Bands/Musicians 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. (128 items)
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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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1,531 446
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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1,566 418
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
449 127
The Rumjacks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added
5
776 280
Real McKenzies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
10, 000 Shots, Oot & Aboot
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709 270
The Tossers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Agony, Purgatory, We'll Never Be Sober Again
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856 312
Flatfoot 56 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Knuckles Up, Toil, Rumble of 56
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479 244
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
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318 114
The Young Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added Saints and Sinners, Breathe, Absolutely
10
573 263
Shane MacGowan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
What a Wonderful World, Haunted, You're the One
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502 239
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
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490 189
Street Dogs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Fading American Dream, Savin Hill, Back to the World
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359 85
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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544 237
Blaggards is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Live in Texas
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224 86
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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283 101
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
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183 100
Paddy and the Rats is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
RolandRomenda added
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310 131
Cutthroat Shamrock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Brendan Hamilton added Blood Rust Whiskey, The Wake
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114 52
Fiddler's Green is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Menjaplom added Stagebox (limited edition), Wall of Folk, Winners & Boozers
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132 69
Firkin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Sophkitty added Whup!
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271 74
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ROVER MacCHROI - The No.1 Anti-System Irish Punk Singer & Songwriter. http://www.irishrover.org/
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141 64
Kilmaine Saints is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Angela Lund-Logan added
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268 176
The Levellers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Levelling the Land, Zeitgeist, Mouth to Mouth
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368 169
Black 47 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
Home of the Brave, Green Suede Shoes, Bittersweet Sixteen
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211 100
Rum Rebellion is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Punk Bands
OHmymy added