Anyone that’s ever been to Ireland knows that music is an inescapable part of everyday life – whether it’s the live traditional music down at the local bar, the radio that’s constantly playing in the kitchen, or the spontaneous family sing-alongs that break out just for the craic.
For us music isn’t just part of our cultural heritage, but also a social way of relating to and engaging with one another in the present day. So it makes sense that, just like its people, Ireland’s music has made many a trip over the Atlantic Ocean and beyond to find a niche.
Below we’ve made a compilation of the most successful acts to come out of Ireland in modern times, some of which you might not even have known hailed from the Emerald Isle!
Have you got a favourite Irish band that just missed the list? Let us know in the comments below!