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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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    Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

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    Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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    Paddy and the Rats is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists


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    Celtic punk, Celtic fusion, Folk rock

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    Celtic rock, Celtic music

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    Celtic rock, Folk rock

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    Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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    Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

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    Celtic rock

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    Celtic Rock

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    Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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    Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

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    Celtic rock, Folk rock

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    Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music

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    New Age music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Ethnic electronica, Celtic fusion, Worldbeat

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    The Moorings is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

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    World fusion music, World music

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    Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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    Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

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    The Rumjacks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists


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    Celtic music

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    The Saw Doctors is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists


    Rock music, Folk rock, Celtic music

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    The Dreadnoughts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists


    Folk punk

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    Celtic rock, Rock music, Folk music of Ireland

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    Celtic punk, Christian punk, Punk rock

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    Marc Gunn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    Folk music, Comedy music, Renaissance music Fun celtic songs

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    Adult contemporary music, New Age music, Folk music

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    Celtic punk, Punk rock, Folk punk

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    Celtic music

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    Celtic-punk

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

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    Irish traditional, Celtic music

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    Adult contemporary music, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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    Banshee in the Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    Celtic and World Music

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

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    Irish trad punk

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    Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Folk rock

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    Folk music of Ireland, Folk rock, Folk punk

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    Selfish Murphy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    celtic shamrock'n roll 

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    The High Kings is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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    Folk music of Ireland

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    Celtic, Scottish

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    Americana, Rock music, Folk rock

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

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    Celtic rock, Alternative rock

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    Celtic fusion, Folk rock

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    Celtic music

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

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