bands/musicians 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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The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Dubliners Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

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The Chieftains is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Chieftains Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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Gaelic Storm is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Gaelic Storm Celtic rock, Celtic music

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The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Pogues Celtic punk, Celtic fusion, Folk rock

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Paddy and the Rats is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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Runrig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Runrig Celtic rock, Folk rock

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Lúnasa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Lúnasa Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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De Dannan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
De Dannan Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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Celkilt Celtic Rock

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The Moorings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Dropkick Murphys Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

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Clannad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Clannad New Age music, Rock music, Folk music

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The Waterboys is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Waterboys Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music

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The Killdares is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Killdares Celtic rock

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Afro Celt Sound System is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Afro Celt Sound System Ethnic electronica, Celtic fusion, Worldbeat

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Flogging Molly is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Flogging Molly Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

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Solas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Solas Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Corrs Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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Marc Gunn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Marc Gunn Folk music, Comedy music, Renaissance music - Fun celtic songs

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Capercaillie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Capercaillie Celtic music

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Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Great Big Sea Celtic rock, Folk rock

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Capital Celtic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Capital Celtic Celtic, Traditional Irish, Pub Songs and Ballads - Washington DC area Celtic trio performing at pubs, festivals, weddings and private events throughout Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. They perform traditional Irish jigs and ...

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The Clancy Brothers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Clancy Brothers Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

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The Irish Rovers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Irish Rovers Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Folk rock

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Enter the Haggis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Enter the Haggis World fusion music, World music

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Bog Bards is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Bog Bards Irish traditional, Celtic music

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The High Kings is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The High Kings Folk music of Ireland

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Celtic Woman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic Woman Adult contemporary music, New Age music, Folk music

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Jolly Jackers Celtic-punk

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Albannach Celtic, Scottish

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Rathkeltair is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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Selfish Murphy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Selfish Murphy celtic shamrock'n roll 

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The Rumjacks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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Brobdingnagian Bards is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Brobdingnagian Bards Celtic music

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Celtic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic Thunder Adult contemporary music, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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Prydein is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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Battlefield Band is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Battlefield Band Folk music

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The Saw Doctors is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Saw Doctors Rock music, Folk rock, Celtic music

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Seven Nations is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Seven Nations Celtic rock, Alternative rock

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Flatfoot 56 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Flatfoot 56 Celtic punk, Christian punk, Punk rock

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The Bothy Band is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Bothy Band Folk music of Ireland

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The Makem and Spain Brothers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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Orthodox Celts is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Orthodox Celts Celtic rock, Rock music, Folk music of Ireland

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Shooglenifty is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Shooglenifty Celtic fusion, Folk rock

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Wolfe Tones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Wolfe Tones Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

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Emish is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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Burning Bridget Cleary is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Burning Bridget Cleary Celtic, Folk, Traditional - 

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Off Kilter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Off Kilter Rock music, Celtic music

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Shuggle Nifty is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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The Mahones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Mahones Celtic punk