Irish music for your St. Patrick's Day playlist
Looking to create the quintessential St. Patrick's Day playlist? Here are 15 Irish bands to add to your music library to get in the "Erin go Bragh!" spirit.
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Song to download: "Irish Heartbeat" with Irish group The Cheiftains
The Belfast-born musician first gained fame as the lead singer of the band Them, penning the garage rock standard "Gloria" before breaking off on his own to create even bigger hits such as "Brown Eyed Girl" and "Moondance."
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Song to download: "Nothing Compares 2 U"
The Irish singer-songwriter gained worldwide success by covering a Prince song, but angered fans when she ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II while performing on Saturday Night Live in 1992.
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Song to download: "Drunken Lullabies"
The seven-piece Los Angeles Celtic punk band is fronted by Dublin-born Dave King. The group cites Irish bands such as The Dubliners and The Pogues as influences. Three of the band's albums have ranked in Billboard's top 20.
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Song to download: "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
The most successful Irish rock band of all time was formed in Dublin in 1976 and still consists of the original lineup.
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Song to download: "Breathless"
The band, consisting three sisters and a brother from Ireland, combines traditional Celtic folk music with pop. The group's 2000 album "In Blue" peaked at number 21 on the Billboard chart.
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Song to download: "When Your Mind's Made Up"
The Dublin singer-songwriter fronts the Irish rock band The Frames and makes up half the folk duo Swell Season with Markéta Irglová. The pair co-wrote and performed music for 2007's "Once," in which they also starred and won an Oscar for the song "Falling Slowly."
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My Bloody Valentine
Song to download: "Only Shallow"
The alternative rock band formed in Dublin in 1983. The group's critically acclaimed 1991 album, "Loveless," took two years to make and nearly bankrupted its record label. The group did not put out another album until 2013.
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Song to download: "Dirty Old Town"
The band, founded in Dublin in 1962, pioneered Irish folk music. They continued to tour Europe every year until they retired in 2012 after their 50th anniversary show and following the death of founding member Barney McKenna.
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Song to download: "Whiskey in the Jar"
The Irish rock band, formed in Dublin in 1969, is best known for the song "The Boys Are Back in Town."
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Song to download: "Only Time"
The Irish singer, who first gained attention for 1988's "Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)," has won four Grammys for Best New Age Album and was nominated for an Oscar in 2002 for "May It Be" from "The Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring."
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Song to download: "Run"
The alternative rock band consists mostly of Northern Ireland natives. The group was named "Best Irish Band" at the 2005 Meteor Ireland Music Awards and enjoyed U.S. success, most notably for the Grammy-nominated single "Chasing Cars."
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Song to download: "Fairytale of New York"
The Celtic punk band was formed in London in 1982. Original frontman Shane MacGowan, whose parents were Irish, said many of the songs he wrote for the band were influenced by Irish nationalism and the Irish experience in London.
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Song to download: "No Matter What"
The group was Ireland's entry into the boy band craze of the 1990s. Although the band never hit it big in the U.S., it had 21 singles on the Irish charts and topped the British charts six times.
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Song to download: "Zombie"
The female-fronted Irish rock band formed in Limerick in 1989 and enjoyed much success in the following decade. VH1 named the band's "Linger" one of the 100 greatest songs of the '90s.
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Song to download: "I'm shipping up to Boston"
Though the members weren't born in Ireland, the Boston-based Celtic punk band has become a St. Patrick's Day staple. The group's music was featured on the soundtrack of the Oscar winning film "The Departed" about Irish mobsters.