Music for a St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick's Day party music
Are you thinking of hosting a St. Patrick’s Day celebration and want to make up an Irish music playlist? There are lots of great options out there! From classics like “Danny Boy” to modern Irish rock, here are some inspirations for music for a St. Patrick’s Day party.

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U2 Joshua Tree

U2 — This famous band started in Dublin in 1976 and has been going strong ever since. Led by lead singer Bono, U2 is a must-have at any Irish party.

Beautiful Day by U2


Rats on Board


Paddy and the Rats — A lively punk/rock style of Irish music. Some songs to listen to include “Bully in the Alley” “Drunken Sailor”, “Song of a Leprechaun”, and “Sailor Sally”.  Bully in the Alley by Paddy and the Rats

Drunken Lullabies

  Flogging Molly — This is a seven piece Celtic punk band from Los Angeles, California. They play some hard rocking Irish music. Songs to listen to include “Drunken Lullabies,” Irish Pub Song,” and Devil’s Dance Floor.”

Devil’s Dance Floor by Flogging Molly


Voice of Ages

The Chieftains — The Chieftains are a well-known Irish band known for singing the classics and some great Celtic dance tunes. Songs we like include “My Lagan love,” “the Carolina Reel,” “Danny Boy,” and “I Tell me Ma.”

I Tell Me Ma (In the Style of Van Morrison & The Chieftains)

The Very Best of the Pogues

The Pogues — The Pogues are a Celtic band from London who were famous in the 1980s and 1990s, broke up for a while and then got back together. They often tour around St. Patrick’s Day. For your party, listen to “The Rocky Road to Dublin, ” Bottle of Smoke,” Streams of Whiskey,” and “Young Ned of the Hill.”

Streams Of Whiskey by the Pogues

To Win Just Once

The Saw Doctors — The Saw Doctors are an Irish band that to this day holds the record in that country for the all-time best-selling single, “I Useta Lover.” We also like “the Red and Green of Mayo.”

I Useta Lover by The Saw Doctors


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Here are some traditional Irish songs to inspire you as you plan your own celebration!


St. Pat's party ideas

St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas

For more Irish party inspiration, be sure to take a look at our St. Patrick’s Day party page.


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