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18 Best Irish Songs to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day from The Pogues to U2
You know, Irish music often gets pigeonholed as bar sing-alongs or just U2. But there’s so much more than that, from protest, to punk rock, to folk, to some of the biggest pop stars in recent memory. Join us as we run down the best Irish music, with the perfect playlist for your St. Patrick’s Day antics.
Thin Lizzy — “The Boys Are Back in Town”
Good for: When when the young gentlemen have returned for a night of revelry.
U2 — “Where the Streets Have No Name”
Good for: Remembering a time when U2 hand’t ruined U2.
The Cranberries — “Zombie”
Good for: When you want to protest. And scream “zombie.”
Van Morrison — “Into the Mystic”
Good for: When you want to rock your gypsy soul.
Dropkick Murphys — “I’m Shipping Up to Boston”
Good for: When you have no idea where you put your wooden leg.
Dolores O’Riordan — “Ordinary Day”
Good for: A little inspiration for what to embroider on that throw pillow.
The Dubliners — “Whiskey in the Jar”
Good for: When you’re in the mood for some extremely Irish folk ditties.
Sinead O’Connor — “Troy”
Good for: Killing dragons.
The Pogues — “Fairytale of New York”
Good for: When you want to celebrate Christmas, but also kinda want to highlight the dangers of alcoholism and drug addiction.
Flogging Molly — “What’s Left of the Flag”
Good for: Some passionate fist pumping.
Thin Lizzy — “Whiskey in the Jar”
Good for: When a playlist doesn’t have enough Thin Lizzy.
Enya — “Only Time”
Good for: Literally any situation.
Niall Horan — “Slow Hands”
Good for: When you’re unreasonably horny.
Hozier — “Take Me to Church”
Good for: Repenting on a Sunday morning.
Luke Kelly — “The Wild Rover”
Good for: A lit sing-along.
U2 — “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
Good for: When you really just need another reminder that U2 used to be good.
B*Witched — “C’est la Vie”
Good for: When you’re trying to remember what the song was from the 1999 Disney Channel original movie Smart House.
Snow Patrol — “Chasing Cars”
Good For: Forgetting the world and remembering Season Two finale of Grey’s Anatomy.