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The Best Celtic Bands & Artists 

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Updated August 19, 2019 15.4k votes 3.1k voters 263.4k views 103 items

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
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The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Lúnasa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Flogging Molly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Clannad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Celtic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Enter the Haggis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Battlefield Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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The Chieftains is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Paddy and the Rats is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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De Dannan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Seven Nations is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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The Waterboys is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Runrig is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Marc Gunn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Solas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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The Saw Doctors is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Afro Celt Sound System ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
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Capercaillie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists