The Most Popular St. Patrick's Day Songs in the U.S., According to YouTube

Bono of U2
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Bono of U2 performs during the World Stage event as part of the MTV EMAs 2017 at Trafalgar Square on Nov. 11, 2017 in London, England. 

Update your playlist for a shamrockin' good time.

Ah, St. Patrick’s Day... the holiday where Americans don’t really know what they’re celebrating other than an annual excuse to drink a shameful amount of green beer.

And where there’s a holiday, there’s a need for a playlist to set the mood. While songs blatantly regarding St. Patrick’s Day maybe aren't as easy to find as, say, St. Nick’s Day, YouTube analytics can tell us what songs get massive spikes in views on March 17 in the U.S.

Here's your unofficial St. Patrick’s soundtrack to get yourself shaking your shillelaghs on Saturday.

1. Flogging Molly - "Drunken Lullabies"

(2,309% spike on St. Patrick’s Day 2017)

Is it any wonder these Californian Celtic punks topped the list? If there was ever a song to make you want to start a bar fight, it would frankly be a disappointment if that song weren’t this one. It’s time to down your Guinness and get the party started.

2. The Dubliners - “Whiskey in the Jar”

(2,290% spike on St. Patrick’s Day 2017)

If beer isn’t your beverage of preference, raise your glass -- you have another choice! We can’t in good conscience condone drinking jars full of whiskey, but we absolutely support blasting this song if you’re in the mood to pretend you know how to river dance. We won’t judge.

3. The Rumjacks - "An Irish Pub Song"

(1,517% spike on St. Patrick’s Day 2017)

Nothing like a singer who enunciates like he’s already been celebrating! But maybe the mumbling is part of the joke delivered by this Australian band. According to the description of the music video on YouTube, this rowdy song is “a piss take at the explosion of Irish Pubs in Australia and the bastardisation of a culture.” We’re sure they’d think the same of America, but will that make us stop celebrating?

4. Dropkick Murphys - "I'm Shipping Up to Boston"

(1,253% spike on St. Patrick's Day 2017)

If a song’s chorus includes an extended “whoa-oh-oh,” it’s basically scientifically proven that said song will have a higher success rate in bars. At least, they’re much more fun to sing along to. This jam from yet another Celtic-American punk band supports that theory.

5. U2 - "Sunday Bloody Sunday"

(107% spike on St. Patrick's Day 2017)

Despite the ultra-depressing history behind this anthem, it’s rooted in Irish pride. Supposedly, a record company boss urged the band to drop “bloody” from the chorus for fear of the graphic language hindering radio success. Clearly, that suggestion was turned down, and Americans are still rocking out to it over 30 years later.

6. House of Pain - "Jump Around"

(97% spike on St. Patrick's Day 2017)

For those who aren't familiar with this '90s hip-hop staple outside of house parties, its presence on this list might come as a shock. However, the music video was filmed during the 1992 New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade. That reason alone is enough for this bumpin' track to make your playlists for March 17. 

7. B*Witched - "C'est la Vie"

(74% spike on St. Patrick's Day 2017)

Arguably Dublin's most widely recognized girl group, B*Witched's debut single starts off sounding like a typical pop song. But then, of course, the bagpipes blare, firmly establishing this song as a necessity on any respectable St. Patrick's Day playlist.

8. The Corrs - "Breathless"

(66% spike on St. Patrick's Day 2017)

Although critics were originally divided on this seductive track at the time of its release in 2000, it has evidently stood the test of time as an infectiously catchy sing-along tune from another Irish pop band.

9. Enya - "Book of Days"

(46% spike on St. Patrick's Day 2017)

We can't imagine anyone actually choosing to play this at a bar, pub or parade to get themselves in the lively St. Patrick's Day spirit. However, if the day's festivities get overwhelming and you find yourself needing to take a breather, this ought to do the trick instantly.

10. The Cranberries - "Dreams"

(28% spike on St. Patrick's Day 2017)

Has there ever been an Irish woman of rock as quintessential as Dolores O'Riordan? After her death in January, we can only hope this classic finds itself higher on the list this year in her honor -- and perhaps the rest of The Cranberries hits, too, while we're at it. Cheers.

Methodology: Views across YouTube on St. Patrick’s Day 2017 (3/17/17) vs. the track’s 2017 average daily views.


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