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The Best Irish bands

Updated on March 12, 2015
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The immortal Luke

There is nothing quite like Irish Folk Music!

Ever hear a great Irish song, and wonder who sang it? Hopefully this will help you find it and many other great Irish tunes.

I know that this will be controversial, but it is just my list. I am not the final authority on anything!

Gaelic Storm almost made it!

Off we go to Tipperary-


There are so many great musicians and bands that come from the Emerald Isle. Here are the 10 that I think are the best.

10. Them- After their big hit "Gloria" they received wide acclaim in America. You know the one, G-L-O-R-I-A-!

9. Ash- They have such hits as Arcadia,Oh Yeah, There is hope again. There are now on a world tour and are making some stops to warm up for the Smashing Pumpkins, and Weezer.

8. The Undertones- Teenage Kicks is one of their faster and more popular songs. They are faster and lean a little more punk than most on this list. I love their energy and chemistry. They are on a big Europian tour as I write.

7.The Drop Kick Murphys- A very lively band from the Emerald Isle! Check out going of Style, The State of Massechusetts, and The Spicy McHaggis Jig. The bagpipes are awesome!

6. The Clancy Brothers- They were close to being as good live as the Dubliners. But close to Luke Kelly and his group was very hard to achieve! The Clancey Brothers harmonized like few others could.

5. The Corrs- A family of musicians lead by sister, Andrea Corr, they have thier own style and are popular everywhere in the world.

4. The Cranberries- With hits like Linger and Zombie, how could this group be left off? Delores has a beautiful voice and the band gelled perfectly. On her own, she isn't quite as good.

3. U2- Without The Edge, they never would have made it this high. Not only is he a great guitarist, he is very creative and was cutting edge(no pun intended) in the 80's and 90's. He inspired many new bands in America and abroad.

2. The Pouges- A favorite around the world, The Pouges could use a new image, but they know how to rock the Irish Classics.

1. The Dubliners ( with Luke Kelly)- Luke and company were awesome both in the studio and live! I have never heard anything from them that they didn't bring life to!

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    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      5 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thanks Bat! What are some of your favorite songs by them?

    • bat115 profile image

      Tim 

      5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Nice to see such love for The Dubliners. I agree with them being NUMBER ONE!

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      5 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thanks Tracy!

      I loved them with Luke Kelly, and they always stayed true to thier roots.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 

      5 years ago from Virginia, USA

      Mike -

      Thanks for sharing your list of favorites, I will have to take a look at 7, 9 and 10 as I don't think I have heard them before. Glad to see you put the Dubliners in the #1 position.

      Best, Tracy

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      5 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      http://www.dropkickmurphys.com/tour/

      The drop kicks are touring the U.S. right now. Enjoy!

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      5 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Yes, SM. They have changed a bit, havn't they?

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      Jay 

      5 years ago

      Wow great list! Are the DropkickMurphey's coming to America soon.

    • Seafarer Mama profile image

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      Thanks, Mike. Good to see Seamus Egan is still with them. He's the only name I remember from the 90's. Not sure if I'll make it to Lowell, but hope to catch them next time they pass by this way.

    • MikeSyrSutton profile imageAUTHOR

      MikeSyrSutton 

      5 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      Thank you SeaMama!

      They are on tour in America as we speak! Winifred Horan is singing for them now.

      http://solasmusic.com/band.php

    • Seafarer Mama profile image

      Karen A Szklany 

      5 years ago from New England

      Great hub. I've heard of most of these bands, since I listen to folk radio on a regular basis and attend live music concerts as often as I can. Of course, who hasn't heard of U2?

      Is Solas still together? Heard them live when Caran Casey was with them. I have an independent album or hers, too. ~:0)

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