Sunshine on Leith (album)

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Sunshine on Leith
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1988 (UK)
1989 (USA)
RecordedJanuary–February 1988
StudioChipping Norton Recording Studios
GenreFolk rock[1]
53:30 (2001 re-release)
LabelChrysalis, Nettwerk
ProducerPete Wingfield
The Proclaimers chronology
This Is the Story
Sunshine on Leith
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Sunshine on Leith is The Proclaimers' second studio album, released in August 1988.[2] The album title is about their birthplace Leith. The album had three singles, including "I'm on My Way" and "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", the latter of which reached number 11 in the UK Singles Chart upon its initial release and also became a hit in the US five years later following its inclusion on the soundtrack to Benny & Joon in 1993.[2]

The title track, "Sunshine on Leith", is played by Hibernian F.C. after victories in big fixtures.[3] A remastered edition of the album was released in 2011.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Craig and Charlie Reid, except where noted.

1."I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" 3:37
2."Cap in Hand" 3:22
3."Then I Met You" 3:46
4."My Old Friend the Blues"Steve Earle3:03
5."Sean" 3:19
6."Sunshine on Leith" 5:14
7."Come On Nature" 3:32
8."I'm on My Way" 3:43
9."What Do You Do" 3:37
10."It's Saturday Night" 3:23
11."Teardrops" 2:31
12."Oh Jean" 5:54


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Year Title Chart positions
US US Modern Rock UK
1988 "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" 21 11
1988 "Sunshine on Leith" 41
1989 "I'm on My Way" 43
1993 "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" 3 8


  1. ^ Heim, Chris (9 March 1989). "Scots on the Rock". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (2003). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music (Third ed.). Virgin Books. p. 392. ISBN 1-85227-969-9.
  3. ^ "Singing twins bring sunshine to Leith". The Scotsman. Johnston Publishing. 4 May 2002. Retrieved 13 October 2013. The Best Of album, due for release in the UK on May 13, features 20 songs drawn from the duo’s 15-year career, including Sunshine On Leith, their famous anthem which is regularly played at Easter Road, home of their beloved Hibernian Football Club.