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
200 69
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The Dubliners

2
128 43
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3
171 70
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David Arkenstone

4
119 42
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Steve Earle

5
146 60
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The Pogues

6
90 29
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The Pogues

7
87 30
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The Dubliners

8
57 20
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9
85 40
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Sinéad O'Connor

10
54 19
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The Clancy Brothers

11
34 7
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JohnPrine added

12
51 20
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bellobard added Van Morrison, The Chieftains

13
79 41
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Frank Patterson

14
49 19
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Jim McCann

15
41 19
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The Irish Tenors

16
19 6
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JohnPrine added

17
21 9
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JackHodges added The Pogues

18
27 17
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19
27 17
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The Dublin City Ramblers

20
31 23
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21
11 4
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The High Kings

22
21 16
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Foster & Allen

23
32 28
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The Seekers

24
10 6
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Finbal Furey

25
21 20
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Fiddler's Green