5 Celtic Rock Bands To Blast In Your St. Patrick's Day Playlist

March 15, 2017
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Saint Patrick's Day marks the one day of the year where even if you're not an environmentalist, you will take pride in going green. It's the one day where "everybody's Irish," so why not go all the way and add some of the best knuckle-busting Irish rock bands in the history of music!

  1. U2



    If we're going to make a list of Irish rockers, adding U2 to this list is mandatory. With groundbreaking albums like War, Joshua Tree, and Achtung Baby, 22 Grammys, and philanthropic pursuits that rival most Hollywood celebrities put together, U2 remains one of the most successful rock acts to hit the world's stage period.
     
  2. The Cranberries



    Hitting the charts with their signature pop-rock sound, The Cranberries were an Irish band that gave us singles like "Zombie", "Linger", and "Free Do Decide." After taking a six-year-long hiatus, lead singer Dolores O'Riodan and her bandmates reunited to release their 2012 album Roses.
     
  3. Rory Gallagher



    Maybe you've heard of him. Maybe you haven't. Regardless of his level of fame, he was one of the most respected rockers of his time. Jimi Hendrix once considered him to be the best guitarist in the world, and very much like bands like Led Zeppelin, Gallagher sold millions of albums without ever releasing a single.
     
  4. Thin Lizzy



    Formed in Dublin in 1969 by highschool friends drummer Brian Downey and bassist/vocalist Phil Lynott, Thin Lizzy is responsible for many of the classic rock hits we all know and love like "The Boys Are Back In Town", "Jailbreak" and "Whiskey In A Jar". Not to mention those twin lead guitars!
     
  5. Dropkick Murphys



    Honestly, how could we make a list of Irish rockers and not mention our own boys from Boston? Beloved throughout the world for their Celtic punk sound, the Dropkick Murphys have been one of the few bands that will make you want to headbang and mosh to the sound of a banjo. After hitting it big when "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" was inserted into The Departed soundtrack, the Dropkick Murphys have become a staple in Boston's culture. Plus, no Saint Patrick's day would be complete without these guys in your eardrums!
     
  6. BONUS: Van Morrison



    Van "The Man" Morrison didn't just specialize in jazz rock. He specialized in jazz that would change and evolve his songs in a live setting. Morrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, won six Grammys, and is responsible for the timeless hit "Brown Eyed Girl."