Do you know who the best Irish bands are? If you don’t know, it doesn’t matter because we let you learn about the top ten most famous musical bands from Ireland. Like other countries, Ireland also holds the greatest artists, poets, writers and best music bands that have their strong recognitions globally.
Ireland seems to be a small nation but it is blessed uncounted blessings although the music is one of those, the reason why their bands since the middle of the sixties can face others finest music bands with multiple genres. Irish are observed to be a huge fan of rock genres and there are so many rock musical groups in Ireland that can meet their choices.
We have heard The Stones, The Beatles, T-Rex, and Slade who all have given rock and roll ventures to listeners all around the world. However, there are some excellent Irish bands like U2, The Pogues, The Villagers, Jape, The Thrills and others who tagged on highest ranks in Ireland and worldwide with best.
Here we have the top ten best Irish bands that are considered outstanding with the essential moment in rock history;
10. The Thrills
The Thrills are an Irish rock band that established in 2001 in Dublin, Ireland. Conor Deasy plays lead vocalist for the group, while Daniel Ryan as a guitarist, Padraic McMahon as guitarist and bass player, Kevin Horan as a pianist, and Ben Carrigan plays the drum. It earned hard to believe popularity for its albums like So Much for the City (2003), Let’s Bottle Bohemia (2004), and Teenager (2007).
However, their breakthrough came with their debut album, So Much for the City that emerged an Irish number one and positioned at number 3 in the UK. The Thrills adopted classic American pop of the late ’60s and early ’70s by Rovi and an ocean-soaked, harmony-heavy homage to California’s dreamy dreams, shaking the ground, and unrelenting sunshine by Pitchfork Media.
9. Jape (band)
Jape is an Irish electronic–rock band, includes members like Richie Egan, Glenn Keating, Matthew Bolger, and Neil O’Connor. It holds a notable place among best Irish bands all the time with their premium ventures. Egan performs songwriting for the band while he has been working with many bands from a young age.
Jape’s first album Cosmosphere was released in 2003 all over the globe, which achieved commercial success from every corner of the world. After that, the band rolled out their next albums such as The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun Than Me (2004), Ritual (2008), Ocean of Frequency in (2011), and This Chemical Sea in 2015.
Their “Floating” song nominated for Best Budget Video in 2008 and Jape/Richie Egan attain nomination for Best Irish Male singer in 2009. The Jape won best Irish albums of the year awards for albums as Ritual (2008) and Ocean of Frequency (2012).
8. The Undertones
The Undertones is a rock band from Derry, Northern Ireland in 1974. This Irish band included members from 1975 to 1983 like John O’Neill as rhythm guitarist and vocalist, Billy Doherty as a drummer, Feargal Sharkey as vocalist), Damian O’Neill who performs lead guitar, vocals, and Michael Bradley with bass, vocals.
The Undertones is famed because of their punk rock and new wave, elements of rock, glam rock and post-punk into material released after 1979. The Undertones released four studio albums and thirteen singles from 1978 and 1983 earlier than Sharkey declared his separation in May 1983. It comes out the most successful band from Ireland and one of the most successful bands from Derry.
The Therapy? is an alternative rock band from Northern Ireland which is considered one of the best Irish bands ruling millions of hearts. It was established in 1989 and consists of members like Andy Cairns (guitarist-vocalist) from Ballyclare and Fyfe Ewing (drummer-vocalist) from Larne.
The Therapy? ended its completion adding Larne bassist Michael McKeegan. This one of the best Irish musical groups collaborated with major label A&M Records and released four albums in 1992, although their massive success came out after releasing Troublegum (1994) and Infernal Love (1995).
The Therapy? have signed to UK independent label Marshall Records. They have released 15 full-length studio albums and have sold more than two million albums all over the world.
6. The Frames
The Frames from Dublin has become so famous all over the United Kingdom and Ireland making most beautiful compositions. It is an Irish band that founded in 1990 by Glen Hansard who has been recognizing as influential in the Dublin rock music scene for years.
The Frames rolled out six albums, though the current line-up of the band owns original member Colm Mac Con Iomaire (violinist-vocalist), Graham Hopkins (drummer), Joe Doyle (bassist and backing vocalist), and Rob Bochnik (guitarist). They attained crucial attention millions of people singing songs of Irish rock bands of the time. The Frames was formed in 1990 and includes survivors of Dublin’s prolific early 1990s rock-and-roll scene.
5. The Villagers
Conor O’Brien had been working for the band “The Immediate”, in 2008, he decided to start the Villagers that emerges one of the most awesome Irish bands who won millions of praises after releasing songs like Nothing Arrived, The Waves, The Wonder Of You, Again, Fortunate Child and others.
The Villagers is an Irish indie folk band from Dublin that holds members Conor O’Brien (songwriter and vocalist/guitarist), Cormac Curran (keyboards), Gwion Llewelyn (drums, flugelhorn), Mali Llywelyn (harp), and Danny Snow (bass, upright bass).
Their popularity emerged in 2010 after the release of debut album “Becoming a Jackal’ that was shortlisted for the 2010 Mercury Prize and the Choice Music Prize. The Villagers received the Choice Music Prize and also shortlisted for the 2013 Mercury Prize.
4. The Pogues
The Pogues was a British Celtic punk band also known as Pogue Mahone, is famed for genres Celtic punk, folk punk. It fronted by English born Shane MacGowan and initiated in Kings Cross, London in 1982. It had not just only Irish fan following but also globally during their ruling in the 1980s and early 1990s.
MacGowan suffered from drinking problems and separated from the musical band in 1991, while it continued with other members like Spider Stacy, Jem Finer, Darryl Hunt, Andrew Ranken, James Fearnley, Terry Woods, Cait O’Riordan, Philip Chevron, Joe Strummer, Dave Coulter and James McNally.
Their albums such as Red Roses for Me (1984), Rum Sodomy & the Lash (1985), If I Should Fall from Grace with God (1988), Peace and Love (1989) and others rocked worldwide.
3. My Bloody Valentine
They introduced the alternative rock subgenre known as shoegazing during the late 1980s and early 1990s. My Bloody Valentine secures its rank among most popular Irish bands with incredible hit songs and albums.
It is an Irish-English rock band from Dublin in 1983 that contains members such as Colm Ó Cíosóig (drums, sampler), Kevin Shields (vocals, guitar, sampler), Debbie Googe (bass) and Bilinda Butcher (vocals, guitar) since 1987.
Their career involves several membership changes, while the My Bloody Valentine signed to Creation Records in 1988 and released numerous successful EPs, as well as You Made Me Realise (1988), Glider (1990) and Tremolo (1991). They earned further prominence with studio albums Isn’t Anything (1988) and Loveless (1991).
2. The Cranberries
The Cranberries is an Irish rock band that became famous globally with their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? in 1990. Their debut album also emerged holding a commercial success. It was formed in Limerick in 1989 with members like Niall Quinn (lead singer), Noel Hogan (guitarist), Mike Hogan (bassist), and Fergal Lawler who plays the drum.
The Cranberries replaced Quinn by Dolores O’Riordan in 1990, while it officially categorizes themselves as an alternative rock group, but owns features of indie pop, post-punk, pop rock, and Irish folk into their sound. The Cranberries has more than 40 million records all over the globe and credited five top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart.
U2 are considered perfect to grace the stages and famous for their live performances, though the group has rocked with several grand tours over their career. U2 is also supposed to be one of the best Irish bands so far.
It is an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1976, includes members such as Bono (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Adam Clayton (bass guitar), Larry Mullen Jr. (drums and percussion) and the Edge (lead guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals). U2 has emerged one of the world’s best-selling music artists in history with their 14 studio albums releases and sold over 150–170 million records globally.
U2 has received 22 Grammy Awards which is over any other band. The band was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility in 2005. They were also at number 22 in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”.