Top 5 Irish Bands Just in Time for Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is only a few days away. A day for many to celebrate their heritage, and a day when everyone is Irish no matter their descent! No celebration is complete without the right music and Making Music is here to help you prepare. The following list is what we consider the top 5 Irish bands for Saint Patrick’s Day. Listen to their music and then learn how to play the songs yourself. Impress your friends on Saint Patrick’s day by playing some Irish music. After all, live music is the best music.

Top 5 Irish Bands

5. Dropkick Murphy – Shipping Up to Boston (Get the Sheet Music)

For a band that doesn’t have any Irish people among the members, Dropkick Murphy has done pretty well at becoming known for their Irish music. They are a harder punk/rock sound mixed with that classic Celtic flare. They may not be from Ireland, but Boston might just be Irish enough.

4. Flogging Molly – Drunkin’ Lullabies (Get the Sheet Music

Flogging Molly is one of the most popular Irish bands currently making music. Technically, only the lead singer actually hails from Ireland, but that doesn’t stop them from keeping the Irish culture alive in their music.

3. Thin Lizzy – Whiskey In A Jar (Get the Sheet Music)

You might not blast “The Boys Are Back in Town” on Saint Patrick’s Day, but you sure can blast their rendition of the classic “Whiskey In A Jar”. No one can deny that Thin Lizzy is one of the most influential Irish bands. They have major hits and there is never a bad time to rock out along with them.

2. The Progues – If I Should Fall From Grace With God (Get the Sheet Music)

If you’re looking for that real Irish sound the Progues are your answer, even if they technically originate from London. They may not be as world-famous as Thin Lizzy, but if you are into the Celtic music, there is no doubt you have heard of these guys.

1. The Dubliners – Pub With No Beer (Get the Sheet Music)

The Dubliners, as the name suggests, are straight out of Dublin and have been playing for over 40 years. Unlike some of the other bands on this list, The Dubliners aren’t punk by any means, as their music falls more into the folk and traditional category. It is common belief that The Dubliners inspired Dropkick Murphy, Flogging Molly, and The Pogues. For that reason, among many others, it is no question these guys top our list.


There’s our list. Did we miss your favorite band? Did we not put up the best Irish song for that band? Let us know in the comments below and tell us what you listen to on Saint Patrick’s Day and any other traditions you have.

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