What's the Top St Patrick's Day Tune? Tourism Ireland and Spotify Team Up to Find Top Irish Tune

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Popular online music streaming service Spotify has teamed up with Tourism Ireland to find THE Ultimate St Patrick’s Day tune. Spotify’s 3 million users will be invited to celebrate homegrown talent, with a mix of songs dedicated to showcasing the best of Irish music.

the most pure and open love song I’ve ever written.

Popular online music streaming service Spotify has teamed up with Tourism Ireland to find THE Ultimate St Patrick’s Day tune. Spotify’s 3 million users will be invited to celebrate homegrown talent, with a mix of songs dedicated to showcasing the best of Irish music. Consumers can listen to and read more information about the playlist, as well as vote for their favourite tracks.

Each song voted for will be entered into a competition draw to win an exciting ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Weekend in Dublin’ including a two-night stay in the penthouse suite at the five-star Clarence Hotel – owned by Bono and The Edge from U2. In addition, winners will be treated to a gig at the Button Factory and a Rock ‘n’ Stroll tour of Dublin).

The competition closes on 14 March and everyone who has entered will receive the total Spotify St Patrick’s playlist on the morning of 17th March, so they can listen to the songs to get them in the St Patrick’s Day
mood.

The ‘Top St Patrick’s Day Tune’ will be revealed on St Patrick’s Day. Check out the playlist at http://www.spotifyads.com/tourismireland

Discover more fantastic travel offers at http://www.discoverireland.com/offers

Getting there and around:
There are over 70 airline routes and 15 sea routes from Britain to Ireland. Most of the major car hire companies have desks at airports and ferry terminals at cities across Ireland. For further information on these plus bus and train services in Ireland visit http://www.discoverireland.com

Flights to Ireland from the UK are available with Aer Lingus, Ryanair, Flybe, Easyjet, bmi, British Airways, CityJet, Air South West, Manx2, bmibaby and jet2.com. Crossings to Ireland from the UK are operated by Stena Line, Irish Ferries, Isle of Man Steam Packet, Norfolkline Irish Sea, P&O Irish Sea and Fastnet Line who are launching a Swansea-Cork service on 1st March.

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The Spotify St Patrick’s Playlist:

Teenage Kicks – The Undertones - The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Feargal Sharkey was a scout leader in Londonderry, and after practising in local scout huts and bars, the Undertones caught the ear of John Peel who named this his favourite song of all time.

Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison - Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
‘Van the Man’s first solo release was this glorious song from this Belfast boy about a former love. The risqué lyrics were censored for its 1967 release.

Irish Rover – The Pogues ft the Dubliners - The Pogues Featuring The Dubliners
The hard living Pogues teamed up with the Irish folk legends for this definitive version of the classic song about a fictitious sailing ship that meets a watery end.

Whole of the Moon –The Waterboys - The Waterboys – The Whole Of The Moon
These Celtic rockers mix Irish, Scottish and English heritages and this epic track is inspired by a giant of Northern Irish literature, CS Lewis and won a Novello award.

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For – U2 - U2 – I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
These school friends from Dublin got together when they were just 14. They have lots of amazing tunes, but this gospel-tinged release has lyrics and a guitar hook that just won’t leave you.

Whiskey in the Jar – Thin Lizzy - Thin Lizzy – Whiskey In The Jar - Full Length Version
The old story of a highwayman betrayed by his lady, this storming version of the traditional Irish tune was originally meant to be a B-side.

Falling Slowly – Glen Hansard & Markéta Iglová - Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – Falling Slowly
This beautiful song was written by the pair for the film ‘Once’, and eventually won an Oscar for ‘Best Original Song’. This wasn’t Glen’s first acting gig, as he also starred in the Commitments!

Something for the Weekend – Divine Comedy - The Divine Comedy – Something for the Weekend
Front man Neil Hannon grew up in Londonderry and Fermanagh. His whimsical melodies are spiked with comically sinister lyrics. He later went on to write music for Father Ted, including the delicious mock-Eurovision track ‘My Lovely Horse’.

Overpowered – Roísín Murphy - Roisin Murphy – Overpowered
Formerly lead singer of Moloko, Roísin spent her early years in the countryside of Co Wicklow. She has described how her fiercely individual, quirky style came from the ‘fantasy land’ of her childhood.

The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice - Damien Rice – The Blower's Daughter
This beautifully haunting song looks back at an old love (reputedly his clarinet teacher’s daughter), and brought Damien universal acclaim.

Danny Boy – Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash – Danny Boy
Although written by an Englishman, this song is now an anthem for Irish expats the world over. In this version recorded near the end of his life, Cash’s gravely boom adds an extra poignancy to this old favourite.

I Don’t Like Mondays – Boomtown Rats - The Boomtown Rats – I Don't Like Mondays
This number 1 hit in 1979 was inspired by a girl who went on a shooting spree in San Diego – showing no remorse for her actions, she simply explained ‘I don’t like Mondays, this livens up the day’.

On Raglan Road – Luke Kelly - Luke Kelly – Raglan Road
A founding member of the world famous ‘Dubliners’, Luke is a Dubliner born and bred. He met the poet Patrick Kavanagh in a pub, and put his poem of the same name to an old Irish tune to create this track.

The Sick Note – The Dubliners - The Dubliners – The Sick Note
A lyrical explanation as to why the unnamed construction worker can’t make it into work today… with a slow, comically painful account of his injuries.

Jump Around – House of Pain - House Of Pain – Jump Around
Pioneering the Irish-American hip-hop movement, this energetic blast of shamrockery was the soundtrack to every early-90s house party. They’re back to tour 5 dates in the States over St Patrick’s week in 2010.

Things Can Only Get Better – D:Ream - The-Dream – Things Can Only Get Better
This Northern Irish dance outfit saw this song go to no 1 in 1994. Now, however, it’s an unofficial soundtrack for the UK Labour Party, after it was used as their theme song in the 97 election campaign.

Katie – Mary Black - Mary Black – Katie
One of the finest female singers in Ireland, her voice is so pure it’s been used as a technical benchmark for rating audio systems. This song showcases it at its best.

Bullfrog Blues – Rory Gallagher - Rory Gallagher – Bullfrog Blues - Remastered 2005
Gallagher lived in Donegal, Derry City, and Cork, and paid his dues in Irish showbands as he grew up. The signature blistering blues guitar sound in this track was reputedly one of the best live rock experiences ever experienced.

Freewheel – Duke Special - Duke Special – Freewheel
This Belfast-based singer-songwriter adds samples from old transistor radios and cheese graters to his melodic piano. This track is a majestic, epic sweep that demands to be turned up loud.

Mustang Sally – The Commitments - The Commitments – Mustang Sally
The 1991 film brought soul to Dublin: ‘The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once, say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud.’

Don't Go – Hothouse Flowers - Hothouse Flowers – Don't Go
They learned their craft busking on the streets of Dublin, and combine trad influences with a gospel, rock sound. This song was also performed as the interval of the 1988 Eurovision fact fans!

Girl From Mars – Ash - Ash – Girl From Mars
The band were still doing their A-Levels in Downpatrick when they recorded their iconic album 1977. They probably didn’t know that years later this track would be NASA’s phone hold music.

Be Good or Be Gone Fionn Regan - Fionn Regan – Be Good Or Be Gone
Fionn was nominated for a Mercury in 2007, and has been packing out the festivals since then with his amazing fingerpicking skills on his guitar, sensitive ear for lyrics and soulful voice. A heart-filler of a track.

We Don’t Need Nobody Else – Whipping Boy - Whipping Boy – We Don't Need Nobody Else
Lou Reed said ‘If this single isn’t a huge hit, I know nothing about music.’ Although hugely acclaimed, it only reached no 51 in the UK, but who are we to argue with Lou Reed?

Snowpatrol – Chasing Cars Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars
Their Northern Irish frontman Gary Lightbody wrote this in the garden of their producer’s cottage, and says that it’s “the most pure and open love song I’ve ever written.”

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