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
184 64
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The Dubliners

2
112 40
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3
158 69
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David Arkenstone

4
105 41
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Steve Earle

5
133 60
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The Pogues

6
81 29
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The Pogues

7
79 28
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The Dubliners

8
52 19
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9
78 39
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Sinéad O'Connor

10
32 6
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JohnPrine added

11
74 38
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Frank Patterson

12
48 19
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The Clancy Brothers

13
46 20
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bellobard added Van Morrison, The Chieftains

14
43 18
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Jim McCann

15
39 18
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The Irish Tenors

16
18 8
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JackHodges added The Pogues

17
25 15
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18
25 15
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The Dublin City Ramblers

19
15 6
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JohnPrine added

20
29 22
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21
9 4
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The High Kings

22
20 16
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Foster & Allen

23
30 28
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The Seekers

24
7 5
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Finbal Furey

25
20 19
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Fiddler's Green