With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching on March 17th, there’s no time like the present to get party preparations underway. For many people, that means planning out your snacks, finding your local parade, and getting the party started.
However, what’s a St. Paddy’s Day celebration without the perfect music? Before searching in vain for the ideal playlist, add these songs to your rotation and you’re sure to get the party started in no time.
Dropkick Murphys, “I’m Shipping Up to Boston”: One of the most iconic Celtic-inspired songs of all time, “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” has been a St. Paddy’s Day staple for more than a decade at this point. From Boston punk band Dropkick Murphys, this angry, instrument-heavy punk song is the perfect addition to any St. Patrick’s Day playlist.
The Cranberries, “Dreams”: The Cranberries are, without a doubt, one of the most famous Irish bands of all time, and well deserving of a spot on any St. Paddy’s Day playlist. While hits like “Zombie” and “Linger” are still in rotation on radio stations around the world to this day, “Dreams” is their most beautiful single, and a perfect addition to your holiday mix.
Metallica, “Whiskey in the Jar”: While they’re not an Irish band, California-based metal act Metallica does a rousing version of Celtic classic “Whiskey in the Jar.” Singer James Hetfield’s gravelly voice and Metallica’s hard rock sound has transformed this song from a traditional, string-heavy Irish tune into a heavy metal hit sure to liven up any party.
The Pogues, “Dirty Old Town”: Another straight-out-of-Ireland band, The Pogues are a great addition to any St. Paddy’s Day playlist. Their harmonica-heavy hit “Dirty Old Town” is the kind of traditional ballad Ireland is known for, but with a modern twist, thanks to lead singer Shane MacGowan’s iconic voice.
House of Pain, “Jump Around”: If there’s one way to liven up any party, it’s putting House of Pain’s “Jump Around” on the stereo. This lively hit from the former Boston-based band can turn even the dullest gathering into something fun in no time flat.
There are three things necessary for a great St. Patrick’s Day: great company, a great parade, and a great playlist. While finding the two former items aren’t hard, with parades taking place across the country, from New Jersey to California, the perfect playlist is a bit more elusive. Fortunately, by adding these great songs to your St. Paddy’s Day mix, you’ll have the perfect mood set for countless celebrations to come.