Luck of the Irish
by Music Staff
Photography courtesy of Willard on Creative Commons on Flickr
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, this month’s playlist is comprised of chart toppers and timeless hits many know and love—and they’re all by Irish musicians. Ranging from old-school anthems to some current favorites, be sure to play these throughout the luckiest month of the year by clicking here.
“From Eden” by Hozier
Listening to anything by Hozier is somewhat of a spiritual experience. Born on St. Patrick's Day, Hozier is the physical manifestation of Irish luck. He is bold and has resonating style, but just as able to channel the most delicate parts of your soul. His duality makes him a musical enigma.
“Linger” by The Cranberries
Even before Dolores O'Riordan's sudden death this year, her music carried its own weight in melancholy. A voice that could have put you in a trance and a presence that refused to be ignored, O'Riordan's legacy will linger with us for years to come.
“All I Want” by Kodaline
The absolute epitome of the sad-boy epidemic plaguing our generation of young males, this track by Dublin-based band Kodaline is to be approached with caution. Sensitive material lies ahead. It embodies all of the misery that comes with having your heart broken. A song capable of creating the illusion of heartbreak for those who were doing just fine, Kodaline strikes a painful chord in all of us.
“What's Left of the Flag” by Flogging Molly
They may not have the same name recognition as the Dropkick Murphy's, but Flogging Molly's Irish punk rock is heavier and far less forced. This song rocks hard and is an infectious listen from start to finish.
“The Man Who Can't Be Moved” by The Script
Oh, the mid-2000s radio rock. Say what you will about the lyrical clichés—it will always hold a special place in my heart. This song is a great throwback and features some well-known lyrics that have held up eight years later.
“Jackie and Wilson” by Hozier
In 2014, Hozier released the best singer-songwriter album in the last decade. Every track shines, but Jackie and Wilson stands out as a catchy, no-frills rock and roll jam.
“Nothing Compares to You” by Sinead O'Connor
O’Connor’s vocals are amazing in this Prince inspired song with intriguing melody. This song was number one on the Billboard 100 in 1990 for four weeks—the classic post-heartbreak ballad.
“Uptown Girl” by Westlife
This classic 90s song will always bring back memories. As one of the successful boybands that emerged in the 90s, Westlife's discography is filled with romantic songs that every listener can jam to.
“What You Know” by Two Door Cinema Club
My personal favorite song from this band, maybe just on catchiness alone or the fact that it has never seemed to get old. This hit peaked at number 64 on the UK Singles Charts—impressive, especially for an indie band.