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Top 10 Irish Rock Bands And Their Greatest Hits

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and even if you’re not an environmentalist, going green is proper. As you get prepared for this year’s festivities, why not peruse through a list of the best Irish bands in rock history?

Just in case you didn’t know, St. Patrick was actually born in Scotland. Not Ireland. Therefore, some inclusions will not be indigenous of The Emerald Isle.

10. Stiff Little Fingers
Hailing from Belfast, Stiff Little Fingers were once recognized as the “Irish version of The Clash.” Before their breakup in 1982, the raucous and politically driven punk band produced two acclaimed albums in Inflammable Material and Nobody’s Heroes. Stiff Little Fingers has reformed since, but with moderate reception.

“Alternative Ulster”

9. Dropkick Murphys

The Celtic rockers from Boston are beloved amongst the punk community; even before slipping into mainstream notoriety by landing on The Departed soundtrack with “I’m Shipping Up to Boston.”  Since 1996, the Dropkick Murphy’s have released seven quality albums, and celebrate every St. Patrick’s Day with live performances.

“Kiss me, I’m Sh*tfaced”

8. Flogging Molly

Even though lead singer Dave King is a Dublin native, Flogging Molly accrued the majority of their following performing weekly shows at the Los Angeles pub Molly Malone’s. Who says house bands can’t make it to the big time?

“Drunken Lullabies”

7. The Dubliners

The venerable Irish-folk band is without question the quietest band on the list, but what The Dubliners lack in edge they make up in durability.  Having just celebrated their 50th anniversary (under several different lineups), The Dubliners are entrenched as luminaries in European folk music.

“Whiskey in the Jar”

6. The Cranberries

A hallmark of 90’s pop-rock, The Cranberries are one of the rare Irish bands to make an auspicious run on US music charts with singles like “Zombie,” “Linger,” and “Ode to My Family.”  After a six-year hiatus, Dolores O’Riordan and her band mates returned this past February with their sixth studio album Roses.



  • ris

    What about Black 47?

  • Brian Brady

    Rory Gallagher should be number 1 !!! Without Rory, there is no U2. Thin Lizzy should be 2 or 3 on the list. I love the Dropkick Murphy’s, but how does a Boston band make it on an “Irish Rock Band” list ?? were you drinking to much green beer and whiskey in a jar???

    • Derek Waltz

      Brian. I recommend you read the intro regarding why Dropkick Murphys is on the list. But yes, I was drinking a lot of Jameson when I wrote this.

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