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The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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While there are tons of fantastic Celtic artists, some are just better than others. This list is designed to let the fans of Celtic music separate the absolute best Celtic bands and artists from all of the rest. Celtic music is a broad genre that includes any music inspired by the folk traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the other Celtic nations. From traditional bands honoring the history of the genre, to punk bands inspired by the rhythm and songs of the genre, a wide variety of acts fall under the banner of Celtic music. The Pogues and Gaelic Storm are classic examples of the genre, but are they the top Celtic music bands of all time? 

This is a a Celtic music artists list, including favorite Irish music bands like The Dubliners and The Chieftains, ranked best to worst by votes. This list of the top Celtic music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. These are truly the greatest Celtic music bands of all time, since the most famous Celtic artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best Celtic music.

You can click on the Celtic music band names to see more information about that particular notable Celtic music group. If they're near the top of the best Celtic music artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top Celtic music bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the Celtic music band names themselves. This list includes Van Morrison, Ritchie Blackmore and more artists. Upvote the best artists to see them rise closer to the top of the list. Don't like Dropkick Murphys or John Butler? Give them a thumbs down.

 This list answers the questions "who are the best Celtic music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Celtic musician ever?" This is a perfect list if you have asked "What are good examples of Celtic music bands?" as well. 

Whether you’re a historian of Celtic music or a fan of modern celtic music bands, please vote for the best Celtic music artists - not  just the most popular Celtic music  bands that you never actually listened to. 


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    Live at the Albert Hall, Whiskey in the Jar, A Parcel of Rogues

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    Irish Heartbeat, The Chieftains in China, The Best of the Chieftains

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    If I Should Fall From Grace With God, Red Roses for Me, Hell's Ditch

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    Recovery, Scotland's Glory/Runrig's Ballads, Heartland

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    Gaelic Storm, Tree, Herding Cats

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    The Merry Sisters of Fate, Otherworld, Redwood

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    The Warrior's Code, Unity, The Singles Collection

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    Up Against the Lights, Any Given Element, Secrets of the Day

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    Celkilt, Hey What'sUnder Your Kilt ?, Everyday's St Patrick's Day !

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    A Jacket of Batteries, Ballroom, The Star Spangled Molly

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    Drunken Lullabies, Within a Mile of Home, Whiskey on a Sunday

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    XX, Play, Up

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    Room to Roam, The Secret Life of the Waterboys: 81‐85, Dream Harder

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    Volume 2: Release, Volume 3: Further in Time, Pod

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    Legend, Landmarks, Clannad

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    Casualties of Retail, Soapbox Heroes, Whitelake

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    Pints & Glory

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    Come Fill Your Glass With Us: Irish Songs of Drinking and Blackguarding, ...

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    The Words That Remain, Waiting for an Echo, Solas

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    Talk on Corners, Best of The Corrs, Forgiven

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    The Blood Is Strong, Get Out, Choice Language

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    Downtown, If This Is Rock and Roll, I Want My Old Job Back

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    Legends Never Die, Victory Square, Polka’s Not Dead

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    Orthodox Celts, A Moment Like the Longest Day, Green Roses

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    Knuckles Up, Toil, Rumble of 56

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    Found & Lost, EP 2008, Until we die

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    What Color Is Your Dragon?, Not Every Day Is St. Patrick's Day, Don't Go ... Fun celtic songs

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    A Christmas Celebration, A New Journey, Home for Christmas

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    Invite the Light, Live at Painted Sky, If We Were Us

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    Christmas in Brobdingnag, Vol 1, Brobdingnagian Bards Sampler

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    Irish traditional, Celtic music

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    Hard New York Days, Storm, Mythology

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    Irish trad punk

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    Call the Captain, Sobriety

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    Stagebox (limited edition), Wall of Folk, Winners & Boozers

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    Songs of Christmas, Another Round, Children of the Unicorn

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    celtic shamrock'n roll 

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    The High Kings, Memory Lane, A Celtic Family Christmas

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    Something Good for a Change, Durty Wullie

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    Loud Pipes Save Lives, Unfinished Business

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    Albannach, Eye of the Storm, Sub-Zero Sessions

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    Racing The Tide, Pass It On Down, American Wake

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    And Now It's Come to This, The Factory, Old Ground

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    To Anybody at All, The Ale Is Dear, The Haunting

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    Solar Shears, The Arms Dealer's Daughter, Troots

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    This Light

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