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The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists

Updated August 19, 2019 13.3k votes 2.6k voters 161.7k views109 items

List RulesVote up and add all of the best Celtic rock bands of all time.

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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    Thin Lizzy

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock
    Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1969. Two of the founding...  more

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    Dire Straits

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock
    Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals...  more

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    The Pogues

    Celtic punk, Celtic fusion
    The Pogues were a British Celtic punk band fronted by Shane MacGowan and others, founded in...  more

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    Mark Knopfler

    Celtic rock, Blues-rock
    Mark Freuder Knopfler ( NOP-flər; born 12 August 1949) is a British singer-songwriter,...  more

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    Big Country

    Celtic rock, New Wave
    Big Country are a Scottish rock band formed in Dunfermline, Fife, in 1981. The height of the...  more

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    Dropkick Murphys

    Celtic rock, Celtic punk
    Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1996....  more

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    Celtic music
    Capercaillie is a Scottish folk band that was founded in the 1980s by Donald Shaw and led by...  more
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    Celtic rock, Folk rock
    Runrig are a Scottish Celtic rock group formed in Skye, in 1973 under the name 'The Run Rig...  more
  • 9

    Flogging Molly

    Celtic rock, Celtic punk
    Flogging Molly is an Irish–American seven-piece Celtic punk band led by Irish vocalist Dave...  more

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    Celtic rock, Rock music
    Horslips are an Irish Celtic rock band that compose, arrange and perform songs based on...  more
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    The Cranberries

    Jangle pop, New Wave
    The Cranberries were an Irish rock band formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989 by lead singer...  more

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  • 12

    Irish Folk Rock, Celtic Rock, Rock Music

  • 13

    Van Morrison

    Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul
    Sir George Ivan "Van" Morrison OBE (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish...  more

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    Celtic Rock

    Festive Celtic Rock
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    The Killdares

    Celtic rock
    The Killdares are a Dallas celtic rock group formed in 1996. The group has released five...  more
  • 16


    British Invasion, Psychedelic folk
    Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch, 10 May 1946) is a Scottish singer, songwriter and...  more

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  • 17


    New Age music, Rock music
    Clannad are an Irish band formed in 1970 in Gweedore, County Donegal. Their music has been...  more
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    Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul
    Them were a Northern Irish rock band formed in Belfast in April 1964, most prominently known...  more


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    Black 47

    Celtic rock, Celtic punk
    Black 47 was a celtic rock band from New York City, formed in 1989 by Larry Kirwan and Chris...  more
  • 20

    Loreena McKennitt

    New Age music, World music
    Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt, (born February 17, 1957) is a Canadian musician, composer,...  more

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    Enter the Haggis

    World fusion music, World music
    Jubilee Riots is a Canadian Indie/Folk Rock world-fusion band based in Toronto, Canada....  more
  • 22

    The Proclaimers

    Celtic rock, New Wave
    The Proclaimers are a Scottish music duo composed of twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid...  more
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  • 24

    Ockham's Razor

    Celtic rock
  • 25

    Silly Wizard

    Traditional music, Folk music
    Silly Wizard was a Scottish folk band that began forming in Edinburgh in 1970. The founder...  more