Song of the Day Apr 20

April 20, 2024

This month I’m focusing on One Hit Wonders of the 90s.

Today our song is:  I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) 

Wikipedia tells us this about the song:

"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" is a song written and performed by Scottish duo the Proclaimers, and first released in August 1988 by Chrysalis as the lead single from their second album, Sunshine on Leith (1988). The song reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart on its initial release and topped the charts of Australia, Iceland, and New Zealand.

In 1993, following its appearance in the American film Benny & Joon, the song was released in North America. It reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in August 1993 as well as number eight on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, number 25 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart; and number four in Canada. In 2007, the Proclaimers re-recorded the song with English comedians Peter Kay and Matt Lucas for the UK's Comic Relief charity telethon, scoring a number one hit in the UK and outperforming their original UK chart run.

"I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" has become a live staple at the Proclaimers' concerts. The duo played it at Edinburgh 50,000 – The Final Push at Murrayfield Stadium on 6 July 2005, the final concert of Live 8, to symbolise the conclusion of "The Long Walk to Justice".



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