Fifty music experts from Ireland have ranked their ‘50 Best Irish Songs of All Time.’ The results have been compiled to create the ultimate list of Ireland’s best.

The list, put together by the Irish Independent, is an eclectic representation of Ireland’s varying music tastes. Classics like On Raglan Road share the list with contemporary hits like Chaila by Denise Chaila.

The number one spot went to Teenage Kicks by The Undertones - a decision that divided readers. The punk-rock anthem was written in 1977, and has stood the test of time. However, its spot at the top of the table came as a surprise to some who thought a more prominent Irish artist would have nabbed the title.

Thin Lizzy took both the ninth and eighth spots with The Boys Are Back In Town and Dancing in the Moonlight. Philip Lynott took seventh place with Old Town, while Enya nabbed number six with Orinoco Flow. Number five went to The Pogues’, A Rainy Night in Soho, which some people argued should have been in the top three at the very least.

The late great Sinéad O’Connor proved her undeniable grasp on the nation, taking fourth, third, and second place with Troy, Nothing Compares 2 U and Mandinka.

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The list naturally features other notable names like Van Morrison, Boomtown Rats, and The Cranberries, but also gives a mention to some of the newer artists that will inevitably shape lists of the future when their music earns ‘classic’ status.

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