5 Songs You Need On Your St. Patrick’s Day Playlist


This is an extremely important list. It’s probably the most important thing you’re going to read all day. If you’re having a party, are driving around or just listening to music alone today, you need these songs. People will judge you if you don’t include them. They will think you hate fun and Irish people. That second one could be particularly risky. So just do it. Write these down, screenshot this page or do whatever memory trick you need to before you complete that St. Patrick’s Day playlist. Here are the five songs you need to be listening to this St. Paddy’s Day.

I’m Shipping Up To Boston, Dropkick Murphys

This song is a must. If you don’t have this on your playlist then you’re just not St. Patrick’s Day-ing right. References to Boston, an accordion and middle-aged guys “singing” (read: yelling into microphones) — it really doesn’t get more Irish than that. You wouldn’t even be wrong if you just threw this song on a loop for an hour. But your friends may start to hate you, and people tend to act irrationally (for some strange reason) on March 17, so let’s quickly get into the next song before you get a drink tossed at your head.

Home For A Rest, Spirit Of The West

Okay, this one starts a little slow. Maybe Spirit Of The West knew they had to give their listeners time to prepare for the madness that was about to ensue. Like a carnival ride, Home For A Rest picks up after about 40 seconds and might make you feel a bit nauseous by the end. If this song doesn’t have you hugging the nearest person, linking arms and spinning out of control then you’re just doing it wrong.

Tubthumping, Chumbawamba

“I get knocked down, but I get up again.” Have nine words ever sounded so glorious or been more true? You know what might happen on St. Patrick’s Day? You could get knocked down, but if you’re really celebrating this special day in the Irish spirit, you’re going to have to get back up again. Chumbawamba trade in the accordions for a trumpet and give you a step-by-step guide to a successful St. Patrick’s Day. Sure, the band is English and not Irish, but they have a cool accent so stop your complaining and blast this song for everyone to hear.

The Night Pat Murphy Died, Great Big Sea

Let’s just start with the name in the title. “Pat Murphy”. It already has one-third of the words in St. Patrick’s Day, and then perhaps the most Irish last name in history. After a short departure, we are re-introduced to the accordion in this modern rendition of the classic Newfoundland song. This song could get you through St. Patrick’s Day or the ferry ride to Centre Island. It’s pure east coast and pure St. Patrick’s Day. You now have the four most necessary St. Patrick’s Day songs on your playlist. But you’re probably thinking, “What happened to the fifth song?” Well, the moment you’ve been waiting for is here…

Tipsy, J-Kwon

Now this one’s tricky because it doesn’t really belong on a St. Patrick’s Day playlist. It belongs on an anything and everything playlist. J-Kwon is a once-in-a-lifetime artist. Nothing more needs to be said about this song. You know the deal. Plus, it adds a different flavour to the playlist for those who don’t enjoy the sweet sounds of the accordion. If those people even exist.

There it is. Basically, if you don’t have these songs on your playlist today/tonight then you don’t have squat. Take off that green shirt and stop trying to fool the world into thinking you actually love St. Patrick’s Day. Or, you can play these songs loud and proud, throw on that leprechaun outfit and have yourself a very merry St. Paddy’s Day. Cheers!