I’m Irish, you’re Irish, we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! It’s not about the color of your hair or the amount of freckles on your face. Anyone can celebrate Irish heritage on this momentous occasion.
To show you I mean business on this quest to celebrate Irish heritage, I wrote some original lyrics for your enjoyment. Please sing it out loud a couple of times and then feel free to contact me if you are ever in need of a celebrated lyricist for a musical endeavor. I’d be happy to lend my expertise. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Andy Williams and me:
With the kids all step dancing
And everyone telling you “Pass me a beer!”
It's the most wonderful time of the year
It's the hap-happiest Saint-Day of all
With those green shamrock shakes, he got rid of the snakes
Before fighting a brawl!
Have the hap- happiest St. Patrick’s Day of all!!
Now for the real music...To help you get in the spirit of St. Paddy's Day, here are 10 of the best classic Irish jams/throwbacks (in no particular order) that should be pumping through your speakers this weekend!
10. The Corrs- “Runaway”
Maybe some of you listened to Aaron Carter and Britney Spears growing up. I listened to the Irish pop band The Corrs. #NoRegrets
9. The Cranberries- “Linger”
I LOVE THIS SONG. The Cranberries were a staple in our house, and hopefully in every self-respecting Irish household.
8. Flogging Molly- “Drunken Lullabies”
I won’t hold myself to Irish pop; we’re going punk too. And who better to take us there than Flogging Molly, a rowdy bunch of dirty Irish pirates who have been rocking Ireland since the '90s?
7. The Dubliners- “The Rocky Road to Dublin”
The Dubliners. Enough said.
6. The Dropkick Murphys- “Shipping Up to Boston”
SHIPPING UP TO BOSTON: this song was written by Boston, for Boston. Hey, guess what? We’re in Boston! This is our anthem.
5. U2- “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
Bono can do no wrong. None. Zip. Zilch.
4. The Pogues- “Dirty Old Town”
A classic Irish song that deals with the love/hate relationship between the Irish and the mother country. Sure, they hate their dirty old country, but it’s THEIR dirty old country.
3. Orthodox Celts- “Star of the County Down”
Nothing screams Irish more than Orthodox Celts. It’s literally in their name.
2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis- “Irish Celebration”
I don’t care that it’s not that old (2008), I’m going to include it anyways. Study up peeps, he’ll be here in a few short months. In the interim, make sure to rep the “rebellious nation of freckle-faced hustlers.”
1. The Dubliners: “Black Velvet Band”
If you didn’t grow up in a family of Irish state troopers, where every Wednesday you ate beef stew for dinner before racing off to three hours of Irish step dance lessons (true story), chances are this wasn’t an integral part of your childhood. But there’s still time, children. Give it a listen or two. With every replay you are increasing your Irish-ness. For all of you true leprechauns out there, you know this song. You live this song. You are this song. Pull out the spoons and clang along to the grandfather of all Irish ballads.
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