Bands/Musicians Famous Bands from Republic of Ireland

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List famous Republic of Irish bands and solo musicians, listed by popularity with photos when available. These popular bands from Republic of Ireland come from a number of different musical genres, including rock, pop, metal, electronic, jam, punk and acoustic. These might not necessarily be the best Republic of Irish bands, but this list contains a majority of the greatest bands from Republic of Ireland. Music lovers who are looking for new music to listen to can use this list of talented Republic of Irish musicians to discover some great new bands and artists.

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This list answers the questions, "Which bands are from Republic of Ireland?" and "Which bands are popular in Republic of Ireland?"
Bono is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bands from Republic of Ireland
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Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band U2. Bono was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, and attended Mount Temple Comprehensive School where he met his future wife, Alison Stewart, and the future members of U2. Bono writes almost all U2 lyrics, frequently using religious, social, and political themes. During U2's early years, Bono's lyrics contributed to their rebellious and spiritual tone. As the band matured, his lyrics became inspired more by personal experiences shared with the other members. Outside the band, he has ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Rock music, Alternative rock, Post-punk

Albums: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, In the Name of the Father, The Complete Solo Projects, Volume 4, The Complete Solo Projects, + more

Nationality: Ireland

Career Began: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Also Ranked

#38 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#89 on The Best Singers of All Time

#15 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#52 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

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Rory Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bands from Republic of Ireland
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William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues-rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader. Born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, and raised in Cork, Gallagher recorded solo albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, after forming the band Taste during the late 1960s. He was a talented guitarist known for his charismatic performances and dedication to his craft. Gallagher's albums have sold in excess of 30 million copies worldwide. Gallagher received a liver transplant in 1995. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Skiffle, Blues-rock, Classic rock, Rock music, Folk music, + more

Albums: Deuce, Jinx, Tattoo, Rory Gallagher, Top Priority, + more

Nationality: Ireland

Labels: Buddah Records, Castle Communications, Chrysalis Records, Polydor Records

Career Began: Cork, Republic of Ireland

Also Ranked

#61 on The Best Blues Artists of All Time

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Enya is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bands from Republic of Ireland
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Enya is an Irish singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter. Enya began her musical career in 1980, when she briefly joined her family band Clannad before leaving to perform solo. She gained wider recognition for her music in the 1986 BBC series The Celts. Shortly afterwards, her 1988 album Watermark propelled her to further international fame and she became known for her distinctive sound, characterised by voice-layering, folk melodies, synthesised backdrops and ethereal reverberations. She has performed in 10 languages. Enya continued to enjoy steady success during the 1990s and 2000s; her 2000 album A Day Without Rain sold 15 million copies, and became the top selling new age album of the ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): New Age music, Folk music of Ireland, World music, Ethereal wave, Trance music, + more

Albums: Watermark, Paint the Sky With Stars, The Christmas EP, A Day Without Rain, Sounds of the Season: The Enya Holiday Collection, + more

Nationality: Ireland

Labels: Atlantic Records, Warner Music Group, Geffen Records, Reprise Records, Warner Bros. Records

Career Began: Gweedore, Republic of Ireland

Also Ranked

#45 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#22 on The Best Singers Who Only Need to Go By One Name

#60 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

#40 on The Greatest Women in Music, 1980s to Today

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Andrea Corr is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bands from Republic of Ireland
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Andrea Jane Corr MBE is an Irish musician, songwriter, and actress. Corr debuted in 1990 as the lead singer of the Celtic folk rock and pop rock group The Corrs along with her three elder siblings Caroline, Sharon, and Jim. Aside from singing lead vocals Corr plays the tin whistle and the piano. With the others, Corr has released five studio albums, two compilation albums, one remix album and two live albums. The Corrs are currently on hiatus as all four are raising their respective children. Andrea is also pursuing a solo career, releasing her debut album, Ten Feet High, in 2007. The album moved away from the folk-rock genre of The Corrs and features a darker, edgier dance-pop sound. Her ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): Pop music, Rock music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music, Pop

Albums: Ten Feet High, Lifelines, Shame on You (To Keep My Love From Me)

Nationality: Ireland

Labels: Atlantic Records, Warner Music Group, Lava Records, 143 Records

Career Began: Dundalk, Republic of Ireland

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