The Top Ten Songs to Commemorate Saint Patrick’s Day
Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:23:51
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Well, people- that magical time of the year is upon us. Spring is in the air, March Madness is here, and the all-day tribute to binge drinking is right around the corner. No, it's not Lindsay Lohan's birthday party. I'm talking about Saint Patrick's Day- the one day a year when everyone is Irish. And by "Irish," we mean "alcoholic." To commemorate, we've armed you with your perfect Saint Patrick's Day songs. Let's start at the top ‘o the playlist!
Tommy Makem & Liam Clancy - "Ballad of Old Saint Anne’s Reel"
Several performers have recorded this classic Irish song, and Makem & Clancy certainly make it their own. These two talented songwriters collaborated to create albums that exemplified Irish folk music- they're as Irish as Catholic guilt! This will really get you in the mood to wear some green and grab a Guinness.
Dropkick Murphys - "I'm Shipping Up To Boston"
We all remember this four-on-the-floor romper from the Academy Award winning film, The Departed. The Murphys hail from good ol' Boston- an American city which definitely has a healthy Irish American population. You know what other city has a great Irish contingency? Sante Fe, New Mexico! Just kidding.
U2 - "City of Blinding Lights"
As the biggest band from Dublin, U2 automatically make our list. On this sweeping, emotional and epic track, Bono chants "Oh, you look so beautiful tonight!" Hey, after a few Irish car bombs, you'll be saying the same thing to whoever is next to you!
Flogging Molly - "Seven Deadly Sins"
You could take any Flogging Molly track and put it on this playlist; if you've ever heard them, you know what I'm talking about. They are a punk band that could be alternately dubbed "Frenetic Irish folk music."
The Lawrence Arms - "Boat Less Booze Cruise"
While the Lawrence Arms aren't technically from Ireland, they do have a few things going for them that make them work for our playlist. First, they're from Chicago- another great city with Irish character. Second, they have a wistful wit in their songwriting reminiscent of many Irish folk songs. Third, they're heavy drinkers! This track from their debut album, Apathy and Exhaustion, is funny, clever, and a bit heart wrenching. For most people, Saint Patrick's Day is a bit of a boat-less booze cruise anyway. Unless, of course, you're on a boat.
The Pogues and The Dubliners - "The Irish Rover"
I was in a punk band in college that did a cover of this song. Needless to say, The Pogues and the Dubliners do a much better job! It's a quintessential Irish song, retelling the tale of an old Irish ship and an epic journey that came to a tragic end.
Corrigan Brothers - "There's No One as Irish as Barack O'Bama"
This little ditty claims that Barack Obama has ancestry from the Emerald Isle. It also rhymes "toor a lama" with "Obama." I'm not sure which thing is more ridiculous!
The Pogues - "Streams of Whiskey"
"I am going/ I am going where the streams of whiskey are flowing." That's the chorus from this song, from one of the most classic Irish bands. Is that enough explanation to make our St. Patrick's Day playlist, or do we need to add a little leprechaun dancing too?
NOFX - "First Call"
These guys- aside from being one of the best punk bands around- are notorious boozers. This song is a tip of the cap to drinking all night- and into the early morning- then hitting "first call" at the bar. "Irish coffee, and Irish car bombs/ a fat drunk Jew starts singing this song," vocalist Fat Mike sneers. Don't worry- he's Jewish, so he can say that. They always say you need some hair of the dog that bit you. NOFX seems to know that better than anyone!
Bloody Irish Boys - "Drunk Tonight"
I'm guessing this one doesn't need much of an explanation.
Now you are ready to face an obnoxious world that has been drinking since six in the morning. Have a great Saint Patrick's Day, and make sure that if you drink a green beer, it's just from food coloring.