National survey lists The Proclaimers as '˜One-Hit Wonder' band

A national survey has provoked controversy after it listed The Proclaimers on a list of one-hit wonder songs.

Wednesday, 26th October 2016, 11:43 am
Updated Thursday, 27th October 2016, 4:31 pm
The Proclaimers playing T in the Park. Picture; David Moir.


A study, carried out by the Digital Media Hub organisation to determine the UK’s favourite one-hit wonder listed I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) as number four on the list of the top 50 one-hit wonders in the UK.

However, while the number one on the list, Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles, arguably was a one-hit wonder, some have criticised the poll for including the Edinburgh-born band on the list at all.

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The Proclaimers play Party at the Palace 2016. Picture; Michael Gillen

With ten studio albums, countless compilations and even a hit musical based on their career, the poll omits many chart successes for the band.

The poll fails to take into accounts hits such as “Sunshine on Leith” which was adopted as a Hibernian anthem, “Letters from America” which was a top 3 song in the UK, and other songs placing in the UK top 40.

Their songs have featured in numerous films with “I’m on my way” featuring in hit-animation, Shrek.

500 Miles was selected by a panel of 2,000 nationals from a 102 songs deemed to be “one-hit wonders” from the 1950s through to present day. With 21% of the vote, the Proclaimers were in 4th spot.

The Proclaimers play Party at the Palace 2016. Picture; Michael Gillen

VH1 have also listed I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) as a one-hit wonder in the past, however, this was due to the fact that it was the only hit from the band in the US.

The top ten one-hit wonders according to the poll are:

1. Video Killed the Radio Star – Buggles

2. It’s Raining Men – The Weather Girls

3. Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum

4. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

5. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of) – Lou Bega

6. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor

7. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice

8. Don’t Leave Me This Way – Thelma Houston

9. Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex

10. Macarena – Los del Rio