Get Your Irish On With This St. Paddy’s Day Playlist
On St. Patrick’s Day we’re all Irish! I mean, if we weren’t we couldn’t all wear those “Kiss Me I’m Irish” shirts and drink green beer, right?
Ok, maybe we’re not all technically Irish, but we sure can celebrate like we are! And there’s no better way to get into the St. Paddy’s Day spirit than by getting your Irish jig on to these ten quintessential St. Patrick’s Day jams.
“I’m Shipping Up To Boston”
No matter where you’re from you now that there’s no St. Paddy’s Day party like the kind they throw in Boston. Plus, this Dropkick Murphys hit was the theme song of the movie The Departed, you know, the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson about an Irish gang in South Boston. Yeah, if this song doesn’t get you feeling like an Irishman I don’t know what will.
Of course, Flogging Molly is on this list. You can’t celebrate a proper St. Patrick’s Day without listening to Flogging Molly. Just listening to this song makes me want to chug an Irish Car Bomb and yell at the first person I see not wearing green on this beautiful holiday.
If we’re talking about quintessential St. Patrick’s Day songs you can bet you’ll hear “Molly Malone” somewhere in the mix, and the everyone will probably be singing along. Because what self-respecting fake Irishman doesn’t know to hook arms with the rando at the bar next to you and belt out “alive alive ohh” as loud as you can? It’s tradition! Well, maybe not tradition, but it just seems like the right thing to do on St. Paddy’s Day.
Did you know House of Pain is an Irish-American hip hop group? Yeah, I didn’t either, but now life makes much more sense. I mean, look at this music video! It screams Irish pride! I’m a little ashamed of myself right now, I’m not gonna lie. So, in honor of St. Paddy’s Day it only seems fair that we pay our respect to House of Pain by jumping around to this classic Irish party song.
I don’t care who you are, when Enya starts singing “sail away, sail away, sail away” you sing along. This might not seem like anyone’s go-to St. Paddy’s Day drinking anthem, but once your green beer buzz is on “Orinoco Flow” will be your jam.
“An Irish Pub Song”
The lyrics of this song pretty much describe every bar on St. Patrick’s Day. I mean, it’s flipping called “An Irish Pub Song” and on St. Paddy’s Day ever bar/pub/club is an Irish pub. So, raise your glass of Guinness to the real hero of St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish pub.
You can’t get your St. Paddy’s Day on with out blasting everyone’s favorite Irishman, Bono. I’m not sure if the U2 hit “Beautiful Day” is about St. Patrick’s Day, but what day could be more beautiful? Especially to an Irishman, or anyone who likes to drink, or anyone who loves green. Yeah, I’m going to go ahead and say that this song is about St. Patrick’s Day, because any day that I can drink all day, and not be judged, is a beautiful day.
“C’est La Vie”
This one goes out to all the ’90s chicks out there. You probably know all the lyrics to this song, heck, you probably had this CD! And now as an adult you might pretend like you have no idea who B*Witched is, but on St. Patrick’s Day it’s totally acceptable get your basic chick on and dance around to “C’est La Vie” while rocking your green beads. Let’s be real, that music break 2 minutes in is begging you to try to relive your Irish dance class days by kicking up your legs and skipping around with your hands held high above your head. That’s an Irish dance move, right? At least it looks legit,
“Dirty Old Town”
This is the song you listen to right be for the bar is closing. It’s a little more mellow than the Irish drinking anthems you’ve been jamming out to all day. There’s just something so soothing about the mix of the harmonica and that thick Irish accent that makes you want to actually kiss the person at the bar wearing the “Kiss Me I’m Irish Shirt”. It could also be due to the fact that you’ve had 5 shots of Jameson, but we’ll blame all of the “I love you’s” you tell the other fake Irishmen on the sweet, sweet sounds of The Pogues.
You didn’t think I’d make this list and leave off Celtic Woman, did you? Their beautiful angelic Irish voices are just the thing you need to end your St. Patrick’s Day. As you leave your green clothes in a pile on the floor and stumble into bed, you need one last tribute to your fake Irish life and “Danny Boy” is just the song to do it. Let the ancient Irish melody of “Danny Boy” lull you to sleep.
Until next year, St. Patrick’s Day. Until next year.