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The Best Irish Folk Songs

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!

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  • Bouzouki's Lullaby for Nature
    2

    Bouzouki's Lullaby for Nature

  • The Rising of the Moon
    3

    The Rising of the Moon

  • Raglan Road
    4

    Raglan Road

  • Red is the Rose
    5

    Red is the Rose

  • The Wild Rover
    6

    The Wild Rover

  • The Irish Rover
    7

    The Irish Rover

  • Rocky Road to Dublin
    8

    Rocky Road to Dublin

  • The Auld Triangle
    10

    The Auld Triangle

  • Whiskey in the Jar
    11

    Whiskey in the Jar

  • Grace
    12

    Grace

  • Galway Girl
    14

    Galway Girl

  • The Green Fields of France
    16

    The Green Fields of France

  • Will You Go Lassie Go
    18

    Will You Go Lassie Go

  • Danny Boy
    19

    Danny Boy

  • The Ferryman
    21

    The Ferryman

  • The Galway Shawl
    22

    The Galway Shawl

  • The Gypsy Rover
    23

    The Gypsy Rover

  • The Night Visiting Song
    24

    The Night Visiting Song

  • When You Were Sweet Sixteen
    25

    When You Were Sweet Sixteen