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50+ Musicians of Irish Descent 

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Updated November 5, 2019 12.8k views 51 items

This list of famous musicians of Irish descent is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous musicians are of Irish descent. Some of them have a mixed heritage while others are 100 percent Irish. Singers and musicians of Irish descent have had successful careers in rock, punk, and pop music. Several Grammy Award winners are of Irish ancestry as well.

Who is the most famous musician of Irish descent? Britney Spears tops this list. The “Toxic” singer is of primarily English descent, but she also has Maltese, Scottish, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), Irish, French, Welsh and Italian ancestry. She made her TV debut on the talent competition program "Star Search" and was a member of the Mickey Mouse Club as well.

Many Irish musicians have won Grammy Awards. Justin Timberlake has won 6 Grammys thus far in his career and is of English, Scottish, Irish, German, Dutch and Norwegian descent. Other Grammy Award winning Irish musicians include Bono, Elvis Presley, and Shania Twain, among others.

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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 50+ Musicians of Irish Descent
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Britney Spears is of primarily English descent, but she also has Maltese, Scottish, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), Irish, French, Welsh, and Italian ancestry.

Born: 1981-12-02

Age: 37

Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi, United States of America

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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50+ Musicians of Irish Descent
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Justin Timberlake is of English, Scottish, Irish, German, Dutch, and Norwegian descent. Along with his successful singing career, Timberlake has also appeared in such films as The Social Network and Alpha Dog.

Born: 1981-01-31

Age: 38

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50+ Musicians of Irish Descent
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Rihanna is of Afro-Guyanese, Barbadian, and Irish descent. She has released such hit songs as "Umbrella" and "We Found Love."

Born: 1988-02-20

Age: 31

Birthplace: Saint Michael Parish, Barbados

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50+ Musicians of Irish Descent
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Bono was born and raised in Ireland.  With his band U2, he wrote the songs "With or Without You" and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For."

Born: 1960-05-10

Age: 58

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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