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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. (127 items)
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1,196 390
The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
If I Should Fall From Grace With God, Red Roses for Me, Hell's Ditch

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1,475 431
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
The Warrior's Code, Unity, The Singles Collection

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1,508 411
Flogging Molly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Drunken Lullabies, Within a Mile of Home, Whiskey on a Sunday

4
754 269
Real McKenzies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
10, 000 Shots, Oot & Aboot

5
422 122
The Rumjacks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added

6
694 264
The Tossers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Agony, Purgatory, We'll Never Be Sober Again

7
851 303
Flatfoot 56 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Knuckles Up, Toil, Rumble of 56

8
474 237
Blood or Whiskey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
No Time to Explain, Blood or Whiskey, Cashed Out on Culture

9
564 255
Shane MacGowan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
What a Wonderful World, Haunted, You're the One

10
298 107
The Young Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added Saints and Sinners, Breathe, Absolutely

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493 234
The Mahones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Paint the Town Red (The Best Of...), Irish Punk Collection, Angels & Devils

12
482 183
Street Dogs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Fading American Dream, Savin Hill, Back to the World

13
356 80
1916 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Sven Kanitz added Long Road Home, Uprising

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535 232
Blaggards is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Live in Texas

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210 82
The Dreadnoughts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Allison Fin added Legends Never Die, Victory Square, Polka’s Not Dead

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270 96
Stiff Little Fingers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Tim Egersheim added Inflammable Material, Now Then…, Nobody's Heroes

17
307 126
Cutthroat Shamrock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Brendan Hamilton added Blood Rust Whiskey, The Wake

18
178 95
Paddy and the Rats is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
RolandRomenda added

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140 60
Kilmaine Saints is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added

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244 71
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IRISHROVER added ROVER MacCHROI - The No.1 Anti-System Irish Punk Singer & Songwriter. http://www.irishrover.org/

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264 172
The Levellers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Levelling the Land, Zeitgeist, Mouth to Mouth

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111 48
Fiddler's Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Menjaplom added Stagebox (limited edition), Wall of Folk, Winners & Boozers

23
208 96
Rum Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
OHmymy added

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131 65
Firkin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Sophkitty added Whup!

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362 164
Black 47 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Home of the Brave, Green Suede Shoes, Bittersweet Sixteen

26
296 231
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ShannonMarino added To Hell With The King, Ode To St. Cecillia

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94 48
Sir Reg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Allison Fin added 21st Century Loser, How the Hell Can You Sleep?, A Sign of the Times

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175 56
The Lagan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands

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112 72
Greenland Whalefishers is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Brendan Hamilton added Streets of Salvation, Down & Out, Amazing Space: B-Sides and Other Crap

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153 50
Brick Top Blaggers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Sven Kanitz added

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169 92
Jasper Coal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Lauren Mathews added 1000 Feet Closer to Hell, Immigrant Child

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329 200
Whiskey of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
DonnyMad-BeardZuzula added

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110 57
Smokey Bastard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Menjaplom added

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73 53
Mr. Irish Bastard is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Menjaplom added The Bastard Brotherhood, Never Mind the Bastards, Here is Mr. Irish Bollocks

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87 54
The Black Tartan Clan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
MacTouche Cartouche added

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58 46
The O'reillys and the Paddyhat... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands

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97 67
The Bloody Irish Boys is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Invincibility added Whiskey Devils – A Tribute to The Mahones, Drunk Rock, Auld St. Patrick - Irish Punk Band from Columbus, Ohio, USA

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169 147
The Gobshites is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
When the Shite Hits the Fans, Whiskey Devils – A Tribute to The Mahones

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92 100
The Moorings is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
UlrichDorey added Pints & Glory

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98 87
The Men They Couldn't Hang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Night of a Thousand Candles, Waiting for Bonaparte, How Green Is the Valley

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62 46
The Bollox is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added The Bollox

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140 45
Bastard Bearded Irishmen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Ben Jaber added Bastard Bearded Irishmen

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62 32
Loretta Problem is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
loretta.problem added

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85 51
Medusa's Wake is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Edward Lawlor added

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40 57
Cheers! is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
PafkaSteidl added Irish Folk-Punk Brewed in Pilsen!

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52 46
Stubby Shillelaghs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added

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81 53
Craic Haus is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Brett M. Burlison added

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46 39
Albannach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
marcodden added Albannach, Bareknuckle Pipes & Drums, The Mighty Nach Live

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130 106
The Briggs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Numbers, Come All You Madmen, Is This What You Believe?

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129 111
Pipes and Pints is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
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