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Top 100 Best Irish Albums of All Time

1000 posts!

Happy 1000! This is my 1,000th post. Quite an achievement right? So to celebrate, I’ve made a list of the top 100 Irish albums of all time. I didn’t follow any strict rules, but just along the lines of acts that are considered Irish. Thus the Pogues are considered Irish because of Shane McGowan rather than the rest of the guys, but no-one ever claims Aphex Twin. Well not that I know of anyway. Feel free to abuse me for leaving something out, or giving preference to one album or another. I love the comments. And the fallout. Hopefully.

Rank Artist Album ( Year )
100 Kila Tog E Go Bog E ( 1999 )
99 The Saw Doctors If This is Rock and Roll, I Want My Old Job Back (1991)
98 Rubyhorse Rise ( 2002 )
97 The Republic of Loose Aaagh! ( 2006 )
96 Waiting Room Catering for Headphones ( 2004 )
95 Paddy Casey Amen (So Be It) ( 1999 )
94 The Devlins Waiting ( 1997 )
93 The Redneck Manifesto ThirtySixStrings ( 2001 )
92 JJ72 JJ72 ( 2000 )
91 The Boomtown Rats A Tonic for the Troops ( 1978 )
90 Ash 1977 ( 1996 )
89 David Kitt The Big Romance ( 2001 )
88 Nina Hynes Staros ( 2002 )
87 Interference Interference ( 2003 )
86 The Revenants Horse of a Different Colour ( 1992 )
85 Cathy Davey Something Ilk ( 2004 )
84 The Swell Season The Swell Season ( 2006 )
83 The Stars of Heaven Speak Slowly ( 1988 )
82 Virgin Prunes If I Die, I Die ( 1982 )
81 Frank and Walters Trains, Boats and Planes ( 1992 )
80 Toasted Heretic Another Day, Another Riot ( 1992 )
79 The Brilliant Trees Wake Up and Dream ( 1998 )
78 Ten Speed Racer 10SR ( 2003 )
77 Fatima Mansions Viva Dead Ponies ( 1988 )
76 Declan O’Rourke Since Kyabram ( 2004 )
75 The Commitments The Commitments OST ( 1991 )
74 The Frames For the Birds ( 2001 )
73 Paul Brady Back to the Centre ( 1985 )
72 Something Happens Stuck Together With God’s Glue ( 1990 )
71 The Mary Janes Bored of Their Laughing ( 1990 )
70 Gemma Hayes Night on My Side ( 2002 )
69 Sinead O’Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got ( 1990 )
68 The Prayerboat Polichenelle ( 2001 )
67 The Cranberries Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993)
66 Jape The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun than Me ( 2004 )
65 Whipping Boy Heartworm ( 1995 )
64 The Blades Raytown Revisited ( 1985 )
63 The Undertones Hypnotised ( 1980 )
62 Hothouse Flowers People ( 1988 )
61 Luka Bloom Turf ( 1994 )
60 The Stunning Once Around the World ( 1992 )
59 Snow Patrol When It’s All Over We Still Have to Clear Up (2001)
58 The Chalets Check-In ( 2005 )
57 Future Kings of Spain Future Kings of Spain ( 2003 )
56 An Emotional Fish An Emotional Fish ( 1990 )
55 Blink A Map of the Universe ( 1994 )
54 Picturehouse Karmarama ( 1998 )
53 Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material ( 1979 )
52 The Divine Comedy Casanova ( 1996 )
51 The Immediate In Towers and Clouds ( 2006 )
50 That Petrol Emotion Chemicrazy ( 1990 )
49 David Kitt Small Moments ( 2000 )
48 Kerbdog Kerbdog ( 1994 )
47 Pierce Turner The Sky and the Ground ( 1989 )
46 The Tycho Brahe Love/Life ( 2003 )
45 Thin Lizzy Bad Reputation ( 1977 )
44 Sultans of Swing Casual Sex in the Cineplex ( 1993 )
43 The Walls New Dawn Breaking ( 2005 )
42 Rollerskate Skinny Horsedrawn Wishes ( 1996 )
41 The Pogues Rum, Sodomy and the Lash ( 1985 )
40 Fionn Regan The End of History ( 2006 )
39 Damien Rice O ( 2002 )
38 Christy Moore Ride On ( 1984 )
37 Andy Irvine & Paul Brady Andy Irvine & Paul Brady ( 1976 )
36 David Holmes Bow Down to the Exit Sign ( 2000 )
35 U2 Achtung Baby ( 1991 )
34 Mick Flannery White Lies ( 2008 )
33 The Frames Dance the Devil ( 1999 )
32 A House I Am the Greatest ( 1991 )
31 The Radiators (from Space) Ghostown ( 1979 )
30 Moving Hearts The Storm ( 1985 )
29 Turn Forward ( 2003 )
28 Rory Gallagher Deuce ( 1971 )
27 Fight Like Apes And the Mystery of the Golden Medallion (2008)
26 The Divine Comedy Fin de Siecle ( 1998 )
25 Bell x1 Neither Am I ( 2000 )
24 The Chieftains & Van Morrison Irish Heartbeat ( 1988 )
23 Wilt Bastinado ( 2000 )
22 Them The Angry Young Them ( 1965 )
21 Frank and Walters Grand Parade ( 2002 )
20 Cathal Coughlan Black River Falls ( 2000 )
19 Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill The Lonesome Touch ( 1997 )
18 Microdisney The Clock Comes Down the Stairs ( 1985 )
17 Mary Janes Sham ( 1998 )
16 The Undertones The Undetones ( 1979 )
15 Van Morrison Saint Dominic’s Preview ( 1972 )
14 The Horslips The Book of Invasions: A Celtic Symphony (1976)
13 The Frames Fitzcarraldo ( 1995 )
12 Sinead O’Connor The Lion and the Cobra ( 1987 )
11 U2 The Unforgettable Fire ( 1984 )
10 The Stunning Paradise in the Picturehouse ( 1990 )
9 Bell x1 Music in Mouth ( 2003 )
8 Van Morrison Moondance ( 1970 )
7 Planxty Planxty ( 1973 )
6 Thin Lizzy Jailbreak ( 1976 )
5 Therapy? Troublegum ( 1994 )
4 My Bloody Valentine Loveless ( 1991 )
3 U2 The Joshua Tree ( 1987 )
2 Van Morrison Astral Weeks ( 1968 )
1 Mic Christopher Skylarkin ( 2002 )

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