People know for many things – their light eyes, fiery hair, rich history and of course, their drinking. There is almost no way to get the Irish story than to grab a beer, sit down with Irish people and sing along to their drinking songs. While most songs can be used as drinking songs, there are those that are specifically for drinking.
The following top 10 best Irish drinking songs 2017 are the best drinking jams you can ever listen to.
Table of Page Contents
- 10. The Dubliners – Drink It Up Men
- 9. The Pogues – Whiskey You’re The Devil
- 8. Patsy Watchorn – The Craic Was 90 In The Isle of Man
- 7. The High Kings – Whiskey In The Jar
- 6. The Dubliners, Ronnie Drew – The Irish Rovers
- 5. The Irish Rovers – I’ll Tell Me Ma – Belle of Belfast City
- 4. Paddy Reilly – Black Velvet Band
- 3. Seamus Kennedy –The Liar
- 2. Barnbrack – If You’re Irish, Come Into The Parlour
- 1. The Irish Rovers – Come In
10. The Dubliners – Drink It Up Men
The Dubliners were a band that was created in 1962 in the city of Ireland. They had achieved massive success with their ballads and Irish folk songs. The band were revolutionary, written and performing political songs. They also popularized Irish music in the rest of the European continent, although they never got to the level of acts like Tommy Makem and The Clancy Brothers. The band had been together for 50 years straight, making them the longest surviving band in Ireland. They are highly revered in Ireland, with musicians from today citing them as an influence. Drink It Up Men is a song that is about drinking beer. Those for those that are averse to sipping the hard stuff will appreciate this record. The music video has over 216,000 views on YouTube.
9. The Pogues – Whiskey You’re The Devil
Irish punk band The Pogues are the epitome of being a rebel starting from their very name. The name Pogue Mahone is an anglicised version of the phrase “kiss my arse”. It is therefore fitting that such a happy go lucky lot would provide whiskey drinkers a common anthem. Off the album, Red Roses for Me, which is released in 1984, Whiskey You’re The Devil is an ode to most people’s relationship with whiskey. It stings, it scorches, yet we cannot let go of that brown stuff. Whiskey has proven to be the cause and solution to our problems and so we continue to drink it, one bottle at a time. The video has over 1 million views.
8. Patsy Watchorn – The Craic Was 90 In The Isle of Man
Patsy Watchorn is a former member of The Dubliners. He is a multi- instrumentalist, with proficiency in the banjo, bodhran and spoons. His passionate and distinct sound has cemented his place on the Irish folk scene. The Craic Was Ninety in the Isle of Man was the gift that Patsy Watchorn bestowed unto us stubborn drinkers. The term “craic” is a Gaelic term that can mean news, gossip, entertainment but it is most commonly used to refer to fun. The song basically talks about having the best of times possible. While drinking of course. The video to this song has hundreds of views on YouTube.
7. The High Kings – Whiskey In The Jar
The High Kings is a modern folk group that was formed in 2008. They have achieved great success, with their first three albums appearing at number three on the Billboard music chart. They usually only sing transitional Irish songs but have been known to belt out songs of other genres too. Whiskey In The Jar is a record that speaks intimately to all whiskey lovers out there. It is a tribute to the brown liquid that sustains us all. The song has been covered by Metallica and Thin Lizzy but the Irish version is by far the best as it involves people clapping to the beat. The song has over 440,000 bviews.
6. The Dubliners, Ronnie Drew – The Irish Rovers
The Irish Rover is a song about a sailing ship that met its tragic end. The ship had twenty seven masts, a colorful crew and enormous cargo. The verses of the song praised the ship, with all its wonders. The ship sailed through for seven years, finally losing its way and hitting a rock. The ship killed everyone in it, apart from the singer. The song has been covered by plenty of artists but this version by The Dubliners and Ronnie Crew is commendable. The song is a drinkers’ favorite, with many yelling the song’s chorus through the haze of their drunkenness. The song’s video has over 159,000 views on YouTube.
5. The Irish Rovers – I’ll Tell Me Ma – Belle of Belfast City
The song praises the Irish city of Belfast with all its beauty but can be easily be customized to refer to any other city. The original I’ll Tell Me Ma is a popular children’s song that is known in England. However, in Ireland the song is about Belfast. The version by The Irish Rovers was released way back in 1995 and is very popular. The version is only second to The Dubliners’ version. On YouTube, the version has over 11,000 views.
4. Paddy Reilly – Black Velvet Band
Paddy Reilly is a well-known folk singer and is one of the best balladerrs in the country. Hiohe is a former member of irish folk group, The Dubliners but left after nine years and was replaced by Watchorn. As a bar owner in New York, it is unsurprising that he would record a song that liquor lovers would relate to. The song can be used to sing to a love interest and make them feel special. The song can also be used when yuou want to wallow, remembering past lovers. The video has over 92,000 views.
3. Seamus Kennedy –The Liar
Seamus Kennedy is a man of many talents – comedian, musician, singer and writer. The man has huge repertoire that includes but is not limited to country music, traditional Irish music, Scottish ballads among others. He has a dashing wit which is sometimes showcased in his songs. The ability to combine humor and music is what makes him special. The Liar is one such song which has an aspect of dark comedy. The song tells the tale of the greatest liar in history and his numerous adventures.
2. Barnbrack – If You’re Irish, Come Into The Parlour
Barnbrack was a folk group with a bevy of hits to their name. Such songs include: The Fly and The Unicorn Song. The song If You’re Irish, Come Into The Parlour, evokes nationalism and pride among drunken listeners. If you have even the tiniest drop of Irish blood from your ancestors, you will definitely relate to this song. The song brags about Irish culture being the best. The song’s video on YouTube has many views.
1. The Irish Rovers – Come In
The Irish Rovers were one of the best musical acts Ireland had to offer in the ‘60s. They just straight up sang about drinking and indulging pleasures of the flesh. With hits like Come In, it is hard to argue with their popularity. Lyrically, this song is a song of welcome and will have you pulling up a seat for another fellow drinker. It encourages camaraderie and rapport among patrons in a bar.
The songs above are a portrait of Irish history and its vibrant culture. They amuse and entertain listeners, as much as they entertain those drinking. So grab a drink, pull up a chair and sing one of these songs. Pretty soon you will be speaking in an Irish brogue. Depending on how drunk you are.