bands/musicians The Best Celtic Punk Bands  

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Mixing punk rock with traditional Celtic music, Celtic punk bands or Irish punk bands have one of the most dynamic sounds in rock music. The genre rose to prominence in the 1980s and has only continued to grow in popularity. Even though that was the genre's most prominent period, Celtic punk bands emerged a decade earlier and incorporate elements of folk music in their sound. Though it may seem like strange bedfellows, it is what made Irish punk bands so popular and the best Celtic punk bands seamlessly incorporate both elements, while also instituting covers into their explosive live sets as well.

So, what are the best Celtic punk bands? Any list of Irish punk bands has to include the likes of The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Blaggards, Black Irish Texas and The Tossers. These are some of the biggest names in Celtic punk, and with good reason. If not for the popularity and influence of these bands, then Celtic punk wouldn't have the strong underground following that it has.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best Celtic punk bands. If you notice a band that specializes in Irish punk isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best Celtic punk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Celtic punk musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular Celtic punk bands that you might've heard of. (119 items)
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The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
The Pogues If I Should Fall From Grace With God, Red Roses for Me, Hell's Ditch

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1,315 360
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Dropkick Murphys The Warrior's Code, Unity, The Singles Collection

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1,355 371
Flogging Molly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Flogging Molly Drunken Lullabies, Within a Mile of Home, Whiskey on a Sunday

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351 68
The Rumjacks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added The Rumjacks

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687 225
Real McKenzies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Real McKenzies 10, 000 Shots, Oot & Aboot

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647 219
The Tossers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
The Tossers Agony, Purgatory, We'll Never Be Sober Again

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456 191
Blood or Whiskey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Blood or Whiskey No Time to Explain, Blood or Whiskey, Cashed Out on Culture

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276 62
The Young Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added The Young Dubliners Saints and Sinners, Breathe, Absolutely

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810 262
Flatfoot 56 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Flatfoot 56 Knuckles Up, Toil, Rumble of 56

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342 45
1916 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Sven Kanitz added 1916 Long Road Home, Uprising

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540 208
Shane MacGowan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Shane MacGowan What a Wonderful World, Haunted, You're the One

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468 149
Street Dogs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Street Dogs Fading American Dream, Savin Hill, Back to the World

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467 199
The Mahones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
The Mahones Paint the Town Red (The Best Of...), Irish Punk Collection, Angels & Devils

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181 53
The Dreadnoughts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Allison Fin added The Dreadnoughts Legends Never Die, Victory Square, Polka’s Not Dead

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520 202
Blaggards is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Blaggards Live in Texas

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241 64
Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Tim Egersheim added Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material, Now Then…, Nobody's Heroes

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294 98
Cutthroat Shamrock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Brendan Hamilton added Cutthroat Shamrock Blood Rust Whiskey, The Wake

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133 31
Kilmaine Saints is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added Kilmaine Saints

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142 66
Paddy and the Rats is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
RolandRomenda added Paddy and the Rats

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122 36
Firkin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Sophkitty added Firkin Whup!

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253 143
The Levellers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
The Levellers Levelling the Land, Zeitgeist, Mouth to Mouth

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196 72
Rum Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
OHmymy added Rum Rebellion

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The Lagan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands

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Sir Reg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Allison Fin added Sir Reg 21st Century Loser, How the Hell Can You Sleep?, A Sign of the Times

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84 24
Fiddler's Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Menjaplom added Fiddler's Green Stagebox (limited edition), Wall of Folk, Winners & Boozers

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Black 47 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Black 47 Home of the Brave, Green Suede Shoes, Bittersweet Sixteen

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56 19
Matilda's Scoundrels is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Ludvig added Matilda's Scoundrels

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Brick Top Blaggers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Sven Kanitz added Brick Top Blaggers

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103 48
Greenland Whalefishers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Brendan Hamilton added Greenland Whalefishers Streets of Salvation, Down & Out, Amazing Space: B-Sides and Other Crap

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ShannonMarino added Black Irish Texas To Hell With The King, Ode To St. Cecillia

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165 65
Jasper Coal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Lauren Mathews added Jasper Coal 1000 Feet Closer to Hell, Immigrant Child

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60 28
Mr. Irish Bastard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Menjaplom added Mr. Irish Bastard The Bastard Brotherhood, Never Mind the Bastards, Here is Mr. Irish Bollocks

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89 30
Smokey Bastard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Menjaplom added Smokey Bastard

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322 173
Whiskey of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
DonnyMad-BeardZuzula added Whiskey of the Damned

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79 28
The Black Tartan Clan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
MacTouche Cartouche added The Black Tartan Clan

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164 125
The Gobshites is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
The Gobshites When the Shite Hits the Fans, Whiskey Devils – A Tribute to The Mahones

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73 39
The Bloody Irish Boys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Invincibility added The Bloody Irish Boys Whiskey Devils – A Tribute to The Mahones, Drunk Rock, Auld St. Patrick - Irish Punk Band from Columbus, Ohio, USA

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89 79
The Moorings is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
UlrichDorey added The Moorings Pints & Glory

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34 28
The O'reillys and the Paddyhat... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands

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58 30
The Bollox is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added The Bollox The Bollox

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91 67
The Men They Couldn't Hang is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
The Men They Couldn't Hang Night of a Thousand Candles, Waiting for Bonaparte, How Green Is the Valley

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54 12
Loretta Problem is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
1501217680426 added Loretta Problem

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Stubby Shillelaghs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added Stubby Shillelaghs

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80 32
Medusa's Wake is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Edward Lawlor added Medusa's Wake

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37 38
Cheers! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
PafkaSteidl added Cheers! Irish Folk-Punk Brewed in Pilsen!

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76 31
Craic Haus is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Brett M. Burlison added Craic

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124 29
Bastard Bearded Irishmen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Ben Jaber added Bastard Bearded Irishmen Bastard Bearded Irishmen

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41 23
Albannach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
marcodden added Albannach Albannach, Bareknuckle Pipes & Drums, The Mighty Nach Live

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36 26
Happy Ol' McWeasel is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added Happy Ol' Mcweasel No Offence

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39 24
The Young Wolfe Tones is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added The Young Wolfe Tones