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

2
240 85
Lúnasa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Lúnasa Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

3
310 114
The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Pogues Celtic punk, Celtic fusion, Folk rock

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212 64
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Clannad New Age music, Rock music, Folk music

5
423 95
The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Dubliners Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

6
369 92
The Chieftains is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Chieftains Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

7
361 231
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Dropkick Murphys Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

8
115 56
Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Great Big Sea Celtic rock, Folk rock

9
83 56
Enter the Haggis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Enter the Haggis World fusion music, World music

10
299 156
Flogging Molly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Flogging Molly Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

11
591 227
Paddy and the Rats is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

12
30 11
Battlefield Band is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Elgriz added Battlefield Band Folk music

13
198 45
De Dannan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
De Dannan Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

14
32 22
Seven Nations is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
DavidL.Crooks added Seven Nations Celtic rock, Alternative rock

The Best New Female Artists

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207 62
Runrig is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Runrig Celtic rock, Folk rock

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79 4
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SYR Celtic Folk Rock - Epic songs of love, loss, history and victory! Great ready to ride into battle!

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211 79
The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Corrs Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

18
184 73
The Moorings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
jazmincolt added The Moorings

19
120 38
The Killdares is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Killdares Celtic rock

20
128 73
Marc Gunn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
bellobard added Marc Gunn Folk music, Comedy music, Renaissance music - Fun celtic songs

21
207 55
The Waterboys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Waterboys Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music

The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

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33 13
Rathkeltair is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
joe a added Rathkeltair

23
156 100
Celtic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic Thunder Adult contemporary music, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

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176 42
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LoïcMacWind added Celkilt Celtic Rock

25
17 22
Banshee in the Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Banshee in th Kitchen added Banshee in the Kitchen Celtic and World Music

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41 12
The High Kings is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
kevin-parker added The High Kings Folk music of Ireland

27
200 67
Afro Celt Sound System is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Afro Celt Sound System Ethnic electronica, Celtic fusion, Worldbeat

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174 54
Solas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Solas Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

The Best New Male Artists

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40 2
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Jess MacCallum added SYR Celtic Folk Rock - Songs of love and battle, history and victory!

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38 13
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AdonnaCarverPruette added Albannach Celtic, Scottish

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55 11
The Irish Rovers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
AlanV_Kansas added The Irish Rovers Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Folk rock

32
102 51
The Clancy Brothers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Clancy Brothers Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

33
49 14
Capital Celtic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Steven Toole added Capital Celtic 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 ...

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5 6
The Kilt Lifters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
kiltlifters added The Kilt Lifters

35
26 29
Scythian is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Scythian Celtic rock, Celtic music

The Greatest Songs by '90s One-Hit Wonders

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147 56
Capercaillie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Capercaillie Celtic music

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10 11
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KeithBailey added Connemara Stone Company Celtic, Folk Rock, Irish - 2015 - The Celtic Dog Tour - 20 Years CSC.

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27 39
Flatfoot 56 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
mrpunkrad1 added Flatfoot 56 Celtic punk, Christian punk, Punk rock

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179 155
Bog Bards is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
BogBards added Bog Bards Irish traditional, Celtic music

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12 7
Barleyjuice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Jessica Dreger added Barleyjuice

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19 3
Old Blind Dogs is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
beard1 added Old Blind Dogs

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163 89
Celtic Woman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic Woman Adult contemporary music, New Age music, Folk music

The Greatest Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

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24 24
Burning Bridget Cleary is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
CherylBaldino added Burning Bridget Cleary Celtic, Folk, Traditional -   

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26 8
The Bothy Band is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
terry-rudden added The Bothy Band Folk music of Ireland

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100 90
The Rumjacks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

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16 3
Christy Moore is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
beard1 added Christy Moore Pop music, Folk music, Music of Ireland

47
55 45
The Saw Doctors is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
The Saw Doctors Rock music, Folk rock, Celtic music

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34 21
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HenrikGuzmann added Jolly Jackers Celtic-punk

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22 6
Wolfe Tones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Kassie Lanzarotta added Wolfe Tones Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

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53 46
Orthodox Celts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
ppbaczyk added Orthodox Celts Celtic rock, Rock music, Folk music of Ireland