As long as there's been humans, there's been music. With the earliest example of musical notation dating back over 4,000 years, music has continud to flourish and evolve across the globe to the days of Mozart and Beethoven to Elvis, The Beatles, and beyond.
However, while it's the likes of America that dominates the music industry today, one of the best things about music is that it's found all over the world in a variety of forms. From Mongolian metal bands, French hip-hop, and J-pop, there are countless talented artists in every country who are just waiting to be discovered by anyone who looks.
And one small country where you can expect to find plenty of music is Scotland. Despite its relatively small size (80,077 square kilometres) and population (just over 5.4 million) Scotland isn't short on some truly incredible bands. Ranging from musical icons who've lasted decades to rising underground gems, Scotland is home to something for everyone.
Although there are simply too many Scottish bands to list here - not including solo artists such as Annie Lennox, KT Tunstall, and Paolo Nutini - here are just some Scottish bands you should add to your playlist.