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
    1

    Bouzouki's Lullaby for Nature

  • The Wild Rover
    2

    The Wild Rover

  • Whiskey in the Jar
    3

    Whiskey in the Jar

  • Rocky Road to Dublin
    4

    Rocky Road to Dublin

  • Galway Girl
    5

    Galway Girl

  • The Irish Rover
    6

    The Irish Rover

  • Grace
    10

    Grace

  • Danny Boy
    11

    Danny Boy

  • The Green Fields of France
    13

    The Green Fields of France

  • The Rising of the Moon
    14

    The Rising of the Moon

  • Raglan Road
    16

    Raglan Road

  • Red is the Rose
    17

    Red is the Rose

  • Will You Go Lassie Go
    18

    Will You Go Lassie Go

  • The Auld Triangle
    19

    The Auld Triangle

  • The Ferryman
    21

    The Ferryman

  • The Gypsy Rover
    22

    The Gypsy Rover

  • The Galway Shawl
    23

    The Galway Shawl

  • When You Were Sweet Sixteen
    24

    When You Were Sweet Sixteen

  • The Night Visiting Song
    25

    The Night Visiting Song