Irish Singers: 15 Most Iconic Musicians
There are more Irish singers and bands than you might think. Here’s an eclectic little round-up that hopefully includes some you didn’t know about. From folk music, traditional Irish to rock and pop, there is an Irish voice for every heart!
Ireland is one of the countries strongly attached to its musical heritage. This is why music is everywhere: in the streets (with the “buskers“, street musicians deciding to push the song in exchange for a few coins), in the Irish pubs (where groups cover the greatest standards of traditional music Irish), or even in concert halls, on the radio, etc. For the population: living without music is unthinkable! That's why they host many stars who have taken their voice to the four corners of the globe.
Discover 15 of the greatest talents of this fabulous country!
U2— Every Breaking Wave
No need to present them, you probably already have them in your playlist. And if not, we advise you to listen to the song “Every Breaking Wave” for guaranteed chills.
A true monster of the international rock scene, U2 is a major group that still wins the hearts of the crowds today. But, many Irish people will tell you that they don’t like U2. It’s a bit of a love/hate relationship between the band and the Irish. Why? No one has a solid answer.
2. Van Morrison
Van Morrison—Brown Eyed Girl
Just giving you the name should be enough… Personally, the classic song “Brown eyed girl” always puts me in a good mood when I’m feeling pumped.
With emblematic titles such as “Brown Eyed Girl”, or even “Gloria”, Van Morrison left his mark on the ’60s and ’70s, whether in his first groups or during the solo career he has had since 1968. Numerous awards were given to him during the third millennium for his brilliant work.
3. The Cranberries
‘Zombie’ is a protest song by Irish alternative rock band the Cranberries. It was written during the Cranberries’ English Tour in 1993, in memory of two boys, Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry, who were killed by the IRA in a shopping center during the bombings. of Warrington, March 20, 1993
The Cranberries are an alternative rock band from Limerick, Ireland, formed in 1989 by guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan, vocalist Niall Quinn and drummer Fergal Lawler. Quinn was replaced by Dolores O’Riordan in 1990. The famous irish singer of the band unfortunately passed away in January 2018 we never tire of listening to her superb voice.
Hozier—Take Me To Church
Hozier is an Irish singer. who became world-known in 2013 with ‘Take Me To Church’. The following year he released his first self-titled album. Hozier, whose real name is Andrew Hozier-Byrne, was born on March 17, 1990, in Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.
5. Niall Horan of One Direction
Niall Horan—Nice To Meet Ya
Whether we like One Direction or not, Niall has also gone solo with two albums to his credit, Flicker (2017) and Heartbreak Weather (2020). The titles ‘This Town’ and ‘Slow Hands’ from the album Flicker have been an international success, making it into the top 20 in several countries.
6. Christy Moore
Christy Moore—Ordinary Man
He is the reference singer and guitarist in Irish folk. He was even named ‘Ireland’s greatest living musician’ by RTE’s ‘people of the Year Awards’ in 2007. And we love his song ‘Lisdoonvarnaa’ written for Eurovision. However, for a better representation of the irish singer’s style ‘Ordinary Man’ is among the most popular to listen to.
7. Sinéad O’Connor
Sinéad O’Connor—Nothing Compares 2U
The Irish singer, as well known for her music as her controversial political and religious views, remains one of the best Irish singers. A voice from the 1990s propelled onto the international scene with the title and arrangement of Prince ‘Nothing compares 2 you’.
8. Imelda May
Imelda May—Johnny’s Got A Boom Boom
Imelday May has a crazy talent. The Irish love it and I understand why. Go listen to one of her albums like Love Tattoo (No.1 in Ireland after its release) and if you don’t like it, she has also recently taken up poetry with great success. Of course, you will have to be a good connoisseur of the English language to appreciate his art of poetry. Below is a video that goes back a bit, but will allow you to judge his talent for yourself with his cover of Tainted Love. I dare you not to love…!
Enya—Wild Child—Gold Disc Awards 2001—LIVE
Very mystical with an angelic voice. Listening to her songs is a beautiful moment of relaxation and will surely bring a lot of emotions and memories to the surface. You have been warned!
10. The Dubliners
The Rocky Road To Dublin—Luke Kelly & The Dubliners
Formed in 1962, it is the Irish folk group of reference. ‘Seven Drunken Nights’, ‘Dirty Old Town’, ‘The Wild Rover’, ‘The Rocky Road To Dublin’, ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ are some of their most popular songs.
11. Luke Kelly
Luke Kelly—Black Velvet Band
There is a statue of the singer in the city of Dublin… The lead singer of The Dubliners has also gone solo. Much loved by Irish people, ‘Raglan Road’ is a favourite here (sung solo by Luke Kelly when he was still with The Dubliners) and it’s not uncommon for one or more guests at an Irish wedding to sing along. She left no one indifferent...
Westlife— My Love
You’d definitely have heard more than one of the songs from this Sligo band formed in 1998. It is the typical boy band of the late ’90s but some songs have become cult like the song ‘Uptown Girl’.
Clannad—Robin—The Hooded Man
Irish singer Enya was part of this group at the start of her career and before going solo. Very well-known internationally, they notably wrote the theme sound for the film Braveheart entitled ‘Crói Cróga’ (which means ‘brave heart’). If you want Celtic melodies as well as Irish lyrics, it’s worth adding to your list! They also recorded a song (in English) with Bono (yes from U2) called ‘In a Lifetime’ which is worth listening to if you are in the mood for reflection and relaxation.
14. The Corrs
Formed in 1990, this County Louth sister group has sold some 40 million albums worldwide. If you don’t remember, you certainly heard them on the radio more than once in the ’90s with the titles ‘Breathless’ or ‘Would you be happier’.
15. James Vincent McMorrow
James Vincent McMorrow—Cavalier
It’s different, it’s a beautiful voice and I think it’s perfect for relaxing in the sun. The songs ‘Higher Love’ and ‘Wicked Game’ are among our favourites when the mood is right. His new album entitled ‘Grapefruit Season’ will be released in July 2021, and I can’t wait to discover it!