10 Bagpipe Jams for St. Patrick's Day

Dropkick Murphys
Webb Chappell

Dropkick Murphys photographed on Oct. 19, 2018 at McGreevy’s in Boston.

It's Saint Patrick's Day, so whether you're at a themed happy hour at a watering hole or braving a frigidly cold parade, you're bound to hear plenty of bagpipes a'piping. But, after about the hundredth rendition of "Danny Boy," you're probably ready to hear some other tunes featuring bagpipes.

While there's a plethora of Irish-themed songs with bagpipes, there are some mainstream tracks that feature the traditional woodwind instrument (and other variations, such as uilleann pipes) synonymous with the holiday.

From the Dropkick Murphys to U2 (natch), here are great songs boasting bagpipes to blast this St. Patty's Day.

"Come Talk to Me" by Peter Gabriel

Sure, Gabriel is British, but this 1992 song features both bagpipes and an appearance by Ireland native Sinéad O'Connor.

"St. Andrew (This Battle is in the Air)" by The White Stripes

A different saint, sure, but that doesn't make this frenzied, folksy number by the rock duo back in 2007 any less worth a listen on March 17.

"Down in the Willow Garden" by The Chieftains feat. Bon Iver

If you're in less of a party drinking mode and more of a pensive drinking mode, look no further than the haunting cover of "Down in the Willow Garden" by The Chieftains and Bon Iver from 2012. Made famous by its appearance in the Fargo TV series, the swelling sounds of the moody uilleann pipes will transport you right to Dublin.

"Tessie" by the Dropkick Murphys

Yes, you're bound to be on Dropkick Murphys overload on St. Patrick's Day, but while others put "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" on a loop, you can change up the pace with their other Boston anthem, 2005's "Tessie."

"Stingin' Belle" by Biffy Clyro

The bagpipes come charging in around the 2:45 mark on this raucous, joyous 2013 track. Sure, St. Patty's Day is all about Irish pride, but those Scots sure know how to blow those bagpipes, too.

"It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n Roll)" by AC/DC

Because no one said bagpipes couldn't be metal as hell, AC/DC went ahead and infused the sound into this 1975 rock classic.

"Mull of Kintyre" by Paul McCartney & Wings

The music video for this 1977 song has a full-on fleet of bagpipers, so yeah, if you're in the mood to hear some serious bagpipes, this one's got it.

"Virtual Environment" by Lacuna Coil

Who says an Italian Gothic metal band can't feel a wee bit of the Irish spirit? After all, this killer five-minute track is book-ended by the sounds of billowing bagpipes.

"Rhythm of My Heart" by Rod Stewart

A little cheesy? Sure. But there's no denying that the bagpipes that kick off the 1991 power pop ballad sound awfully apropos for the holiday, and it's definitely got some serious sing-along-in-a-loud-pub vibes.

"Tomorrow" by U2

Because no St. Patrick's Day music list would be complete without U2: the Irish rock band's track "Tomorrow" has some serious bagpipe-age. It may be off the 1981 album October, but everything about this song screams March.