Folk Music The Best Irish Folk Songs  

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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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1
201 70
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The Dubliners

2
129 43
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3
174 70
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David Arkenstone

4
122 42
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Steve Earle

5
147 60
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The Pogues

6
91 30
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The Pogues

7
87 31
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The Dubliners

8
86 41
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Sinéad O'Connor

9
57 21
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10
54 20
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The Clancy Brothers

11
53 20
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bellobard added Van Morrison, The Chieftains

12
36 8
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JohnPrine added

13
51 19
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Jim McCann

14
81 41
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Frank Patterson

15
42 19
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The Irish Tenors

16
19 6
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JohnPrine added

17
22 9
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JackHodges added The Pogues

18
28 17
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The Dublin City Ramblers

19
27 17
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20
32 23
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21
11 4
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The High Kings

22
32 28
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The Seekers

23
21 17
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Foster & Allen

24
10 6
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Finbal Furey

25
21 20
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Fiddler's Green