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The Best Celtic Punk Bands 

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Mixing punk rock with traditional Celtic music, Celtic punk bands or Irish punk bands have one of the most dynamic sounds in rock music. The genre rose to prominence in the 1980s and has only continued to grow in popularity. Even though that was the genre's most prominent period, Celtic punk bands emerged a decade earlier and incorporate elements of folk music in their sound. Though it may seem like strange bedfellows, it is what made Irish punk bands so popular and the best Celtic punk bands seamlessly incorporate both elements, while also instituting covers into their explosive live sets as well.

So, what are the best Celtic punk bands? Any list of Irish punk bands has to include the likes of The Pogues, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Blaggards, Black Irish Texas and The Tossers. These are some of the biggest names in Celtic punk, and with good reason. If not for the popularity and influence of these bands, then Celtic punk wouldn't have the strong underground following that it has.

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best Celtic punk bands. If you notice a band that specializes in Irish punk isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best Celtic punk bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest Celtic punk musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular Celtic punk bands that you might've heard of. (115 items)
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Flogging Molly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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Real McKenzies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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The Tossers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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Flatfoot 56 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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The Rumjacks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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Street Dogs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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The Mahones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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Blaggards is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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Blood or Whiskey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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Shane MacGowan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Genre: Celtic rock, Celtic punk & Rock music; Nationality: Ireland
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The Young Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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Cutthroat Shamrock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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The Dreadnoughts is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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1916 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Sven Kanitz added
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Whiskey of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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Black 47 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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Rum Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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The Levellers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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Kilmaine Saints is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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ROVER MacCHROI - The No.1 Anti-System Irish Punk Singer & Songwriter. http://www.irishrover.org/
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Paddy and the Rats is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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