Inevitable Controversy Greets Unveiling of Scotland's 'Greatest' Album

It is the inevitable controversy after the night before.

Reports today’s Scottish Sun newspaper: “Scotland’s Greatest Album last night [on STV] unveiled its final playlist – sparking off even more controversy.”

The three partners responsible for the STV programme – including STV, the Scottish Sun and Real Radio – are relishing the controversy they have cooked up, with both STV and the Scottish Sun actively courting the drama in their coverage.

Says the Sun: “Fierce debate has raged on after Gerry Rafferty and The Proclaimers each landed TWO songs on the 12-track album.”

The decision means that multi-million record selling bands like Wet Wet Wet have been left off the final album.

Real Radio drivetime host Steve McKenna told the Sun: “On reflection I think the panel should hang their heads in shame for not including Wet Wet Wet. I’m still not sure how that happened.”

Simple Minds are another band who have not made the final cut, despite reportedly having sold more concert tickets than any other Scottish band.

Nearly 125,000 STV viewers, Scottish Sun readers and Real Radio voted to create an album of the best Scottish tracks from the last four decades.

Head judge, T in the Park judge, Geoff Ellis, is quoted as saying: “It should have been a double album, because there have been so many great tracks which missed out. I would have liked to have seen Biffy Clyro, Teenage fanclub, Lloyd Cole And The Commotions, John Martyn and Primal Scream.”

According to the STV website: “There were some acts certain people thought shouldn’t have been in contention, such as Rod Stewart, The Eurythmics and Franz Ferdinand.”

The album includes the top three tracks from each decade, from the seventies through to the noughties. These are:

* Gerry Raffery – Baker Street (70s, most popular)

* Rod Stewart – Maggie May (70s, second)

* Stealers Wheel – Stuck in the Middle of You (70s, third)

* Deacon Blue – Dignity (80s, most popular)

* The Proclaimers – Sunshine on Leith (80s, second)

* Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (80s, third)

* The Proclaimers – (I'm Gonna Be) 500 Miles (90s, most popular)

* The Waterboys – The Whole of the Moon (90s, second)

* Frankie Miller – Caledonia (90s, third)

* Snow Patrol – Run (00s, most popular)

* Paolo Nutini – Candy (00s, second)

* Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out (00s, third)