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
435 157
Gaelic Storm is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic music
2
277 107
Lúnasa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music
3
349 129
The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic punk, Celtic fusion, Folk rock
4
480 102
The Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music
5
235 80
Clannad is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
New Age music, Rock music, Folk music
6
413 105
The Chieftains is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music
7
394 252
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock
8
329 163
Flogging Molly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock
9
133 72
Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Folk rock
10
94 66
Enter the Haggis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
World fusion music, World music
11
45 18
Battlefield Band is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Elgriz added Folk music
12
595 240
Paddy and the Rats is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
13
210 52
De Dannan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music
14
219 67
Runrig is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Folk rock
15
42 33
Seven Nations is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
DavidL.Crooks added Celtic rock, Alternative rock
16
225 93
The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music
17
128 42
The Killdares is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock
18
189 114
Celtic Thunder is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Adult contemporary music, Folk music, Folk music of Ireland
19
186 82
The Moorings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
jazmincolt added
20
141 77
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
61 15
The High Kings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
kevin-parker added Folk music of Ireland
22
219 60
The Waterboys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music
23
38 17
Rathkeltair is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
joe a added
24
179 48
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LoïcMacWind added Celtic Rock
25
122 55
The Clancy Brothers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Bands & Artists
Folk music, Folk music of Ireland, Irish rebel music