What Are Some Irish Songs?


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"Whiskey in the Jar" and "Nothing Compares 2 U" are well-known Irish songs. "Whiskey in the Jar" is an Irish traditional song popularized by 20th century covers. "Nothing Compares 2 U" is one of Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor's most popular songs. The song hit number one on the charts in 13 countries.

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"Whiskey in the Jar" is about an Irish highwayman who is betrayed by a woman after he robs a military or government official. The origin of the song is believed to date back to the 17th century. "Whiskey in the Jar" gained international prominence when Irish folk band The Dubliners covered the song in the 1960s. Additional covers by Irish rock band Thin Lizzy and American metal band Metallica further popularized the song. The song made its way to North America, where it became popular in Colonial America.

"Nothing Compares 2 U" was originally a song written and composed by Prince. Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor popularized the song in 1990. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song 162 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The music video won Video of the Year, Best Female Video and Best Post-Modern Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards.

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