Best Irish Music Artists


The Top Ten

1 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have more.

2nd best band ever. Definitely best from Ireland. They have two of the best albums ever- The Joshua Tree & The Unforgettable Fire. Bono's a great vocalist, and them everyone else is underrated. Edge is one of the best guitarists, listen to Pride, Sunday Bloody Sunday, and Until The End Of The World, Clayton's one of the best bassist, listen to New Year's Day, Bullet The Blue Sky, and I Will Follow, and Larry's a great drummer, listen to Sunday Bloody Sunday and Bullet The Blue Sky. Such a talented, creative band.

This is easy to decide. U2 is simply the greatest Irish bands and also one of the greatest bands in general. Bono has an amazing voice The Edge is a very good guitarist.
Other good Irish music artists are:
2: The Cranberries: The Cranberries are like U2 with a female singer.
3: Snow Patrol
4: The Script
5: Sinead O Connor

I'll bet if you went to New York City and asked 100 people name an Irish band, 90% will say U2.

The Beatles are my favourite bsnd ever.
Number two, U2.
Featuring the dynamic vocals of Bono, and the musicianship of one of the most underrated guitar players ever, The Edge.

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2 Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy Thin Lizzy are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Their leader Phil Lynott was composer or co-composer of almost all of the band's songs, and the first black Irishman to achieve commercial success in the field of rock music. Thin Lizzy's most successful songs, "Whiskey in the Jar", "Jailbreak" more.

They are another amazing band to have come from Ireland - mneilan

This band is amazing! - Metal_Treasure

Should be number 1.

3 Van Morrison Van Morrison

Love this band so good they have amazing songs should be higher up the list this band is better than most of the new band today

'it's too late to stop now' is an amazing album!

4 The Cranberries The Cranberries The Cranberries are an Irish rock band who formed in Limerick in 1989. The band consists of lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler.

Those who knew the 90's, can not vote anything other than the cranberries...
Away from commercial music and the "bling-bling" band...
Pure music...

Believe me this is the best Irish band. - Onkar

Best band ever listen 2 it ALL the time

5 Gary Moore Gary Moore Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.

One of the finest musicians ever - his guitar can cry and speak. R.I.P. Gary. - Metal_Treasure

Again should be No1 alongside Lizzy. 🎸

6 The Script The Script The Script is an Irish pop rock band formed in 2001. The band comprises keyboardist and lead vocalist Danny O'Donoghue, guitarist and vocalist Mark Sheehan and drummer Glen Power.

#9? What? I've listened to each and every songs of them and I can't see a single reason why they're at #9!

#9? Is this a joke!? The Script are one of the greatest bands ever formed! They at LEAST deserve to be in the Top 3!

They are incredible! Need to be moved up this chart for sure.

They have to b in top 2

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7 Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.

The first Irish superstar... The rest followed but no one could play like Rory... Greatest guitarist ever

The only guitarist who can be compare to Hendrix. The person who paved the way for all the other Irish musicians to come. The man who inspired Brian May, Johnny Marr, Slash and the Edge. The man who got Clapton back into the blues. Rory is, whitout a doubt, the greatest Irish musician ever.

Amazing guitarist, musician, and person, my hero he deserves to be number 1 on every positive guitar list.

I think Rory should be number one on this list.Truly the best Irish guitarist EVER

8 Kodaline Kodaline Kodaline is an Irish rock band. Originally known as 21 Demands, in 2012 the band changed its name to Kodaline.

The best Irish band playing right now! "In a perfect world" really is perfection!

Listen to all I want and you will become a fan.

Exact music that I was looking for long time!

If you're searching for good music, KODALINE are exactly what you're looking for...they're just way down underrated

9 Westlife Westlife Westlife were an Irish boy band, formed in July 1998 and disbanded in June 2012. Originally signed by Simon Cowell and managed by Louis Walsh, the group's final line-up consisted of Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, and Shane Filan.

Definitely one of the best groups to come from Ireland. 14 number one hits. Well deserved.

Westlife is the best Irish boyband of all time...

Westlife is number 1, what's the list saying? Don't get it.
1. Westlife
2. Brian McFadden
3. The Waterboys

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The Contenders

11 Enya Enya Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin, known professionally as Enya, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, and producer.

Are you kidding me? Enya in 21?
She deserves top 5 al least.

She's too fantastic to be at 13. She's got to move to at least top 5. Well it's only a matter of time.

She transcends most other mere musicians, even the other Irish!

Wait? this isn't the top 5?
YOU CAN'T SAY WHERE THE ROAD GOES - NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva

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12 Sinead O'Connor Sinead O'Connor Sinéad Marie Bernadette O’Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra.

Great person, singer and writer. Can't not be here.

She’s mad she became a nun for a month then quit

13 The Dubliners

Laugh out loud not even in top ten

14 The Corrs

The Corrs number 25? The angelic voice of Andrea Corr must be higher.

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15 The Pogues

One of the absolute greatest bands out of Ireland, with the animosity and fusion of classic Irish folk with modern (at the time) rock. Truly a great band not afraid to get into your face.

Voting because a bus home from a school tour anytime from September till February would not be complete without 'Fairy-tale of New York'

The grandfathers of celtic punk have to be on this list.

16 Snow Patrol Snow Patrol Snow Patrol are a Northern Irish rock band formed in 1993, consisting of Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly, Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn, and Johnny McDaid.

Brilliant band with great lyrics and music as a whole. Should definitely be in the top ten at least.

Best love song of all time is chasing cars because it is happy and sad

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18 Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly are not Irish, they are from Los Angeles. Just because they make celtic music, doesn't mean they are Irish.

Who ever said flogging Molly doesn't have an Irish singer is wrong he was born in Dublin republic of Ireland

The lead singer of flogging Molly is Irish American so it counts as Irish music and it is in my opinion the best Irish band

Great group!

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19 Boyzone

Bottle banks make a sweeter sound!

20 The Brian Meakin Band

Pure and Raw blues. Beautiful stuff and an absolute hero

Such an under rated act. Breaks my heart he nver reached half of the success he deserved.

21 The Waterboys

The Waterboys's leader Mike Scott is a massive song writing talent but he is not Irish. He is a Scottish.

They came in like and went away like a bullet! Still listening 20 yrs later!

22 Two Door Cinema Club
23 Dropkick Murphys Dropkick Murphys

Absolutely top 5.

24 Dana

Dana's Easter album 'Love my Life' and 12" single 'For You, For Us' have money back guarantees, if not totally satisfied... in select stores now! Very select stores.

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25 The Coronas

An amazing band... Are WAY too good to be this low in the list :(... Just go see them live, they are amazing!

26 Glen Hansard

An angelic voice... Raw talent at it's best, also I met him once and he is a true gentleman

Amazing artist! Deserves to be in the top 5 at least! So underrated!

27 The Boomtown Rats
28 Hozier

Listen to "From Eden" or "Like Real People Do" or basically any of his other songs. He's brilliant.

One of the best rising stars of 2015. Glad to see he didn't turn out to be a one hit wonder.

An amazing artist with such a pure, beautiful voice, fabulous!

Unique voice

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29 My Bloody Valentine My Bloody Valentine My Bloody Valentine is a shoegazing, alternative rock, Irish band from Dublin, formed in 1983, which consists of guitarist, producer, samplist, and vocalist Kevin Shields, drummer and samplist Colm Ă“ CĂ­osĂłig, bassist Debbie Googe, and later on in their early career vocalist, and guitarist Bilinda more.
30 The Bogey Boys

One of the most underrated live acts EVER in Ireland and the UK. Criminally written out of Irish Rock History!

Class band. Never mentioned in the 'heyday' early eighties retrospectives, oddly, when they were probably the biggest live rock draw in Ireland, and touring Europe and the US, but D.C. nien, The Blades and several others always 'trotted out' when, in fact, they meant little to anyone outside of the Baggott Inn!

31 Therapy? Therapy? Therapy? is an alternative metal band from Northern Ireland. The band was formed in 1989 by guitarist–vocalist Andy Cairns from Ballyclare and drummer-vocalist Fyfe Ewing from Larne, Northern Ireland.
32 Clannad
33 Christy Moore
34 Horslips
35 Damien Rice

# 34? I don't know what kind of music the world listens to but this guy clearly deserves a slot in the top 10.

This guy is a living legend... He is so talented, just amazing!

36 Bell X1
37 The Wolfe Tones

Irish traditional music at its best!

Punk before punk existed

Travesty not in top 10

38 Look to the Lady
39 Black 47
40 Hudson Taylor

Two fabulous young guys with lovely voices... Listening to them would make you feel proud to be Irish

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41 Lisa Hannigan

And I assumed Damien Hice would be on the list

42 Ash
43 Gemma Hayes
44 Luka Bloom
45 The Divine Comedy
46 Ronnie Drew

Honestly #1 best artist in my opinion, his voice is just amazing

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48 Look to the Lady
49 Orla Gartland

Her music is so wonderful. Have been following her for such a long time, and her voice is so magical, and her talent is immense and her songs play in my head through most of the day.

50 Liam Clancy
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