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DETROIT, MI - JUNE 08: Al Barr of Dropkick Murphys performs during the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival at Belle Isle Park on June 8, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Top o’ the morning to you! It’s your Leprechaun-looking friend and co-host of the Morning Rat Race, “East Side” Dave McDonald, here and I’m bringing the best ROCK for this magically delicious time o’ year! Slainte!

It’s my Top 5 Rock Songs For St. RATRick’s Day! The rules are simple: they can be Irish artists, Irish-American artists, or just plain AWESOME.

So sharpen your shillelagh and get ready to ROCK!

– East Side Dave

  • 5.) “Drunken Lullabies” by Flogging Molly

    Formed in Dublin in 1997, Flogging Molly has been a staple of the Irish-Punk scene for years and have kicked a lot o’ass!

  • 4.) “Whiskey In The Jar” by Thin Lizzy

    Another Dublin band (created in 1969), Phil Lynot soulfully sings this traditional Irish classic and shows why he was such an inspiration to the likes of James Hetfield, Slash, Axl Rose, and others.

  • 3.) “If I Should Fall From Grace With God” by The Pogues

    Quite simply…the Pogues practically INVENTED the genre of Celtic Punk Rock.   And lead singer/writer Shane MacGowan is a God.   Fin.

     

  • 2.) “Van Diemen’s Land” by U2

    Hey…if it’s a rock list revolving around St. Patrick’s Day, iconic Irish rockers U2 HAVE to be on the list.   The trick is…what song best represents their Celtic roots?   My submission?   This haunting and amazing song (which features vocals from The Edge rather than Bono).

  • 1.) “Buried Alive” by the Dropkick Murphys

    Ah-HA!   Admit it!   You saw Dropkick Murphys and you thought I was gonna go with “Shipping Up To Boston”.   Hey…I LOVE that song.   It rules.   But THIS track is the Dropkicks at their St. Patrick’s best.   Bag pipes.   Thrashing guitars.   Heart.   This song has it all…which is why it is number one on the list.