The MTV EMAs are being held in Scotland tonight (November 9). Well, where else would they be held? Scotland is the home to the best music!
I am so proud to say I live in Scotland when I think of all the great music this amazing country has produced.
Let’s take a look at some brilliant Scottish artists producing wonderfully patriotic
I did try to restrict to 10 artists but us Scots are just sooo pure dead brilliant that I couldn’t limit it down…
The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
These guys are nothing short of Twintastic and no matter what party, gathering or function you attend in Scotland this song is guaranteed to get everyone on their feet. How ever many drams we’ve had we can still belt out “Da lat da (Da lat da), da lat da (Da lat da)”.
The Corries – Flower Of Scotland
Now, I’ve just learned something as I always thought “Scotland The Brave” was the actual official national anthem of Scotland but apparently there isn’t one and it’s only one of many tagged as the unofficial national anthem. I always thought Flower Of Scotland was the official unofficial national anthem but it seems it’s just as unofficial as all the others. Confused? Me too.
Maybe we should just vote for national anthems instead of independence? However, this song would get my vote and I can’t believe it was only written in 1967. It refers to the victory of the Scots, led by Robert the Bruce, over England’s Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. English, pah!
Dougie MacLean – Caledonia
I’ve only ever lived in Scotland but this song actually makes me miss it even though I’ve never even left.
Eddi Reader – Auld Lang Syne
Everyone, yes, everyone all over the world starts off every, yes every, New Year with a Scottish song and Eddi Reader delivers this Rabbie Burns classic so brilliantly.
Annie Lennox – Here Comes The Rain Again
The first of my “local” girls. Well, local in the fact that she was born in Aberdeen. However, unlike other Scottish female artists (naming no names, Lulu and Sheena Easton) she is proud of her roots and doesn’t turn on and off the Scottish accent when she wants to.
As for the song choice, well, have you ever been to Scotland? If not, bring an umbrella when you do.
Deacon Blue – Dignity
One of my all time favourite bands and it’s just a bonus that they are Scottish too. This is a song with a story that I simply love, just listen to the lyrics.
Texas – Say What You Want
Another fantastic band and this time fronted by the very talented Sharleen Spiterri. The song speaks for itself. You can say what you want about us Scots but we really don’t give a shit.
Travis – Happy
The obvious choice from Travis would have been “Why Does It Always Rain On Me” but this song is just as good because even when it does rain on us all the time, we’re still happy.
Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream
What a lady, what a story and what a voice. Some American dude once said he had a dream and some other American dude said something about the dream but SuBo dreamed a dream and made it reality.
Emeli Sande – Read All About It
The second local girl, Emile Sande, grew up in my village – Alford. I didn’t know her but still live in hope she will pop round for a Pinot Grigio one evening. She has gone global and it’s all about her talent, I love the fact that she is only ever in the headlines because of her music unlike most female singers these days (mentioning no names, Cheryl).
Try listening to this song without getting a chill down your spine.
Rod Stewart – Rhythm Of My Heart/Sailing
I couldn’t list Scottish songs without having one with bagpipes and who better to present them than the Rodfather of Scottish rock music, Rod Stewart.
So, there we have it and that’s only touching the tip of the iceberg as there are just far too many wonderful singers, bands and songwriters from this tiny little country for me to mention them all.
Be proud, I am!
I couldn’t resist adding this: