NEW research released by VisitScotland has revealed the most popular Scottish trad songs.

The report, which surveyed 1000 Scottish adults, found that over a third of Scots (34%) have started listening to trad more often in the past year with another 35% going as far as saying they’ve been exposed to more Scottish trad music than ever.

Sixty-one percent of those surveyed believe the genre is gaining more popularity, and 56% of people stated that they are inclined to listen to more trad music in the future. 

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Another 37% of Scots saying trad music has influenced their overall musical taste with 53% of individuals saying they’ve noticed an inclusion of the genre within the media.

Elsewhere, to find out the most popular Scottish trad music songs, VisitScotland analysed more than 157,000 tracks featured within Scottish trad music playlists on Spotify.

Ida's Jig by Dàimh is the top-ranking trad music song, followed by Walking On the Waves by Skipinnish and Echo by Talisk.

See top 10 most popular Scottish trad music songs on Spotify below:

  1. Ida's Jig - Dàimh
  2. Walking On the Waves - Skipinnish
  3. Echo - Talisk
  4. Gaol Ise Gaol I (She's My Love) - Kathleen MacInnes
  5. Oran na Cloiche - Mànran
  6. This Is The Life - Amy Macdonald
  7. The Creelman / The Normaway Inn / The Reconciliation - Saltfishforty
  8. The Smokey Lum/Maggie's Pancakes/Dancing Feet/The Mason's/Apron - The Tannahill Weavers
  9. Heather On The Hill - Nathan Evans
  10. Land Below the Waves - Skipinnish

VisitScotland has previously suggested that part of the enduring appeal of trad music is that it’s so deeply rooted in the cultural heritage of Scotland, with 88% considering it a vital part of the nation’s culture and heritage.

Another 84% of respondents argue that by preserving it we ensure that future generations have a connection to their roots and cultural identity, while an additional 82% believe that it fosters a sense of community that brings people together.

A further 61% of Scots expressed an interest in supporting efforts to promote and preserve traditional music. Enthusiasm is notably higher among younger generations, with millennials most likely to be expressing interest in such initiatives compared.

Six in 10 people (65%) also say they would consider attending a live performance this year, with 49% even saying they would be open to travelling to different parts of Scotland to experience it. 

On average, people were found to be planning on attending three live Scottish trad music performances this year.