This fabulous tune first appeared in the UK in 1983 and got to number 15 in the charts. Strangely though, it was only released as a ‘B’ side in the states and has never got the recognition it deserved.
Written by the bands lead singer, Chrissie Hynde, it is often mistaken as meaning 2000 miles is the distance between two lovers, with the haunting ‘I Miss You‘ lyric an integral part of the song, but it was written for James Honeyman-Scott, the lead guitarist, who sadly died the previous year.
The video sees Chrissie Hynde dressed in a Salvation Army uniform in a snowy setting which sets off a real Christmas vibe.
2000 miles is taken from The Pretenders 1984 album ‘Learning to Crawl’ and can be seen on countless festive compilation albums.
There have been at least four covers of 2000 Miles with the most popular being those by Coldplay, KT Tunstall, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Natalie Imbruglia, although not all are recorded or released.
Sit back and enjoy one of the most festive tunes ever released – 2000 Miles The Pretenders