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Ash, Roisin Murphy and The Cranberries are here to make your St Patrick's Day better | © Christian Bertrand / Rene Oonk / yakub88
Ash, Roisin Murphy and The Cranberries are here to make your St Patrick's Day better | © Christian Bertrand / Rene Oonk / yakub88
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25 Classic Irish Anthems to Get You Through St Patrick’s Day

Picture of Ann Lee
Music Editor
Updated: 14 March 2017
St Patrick’s Day has arrived, so time to get stuck into a pint of Guinness and booze the night away.

If you’ve got a couple of hours to kill until you can get down to the pub and need a playlist to keep you awake at work, we’ve got you.

The day marks when Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died.

A sombre event that now seems to be celebrated with festivals, wearing green clothes, hanging shamrocks and booze. Lots of booze.

To get you in the mood for festivities, we’ve brought together the finest Irish classics.

Yes, U2 and The Pogues are in there (how could they not be?) but there are plenty of indie Irish bands too, like the grunged up indie of The Cranberries and the gentle, soothing melodies of Mercury Prize nominee Villagers.

We also snuck House of Pain in there. Yeah, they’re American but they came up with their very own ode to St Patrick’s Day so they deserve a spot.

By the time you’ve finished you’ll be ready to hit the town.

You’re welcome!