Soundtracks to your slainte


Drawing by Lucia Thorne

By Payton Cavanaugh

St. Patrick’s Day in the City of Boston is in full swing, and what better way to kick off the festivities than listening to some authentic Irish music—and no, I’m not just talking about the Dropkick Murphys “I’m Shipping up To Boston,” (I know, it’s so underground). 

  • Starting off strong with a personal favorite, this St. Patrick’s Day listen to, “Love You Till The End” by the Pogues. Yes, it’s sweet and sappy, but you have to balance out the extremity of the Dropkick Murphys and The Dubliners. 
  • To follow the same vibes, “If I Ever Leave This World Alive” by Flogging Molly is sure to give you all the bittersweet feels but as the song says, “don’t shed a tear.”
  • To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with those you love is something to hold dear, but to commemorate those you can’t hold near, “Rose Tattoo” by the Dropkick Murphys.
  • To kick things up a notch, “Johnny Tarr” by Gaelic Storm is the best pick for you and all your caras. 
  • If you’re searching for that main character mood, a song that can be your perfect match is “Dreams” by The Cranberries. Perfect for strolling through the city amidst the chaotic celebration.
  • Of course, it wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day in Boston without “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by the Dropkick Murphys. Whether or not you’ve heard it a million times over, singing the chorus in a crowd of Bostonians always hits. 
  • And for lucky number seven, “Galway Girl” by Steve Earle. Whether you’re serenading the love of your life in a local pub in epic P.S. I Love You fashion, singing in a crowd of all the best people, or a hopeless romantic with a soft spot for love at first sight, it’s your perfect tune.

Hoping this St. Patrick’s Day is filled with lots of love and luck, and these soundtracks to your slainte bring the sweetest serotonin fix. Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit!