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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Gaelic Storm is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Gaelic Storm Celtic rock, Celtic music

The Best Celtic Fusion Bands/Artists The Best Popcorn Brands

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+ - 200 62
Lúnasa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Lúnasa Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

3
+ - 190 43
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Clannad New Age music, Rock music, Folk music

4
+ - 382 84
The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Dubliners Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

5
+ - 322 83
The Chieftains is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Chieftains Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

6
+ - 73 45
Enter the Haggis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Enter the Haggis World fusion music, World music

7
+ - 272 98
The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Pogues Celtic punk, Celtic fusion, Folk rock

8
+ - 99 46
Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Great Big Sea Celtic rock, Folk rock

9
+ - 585 216
Paddy and the Rats is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

10
+ - 188 38
De Dannan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
De Dannan Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

11
+ - 19 6
Battlefield Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Battlefield Band Folk music

12
+ - 19 8
Seven Nations is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Seven Nations Celtic rock, Alternative rock

13
+ - 194 54
Runrig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Runrig Celtic rock, Folk rock

14
+ - 316 217
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Dropkick Murphys Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

15
+ - 182 65
The Moorings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

The Best Rockabilly Bands and Artists The Greatest Songs by One-Hit Wonders

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+ - 113 32
The Killdares is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Killdares Celtic rock

17
+ - 123 65
Marc Gunn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Marc Gunn Folk music, Comedy music, Renaissance music - Fun celtic songs

18
+ - 175 36
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Celkilt Celtic Rock

19
+ - 198 50
The Waterboys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Waterboys Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music

20
+ - 260 149
Flogging Molly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Flogging Molly Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

21
+ - 22 5
Rathkeltair is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

22
+ - 128 87
Celtic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic Thunder Adult contemporary music, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

23
+ - 14 18
Banshee in the Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Banshee in the Kitchen Celtic and World Music

24
+ - 191 61
Afro Celt Sound System is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Afro Celt Sound System Ethnic electronica, Celtic fusion, Worldbeat

25
+ - 30 7
The High Kings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The High Kings Folk music of Ireland

26
+ - 156 49
Solas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Solas Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

27
+ - 4 0
The Kilt Lifters is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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+ - 48 9
Capital Celtic is listed (or ranked) 28 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 ...

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+ - 186 73
The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Corrs Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

The Best Outsider Artists Things You Always Forget

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+ - 87 47
The Clancy Brothers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Clancy Brothers Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

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+ - 39 7
The Irish Rovers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Irish Rovers Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Folk rock

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+ - 19 23
Scythian is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Scythian Celtic rock, Celtic music

33
+ - 135 51
Capercaillie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Capercaillie Celtic music

34
+ - 6 7
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Connemara Stone Company Celtic, Folk Rock, Irish - 2015 - The Celtic Dog Tour - 20 Years CSC.

35
+ - 176 149
Bog Bards is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Bog Bards Irish traditional, Celtic music

36
+ - 22 5
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Albannach Celtic, Scottish

37
+ - 32 16
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Jolly Jackers Celtic-punk

38
+ - 93 86
The Rumjacks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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+ - 84 73
Selfish Murphy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Selfish Murphy celtic shamrock'n roll  

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+ - 136 83
Celtic Woman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic Woman Adult contemporary music, New Age music, Folk music

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+ - 22 33
Flatfoot 56 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Flatfoot 56 Celtic punk, Christian punk, Punk rock

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+ - 42 41
The Saw Doctors is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Saw Doctors Rock music, Folk rock, Celtic music

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+ - 14 6
The Bothy Band is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Bothy Band Folk music of Ireland

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+ - 42 42
Orthodox Celts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Orthodox Celts Celtic rock, Rock music, Folk music of Ireland

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+ - 16 9
Prydein is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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+ - 20 15
The Makem and Spain Brothers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

47
+ - 5 2
Carbon Leaf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Carbon Leaf Folk rock, Pop rock, Bluegrass

48
+ - 6 2
Leahy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Leahy Folk music, Country, Celtic music

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+ - 102 68
Brobdingnagian Bards is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Brobdingnagian Bards Celtic music

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+ - 2 0
Tempest is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Tempest Celtic rock, Folk music, Progressive rock