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The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time 

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Updated July 3, 2018 269 votes 104 voters 4k views 32 items

List Rules This list includes studio albums only, so if you add an album make sure it's a proper studio release.

The Chieftains are arguably the best traditional Irish band of all time, with a career spanning over four decades. Here, you can check out a complete list of the best Chieftains albums, including every studio release along with pictures of the album covers. This Chieftains discography is ranked from best to worst, so the top Chieftains albums can be found at the top of the list. To make it easy for you, we haven't included The Chieftains singles, EPs, or compilations, so everything you see here should only be studio albums. If you think the greatest Chieftains album isn't high enough on the list, then be sure to vote for it so it receives the credit it deserves. Make sure you don't just vote for critically acclaimed albums; if you have a favorite Chieftains album, then vote it up, even if it's not necessarily the most popular.

If you want to know, "What is the best Chieftains album of all time?" or "What are the top Chieftains albums?" then this list will answer your questions. Throughout the band's long and prolific career, they've released a series of great albums. Some of their most notable albums include Irish Heartbeat and Water From Hell.

This list of popular Chieftains albums has been voted on by music fans around the world, so the order of this list isn't just one person's opinion. You can share your opinion by voting up the albums you think are best, while voting others down accordingly.

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Water From the Well is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (2000); Tracks: Planxty George Brabazon, Ballyfin Polkas & An Buinneán Buí [The Yellow Bittern] / The County Tyrone / Newry Hornpipe

Length (mins): 01:02:58

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The Chieftains 5 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1975); Tracks: The Humours of Carolan, Tabhair dom do Lámh [Give me your Hand] & Samhradh

Length (mins): 00:44:45

Genres (Music): Celtic music

3
The Chieftains 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1974); Tracks: Mná na hÉireann, Cherish the Ladies & The Battle of Aughrim

Length (mins): 00:41:07

Genres (Music): Celtic music

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Irish Heartbeat is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains and Van Morrison (1988); Tracks: Star of the County Down, Celtic Ray & Irish Heartbeat

Length (mins): 00:38:52

Label: Mercury Records

Genres (Music): Folk rock, Celtic music, Folk music of Ireland

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The Bells of Dublin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1991); Tracks: Past Three O’Clock, Carol Medley: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen & Medley: “The Wren! The Wren!”: The Dingle Set

Length (mins): 01:03:01

Genres (Music): Folk music

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The Long Black Veil is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1995); Tracks: The Rocky Road to Dublin, The Lily of the West & Mo Ghile Mear (Our Hero)

Producer: Ry Cooder, Chris Kimsey

Length (mins): 00:59:01

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The Chieftains 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1969); Tracks: Callaghan’s / Byrne’s, Planxty George Brabazon & Dónall Óg

Length (mins): 00:46:22

Genres (Music): Celtic music

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The Chieftains 9: Boil t... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
9
The Celtic Harp is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
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The Chieftains 8 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1978); Tracks: If I Had Maggie in the Wood, The Wind that Shakes the Barley / The Reel with the Beryle & The Dogs Among the Bushes

Genres (Music): Celtic music

11
An Irish Evening is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
12
Tears of Stone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1999); Tracks: A Stór Mo Chroí, Deserted Soldier & The Fiddling Ladies

Length (mins): 01:08:45

Genres (Music): Folk music

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The Chieftains 3 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1971); Tracks: The Hunter's Purse, Tom Billy's / The Road to Lisdoonvarna / The Merry Sisters & The March of the King of Laois

Length (mins): 00:41:53

Genres (Music): Celtic music

14
Santiago is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1996); Tracks: Dublin in Vigo, Txalaparta & Arku - Dantza / Arin-Arin

Length (mins): 00:57:49

Genres (Music): World music, Celtic music, Latin American music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic fusion

15
Celtic Wedding is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1987); Tracks: Heuliadenn Toniou Breizh-Izel, Dañs Bro-leon & Dañs Mod Koh a Vaod

Length (mins): 00:50:25

Genres (Music): Folk music

16
The Chieftains 10: Cotto... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1981); Tracks: The Pride of Pimlico, An Faire [The Gold Ring] & Salut à la Compagnie

Length (mins): 00:36:21

Genres (Music): Celtic music

17
Down the Old Plank Road:... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (2002); Tracks: Give the Fiddler a Dram (Finale), Dark as a Dungeon & Country Blues

Length (mins): 00:54:29

18
The Chieftains 6: Bonapa... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1976); Tracks: Bonaparte’s Retreat, Away With Ye & Caledonia

Genres (Music): Celtic music

19
Fire in the Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1998); Tracks: An Innis Aigh, A Mháiri Bhóidheach & Fingal's Cave

Length (mins): 00:51:25

20
Another Country is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
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The Year of the French ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
22
The Wide World Over is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
Laura Pennock added The Wide World Over
23
Ballad of the Irish Hors... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
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Over the Sea to Skye: Th... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
Over the Sea to Skye: The Celtic Connection By The Chieftains and James Galway (1990); Tracks: Bonny Prince Charlie, Three Hornpipes: Eugene Stratton / The Banks / Arthur Seat & Solo Salutes (Finale)

Length (mins): 01:09:02

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The Chieftains 7 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Chieftains Albums of All Time
By The Chieftains (1977); Tracks: Oh! The Breeches Full of Stitches, Hedigan's Fancy & The Ace and the Deuce of Pipering

Length (mins): 00:44:09

Genres (Music): Celtic music