St Patrick's Day - a 9-song boozy soundtrack

17th Mar 2009 | 16:38

St Patrick's Day - a 9-song boozy soundtrack

Handpicked tunes to soundtrack the craic

Today is St Patrick's Day – a holy day for Roman Catholics in Ireland. But also a day when anyone who claims Irish roots - and anyone else who's along for the craic - raises a glass to Ireland's Patron Saint.

It will be a night of quaffing Guinness and whiskey, wearing large foam hats emblazoned with shamrocks, and generally using the occasion to sink a drink. Or five.

And what's the soundtrack for St Patrick's Day drinking? It could be this…

Early evening, warm-up

Van Morrisson - Brown Eyed Girl
Live in Santa Cruz 1978 - listen to that Moog, just don't look at those trousers.

The Pogues - Fiesta
If only for Shane MacGowan's amazing shirt choice and the fact that it sounds genuinely drunk at the end.

Air guitar time!

Metallica - Whiskey In The Jar
Trad Irish song via Thin Lizzy goes grrrrrrr! Shout along, get a round in!

Thin Lizzy - Emerald
A song about the Irish vs the English. More importantly, there's guitars going off like fireworks.

Start swaying

Rod Stewart - Dirty Old Town
Ewan MacColl's legendary song done by 'Rod The Mod'. First song he ever recorded – awww, bless.


The Pogues And Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale Of New York
This song will be played 273,214 times in NYC alone today - fact. This clip is from St Patrick's Day in 1988.

Face it, you're pished

Shane MacGowan & Nick Cave - What A Wonderful World
Yesh, and everyone is my besht mate..dribble, hic.

The Dubliners - Irish Rover
Old 'proper' Irish men. With beards. They rock.

Time to go home?

A message from The Pogues' Shane MacGowan... goodnight?

And Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig from MusicRadar...

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