Our 10 most viewed songs for St Patrick’s Day
There’s nothing like St Patrick’s Day to get singers and musicians dusting off their repertoire of Irish songs in readiness for the concerts and get-togethers held all over the world.
This year was no exception. Thousands of you visited our site in the week running up to the big day to get some background information on your favourite Irish tunes, or learn the lyrics and chords of standard Irish songs.
Others just wanted to watch the videos.
Connect with your Irish heritage
It was fascinating for us to see which songs got the most hits because it gives a good indication of which are your favourites, and which are the ones you turn to when you most want to connect to your Irish heritage.
A look at the top 10 most viewed songs gives a good cross section of the sentimental, the raucous, and the infectious, foot-tapping feel-good numbers – which sounds like a good cross section of Irish traditional music in general.
The number one song might surprise some people – When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. This sentimental ballad is certainly identified with Ireland but it was actually written in America at the time when thousands of Irish immigrants were pouring into the country.
Singalong songs like Whiskey in the Jar, Black Velvet Band and Molly Malone are a must on St Patrick’s Day, while wonderful ballads like Raglan Road and the Parting Glass are an ideal way to slow things down once in a while. And, of course, no one can keep still when they hear a song like I’ll Tell Me Ma.
This is the top ten list in full:
Nearly all the songs listed had as many views for their lyrics and chords as they did for the main information page, but we’ve only listed them once.