The Proclaimers – “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” – (1988)

“When I wake up, yeah I know I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be the man who wakes up next to you… And I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more just to be the man who walked 1,000 miles to fall down at your door.” The Proclaimers, of Scotland – with their thick, Scottish accents – released this song on their album Sunshine on Leith in 1988. It was a big hit in the U.K. and Australia immediately upon its release. It hit #3 in the U.S. in 1993, which is why I associate it with the 1990s. So this is a legitimate instance of decade confusion, and a good way to wrap up our initial discussion. Next up, we’ll focus on songs from the 1970s that I associate more so with the 1980s.