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?

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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?"

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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
Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE is a British songwriter, film score composer, guitarist, and record producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, lead singer, and songwriter for the rock band ...more

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182 81
Big Country is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music
Big Country is a Scottish rock band formed in Dunfermline, Fife, in 1981. The height of the band's popularity was in the early 1980s, although it retained a cult following for many years after. ...more

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294 159
Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
Dire Straits were a British rock band, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his younger brother David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers. Dire Straits' sound drew from a variety of musical ...more

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180 80
Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
richerb added Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. Lynott ...more

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155 63
Horslips is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Rock music, Progressive rock
Horslips are an Irish Celtic rock band that compose, arrange and perform songs based on traditional Irish jigs and reels. The group are regarded as 'founding fathers of Celtic rock' for their ...more

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115 37
Capercaillie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
alfeyerabend added Celtic music
Capercaillie are a Scottish folk band, founded in the 1980s by Donald Shaw and fronted by Karen Matheson. Capercaillie's perform traditional Gaelic songs and tunes, as well as contemporary ...more

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267 155
The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
RyanJohnson added Celtic punk, Celtic fusion, Folk rock
The Pogues are a Celtic punk band from London, formed in 1982 and fronted by Shane MacGowan. The band reached international prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. MacGowan left the band in ...more

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86 25
Paddy Murphy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Paddy Murphy added

Irish Folk Rock, Celtic Rock, Rock Music

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267 175
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LoïcMacWind added Celtic Rock

Festive Celtic Rock

www.celkilt.com

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243 161
Runrig is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Folk rock
Runrig are a Scottish Celtic rock group formed in Skye, in 1973 under the name 'The Run Rig Dance Band'. Since its inception, the band's line-up has included songwriters Rory Macdonald and Calum ...more

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220 153
The Waterboys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music
The Waterboys are a band formed in 1983 by Mike Scott. The band's membership, past and present, has been composed mainly of musicians from Scotland, Ireland and England, with Edinburgh, London, ...more

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329 250
Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock
Dropkick Murphys are an American Celtic punk band formed in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1996. The band was initially signed to independent punk record label Hellcat Records, releasing five albums ...more

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256 201
Flogging Molly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock
Flogging Molly is an American seven-piece Irish punk band from Los Angeles, California led by Irish vocalist Dave King, known for his work with Fastway. They are signed to their own record ...more

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373 311
Bodh'aktan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
LoïcMacWind added
bodhaktan.com 

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166 121
The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music
The Cranberries are an Irish rock band who formed in Limerick in 1990. The band consists of vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler. ...more

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157 120
The Young Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Folk rock, Folk
The Young Dubliners is an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1988. Their style of music has come to be called Celtic Rock, for the fusion of Irish traditional instruments ...more

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159 127
Gaelic Storm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic music
Gaelic Storm is a Celtic band. Their musical output includes pieces from traditional Irish music, Scottish music, and original tunes in both the Celtic and Celtic rock genres. Their most recent ...more

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134 104
Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Folk rock
Great Big Sea is a Canadian folk rock band from Newfoundland and Labrador, best known for performing energetic rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs including sea shanties, ...more

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155 125
Wolfstone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Rock music, Folk rock
Wolfstone are a Scottish musical group founded in 1989, who play Highland music combined with rock and roll. Their repertoire consists of both original songs and traditional folk pieces. To ...more

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163 137
The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music
The Corrs were an Irish band that combine rock with traditional Celtic Irish folk themes within their music. The group consists of the Corr siblings, Andrea; Sharon; Caroline; and Jim. They are ...more

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120 95
The Killdares is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock
The Killdares are a Dallas celtic rock group formed in 1996. The group has released five studio albums and two live music projects; the live CD LIVE from 2002 and live DVD/dual CD combo Up ...more

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43 25
The Proclaimers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
hellodalai added Celtic rock, New Wave, Pop music
The Proclaimers are a Scottish band composed of identical twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid. They are best known for the songs "I'm Gonna Be", "Sunshine on Leith", ...more

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101 98
Rory MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock
Roderick Macdonald is the bassist of the Scottish Celtic rock band Runrig, as well as their primary songwriter with his younger brother, Calum Macdonald. Rory tends to write the melody, and ...more

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88 87
Black 47 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Rock music
Black 47 are a New York City based celtic rock band with Irish Republican sympathies, whose music also shows influence from reggae, hip hop, folk and jazz. The band was formed in 1989 by Larry ...more

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127 138
Red Hot Chilli Pipers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are an ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards and drummers formed in Scotland in 2002. They entered and won the BBC talent show When Will I Be Famous? ...more