We all know that St. Patrick’s Day is mostly about the beer, but there have been many great songs that have been written about this famed Irish holiday as well.
Those songs range in genre, from rock to Celtic, and as you ready yourself for a day of celebrating the Irish (thanks to our comprehensive St. Patrick’s Day Guide, no less), we have dedicated this edition of the AXS Top Five to count down the five best St. Patrick’s Day songs.
Get out your leprechaun hat and read on.
The Waterboys aren’t well known outside the folk-rock arena, but this band did pump out one of the best St. Patrick’s Day singles in “Fisherman’s Blues,” a 1988 single that sounds every bit like the working man’s tune. Pump this track up this track, and your holiday just got better.
The harmonica that leads this Pogues single is one that you won’t be able to get out of your head, but once you hit the lyrics of “Dirty Old Town,” while downing a pint of Irish beer, you will feel just like you’re in an old pub in the heart of Dublin.
First and foremost, yes, The Dubliners are from Dublin, and they are one of the legendary Irish folk singers in the business. One of their best-known singles is “Seven Drunken Nights,” which will no doubt be played in many Irish pubs across the world on St. Patrick’s Day.
You can just feel the Irish spirit come out of this single. Combining traditional Irish folk with modern rock elements, The Rumjacks came up with the perfect song that will have an entire Irish pub drunkenly trying to sing the lyrics “An Irish Pub Song.” Case in point, this is one of the classic St. Patrick’s Day songs.
Boston is synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day and Irish culture, so it shouldn’t come as no surprise as the top song on this list is one that showcases the love of both the Irish and Boston. “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” will, no doubt, be played at many Irish pubs in Boston, and when this song comes on, make sure you sing along, no matter how drunk you are.