When a shortlist of ten songs was announced, the great conversation on which are the greatest songs in Scotland took a new phase.
To get the public to agree, the hunt for the number one song for Scotland started in July.
After hours of debate and discussion, four judges, including journalist and broadcaster Jackie Bird, singer and actress Clare Grogan and journalist and presenter Gordon Smart and Aarti Joshi of DF Concerts, picked ten tracks.
Some big names, including AC/DC, Eurythmics, Wet Wet Wet, Simple Minds, Lewis Capaldi and Talking Heads, have been left out of the top ten, which is more likely to spark further discussion than end it. And there isn’t space for The Proclaimers’ 500 Miles, considered by some to be the alternate national anthem of the country.
Deacon Blues Dignity, The Waterboys’ Whole of The Moon, Primal Screams Loaded, The Tinseltown of The Blue Nile in the Rain, Gerry Rafferty’s Baker Lane, The Proclaimers’ Sunshine on Leith, Big Country’s In A Big Country, Amy MacDonald’s This Is The Life, Texas’ Black Eyed Boy, and Somewhere In My Heart’s Aztec Camera were the top ten tracks.
At a time when appeals were made to the Scottish Government to help the music industry, which produced £ 431 million in investment and supported 4300 full-time jobs in 2018, in the coronavirus crisis, the effort to find Scotland’s Greatest Song was part of an attempt to promote the rich musical heritage of the country.
A series of shows and mini-documentaries have been created to be broadcast before a national vote on regional radio stations.
From 4 p.m. on Nov. 15 At 7 p.m., on Bauer-operated Greatest Hits stations in Scotland, including stations such as Clyde 2, Forth 2, Tay 2, Moray Firth Radio, Northsound 2 and West Sound, the judges will come together for a special one-off broadcast.
The chair of the judging panel, Jackie Bird, will join her three fellow judges to discuss the shortlist, how they made their choices and how the ten finalists played.
“Gordon Smart is one of the judges who will accompany Ms. Bird, he said, “It was such a pleasure to speak with two women I love and admire, Clare Grogan and Aarti Joshi, ‘Scotland’s Greatest Hit.’ If it wasn’t for Jackie Bird, we would still be debating about our top 10 right now!
It was a reminder of how great the canon of works that Scotland has produced is. Since then, I have not slept well since I have omitted some brilliant things from the bands and artists I love. I was Gordon Smart, if you like our latest option. I’m Ewen Cameron, if you don’t.
We felt the pressure as a jury to select the final ten songs, particularly when this nation has created so many absolute bangers,” Aarti Joshi of DF Concerts added.” The rest of the judges are very cool, so it’s been fun to chat with them, swear and laugh – I can’t wait to hear what the audience has to say! ”
Voting will open on November 15 and on St. Andrew’s Day, the winner will be revealed.
Glasgow-based audio specialist Audio Frontier launched the project, which won an offer to finance the programs through the Audio Content Fund of the UK government.