Bands/Musicians The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists  

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Celtic rock artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good celtic rock bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top celtic rock bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Celtic rock groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all celtic rock bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest celtic rock bands of all time, since the most famous celtic rock artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best celtic rock music.

You can click on the celtic rock band names to see more information about that particular notable celtic rock group. If they're near the top of the best celtic rock artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top celtic rock bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the celtic rock band names themselves.

The list you're viewing is made up of artists like Thin Lizzy and Dire Straits. Rank the best artists by voting for them. Which is the better choice for the top of this list Mark Knopfler or Gary Moore?

All important, significant and iconic names in celtic rock music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new celtic rock bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of celtic rock, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into celtic rock music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good celtic rock bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent celtic rock bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best celtic rock bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest celtic rock 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 rock bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

2
289 151
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

3
175 75
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
richerb added Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music

4
176 77
Big Country is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music

5
152 61
Horslips is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock

6
110 35
Capercaillie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
alfeyerabend added Celtic music

7
84 21
Paddy Murphy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Paddy Murphy added

Irish Folk Rock, Celtic Rock, Rock Music

8
259 154
The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
RyanJohnson added Celtic punk, Celtic fusion, Folk rock

9
267 171
Ranker Video
LoïcMacWind added Celtic Rock -

Festive Celtic Rock

www.celkilt.com

10
236 159
Runrig is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Folk rock

11
215 151
The Waterboys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music

12
317 250
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

13
374 309
Bodh'aktan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
LoïcMacWind added bodhaktan.com 

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246 199
Flogging Molly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock

15
155 118
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

16
153 120
The Young Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Folk rock, Folk

17
152 124
Wolfstone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Rock music, Folk rock

18
160 137
The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music

19
117 93
The Killdares is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock

20
126 104
Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Folk rock

21
148 127
Gaelic Storm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic music

22
41 24
The Proclaimers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
hellodalai added Celtic rock, New Wave, Pop music

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100 96
Rory MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock

24
123 131
Red Hot Chilli Pipers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock

25
85 87
Black 47 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Rock music

26
16 5
Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
samtheguitarman added Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music

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31 25
Danny Cummings is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Rock music, Latin American music

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15 6
Loreena McKennitt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
neonroad added New Age music, World music, Celtic music

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31 27
Blaggards is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk

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61 70
The Tossers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
RyanJohnson added Celtic punk, Punk rock

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11 5
Real McKenzies is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Rod Robeson added Celtic punk, Punk rock, Folk punk

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9 5
The Mahones is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Rod Robeson added Celtic punk

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7 3
Donovan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
samtheguitarman added British Invasion, Psychedelic folk, Psychedelic pop

34
14 13
Oysterband is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
neonroad added Electric folk, Folk rock, Folk punk

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16 16
Ranker Video
Justin Owens added Celtic Rock - Chance the Arm is a seven piece Celtic Rock band from Kansas City, MO. After forming in 2010, they began playing shows in 2011 around the Kansas City area. Since then, they have built a strong foundation in the Kansas City Irish Community and local music scene. The group is now well on the way to working at a national level and playing more frequently outside of their native Missouri. Chance the Arm is versatile, and combines traditional Celtic melodies, hard rock and bluegrass, all while paying homage to the Celtic genre favorites. Playing live is their forte, with a focus on fun and energy appropriate for all ages, onstage and off.

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7 4
Screaming Orphans is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Renāte Laine added Celtic rock, Pop music, Folk music

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11 10
Fiddler's Green is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Menjaplom added

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36 46
Seven Nations is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Alternative rock

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10 10
Ashley MacIsaac is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Sheldon Furlong added Celtic fusion, Rock music, Folk music

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3 3
Them is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
samtheguitarman added Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Raga rock

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1 1
The Black Shamrocks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
1524857491311 added Celtic Rock/Punk -

www.theblackshamrocks.com

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1 1
X-Band is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
David Hinton added

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1 1
VA Scots Guards X-Band is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
David Hinton added

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6 9
Blackmore's Night is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Jeff Havens added Rock music, Folk music, Medieval folk rock

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4 6
The Killigans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
RyanJohnson added

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2 3
Cherish the Ladies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Siersha 2 added Folk music of Ireland, Celtic music

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0 0
The Squealin Pigs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Mickymac added

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0 0
The Squealin Pigs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Mickymac added

49
7 11
Davy Spillane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
alfeyerabend added Rock music, Folk music, Celtic music

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2 4
Smokey Bastard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Menjaplom added