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The Greatest Scottish Songs of All Time

If we were to ask you, what are your top Scottish songs of all time, what would you say? We’ve asked several people this question and we’ve received different answers. Some songs resonated with a lot of people. We can’t say we fully agree with those answers, but we can’t disagree with them.

So, to put this all to rest, here is our very own list of the greatest Scottish songs of all time.

Auld Lang Syne

That’s right, you can’t talk about the greatest Scottish music without including Auld Lang Syne. This song was a poem at first written in 1788 by poet Robert Burns. It was even revealed that Burns got the words from an old man.

Anyway, Auld Lang Syne is famous all over the globe and is now the official anthem to welcome the New Year.

Not many people familiar with the song are aware that it is Scottish. Auld Lang Syne means “old long since” or “time went by.” Nowadays, people have different interpretations of the song that commemorates particular celebrations. Some people even play or sing this song during graduation.

The best way to look at the song is as a song that talks about the passing of time. People grow old and things change. But, we still instil in our memory and honour our old memories as we make new ones. “Should auld acquaintance be forgotten. And never brought to mind.”

Did you just sing along?

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

Not a traditional song but a legendary one for sure. I’m Gonna Be by Scottish music duo The Proclaimers was released back in 1988. To this day, the song has been featured in so many movies, television shows, and even performed at hundreds of concerts across the globe.

If you are a fan of the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” then you have heard of this song. The song is basically about wanting to be with the woman of your dreams. The Proclaimers sang they would “walk 500 miles” and “500 more” just to be with that woman. Let us hope they are not singing about the same girl though.

I’m Gonna Be was truly a big hit during the early 1990s and is one of the most classic Scottish songs ever to be released. Give this one a go and you sure are going to be putting it on repeat.

Flower of Scotland

Flower of Scotland by legendary musician Roy Williamson is all about how Robert of Bruce’s victory against Edward II of England at the Battle of Bannockburn way back in 1314. By the way, Flower of Scotland is the country’s national anthem also referred to as “Scotland the Brave.”

The song has its fair share of controversies with many people opposing its meaning to be offensive to other people. Nevertheless, Flower of Scotland remains as one of the most popular Scottish songs to be released.

So, are you keen on giving these songs a go? How about mixing it with some Irish songs?