Folk Music The Best Irish Folk Songs  

Ranker Music
1.3k votes 651 voters 41.7k views 29 items

Some of the best Irish folk songs celebrate all that is great about Ireland and its rich culture. Good Irish songs tell colorful stories, filled with tales of drinking, carousing, and sometimes tragedy. They are lively, and they are fun to belt out. This Irish folk songs list includes all the rousing classics, and some mournful ballads as well.

When it comes to well-known Irish traditional folk music, the song “Whiskey in the Jar” is perhaps the most popular of all. This song is about an Irish bandit who is betrayed by the woman he loves. The old song has been performed folk-style by groups like The Dubliners, and even by mainstream rock bands, including Metallica and Thin Lizzy. Other famous Irish folk songs include “Danny Boy,” “The Gypsy Rover,” “Rocky Road to Dublin,” and “The Fields of Athenry” – a folk ballad about an Irishman forced to leave for Australia after stealing food to feed his starving family during the Great Irish Famine of the mid 1800s. Go to any pub or sporting event in Ireland and you’ll likely hear this song.

What is your favorite among these top Irish folk songs? Be sure to watch the videos and sing along. Then vote your personal picks up to the top of the list!

list ordered by

1
96 32
Ranker Video
The Pogues

2
107 44
Ranker Video
The Dubliners

3
73 24
Ranker Video

4
109 47
Ranker Video
David Arkenstone

5
53 19
Ranker Video
The Dubliners

6
55 22
Ranker Video
The Pogues

7
67 31
Ranker Video
Steve Earle

8
58 29
Ranker Video
Sinéad O'Connor

9
49 25
Ranker Video
Frank Patterson

10
31 12
Ranker Video

11
32 15
Ranker Video
The Clancy Brothers

12
23 8
Ranker Video
Jim McCann

13
28 14
Star of the County Down is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Irish Folk Songs
bellobard added Van Morrison, The Chieftains

14
19 8
Ranker Video
The Dublin City Ramblers

15
19 11
Ranker Video

16
16 9
Ranker Video
Foster & Allen

17
20 13
Ranker Video
The Irish Tenors

18
15 9
Ranker Video

19
16 13
Ranker Video
Fiddler's Green

20
7 4
Ranker Video
JackHodges added The Pogues

21
3 0
Ranker Video
JohnPrine added

22
21 19
Ranker Video
The Seekers

23
1 0
Ranker Video
JohnPrine added

24
0 0
Change Clothes (feat. Jay Z) is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Folk Songs
Caleb Doss added Slim Thug

25
0 0
Kobe Bryant on 'em is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Folk Songs
Caleb Doss added Sho Baraka, K-Drama

26
0 0
young edward is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Irish Folk Songs
Caleb Doss added

27
0 0
young edward is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Irish Folk Songs
Caleb Doss added

28
3 7
Ranker Video
JackHodges added The Pogues

29
9 19
Ranker Video