Thursday, March 17, 2011

Green Grooves

Today is a day for one thing very important thing only (other than March Madness NCAA Basketball), and that is celebrating St. Patrick and all of his Irish glory. What better way to do that than pump yourself up with Irish cheer, fill your belly with suds and stomp your feet in a jig-like fashion. Need some of those foot-stomping songs? Here are nine Irish artists (one Scottish, but a great stomp of a song) that I'm choosing to celebrate today, along with the ol' Saint himself:

1. Dreams - The Cranberries: One of the most beautiful and inspirational songs of all time. Dolores O'Riordan's voice is unprecedented and the cascading pop-rock melody will send you sailing on a sea of happy thoughts.


2. Angel of Harlem - U2

3. When Your Mind's Made Up - The Frames: The combined purity of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova's climbing harmonies are accented perfectly by their Irish twang and sweet chemistry. A powerful song for that St. Patty's walk downtown, since I'm assuming we're all going to try and avoid the hooligans on public transit today.


4. Gloria - Van Morrison

5. Love You 'Til The End - The Pogues: As I've said before, one of the prettiest, most unrivalled love songs of all time - written by the messiest men in Irish musician history.


6. Grey Room - Damien Rice: If for some reason you feel like spending the evening soaking in melancholy, mourning the loss of a relationship or love - this lovely ballad should do the trick.

7. Saturday Night - The Thrills

8. I'm Shipping Up To Boston - Dropkick Murphys: These Irish-American boys ooze adrenaline with this pumped-up piece of hard Celtic rock that begins with that legendary thump of the electric flute and accordion riff. If you end up in a drunk tank of sorts tonight, make the most of it by doing chin-ups and tricep dips on your jail cell bed frame to this song, the way heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio did in one of my personal favourite films, The Departed.


9. It's Beginning To Get To Me - Snow Patrol

10. Fisherman's Blues - The Waterboys: Again, a song I've mentioned before, but let me say - with this list, I've saved my favourite song for a festive day like this until the end. Let me say something else, I realize they are Scottish. Either way, this song is infectious, danceable, heartwarming, lively and exactly the soundtrack a group of friends or a pair of lovers want while slamming their beer mugs together, green ale overflowing, feet pouncing and kisses flying. This is your merry anthem for the day, and I hope it brings you laughter and love during all of your celebrations.


Have a safe and happy St. Pat's Day!


  1. Hey Jess - St. Patrick was born in Scotland, so the Waterboys can be a tribute to his Irish heritage.
    Great blog, by the way.

  2. Thanks so much Alex! Great little tidbit!