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St. Patrick’s Day rocks when you have a killer playlist with a dozen cuts from Irish rock and Irish punk bands to soundtrack your entire weekend.


That’s what makes this list (and this year) special: St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday. What’s better than having an entire weekend to celebrate the holiday in Boston? And we’ve got you covered if you need a bit of help in choosing how to mark the occasion. Believe it or not, there are a half-dozen live music options happening on St. Patrick’s Day proper. So it’s not just Dropkick Murphys making noise this year.


Speaking of the Dropkicks, if you’re heading to the shows at MGM Music Hall at Fenway this weekend, you can get the details (doors, openers, etc.) right here. If you were lucky enough to get tickets for the sold-out House of Blues show on Sunday, those details are here. And no matter what your plan is this weekend, my list of Irish pubs in Boston should come in handy. And so should our playlist of songs about drinking. Just make sure you’re listening (and drinking) responsibly.


Adam 12 Picks 12 Irish Rock Favorites for St. Patrick’s Day

One more playlist plug before we move on. I would be remiss if I did not point you in the direction of Adam 12’s Top 12 Dropkick Murphys Songs, For St. Patrick’s Day. I have a lot of history with the band and a lot of love for them, too, and I lay all of that out for you.


Of course, the Dropkicks make an appearance on the list below. But they’re not the only ones. From Boston Celtic punk to Boston street punk to punk and rock directly from Ireland, you’ll find a little of everything. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you, friend. Slainte.

  • Dropkick Murphys

    From Jimmy Kimmel!

  • Street Dogs

    Not anymore he doesn’t! Be like Tobe and take it easy this St. Patrick’s Day.

  • Darkbuster

    One more drinking song from an Boston punk band.

  • Stiff Little Fingers

    Speaking of Irish punk…

  • U2

    For years, when I deejayed at The Black Rose in Boston on St. Patrick’s Day, I’d close my set with this one.

  • Thin Lizzy

    More Irish rock.

  • The Pogues

    Gotta have The Pogues in the mix on St. Paddy’s.

  • The Pogues & The Dubliners

    The Pogues AND The Dubliners? In this economy?

  • Flogging Molly

    An excellent live version.

  • The Cranberries

    RIP Dolores. That voice…

  • Black 47

    Remember these guys?

  • The Waterboys

    Closing out the set with one of my all-time favorites. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all.