Scotland may be known for its bagpipes and Celtic rhymes but today more and more of the chart-topping sounds you hear on the radio come from Scottish creators. Though many of them may not be waving the blue and white flag as high as others, the heritage of hit makers seems to be continuing in the country north of Britain. Whether it is a straight up pop hit, indie favourite or even a little bit electronic the new music movement in Scotland does not discriminate and thus all manner of bands have become popular from within its legendary walls. Here are just a handful of musicians with household names that came from the Scotland
With their omnipresent single ‘Take Me Out’ being used in advertising everywhere at the time of its release back in 2004 the indie outfit continued to create tracks that were abundant with catchy hooks. The somewhat unconventional group entertained fans in their music videos that showed lots of tongue in cheek humour and the fun that was apparent in their sound. Releasing the very sticky ‘Do You Want To’ a year later cemented their ability to make tracks you couldn’t forget.
Playing their borderline Britpop-indie-rock style to audiences for a handful of years, this band of friends saw their big break when they released their third album ‘Final Straw’ in the early 2000s. instantly shooting them to success the steady and easily appreciated commercial sound they strummed out caught listeners all over with their well known release ‘Spitting Games’ now world renowned. The album went platinum six times, providing stable ground for the rest of their careers.
More of a one hit wonder, the Fratellis who are named after characters from the film The Goonies created an anthemic crowd pleaser in their single Chelsea Dagger. The raucous lyric-less chant that makes up for the songs hook quickly became a floor filling night club favourite, it was also used to advertise both animated and live action films, but it didn’t stop there. Quickly adopted by sports teams thanks to its ability to get crowds going and its instantly catchy pogo inducing nature, the song is now used to represent football and hockey teams around the world. With this one achievement this Scottish band have created a hit that will no doubt live a long life.
Born Adam Richard Wiles, this Scottish DJ has made a name for himself creating dance driven pop hits for a good few years now. From his first album ‘I Created Disco’ that hit shelves back in 2007 he managed to get two singles into the top ten, delivering a fun and fresh electronic sound with catchy tracks like ‘Acceptable In The 80s’. His third album broke records as each of its eight singles managed to also breach the top ten, a feat not even performed by the King of Pop Michael Jackson himself. Collaborating with popular acts like Dizzee Rascal, Kelis and Pharrell, Harris has secured a solid place at the top of the pop pantheon.