Bands/Musicians The Best Celtic Bands & Artists  

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While there are tons of fantastic Celtic artists, some are just better than others. This list is designed to let the fans of Celtic music separate the absolute best Celtic bands and artists from all of the rest. Celtic music is a broad genre that includes any music inspired by the folk traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and the other Celtic nations. From traditional bands honoring the history of the genre, to punk bands inspired by the rhythm and songs of the genre, a wide variety of acts fall under the banner of Celtic music. The Pogues and Gaelic Storm are classic examples of the genre, but are they the top Celtic music bands of all time? 

This is a a Celtic music artists list, including favorite Irish music bands like The Dubliners and The Chieftains, ranked best to worst by votes. This list of the top Celtic music bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. These are truly the greatest Celtic music bands of all time, since the most famous Celtic artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best Celtic music.

You can click on the Celtic music band names to see more information about that particular notable Celtic music group. If they're near the top of the best Celtic music artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top Celtic music bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the Celtic music band names themselves. This list includes Van Morrison, Ritchie Blackmore and more artists. Upvote the best artists to see them rise closer to the top of the list. Don't like Dropkick Murphys or John Butler? Give them a thumbs down.

 This list answers the questions "who are the best Celtic music bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Celtic musician ever?" This is a perfect list if you have asked "What are good examples of Celtic music bands?" as well. 

Whether you’re a historian of Celtic music or a fan of modern celtic music bands, please vote for the best Celtic music artists - not  just the most popular Celtic music  bands that you never actually listened to. 

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395 137
Gaelic Storm is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic music

2
257 90
Lúnasa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

3
323 117
The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic punk, Celtic fusion, Folk rock

4
441 99
The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

5
223 69
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
New Age music, Rock music, Folk music

6
390 94
The Chieftains is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

7
376 234
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

8
128 60
Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Folk rock

9
311 156
Flogging Molly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

10
88 58
Enter the Haggis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
World fusion music, World music

11
38 12
Battlefield Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Elgriz added Folk music

12
593 229
Paddy and the Rats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

13
205 45
De Dannan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

14
215 62
Runrig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Folk rock

15
35 25
Seven Nations is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
DavidL.Crooks added Celtic rock, Alternative rock

16
220 82
The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

17
84 6
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Celtic Folk Rock - Epic songs of love, loss, history and victory! Great ready to ride into battle!

18
125 39
The Killdares is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock

19
186 75
The Moorings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
jazmincolt added

20
215 55
The Waterboys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music

21
174 105
Celtic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

22
132 73
Marc Gunn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
bellobard added Folk music, Comedy music, Renaissance music - Fun celtic songs

23
178 42
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LoïcMacWind added Celtic Rock

24
35 13
Rathkeltair is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
joe a added

25
50 12
The High Kings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
kevin-parker added Folk music of Ireland

26
46 14
Ranker Video
AdonnaCarverPruette added Celtic, Scottish

27
181 55
Solas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

28
202 68
Afro Celt Sound System is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Ethnic electronica, Celtic fusion, Worldbeat

29
64 14
The Irish Rovers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
AlanV_Kansas added Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Folk rock

30
110 51
The Clancy Brothers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

31
19 23
Banshee in the Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Banshee in th Kitchen added Celtic and World Music

32
158 57
Capercaillie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic music

33
50 14
Capital Celtic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Steven Toole added Celtic, Traditional Irish, Pub Songs and Ballads - Washington DC area Celtic trio performing at pubs, festivals, weddings and private events throughout Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. They perform traditional Irish jigs ...

34
30 29
Scythian is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic music

35
42 3
SYR is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Jess MacCallum added Celtic Folk Rock - Songs of love and battle, history and victory!

36
5 7
The Kilt Lifters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
kiltlifters added

37
25 3
Old Blind Dogs is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
beard1 added

38
10 11
Connemara Stone Company is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
KeithBailey added Celtic, Folk Rock, Irish - 2015 - The Celtic Dog Tour - 20 Years CSC.

39
27 39
Flatfoot 56 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
mrpunkrad1 added Celtic punk, Christian punk, Punk rock

40
33 8
The Bothy Band is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
terry-rudden added Folk music of Ireland

41
173 92
Celtic Woman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, New Age music, Folk music

42
14 7
Barleyjuice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Jessica Dreger added

43
179 155
Bog Bards is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
BogBards added Irish traditional, Celtic music

44
19 3
Christy Moore is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
beard1 added Pop music, Folk music, Music of Ireland

45
102 90
The Rumjacks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

46
24 24
Burning Bridget Cleary is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
CherylBaldino added Celtic, Folk, Traditional -   

47
56 45
The Saw Doctors is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Rock music, Folk rock, Celtic music

48
23 6
Wolfe Tones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

49
34 21
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HenrikGuzmann added Celtic-punk

50
54 46
Orthodox Celts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
ppbaczyk added Celtic rock, Rock music, Folk music of Ireland