What Are Some Irish Party Songs?


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Some Irish party songs include "Whiskey In the Jar," "Drunken Sailor" and "The Morning Dew" which are traditional Irish tunes. For a younger party, some more updated songs influenced by traditional Irish music are "Dirty Old Town" by the Pogues and "Shipping Up to Boston" by the Dropkick Murphys.

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The classic old Irish song "Whiskey In the Jar" has a popular cover by the Dubliners and holds a lively beat and well-known lyrics suitable for an Irish party, whether it's St. Patrick's Day or another occasion. A more recent yet classic song, "Go Lassie Go," also known as "Wild Mountain Thyme," by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, holds a slower pace and inspires the room to sing along with its easy-to-follow lyrics. Another classic addition to a Celtic-themed party is "Boil the Breakfast Early" by the Chieftains.

More modern songs with a heavy punk twist on Irish tunes include Flogging Molly's "Drunken Lullabies" and the Dropkick Murphys' "Hang Em High." An Irish song with less punk yet still modern sensibilities is "Sunday Bloody Sunday" by U2. The theme song from the movie "Boondock Saints" called "The Blood of Cuchulainn" proves a popular song for an Irish-themed party. For a melodic, ballad-style song, play "Finnegan's Wake" sung by Christy Moore.

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