It's St. Patrick's Day, one of the few holidays where you don't get blackout wasted just to make spending time with your weird/annoying/racist extended family easier. It's a holiday where you're expected
to get blackout wasted, at least if you're in the US. There's actually a rich history behind St. Patrick's Day, which is meant to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland who introduced Christianity to the country. It's a lovely opportunity to celebrate Irish culture and heritage, but we're in the US, and a lot of people really need an excuse to de-stress and drink before 5:00pm at the given moment, so...Guinness! Leprechauns! More Guinness! WEEEEEEEEE!!!!
If you were looking for music to accompany your green-themed day drinking, one band will pop up on just about every playlist: The Dropkick Murphys
. If the title to this article didn't give it away, you're not going to see them on this playlist. Nothing against the Dropkick Murphys; few bands can make it sound like there was a punk scene in 1852 Dublin as well as they can. But the thing is, you always hear their music whenever there's anything
remotely related to Ireland, St. Patty's, Massachusetts, or drinking heavily.
Believe it or not, there are actually some pretty good Irish-tinged rock jigs other than "I'm Shipping Up To Boston," so in order to give some of those songs a chance at the limelight, here's a list of some Irish tunes that you may not have thought of. There are the classic artists of Ireland, like the Pogues, Van Morrison, and U2, as well as some more recent artists like Lisa Hannigan, Damien Rice, and this obscure, ginger dude named Ed Sheeran. Yes, he's technically English, but you know damn well "Galway Girl" is gonna be on every St. Patty's mix for the next century and a half, so if you cant beat 'em, join 'em. So hopefully you enjoy this playlist for part of your St. Patrick's celebrations, and then you can go jam out to Dropkick Murphys when it's time to hit the pub.
Also, check out our interview with The Dropkick Murphys from 2013