Song List of Irish Favorites For St. Patrick’s Day

Seems like everyone is Irish, even if it is for only one day a year, to take part in the merriment and celebration. The “wearing of the green” is here again as St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by the Irish and “Irish-at-Heart” on March 17 in big cities and small towns across America and elsewhere around the world with parades, parties, music, laughter, stories and folktales along with traditional Irish food and drink.

Here you will find a list of Irish musical favorites over the years – a majority of which are  traditional or classic folk music song for generations. A number of these have been covered by many different artists in a range of genres from Irish folk to punk and Irish pop standard to “New Age”.

Song List of Irish Favorites For St. Patrick’s Day

  1. A Great Day For The Irish
  2. A Little Bit of Heaven
  3. Beautiful Day – U2
  4. Beer, Beer, Beer
  5. Carrickfergus
  6. Danny Boy
  7. Dear Old Donegal – Bing Crosby
  8. Erin-Go-Bragh
  9. Finnegan’s Wake
  10. Flannigan’s Ball 
  11. Four Green Fields – Tommy Makem
  12. Galway Bay – Bing Crosby
  13. Give Ireland Back To The Irish – Paul McCartney
  14. Greensleeves
  15. I’ll Tell Me Ma – Van Morrison & The Chieftains
  16. I’m Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover
  17. Irish Rover – The Pogues
  18. It’s the Same Old Shillelagh – Billy Murray, Bing Crosby
  19. Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
  20. McNamara’s Band – Bing Crosby
  21. Molly Malone (also known as “Cockles and Mussels” or “In Dublin’s Fair City”)
  22. My Wild Irish Rose
  23. Paddy’s Revenge
  24. Peg o’ My Heart
  25. Rocky Road To Dublin – Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners, Dropkick Murphys, and several other artists
  26. Seven Drunken Nights – The Dubliners
  27. The Black Velvet Band – The Dubliners
  28. The Fields of Athenry – Paddy Reilly, Dropkick Murphys
  29. The Girl I Left Behind Me – 97th Regimental String Band
  30. The Soldier’s Song (the Traditional Irish name is “Amhrán na bhFiann”)
  31. The Spinning Wheel
  32. The Town I Loved So Well – Paddy Reilly
  33. The Unicorn – The Irish Rovers
  34. The Wild Rover
  35. There’s No One As Irish As Barrack Obama – The Corrigan Brothers
  36. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (An Irish Lullaby) – Bing Crosby
  37. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
  38. Whiskey In The Jar – Thin Lizzie, Metallica

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A Few Favorite Artists that are the Sound of Irish Music

Whether it is folk classic, Irish rock or punk, or modern alternative, these artists stand out.

  • Bing Crosby
  • Sarah Makem
  • The Chieftains
  • The Clancy Brothers
  • Tommy Makem
  • Paddy Tunney
  • The Dubliners
  • Eleanor McEvoy
  • The Irish Rovers
  • The Irish Tenors
  • “Riverdance”
  • Van Morrison
  • U2
  • Thin Lizzy
  • Enya
  • The Pogues
  • The Cranberries
  • Dropkick Murphys
  • The Corrs
  • Clannad

Here is a helpful link to an excellent site called Island Ireland”, which is a directory for Irish musicians. It will take you to official or fan websites for Irish musicians in the traditional, classical, New Age and rock genres. For background information on Irish musicians, particularly older groups, you may want to check out the Ceolas Artist Listings site which can be very useful.

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Happy St. Patricks Day