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From Ash to Whipping Boy: The Best Irish Songs EVER Playlist

Come on you boys (and girls) in green.

Ah, it's himself
Ah, it's himself
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FOR SUCH A small country, Ireland has produced a whole lot of quality tunes.

From the punk of Stiff Little Fingers and The Undertones to the sweet and soft pop of Lisa Hannigan and David Kitt, with a detour through a whole lot of guitar music, this is a crash course in some of the best music from this island over the last few decades.

Roll down the windows, crank up the playlist and enjoy.

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The Ultimate Playlist of Irish songs

  • Whipping Boy – When We Were Young
  • Thin Lizzy – Whiskey in the Jar 
  • The Frames – Revelate
  • The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
  • Mic Christopher – Heyday
  • The Thrills – Santa Cruz
  • Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster
  • Sultans of Ping – Where’s Me Jumper
  • Ham Sandwich – Illuminate
  • My Bloody Valentine – Only Shallow
  • Bell X1 – Eve, The Apple of My Eye
  • Horslips – An Dearg Doom
  • Director – Reconnect
  • Microdisney – Horse Overboard
  • Van Morrison – Into The Mystic
  • Mundy – To You I Bestow
  • Villagers – Nothing Arrived
  • Sinead O’Connor – Mandinka
  • Declan O’Rourke – Galileo
  • Fight Like Apes – Something Global
  • Aslan – This Is
  • Paul Brady – The Island
  • Hozier – Take Me To Church
  • Christy Moore – Ride On
  • Girl Band – Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?
  • Joe Dolan – Good Looking Woman
  • Shane MacGowan and Sinead O’Connor – Haunted
  • Cranberries – Linger
  • Lisa Hannigan – Lille
  • David Kitt – Step Outside In the Morning Light
  • Ash – Shining Light
  • U2 – One
  • The Frank and Walters – After All
  • Luke Kelly – Raglan Road

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