From banging beats to eargasmic treats, whether its folk, rock, dance, pop or punk, Scotland's musical stars are covering it all.

ANNIE LENNOX

Born on Christmas Day in Aberdeen, Annie Lennox is one of Scotland’s best known musicians. As one half of Eurythmics, Annie ruled the 80’s with hits like ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’ before embarking on a solo career that has seen her win Grammys, Golden Globes and even an Oscar for her musical work. When she isn’t wowing fans on stage, Annie is also a tireless social and political activist and was awarded an OBE for her charity work in 2011.

 

LEWIS CAPALDI

Born in Bathgate, just outside Edinburgh, Lewis Capaldi’s emotional ballads, combined with his very Scottish sense of humour, have seen him become a global superstar across social media and the music charts. In 2019, with his song ‘Someone You Loved’, he became the first Scottish solo artist to secure a US number one since Sheena Easton in 1981. It’s fair to say that Lewis Capaldi is a star on the rise, and another of Scotland's great gifts to the world.

 

CALVIN HARRIS

Originally from Dumfries, in the Scottish Borders, Calvin Harris is a DJ, record producer, songwriter and singer. In 2007, Harris released his debut album ‘I Created Disco’, which included two top ten singles and has never looked back. With a string of number one hits across the globe under his belt, his rise to DJ superstardom has seen him work with some of the biggest names in music, including Rihanna, Dua Lipa, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande.

 

CHVRCHES

Formed in Glasgow in 2011, Chvrches are a Scottish electronic band consisting of lead singer Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty. Chvrches came fifth on BBC's Sound of 2013, which lists promising new talent, before releasing their debut studio album ‘The Bones of What You Believe’. Since then, Chvrches have toured all over Europe, USA, Canada and Japan, releasing follow up albums ‘Every Open Eye’ in 2015 and ‘Love is Dead’ in 2018.

THE PROCLAIMERS

Hailing from the tiny village of Auchtermuchty in Fife, identical twins Charlie and Craig Reid formed The Proclaimers in 1983. This iconic duo has since gone on to release 11 studio albums, all characterised by their unmistakable Scottish accent. Along the way, they’ve provided us with global smash hits like ‘Sunshine on Leith’, ‘I’m on My Way’ and 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)' which has appeared in movies, TV shows and adverts around the globe.

 

BIFFY CLYRO

Formed in 1995, when lead singer Simon Neil was just 15 years old, Biffy Clyro are a rock band from Kilmarnock and a product of acclaimed student-run Scottish record label, Electric Honey. This multi award-winning trio are known for an eclectic style that covers all out rock anthems alongside haunting ballads. Most summers you’ll find them at some of the biggest festivals, where their loyal fans will be shouting the famous chant 'mon the Biff'.

SIMPLE MINDS

Formed in Glasgow in 1977, Simple Minds achieved worldwide popularity throughout the 80s and early 90s, racking up a number of critically acclaimed albums. To this day, they are perhaps best known for their number one single ‘Don't You (Forget About Me)’ that featured in John Hughes' iconic film ‘The Breakfast Club’. The band has since gone on to sell more than 60 million albums and continue to perform and tour today.

 

TEXAS

Formed in 1986 in Glasgow, Texas are a Scottish pop-rock band known primarily for the stunning vocal talents of lead singer Sharleen Spiteri. The band have released an impressive nine studio albums, and are still working on new music and touring today. Hit songs such as ‘I Don’t Want a Lover’ and ‘Black Eyed Boy’ have seen the band achieve impressive international success, selling more than 40 million records around the world.

AC/DC

Technically AC/DC are an Australian creation, but Scotland had a massive part to play in the formation of one of rock and roll’s greatest bands. AC/DC were formed by Glasgow-born brothers, Angus and Malcolm Young, with another Scotsman – lead singer Bon Scott – performing with the band until his death in 1980. The band have sold more than 200 million records, with ‘Back in Black’ being the highest selling album in the world by any band.

 

SNOW PATROL

Yes – we know that Snow Patrol have a strong Northern Irish contingent. However, if it wasn’t for Scotland then we might not even have this stellar indie-rock band - they are also another Electric Honey alum. Formed in 1994 while studying in Dundee, Snow Patrol have achieved phenomenal success around the world thanks to hits like ‘Chasing Cars’ and ‘Run’. This Grammy-nominated band have since gone on to sell nearly 20 million records.

TRAVIS

Another Glasgow offering, Scottish rock band, Travis, were formed in the city in 1990 and have been treating fans to incredible music ever since. Known for tracks including ‘Why Does It Always Rain on Me’, ‘Turn’ & ‘Flowers in the Window’, this quartet have enjoyed success on an international level and helped pave the way for bands such as Coldplay and Keane.

 

KT TUNSTALL

Born in Edinburgh, KT Tunstall’s alternative/folk rock sound is adored by millions throughout Scotland and around the world. She rose to fame after a performance on Jools Holland’s ‘Later..’ show in 2004 and hasn’t looked back since. Perhaps her most well-known song, ‘Suddenly I See’ has appeared in countless movies and TV shows, including ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, ‘Ugly Betty’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Love, Rosie’.

AMY MACDONALD

After being inspired to try her hand at music by watching Scottish band, Travis, Amy Macdonald started playing her father’s guitar at the age of 12 and has gone on to achieve incredible successes since. To date she has sold more than 12 million records worldwide and when she isn’t touring festivals with her unique folk/rock sound, she can usually be found at Scotland’s international sporting events, belting out the national anthem before matches.

 

BELLE & SEBASTIAN

Led by lead singer Stuart Murdoch, Belle and Sebastian are a Scottish rock band that were formed in Glasgow in 1994 and yet another Electric Honey success story. These days, the band are regularly considered as one of the greatest indie pop groups of all time and have gained an incredibly passionate fan base thanks to their distinctive style. The band have released eight studio albums and are still producing new music nearly 30 years after it all began.

PRIMAL SCREAM

Formed in Glasgow in 1982, rock band, Primal Scream were a key part of the 1980s indie pop scene. However, it wasn’t until 1991, when they met up with DJ Andrew Weatherall who introduced a dance music element into their music that the band really took off in the mainstream consciousness. The band have achieved impressive success throughout their years, thanks in part to classic tunes including ‘Movin’ On Up’ and ‘Rocks’.

 

TEENAGE FANCLUB

Formed in Bellshill near Glasgow in 1989, the band emerged from a scene that was heavily influenced by The Beach Boys and the Byrds. Once described by Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain as ‘the best band in the world’, the band have gone on to release 11 studio albums cementing their place as influential alt-rock legends.

BAY CITY ROLLERS

Formed in Edinburgh, and known as much for their tartan outfits as they were for their musical talents, the Bay City Rollers enjoyed international teen idol status throughout the 1970s. Although the band has changed line ups on several different occasions, they were adored across the UK, North America, Australia and Asia. The band released an incredible 13 studio albums, and were at one point heralded as ‘the biggest group since The Beatles’.

 

FRANZ FERDINAND

An influential rock-band formed in Glasgow in 2002, Franz Ferdinand won the Mercury Music Prize in 2004, and two BRIT Awards in 2005 for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act. NME also named their eponymous debut album as their Album of the Year thanks to classic songs like ‘Take Me Out’. The band has been nominated for several Grammy awards, making them one of the few Scottish bands or artists to enjoy that honour.

 

PRIMAL SCREAM

Formed in Glasgow in 1982, rock band, Primal Scream were a key part of the 1980s indie pop scene. However, it wasn’t until 1991, when they met up with DJ Andrew Weatherall who introduced a dance music element into their music that the band really took off in the mainstream consciousness. The band have achieved impressive success throughout their years, thanks in part to classic tunes including ‘Movin’ On Up’ and ‘Rocks’.

 

TEENAGE FANCLUB

Formed in Bellshill near Glasgow in 1989, the band emerged from a scene that was heavily influenced by The Beach Boys and the Byrds. Once described by Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain as ‘the best band in the world’, the band have gone on to release 11 studio albums cementing their place as influential alt-rock legends.

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