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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Top 100 Best Irish Albums of All Time

1000 posts!

Happy 1000! This is my 1,000th post. Quite an achievement right? So to celebrate, I've made a list of the top 100 Irish albums of all time. I didn't follow any strict rules, but just along the lines of acts that are considered Irish. Thus the Pogues are considered Irish because of Shane McGowan rather than the rest of the guys, but no-one ever claims Aphex Twin. Well not that I know of anyway. Feel free to abuse me for leaving something out, or giving preference to one album or another. I love the comments. And the fallout. Hopefully.

Rank Artist Album ( Year )
100 Kila Tog E Go Bog E ( 1999 )
99 The Saw Doctors If This is Rock and Roll, I Want My Old Job Back (1991)
98 Rubyhorse Rise ( 2002 )
97 The Republic of Loose Aaagh! ( 2006 )
96 Waiting Room Catering for Headphones ( 2004 )
95 Paddy Casey Amen (So Be It) ( 1999 )
94 The Devlins Waiting ( 1997 )
93 The Redneck Manifesto ThirtySixStrings ( 2001 )
92 JJ72 JJ72 ( 2000 )
91 The Boomtown Rats A Tonic for the Troops ( 1978 )
90 Ash 1977 ( 1996 )
89 David Kitt The Big Romance ( 2001 )
88 Nina Hynes Staros ( 2002 )
87 Interference Interference ( 2003 )
86 The Revenants Horse of a Different Colour ( 1992 )
85 Cathy Davey Something Ilk ( 2004 )
84 The Swell Season The Swell Season ( 2006 )
83 The Stars of Heaven Speak Slowly ( 1988 )
82 Virgin Prunes If I Die, I Die ( 1982 )
81 Frank and Walters Trains, Boats and Planes ( 1992 )
80 Toasted Heretic Another Day, Another Riot ( 1992 )
79 The Brilliant Trees Wake Up and Dream ( 1998 )
78 Ten Speed Racer 10SR ( 2003 )
77 Fatima Mansions Viva Dead Ponies ( 1988 )
76 Declan O'Rourke Since Kyabram ( 2004 )
75 The Commitments The Commitments OST ( 1991 )
74 The Frames For the Birds ( 2001 )
73 Paul Brady Back to the Centre ( 1985 )
72 Something Happens Stuck Together With God's Glue ( 1990 )
71 The Mary Janes Bored of Their Laughing ( 1990 )
70 Gemma Hayes Night on My Side ( 2002 )
69 Sinead O'Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got ( 1990 )
68 The Prayerboat Polichenelle ( 2001 )
67 The Cranberries Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? (1993)
66 Jape The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun than Me ( 2004 )
65 Whipping Boy Heartworm ( 1995 )
64 The Blades Raytown Revisited ( 1985 )
63 The Undertones Hypnotised ( 1980 )
62 Hothouse Flowers People ( 1988 )
61 Luka Bloom Turf ( 1994 )
60 The Stunning Once Around the World ( 1992 )
59 Snow Patrol When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up (2001)
58 The Chalets Check-In ( 2005 )
57 Future Kings of Spain Future Kings of Spain ( 2003 )
56 An Emotional Fish An Emotional Fish ( 1990 )
55 Blink A Map of the Universe ( 1994 )
54 Picturehouse Karmarama ( 1998 )
53 Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material ( 1979 )
52 The Divine Comedy Casanova ( 1996 )
51 The Immediate In Towers and Clouds ( 2006 )
50 That Petrol Emotion Chemicrazy ( 1990 )
49 David Kitt Small Moments ( 2000 )
48 Kerbdog Kerbdog ( 1994 )
47 Pierce Turner The Sky and the Ground ( 1989 )
46 The Tycho Brahe Love/Life ( 2003 )
45 Thin Lizzy Bad Reputation ( 1977 )
44 Sultans of Swing Casual Sex in the Cineplex ( 1993 )
43 The Walls New Dawn Breaking ( 2005 )
42 Rollerskate Skinny Horsedrawn Wishes ( 1996 )
41 The Pogues Rum, Sodomy and the Lash ( 1985 )
40 Fionn Regan The End of History ( 2006 )
39 Damien Rice O ( 2002 )
38 Christy Moore Ride On ( 1984 )
37 Andy Irvine & Paul Brady Andy Irvine & Paul Brady ( 1976 )
36 David Holmes Bow Down to the Exit Sign ( 2000 )
35 U2 Achtung Baby ( 1991 )
34 Mick Flannery White Lies ( 2008 )
33 The Frames Dance the Devil ( 1999 )
32 A House I Am the Greatest ( 1991 )
31 The Radiators (from Space) Ghostown ( 1979 )
30 Moving Hearts The Storm ( 1985 )
29 Turn Forward ( 2003 )
28 Rory Gallagher Deuce ( 1971 )
27 Fight Like Apes And the Mystery of the Golden Medallion (2008)
26 The Divine Comedy Fin de Siecle ( 1998 )
25 Bell x1 Neither Am I ( 2000 )
24 The Chieftains & Van Morrison Irish Heartbeat ( 1988 )
23 Wilt Bastinado ( 2000 )
22 Them The Angry Young Them ( 1965 )
21 Frank and Walters Grand Parade ( 2002 )
20 Cathal Coughlan Black River Falls ( 2000 )
19 Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill The Lonesome Touch ( 1997 )
18 Microdisney The Clock Comes Down the Stairs ( 1985 )
17 Mary Janes Sham ( 1998 )
16 The Undertones The Undetones ( 1979 )
15 Van Morrison Saint Dominic's Preview ( 1972 )
14 The Horslips The Book of Invasions: A Celtic Symphony (1976)
13 The Frames Fitzcarraldo ( 1995 )
12 Sinead O'Connor The Lion and the Cobra ( 1987 )
11 U2 The Unforgettable Fire ( 1984 )
10 The Stunning Paradise in the Picturehouse ( 1990 )
9 Bell x1 Music in Mouth ( 2003 )
8 Van Morrison Moondance ( 1970 )
7 Planxty Planxty ( 1973 )
6 Thin Lizzy Jailbreak ( 1976 )
5 Therapy? Troublegum ( 1994 )
4 My Bloody Valentine Loveless ( 1991 )
3 U2 The Joshua Tree ( 1987 )
2 Van Morrison Astral Weeks ( 1968 )
1 Mic Christopher Skylarkin ( 2002 )

21 comments:

B said...

92nd, 77th and Rollerskate? Deranged, should be wayyy higher.

Immediate, yes!

Has Mic Christopher got songs?

Ronan said...

That Immediate album is fantastic. Can't wait for The Villagers' record.

Guilty pleasures those. Who hasn't sang along to the Saw Doctors? And Something Happens have much more than 'Parachute'!

Mic has got fantastic songs. Every one of them on the album is gorgeous.

Ronan said...

Great list - maybe missing Ritual and Holy Pictures though?

And The Jimmy Cake?

Great job though, must have taken ages to compile

Ronan said...

Surely did take ages. Thus why I'm loving the comments. The more the merrier!

There are bound to be loads I've forgotten like Pony Club and the Jimmy Cake. Maybe for 2000, I'll do a top 200!

I left out Ritual and Holy Pictures as I wanted a more rounded list, and wanted to include more artists. Rather than those lists you see in the UK, that have Oasis and the Beatles from 1 to 10.

C. said...

Mic's album is great, but number 1? Having said that, I am not sure I have a different one. A couple missing that I like are bury the hatchet (cranberries) and RSAG's, but those ones are probably personal choices... but Lisa Hannighan's? Come on, that should have made it!

Ronan said...

Maybe in a few years I'll love Lisa's more, but now, I just think it's half a great album. RSAG's could've gotten in there though.

DJ Martian said...

Are you too young too remember: Cactus World News - Urban Beaches [1986]

one of the best produced rock albums of the 1980s

Peter N said...

Ronan ...... man you obviously forgot to include the 2 rollarskate skinny albums!

Great list and well done on all the comments.

RonanC said...

ACtually i never thought of RSAG - should be ther

Bren said...

A shame that The 4 Of Us face just doesn't seem to fit with regard to these lists. Classified Personal or Heaven and Earth are surely worthy of a spot ahead of some of the albums on this and many other similar lists I've seen...

Ronan said...

DJ Martian, I don't have that album. You've piqued my interest now!

Peter, I have one of the albums there actually. At least I should have!

Bren, the 4 of Us crossed my mind alright, but just missed out too.

Peter N said...

yeah sorry just seen that now! There's about 20ish albums I havent heard here. Again nice list.

Ronan said...

Peter: You should try and check out some of the more obscure ones. If I had have had a lot more time I would've tried to get clips or videos. Maybe the next 1000...

IndieLimerick said...

great list! and congrats on the 1,000 post, like the new layout too, keep up the brill work!

IndieLimerick said...

we can surely claim Aphex Twin he is from limerick!!

Mundy-Jelly Legs , i sense a second list a readers list of some sort would be cool!

Ronan said...

Thanks Keith. Glad you like the new look. It was inspired by Peter's lovely new look. Thought I'd do the same with mine. Was doing it late last night when the visitors were asleep! :D

A reader's list would be very interesting, but I'd say my readers are far too lazy!

Ferg said...

Where are Six?

There's a whole lot of loving going on...what a song!

Great list Ronan.

Ronan said...

Ferg: Wait for the Top 100 Songs list. It'll be just after Aon Focal Eile.

bubblewrap said...

great to see "Music in Mouth" feature in the top 10...a very underrated album that smacks of wonderful lyrics and catchy sounds

Gary said...

What are the saw doctors doing at 99. That album is sensational. I know the Saw Docs don't take themselves seriously, but they really deserve more credit, and recognition. Every single song on that album is 1st class!

Shane said...

Mic Christopher, by far the best Irish album