10 of the best Scottish bands

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Burns night celebrates the life and works of legendary Scottish poet Robert Burns. 

The national Bard, born on 25 January 1759, wrote the infamous Auld Lang Syne, traditionally sang on New Year's Eve.

In celebration of all things Scotland, we've selected a few of our favourite Scottish bands. Now, pass us the Haggis.

Belle and Sebastian

Formed in Glasgow in 1996, the band began as a college project. Since then, they've gone on to perform at the likes of Glastonbury and Latitude, as well as receiving the 'Outstanding Contribution To Music' award at the NME Awards in 2014.

Biffy Clyro

Hailing from Kilmarnock, the first incarnation of the band formed in 1995. Since then, they have gone on to release seven studio albums as well as receiving a host of different awards for their music.

Primal Scream

Co-founded in Glasgow by Bobby Gillespie and Jim Beattie, the band have cemented themselves in British rock history with tracks including 'Country Girl'. 

The Proclaimers

The Proclaimers are a Scottish institution. Identical twin brothers, Charles and Craig Reid, have released ten studio albums as The Proclaimers. 'Sunshine On Leith' inspired both a stage show and a film.

Simple Minds

One of the most commercially successful outfits to come out of Scotland, Simple Minds have achieved a host of UK number one albums and continue to attract a loyal fan base.Their international hit 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' also became the soundtrack to The Breakfast Club film.


Lead by front woman Sharlene Spiteri, Texas' debut single 'I Don't Want A Lover' received huge international success. Formed in 1986, the band have gone on to achieve three UK number one albums and thirteen top ten singles.

Franz Ferdinand 

Indie rockers Franz Ferdinand achieved global recognition after the release of indie disco staple, 'Take Me Out' in January 2004. The band, from Glasgow, have released five albums to date. 


Travis, from Glasgow, are widely thought to have paved the way for bands including Coldplay and Keane through the 00s. The band's second album, 'The Man Who', achieved international success and spent nine weeks at number one in the UK charts.