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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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Thin Lizzy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
richerb added Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
Thin Lizzy are a hard rock band formed in Dublin, Ireland, in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist and lead vocalist Phil Lynott, met while still in school. ...more

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Horslips is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Big Country is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, New Wave, Rock music
Big Country are a Scottish rock band formed in Dunfermline, Fife, in 1981. The height of the band's popularity was in the early to mid 1980s, although it retained a cult following for many years ...more

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Capercaillie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
alfeyerabend added Celtic music
Capercaillie is a Scottish folk band that was founded in the 1980s by Donald Shaw and led by Karen Matheson. Capercaillie performs traditional Gaelic and contemporary English songs. The group ...more
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Mark Knopfler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
Mark Freuder Knopfler ( NOP-flər; born 12 August 1949) is a British singer-songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and film score composer. He was the lead guitarist, lead singer, and songwriter ...more

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Dire Straits is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Blues-rock, Rock music
Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and ...more

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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

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The Pogues is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
RyanJohnson added Celtic punk, Celtic fusion, Folk rock
The Pogues were a British Celtic punk band fronted by Shane MacGowan and others, founded in Kings Cross, London in 1982, as "Pogue Mahone" – the anglicisation of the Irish Gaelic ...more
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Runrig is listed (or ranked) 9 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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LoïcMacWind added Celtic Rock

Festive Celtic Rock

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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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The Cranberries is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music
The Cranberries were an Irish rock band formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989 by lead singer Niall Quinn, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, and drummer Fergal Lawler. Quinn was replaced as ...more

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Dropkick Murphys is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Flogging Molly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic punk, Folk rock
Flogging Molly is an Irish–American seven-piece Celtic punk band led by Irish vocalist Dave King, formerly of the hard rock band Fastway. They are signed to their own record label, Borstal Beat ...more

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The Proclaimers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
hellodalai added Celtic rock, New Wave, Pop music
The Proclaimers are a Scottish music duo composed of twin brothers Charlie and Craig Reid (born 5 March 1962). They are best known for their songs "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", ...more

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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
samtheguitarman added Skiffle, Blue-eyed soul, Pop music
Sir George Ivan "Van" Morrison OBE (born 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter, instrumentalist and record producer. His professional career began as a teenager in the ...more

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The Young Dubliners is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Bodh'aktan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
LoïcMacWind added
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The Killdares is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Great Big Sea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Folk rock
Great Big Sea was a Canadian folk rock band from Newfoundland and Labrador, best known for performing energetic rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs including sea ...more
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Gaelic Storm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Celtic music
Gaelic Storm is a Celtic band founded in Santa Monica, California in 1996. Their musical output includes pieces from traditional Irish music, Scottish music, and original tunes in both the ...more
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Wolfstone is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Ockham's Razor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Scott Ference added Celtic rock
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The Corrs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
Celtic rock, Pop music, Rock music
The Corrs are an Irish band that combine pop rock with traditional Irish themes within their music. The group consists of the Corr siblings, Andrea (lead vocals, tin whistle, ukulele), Sharon ...more
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Loreena McKennitt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Celtic Rock Bands/Artists
neonroad added New Age music, World music, Celtic music
Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt, (born February 17, 1957) is a Canadian musician, composer, harpist, accordionist, and pianist who writes, records and performs world music with Celtic and Middle ...more

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