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10 songs that no drunk Irish person is able to resist


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You can’t resist any of these when you’re drunk.

1. Jump Around by House of Pain

If you’ve ever been in a club when this has started playing  then you will be acutely aware of the effect it has on Irish people.

Who among us hasn’t flailed around the place roaring, “SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING JOHN MCENROE!” after a few beverages?

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2. Mr. Brightside by The Killers

Nothing unites a bar full of locked Irish people like Mr. Brightside. It’s a song that encourages you to get in your feelings, even if you have suppressed said feelings for, oh, twenty years.


*rips shirt off*

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3. Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis

This is basically just a football chant with uncomplicated lyrics (“Do-lo-do-do-lo-do-do-lo-do…”) meaning that it’s perfect for singing along to while spilling your pint all over the place.

Did you know that Chelsea Dagger’s Wikipedia has a whole section devoted to ‘Usage in sports’? It does.

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4. Put ‘Em Under Pressure

Put ‘Em Under Pressure is not just any banger, it’s a patriotic banger, meaning it’s the kryptonite of drunk Irish people everywhere.

5. I’m Shipping Up To Boston by Dropkick Murphys

You, sober: *hears Dropkick Murphys, remains unmoved*

You, drunk: *hears Dropkick Murphys, feels like you’re in Braveheart*

6. Country Roads

A Coppers mainstay and with good reason. Drunk Irish people are programmed to sing along passionately to Country Roads. If they’re in a really good mood, they might even attempt a half-hearted line dance.

7. Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio

Fact: whenever Gangsta’s Paradise comes on in a club, it quickly turns into a competition over who knows the most words.

You’re an amateur if you don’t make it past “As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…”

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8. I’ll Tell Me Ma

You think you don’t like I’ll Tell Me Ma. But then it comes on when you’re out with a pint in your hand and before you know where you are, you’re patting your knee and channeling your inner Ronnie Drew.

9. You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

Also known as the Ultimate Dad Cutting Loose At A Wedding Song.

*loosens top button of shirt*

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10. Africa by Toto

It’s the end of the night. You should really go home. You have work tomorrow. But then the DJ drops Africa by Toto and before you know it, you’re screaming it at the top of your lungs and forming a dance circle with your nearest and dearest.


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