95 of the best Irish drinkin' tunes around.


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Here's to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one.
A pretty girl and an honest one.
A cold pint-- and another one!
-An Irish Toast

If you're planning a St. Patrick's Day party, these tunes will keep the fun roaring late into the evening.  You are going to keep tradition and begin drinking in the morning, aren't you?

When I started this list I thought it would be fairly easy for me to put together since I listen to Celtic, Scottish, and Irish music occasionally… it wasn’t. Unfortunately, a lot of the music is hard to find.

In making this list I grouped Celtic, Scottish, and Irish music together, so don't be offended.  I'm an American that married a German girl and loves to drink Scotch, so there.  It doesn't get much more international than that.

A lot of these songs have been performed by many different bands, so you may like one version over another.  To add these songs to your collection, head over to Amazon and search for Irish Music.  Enjoy! 

1- Live from Matt Molloy’s Pub by The Chieftains
2- Henry My Son by The Jolly Beggarmen
3- Ode To Big Blue by Trout Fishing In America (I don’t know for sure if the origins of this song is Irish, but every time I hear it, I think of Ireland for some reason. I had to include it. Forgive me if I’m wrong.)
4- Big Strong Man by The Jolly Beggarmen
5- When Irish Eyes Are Smiling by Tommy Maken and The Clancy Brothers
6- The Scotsman by Bryan Bowers
7- A Wild Rumpus by Old Blind Dogs
8- Gwerzy by Kila
9- Winter’s Night by Connie Dover
10- Weekend Irish by Barleyjuice

Irish Drinking PartyCredit: Flickr user zoetnet11- The Squid Jiggin’ Ground by Ryan’s Fancy
12- Corrievreckan by Michael McGoldrick (instrumental)
13- Spancil Hill by The Dubliners
14- If I Should Fall From Grace With God by The Pogues
15- Old Irish Dance by St. Patrick Boys (Instrumental)
16- The Wild Rover by The Irish Rovers
17- The Freedom Come-all-ye by Dick Gaughan
18- All For Me Grog by The Jolly Beggarmen
19- Peg Leg Jack by Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy
20- Ireland’s Call by Celtic Thunder

21- Irish Drinking Song by Buck-O-Nine
22- General Guinness by Seamus Kennedy
23- Almost Irish by Ceann
24- Mountain Dew by The Clancy Brothers
25- Kiss Me, I’m Sh*tfaced by Dropkick Murphys
26- Devil’s Dance Floor by Flogging Molly
27- Goodbye Mick and Goodbye Pat by The Irish Rovers
28- Raglan Road by The Dubliners
29- The Wild Colonial Boy by The Clancy Brothers
30- The Humours Of Whiskey by Andy M. Stewart and Manus Lunny

31- Farewell To Ireland by Tommy Peoples (fiddle)
32- Come Out Ye Black And Tans by Shamrog
33- Get Up Jack, John Sit Down by John Roberts & Tony Barrand
34- Spike Island Lasses by Dan Ar Braz (instrumental fiddle)
35- Juice Of The Barley by Sean Dunphy
36- Down to the Old Pub Instead by Stephen Lynch (this song may offend women)
37- Finnegan’s Wake by The Barley Boys
38- Craic With Jack by Eileen & Immigrant Soul Ivers (instrumental)
39- To The Beggin’ I Will Go by Old Blind Dogs or Beth Patterson
40- Old Dirty Boot by The Wilders (instrumental)

41- Another Irish Drinking Song by The Whiskey Bards
42- Johnny Jump Up by Celticopia
43- Three Score And Ten by Carl Peterson, Johnny McEvoy or The Dubliners (A sad song about men who lose their lives while fishing.)
44- King Of The Faeries Set by Lucia Comnes
45- A Forgotten Hero by Patrick Street
46- The Raggle Taggle Gypsy by The Waterboys
47- Darcy’s Donkey by Gaelic Storm
48- Whiskey in the Jar by The Pogues/Dubliners
49- The Jolly Tinker, The Pretty Girls Of Mayo by Paddy Killoran
50- Song For Ireland by Dingle Folk

51- Dicey Riley by The Tossers
52- Rosin The Bow by The Clancy Brothers
53- Ny’s for Paddy by 4 To The Bar
54- Old Hag You Have Killed Me by The Bothy Band (instrumental)
55- The Black Velvet Band by Jim Brannigan
56- Don’t Go Drinking With Hobbits by Marc Gunn
57- The Limerick Rake by The Pogues
58- Fiddler’s Green by The Jolly Beggarmen
59- Come Along by Ryan’s Fancy
60- Do Virgins Taste Better Medley by Brobdingnagian Bards

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61- Johnny Be Fair by Neil Emberg, Ruth Notman or Buffy Sainte -Marie
62- Old Woman and the Devil by Pete Seeger
63- Diddling Set by Bill Jones (instrumental)
64- The Unicorn by The Irish Rovers
65- Frosty Morning /Santa Anna’s Retreat /Santa Anna’s March by Robin Bullock (instrumental)
66- I’ll Tell Me Ma by The Chieftains
67- By the Rising of the Moon by Brobdingnagian Bards
68- Only Our Rivers Run Free by The Jolly Beggarmen
69- The Rocky Road To Dublin by Paddy Reilly
70- The Creggan White Hare by Dick Gaughan and Andy Irvine

71- Courtin’ In The Kitchen by Sharon Shannon, Tommy Makem or The Merry Ploughboys
72- Mermaid by The Clancy Brothers
73- Drunken Sailor by Great Big Sea
74- Seven Drunken Nights by The Dubliners
75- Danny Boy by Michael Londra
76- Boil The Breakfast Early by The Chieftains (instrumental)
77- The Island by Celtic Thunder
78- Nancy Whiskey by Gaelic Storm (instrumental)
79- Mull Of Kintyre by Ashley MacIsaac
80- Sean South From Garryowen by The Jolly Beggarmen

81- Arthur McBride by The Jolly Beggarmen
82- Corryvreckan by William Jackson (pipes)
83- Beer, Beer, Beer by The Clancy Brothers
84- The Four Leafed Shamrock /The Concert Reel /Larkin’s Beehives by Alan & John Kelly
85- Quart of Gin by The Prodigals
86- Bugger Off by The Dubliners (curse words)
87- The Kerry Recruit by Seamus Ennis, The Makem Brothers or The Dubliners
88- The Irish Rover by The Pogues/The Dubliners or The Clancy Brothers
89- Molly Malone by The Irish Rovers
90- The Irishman Who Doesn’t Drink by Brobdingnagian Bards or Andrew McKee

91- Drink It Up Men by The Dubliners
92- There’s No One As Irish As Barack Obama by The Corrigan Brothers
93- Drink The Night Away by Gaelic Storm
94- Woman From Belfast by The Jolly Beggarmen
95- The Parting Glass by The Pogues, The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem or The High Kings (A bit of a slow song that is good to bring an end to the night.)

If I left one of your favorites off the list, feel free to leave a comment.  You can find more on iTunes, too.

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