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St Patrick’s Day – a day filled with shamrocks, Guinness, lots of green and singing! This St Paddy’s, we’re celebrating Ireland’s rich musical talent. From an Irish pub to your living room, these are 15 Great Karaoke Songs by Irish Artists to gather round and sing!
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This classic hit is Northern-Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison’s signature song, and is a must-have for any karaoke party! With catchy lyrics, upbeat melodies and an overall carefree vibe, this timeless folk-rock track is guaranteed to have everyone singing-along! Get ready to ‘Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-te-da’ to your heart’s content!
Hozier’s debut single, ‘Take Me To Church’ was an international hit – topping charts globally. Using religious metaphors to describe a relationship, this emotionally charged mid-tempo soulful ballad is a powerful and haunting karaoke number.
This one’s for the 90s kids! This Irish boy band was formed by Louis “You sound like a popstar, You look like a popstar, You ARE a popstar!” Walsh. Peaking at number two on the UK Official Singles Chart, this cover of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Baby Can I Hold You’ is a nostalgic karaoke song that’s cheesy, emotive…and guaranteed to be stuck in your head all day (sorry, is all that we can say!)
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It would be impossible for our list of 15 Great Karaoke Songs by Irish Artists to not feature The Cranberries and their legendary 90s alternative rock protest song, ‘Zombie’. Written by the band’s lead singer, Dolores O’Riordan, about The Troubles in Northern Ireland, this song is passionate and emotional, combining immense vocals (including traditional Gaelic keening) and guitar riffs for the ultimate powerhouse karaoke.
Kick-starting his career as a solo artist after One Direction, ‘This Town’ was Niall’s debut single, and was a success – peaking at number 9 on the UK Official Singles Chart and number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart! A song about pining over an old flame, this mellow track and its gentle melodies provide a more relaxed karaoke moment.
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The second single from the Irish band’s debut album, this heartfelt ballad focuses on a broken-hearted man waiting and hoping for his love to return to him. With romantic, bittersweet lyrics and a fantastic melody, this is a song that’ll keep you from mooooviiiiing away from the karaoke mic!
We won’t keep you waiting for the next song on our list! After rising to prominence on TikTok with his single ‘All For You’, Cian Ducrot’s ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ was also a viral success, peaking at number 19 on the UK Official Singles Chart. A song about the frustrations of hoping someone you love can change, this personal, heartfelt ballad makes for an emotional karaoke that will have everyone moved.
Next on our list is the band to end all Irish boy bands – Westlife! Selling over 55 million records worldwide and having had 14 UK number one singles, Westlife is one of the UK’s most successful groups of all-time! A romantic power ballad and ode to the band’s homeland, ‘My Love’ was their seventh UK number one hit. It’s cheesy, patriotic, and everything we want in a Great Irish Karaoke song!
Want to feel like the main character of your own Rom-Com? Look no further! Recorded for the soundtrack of the 1999 film Notting Hill, this version of the romantic ballad by Boyzone frontman, Ronan Keating, was a number one hit in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand, and is the perfect heartfelt karaoke track.
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Written during the COVID-19 pandemic, ‘Better Days’ is an uplifting pop ballad that encapsulated the optimism we needed during lockdown. Explained in a press release by Kennedy as a song about patience, ‘believing in something brighter, and never losing sight of better days, no matter how hard things might get’, this song’s positive message is sure to make it a karaoke crowd-pleaser.
The Script joins our list again with another banger from their debut album. Peaking at number one on the Official Irish Singles Chart and number two on the UK Official Singles Chart, this breakup anthem is the perfect karaoke choice for you if you’re wanting to show off your vocal range, or release your emotions.
Another hit by the Limerick band, this is one of their more upbeat songs. Intimate, airy and ethereal, this love song’s dreamy melody and catchy hook will have you lingering over it well after you’ve sung the karaoke.
‘Chasing Cars’ is the Northern Irish/Scottish band’s biggest selling single, peaking at number 6 on the UK Official Singles Chart, and number 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart – with the song gaining significant US popularity after being featured in the medical drama TV series Grey’s Anatomy. This slow-building ballad is a karaoke favourite, and it’s sincere lyrics will have you immersed in the song as you sing and ‘just forget the world’.
It doesn’t get more pop ballad than this! Choral vocals, check. White angelic outfits, check. Key changes, check. This song is a timeless karaoke classic that’ll continue to soundtrack tv talent shows for years to come.
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Still in the mood to sing and celebrate? Why not get the gang together for The Best Karaoke Songs For Groups!