* Bloody Buccaneers (1991)
* Face It (1994)
* Love Sweat (1995)
* Paradise in Distress (1999)
* Millbrook U.S.A. (2003)
* Tits 'n Ass (2012)

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!!! '''''Troper of the Night''''':
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Moontan'' gets one in "Vanilla Queen".
* CoverAlbum: ''Love Sweat''.
* EpicRocking: Over the 8-minute mark:
** "Eight Miles High", (19:00) from ''Eight Miles High''.
** "Vanilla Queen" (9:21), "Big Tree, Blue Sea" (8:15), and "Are You Receiving Me" (9:33) from ''Moontan''. (The entire U.S. album consists of songs over six minutes long, but the European version swaps out "Big Tree, Blue Sea" for two shorter tracks).
** "Violins" (10:21) from ''To the Hilt''. (Four songs on this album top the seven-minute mark.)
** Plus something like half the songs on most of their live albums (in particular, only the first song on their first live album is less than six minutes long, with "Vanilla Queen" being the longest track on the album at 11:45 and seven of the ten tracks topping the eight-minute mark). Also, their two biggest hits are examples in their album versions, with "Radar Love" clocking in at 6:24 and "Twilight Zone" at 7:58. Both also had shorter single edits for radio airplay, though.
* GratuitousFrench: "Kill Me (Ce Soir)".
* HardRock: This has defined them over the decades, although they initially had a more pop-ish sound and sometimes tended toward a more Psychedelic sound.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Presumably the whole band by this point, since all four band members have been members since at least 1970 and have toured basically nonstop.
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: A lot of them, from "[[Literature/TheLastOfTheMohicans Last of the Mohicans]]" to "[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]" (although lyrically the song is more inspired by ''Literature/TheBourneIdentity'') to "[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Orwell's Year]]".
* LongRunnerLineUp: Two of the current four were the founding members in '61, Hay joined in '68, and Zuiderwijk joined in '70, giving them a stable lineup lasting for over four decades.
** Actually, the group had multiple other members in the '70s and '80s, and were even a seven-piece at one point. Despite this, the group still has remained the same for 30 years, anyway.
* LongRunners: The band was founded in 1961 and is still going today.
* MindlinkMates: "Radar Love"
* ProgressiveRock: A lot of their mid-seventies work falls into this genre, particularly almost all of ''Moontan'' and ''To the Hilt''. Their nineteen-minute version of "Eight Miles High" is also a conspicuous example, and "Twilight Zone" is at least a borderline case thanks to its lengthy instrumental break.
* {{Sampling}}: "Vanilla Queen" samples Creator/MarilynMonroe from the 1954 film ''There's No Business Like Show Business'' saying the lines "Well, in simple English I'm..." and "What's your name, honey?"
* ShoutOut:
** "Radar Love" has one to singer Brenda Lee:
-->Radio playin' some forgotten song\\
Brenda Lee's comin' on strong.[[note]]"Coming On Strong" is one of Lee's songs.[[/note]]
** "Just Like Vince Taylor" pays tribute to the singer of the same name, who was fairly well known in continental Europe both for his solo career and as frontman of the Playboys, but not as well known overseas (though Music/TheClash did cover his song "Brand New Cadillac" for ''Music/LondonCalling'', and he was also apparently Music/DavidBowie's main inspiration for [[Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars Ziggy Stardust]]).
** Going the other way around, Music/DevinTownsend's "Radial Highway" incorporates a few lines from "Radar Love" and in general qualifies as a tribute to it.
* UncommonTime: "Big Tree, Blue Sea" (at least the ''Moontan'' version) changes meter signatures several times and incorporates some examples of this. Probably not their only example. "Radar Love" is a subversion, as there's a fill that sounds like an example at the end of the instrumental break, but it turns out just to be really syncopated 4/4.
* VillainousBSOD: An interpretation of "Twilight Zone".
* WhenSheSmiles: This is a central theme of one of their lesser hits, "When the Lady Smiles".
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