Few holidays bring on the kind of revelry associated with St. Patrick’s Day. When it rolls around, nearly everyone (with or without Irish heritage) finds a way to celebrate (with or without whiskey and beer). Get in the spirit this weekend with our St. Patty’s Day playlist, designed to complement your debauchery. Click the button below to check out the Dropkick Murphys and all the rest on Made Man’s Spotify.
1. “The Wild Rover” By Dropkick Murphys
Start your celebration with the rousing sounds of Dropkick Murphys’ “The Wild Rover.” Make sure you’re with at least three other people when you play this one so you can do the chorus justice by swaying back and forth and singing loudly while spilling your beer.
2. “Streams of Whiskey” by The Pogues
Streams of whiskey? Why, that sounds like a fantastic idea. Crack the Jameson (or your choice of barrel-aged brown stuff) while you listen to this Pogues track that combines traditional Irish folk sounds with the band’s punk rock sensibilities.
Crack the Jameson (or your choice of brown stuff) while you listen to the Pogues’ “Streams of Whiskey.”
3. “Shamrocks and Shenanigans” by House of Pain
What could be more party-worthy than a group of Irish-American hooligans rapping about shamrocks (and shenanigans)?
4. “Whiskey in the Jar” by Thin Lizzy
Naturally, Ireland’s premiere hard rock export has to make an appearance on this list. “Whiskey in the Jar” is an old Irish folk song that’s been covered again and again over the years, but Thin Lizzy was the first to give it a legitimate rock ‘n’ roll edge.
5. “Sweet Thing” by Van Morrison
This one slows things down a little, giving you a quick break from the mug-clinking and back-slapping to savor a classic track from an artist who is arguably Ireland’s greatest contribution to modern music.
The Undertones (presumably somewhere in Ireland).
6. “Lisdoonvarna” by Christy Moore
Why not keep that chilled-out feeling going a little longer? Christy Moore is a musical traditionalist, jamming out classic Irish folk tunes with a thick accent and a flair for lyrics that tell epic tales.
7. “Teenage Kicks” by The Undertones
Back to some Irish punk. The Undertones aren’t quite as well known as the Pogues or Dropkick Murphys, but their Ramones-inspired three-chord melodies are fast and infectious and make for some solid listening. “Teenage Kicks” is the band’s best-known track for good reason.
The Undertones’ Ramones-inspired three-chord melodies are fast and infectious. “Teenage Kicks” is the band’s best-known track for good reason.
8. “Lannigan’s Ball” by O’Connor Brothers
Irish music doesn’t get much more authentic than O’Connor Brothers, and “Lannigan’s Ball” is one of their best.
9. “Roscabury” by Finnegan Rovers
You might just have to do a jig to this one. Fortunately, you’ll likely have imbibed enough dance juice now to execute something vaguely resembling a traditional Irish folk dance. Actually, don’t do it. Just don’t.
10. “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by Dropkick Murphys
By this point, you may be feeling slightly lethargic after a few too many dark beers. Time to fight the fatigue by turning up the volume on this fast and loud Dropkick Murphys closer. Erin Go Bragh, indeed.