As the saying goes, "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day." To celebrate one of the biggest party days of the year, AOL Radio has put together our top ten songs for St. Patrick's Day. After all, the holiday wouldn't be the same without some Irish classics. Many of these songs have been standards for years and they're all certain to get you into the St. Patty's Day spirit. Enjoy the top ten below!
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have done a good job re-inventing hip-hop and alternative music. They seem to appeal to many different people, offering a little bit of everything in their songs. 'Irish Celebration' is no exception, as the duo brings a catchy beat behind an Irish feel with inspired lyrics about Irish heritage. "But go against the Irish and get a bloody jaw/Preaching nonviolence, but reminds of the scars/And the bias, put a pint up everybody sing a song."
Shane MacGowan & The Popes
Irish Americans often view 'Danny Boy' as an unofficial signature song and anthem. The song has been interpreted in many ways and covered by a ton of artists, but was written in 1910 by English songwriter Frederic Weatherly. One of the most famous versions of the ballad was released by Shane MacGowan and the Popes off their album 'The Rare Oul' Stuff.'
'Sunday Bloody Sunday'
It's hard to have an Irish playlist without Ireland's most famous band. Bono and company's most famous track is probably this one, a powerful anthem against war and a plead for unity and peace. The protest track is arguably one of the greatest rock hits of all time and remains a staple of U2's life performances.
The Irish folk band Irish Rovers released 'Nancy Whiskey' off their debut album. The band's version is a folk classic with a cloud-pleasing chorus. The band introduces the song with a famous lesson passed down: "May you be a half an hour in heaven, before the devil knows your dead."
'Tell Me Ma'
Gaelic Storm has released a lot of recognizable Irish classics, including 'Tell Me Ma.' The band released their version of the classic standard in 1998 off their self-titled record. The song was originally known as a children's song with the chorus known as 'The Belle fo Belfast City.' The catchy track includes a long harmonica intro and is an easy jig to dance along to. "She is handsome, she is pretty. She is the belle of Belfast City."
'Whiskey in the Jar'
The Dubliners made this famous Irish traditional song famous when it became their signature song in the 1960s. The song has since been covered by many artists including Thin Lizzy and Metallica. The Dubliners' version is mid-tempo and makes good use of harmonies in the infectious chorus. "But I take delight in the juice of the barley and courting pretty fair maids in the morning bright and early."
'Beer Beer Beer'
The Clancy Brothers made 'Beer Beer Beer' famous and helped create the legend of Charlie Mopps, the mythical inventor of beer. The two minute track is simple and a sing-a-long classic that is believed to have originated on Royal Navy ships. They sing Mops' praise in the song: "Look what he has done for us, he's filled us up with cheer. Lord bless Charlie Mops, the man who invented beer."
'Seven Deadly Sins'
Irish-American punk band Flogging Molly released 'The Seven Deadly Sins' off their 2004 album 'Within a Mile of Home.' The Celtic, upbeat track will undoubtedly have you dancing at the bar. The song, like much of their music, is begging for a mosh-pit and tells the fun story of "seven drunken pirates." They sing: "So don't wreck yourself/Take an honest grip for there's more tales beyond the shore."
The Pogues with the Dubliners
Before Flogging Molly, there was the Celtic 80's punk band The Pogues. The band teamed up with The Dubliners for this folk song about a superb ship that meets an untimely end. The song was later covered by many others, but this version was a top ten hit in the UK when it was released in 1987. The song's music is often played alongside one of the most popular Scottish country dances. The unfortunate tale started with many men on a journey to New York and ended with a man and his dog trying to survive the several year trip.
The Dropkick Murphys are arguably the most famous American Celtic band, having earned a lot of acclaim for many of their Boston and Irish-inspired tunes. 'Finnegan's Wake' originated in the 1850s and is a ballad about a man named Tim Finnegan. The character was born "with a love for liquor" which ultimately leads to his death. However, mourners at his funeral spill whiskey over the man's corpse and he comes back to life and joins in on the celebrations. The upbeat rocker appears on the band's 1998 album 'Do Or Die.' The song remains a favorite for many bands and remains a fun take about how whiskey caused both Finnegan's downfall and celebratory resurrection. "And they carried him home, his corpse to wake...with a bottle of whiskey at his feet and a barrel of porter at his head."