Top 10 Irish Musicians of All Time

Joe Pugliese


As St. Patrick's Day celebrations bloom all over the land and thoughts turn to all things Irish, now is the perfect time to fete the musicians from the Emerald Isle who have made the biggest impact on the Billboard Hot 100 chart over the decades. This special list of the top 10 Irish artists tallies the biggest Billboard stars who were born, raised and/or formed in Ireland. Erin go Bragh!

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Billboard's Top 10 Irish Artists ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart, dating to the chart’s Aug. 4, 1958, inception. The ranking is based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 having the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 proportionately less. Due to various changes in chart rules and methodology through the years, songs have had reigns at No. 1 and on the chart of varying average lengths. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits from all years, certain time frames were weighted to account for the differences in song turnover rates.

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    Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "With Or Without You" (No. 1 for three weeks; Peak date: 5/16/1987)

  2. 2

    Gilbert O'Sullivan

    Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Alone Again (Naturally)" (No. 1 for six weeks; Peak date: 7/29/1972)

  3. 3

    Sinéad O'Connor

    Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Nothing Compares 2 U" (No. 1 for four weeks; Peak date: 4/21/1990)

  4. 4

    Van Morrison

    Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Domino" (No. 9; Peak date: 1/2/1971)

  5. 5

    Snow Patrol

    Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Chasing Cars" (No. 5; Peak date: 10/14/2006)

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    Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "I Don't Wanna Know" by Mario Winans featuring Enya & P. Diddy (No. 2; Peak date: 4/24/2004)

  7. 7

    The Script

    Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Breakeven" (No. 12; Peak date: 5/15/2010)

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    The Cranberries

    Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "Linger" (No. 8; Peak date: 2/12/1994)

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    The Irish Rovers

    Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "The Unicorn" (No. 7; Peak date: 5/25/1968)

  10. 10

    Thin Lizzy

    Highest Charting Hot 100 Hit: "The Boys Are Back In Town" (No. 12; Peak date: 7/24/1976)


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