Top 10 Blarney Rock for St. Paddy's Day

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Introducing a 10-pack of assorted Irish music to get you revved up for St. Patick's Day, in order of ascending Celticness. (U2's "Gloria" isn't their most Irish tune, but man, what a riff. And check out Bono's mullet!): House of Pain, "Jump Around." This rap classic came from the unlikely hood of L.A. -- bar none, the '90s premier Irish rap group. The Tossers, "No Loot No Nooze No Fun." These rowdy Chicago lads set the tone for the biggest drinking day of the year. Dropkick Murphy's "Spicy McHaggis Jig." These somewhat reformed Boston punks played the kick-ass music that rolls over the opening credits of The Departed, but here's a pipes throwdown that's a little more ribald. Flogging Molly, "Drunken Lullabyes." Raucous mandolin jam by the latest burgeoning sensation to emerge from the new wave of American Celtic post-punk. Black 47, "Funky Ceili." This wiseass tale of beer-drenched woe blends wicked-trad instrumentation with a hip-hop beat. Sounds pretty Dublin, but the boyos are from NYC. Saw Doctors, "I'd Love to Kiss the Bangles." Funny, rocking tune by the boys from County Galway. Prodigals, "Rain." Irish Music Magazine's John O'Regan calls the NYC trad-leaning band "the voice of Irish America in the 21st century." The Dubliners, "Wild Rover." No St. Paddy's Day is complete without this classic. Pound the bar, throw back a pint, and sing along. The Pogues, "Stream of Whiskey." An appropriately pic for the most famously whiskey-soaked modern Celtic band. For an up-to-date list of Northeast Ohio's best St. Pat's parties. — D.X. Ferris

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