Top 5 Irish Anthems

Its St. Patrick’s Day! The Script, Morrissey’s blood, even half of Two Door Cinema Club – Ireland has blessed music with some bangers.

Get merry as Fly FM counts down our Top 5 Favourite Irish Anthems.

5. Dropkick Murphys – The Boys Are Back (2013)


While everyone forgets “The Boys Are Back in Town” singers Thin Lizzy are Irish, the excellently named American-Irish Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys take number 5 with their overtly Irish “The Boys Are Back”.

Despite its punk it wouldn’t feel out of place in any Irish pub, nor a fighting video starring FlyFM’s very own Connor Halliday.

MMA fighter and Top 10 Show presenter Connor Halliday (above) is a fan of the Dropkick Murphys.

4. B*Witched – C’est La Vie (1998)


A song number 1 the very day writer Alexander Greensmith was born, Dublin girl group B*witched might be singing in French, but its a great St. Paddy’s day send off sing-a-long. A favourite of FlyFM Head of Programming Scarlet Chappell.

3. The Corrs – Runaway (1995)


Cyooar! The Corrs. Name a more iconic quadruplet. Fly FM’s Chloe Bicknell loves a bit of acoustic.

The video’s features a classic black and white which we’re also a fan of, but they weren’t the first Irish band to do it best.

2. The Pogues – Fairytale of New York (1987)


While the dour immigrant Christmas Eve tale is saddening, the songs longevity and the fact it gets played in every house, shop and club come Christmas gives Fairytale of New York the number 2 spot. I better not put it at number 1, because its a bit weird listening to it on St. Patrick’s Day.

1. U2 – Beautiful Day (2000)


A FlyFM playlist favourite, appropriate to play at any time of day, even on St. Patrick’s Day. Simple, but catchy for all. So why not get merry this St. Patrick’s Day to an Irish song we all know and love? It really has… The Edge.


Tune in to FlyFM this St. Patrick’s Day for some more Irish anthems and Tweet us @Fly_FM ones we may’ve forgot.

Alex Greensmith

Derbyshire-born, 18, join me on Friday Mornings 10-12 on Fly FM for a blend of New Music Friday and play-at-home fun and games. Including the elusive Footballer Or Pokemon. Tweet in @GreensmithAlex Past shows can be found here:

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