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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1
415 151
Gaelic Storm is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic music

2
266 102
Lúnasa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

3
333 125
The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic punk, Celtic fusion, Folk rock

4
463 101
The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music

5
228 76
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
New Age music, Rock music, Folk music

6
398 101
The Chieftains is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

7
388 243
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

8
318 159
Flogging Molly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

9
132 67
Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Folk rock

10
92 64
Enter the Haggis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
World fusion music, World music

11
41 16
Battlefield Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Elgriz added Folk music

12
594 236
Paddy and the Rats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists

13
206 49
De Dannan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

14
218 66
Runrig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Folk rock

15
38 31
Seven Nations is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
DavidL.Crooks added Celtic rock, Alternative rock

16
222 89
The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

17
126 42
The Killdares is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock

18
186 80
The Moorings is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
jazmincolt added

19
184 110
Celtic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland

20
139 76
Marc Gunn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
bellobard added Folk music, Comedy music, Renaissance music - Fun celtic songs

21
58 14
The High Kings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
kevin-parker added Folk music of Ireland

22
216 58
The Waterboys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music

23
37 17
Rathkeltair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
joe a added

24
179 47
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LoïcMacWind added Celtic Rock

25
88 10
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Celtic Folk Rock -

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