The Irish have a nice way with words. Here are the ten greatest Irish love songs to make you swoon.
Irish music is enjoyed around the world. It is very unique and you can still spot it from a mile away.
There are so many fantastic Irish love songs that have spanned decades, so it will be hard to narrow them down to just ten.
From traditional Irish tunes to contemporary love songs, let’s take a look at some of the best Irish love songs that will rock your heart.
10. Nothing Compares To 2 U, Sinead O’Connor – originally written and recorded by Prince
‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is one of Ireland’s finest love songs, but it was originally written and recorded by Prince.
Although known as a sad but powerful ballad about lost romantic love, many believe the song’s basis comes from Prince’s housekeeper, Sandy Scipioni, who left to join her family after her father’s death. .
9. Don’t Believe A Word, Thin Lizzy – telling his girlfriend not to trust her
Written by the legendary Phil Lynott, “Don’t Believe a Word” tells the story of a man who urges his beloved not to believe a word he says.
Although not a conventional love song, we believe it is one of the greatest Irish love songs of all time.
8. All I Want, Kodaline – a beautiful irish love song
Originally written by Kodaline singer Steve Garrigan in the attic of his parents’ home after a breakup, this song has since been interpreted in many different ways by listeners around the world.
A song of love and heartbreak, it is one of the most modern Irish love songs that has been so well received by audiences.
7. I’m falling apart, Rory Gallagher – one of the greatest guitarists of all time
While Rory Gallagher usually has more upbeat music you can tap your feet to, “I Fall Apart” is a nice slow song about love. This cork man is often considered one of the best guitarists of all time.
His singing voice is often overshadowed by his incredible guitar playing skills, but this beautiful ballad truly describes the skills he possesses.
6. Falling Slowly, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – one of the greatest irish love songs
Featured on the 2007 film soundtrack Once featuring Hansard and Irglove, it’s a beautiful Irish love song. Unsurprisingly, it won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 80e Oscars.
5. Chasing Cars, Snow Patrol- a funny origin
Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” is a hugely popular song and has been featured in many shows and movies. It can often be described as a very sad song. If you saw Grey’s Anatomyyou know what we are talking about.
Gary Lightbody said rolling stone that the song came from his infatuation with a girl when he was young. His father told him: “You are like a dog running after a car”.
4. Raglan Road, Luke Kelly – a popular irish wedding song
The song ‘Raglan Road’ comes from the popular poem of the same name written by one of Ireland’s most famous poets, Patrick Kavanagh.
Both the poem and the song tell the story of a man who falls in love with a much younger woman. The real woman who inspired the tale was Hilda Moriarty. In addition to Luke Kelly, the song has been recorded by Sinead O’Connor and Van Morrison.
3. A rainy night in Soho, The Pogues – a beautiful and melodious melody of love
Written by the legendary Shane McGowan, “A Rainy Night in Soho” is a beautiful Irish love song that incorporates elements of both traditional Irish music as well as contemporary jazz and blues. If you haven’t picked your first dance song, this is a great Irish wedding song.
2. Only time, Enya – one of the most beautiful songs yet so heartbreaking
Although “Only Time” is not a conventional love song, we believe it deserves a place among the greatest Irish love songs of all time.
The song is about how although we can choose our partners, “only time” will tell if it’s meant to be or not.
1. Dreams, cranberries – the best irish love song
According to lead singer Dolores O’Riordan herself, “Dreams” was written about her first love. She sings about meeting someone who can make you wildly happy, like most first loves do. There are so many metaphors throughout that allude to first love.
The Cranberries are one of the greatest Irish rock bands of all time and deserve the top spot.
Other notable mentions
When You Say Nothing At All, Ronan Keating: While Ronan Keating’s “When You Say Nothing at All” might be a bit of a gritty love song, it’s an Irish classic that everyone loves.
With or without you, U2: ‘With or Without You’ was released on U2’s fifth studio album. This is an impossible situation from which the singer cannot escape. Damn if you do, damn if you don’t.
For love, Bell X1: This is a great song about the loss of love by Kildare rock band Bell X1.
Molly Malone, The Dubliners: ‘Molly Malone’ is the epitome of Irish folk music and one of Ireland’s most famous love songs. The singer talks about everything that sets Molly Malone apart from all the other girls in town.
Grace, the Dubliners: It is one of the greatest Irish songs of all time and has been performed by many legends including The Dubliners and Rod Stewart.
Black is the hair color of my true loves, Christy Moore: Originally written and sung by the legendary Nina Simone, Christy Moore’s rendition is a heartfelt Irish ballad filled with emotion. It is certainly one of the most beautiful love songs.
I love you till the end, Pogues: You may know this one from PS I love you. It’s often on Celtic wedding music playlists too.
Greatest Irish Love Songs FAQ
What’s the best Irish song about love?
One of the most beautiful love songs in the Irish language is “Eibhlín A Rún”, which translates to Eileen Aroon. While many Irish love songs are quite sad and solemn, this one has a nice happy ending.
Are there happy Irish love songs?
While many Irish love songs have dark undertones and slow, singsong melodies that make them appear as such, many are actually very positive and happy tunes. “Falling Slowly”, for example.
What are the best Irish wedding songs?
There are certain songs you will always hear at Irish weddings. You can check out our list of the top ten Irish wedding songs here.