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11 songs no Irish dad can resist

Guaranteed to get him up at a wedding.

1. Christy Moore – Ride On

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Or any single song from his back catalogue, let’s be honest.

Christy might be the most Irish dad artist of all time, but Ride On is definitely the one song guaranteed to get the foot tappin’.

2. Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing

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A previous generation’s equivalent of Mr Brightside – and Irish dad’s can’t get enough of that up tempo Dire Straits style.

3. Paul Simon – Graceland

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It’s statistically proven that Dads everywhere love Paul Simon:

4. Horslips – Dearg Doom

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Bonus points if it comes on at a wedding.

5. Rory Gallagher - Tattoo’d Lady

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When it comes on the 1974 Reeling in the Years, it’s the ultimate dad TV moment.

6. Sting and the Police – Walking On The Moon

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“I wouldn’t go for a pint with him but he has some good tunes, I’ll give him that.”

7. ELO – Mr Blue Sky

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He was only delighted when it turned up on that Guinness ad a few years back.

8. Thin Lizzy – Don’t Believe A Word

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For that guitar alone.

And he’d get a little teary-eyed at Sarah.

9. Simply Red – Holding Back the Years

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The volume will be coming up when this comes on in the car.

10. Literally anything by Bruce Springsteen

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Anything from Born To Run, The River, Born in the USA.

Sure it’s the Boss.

11. Hothouse Flowers – Don’t Go

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Tonight we’re going to party like it’s Euro ’88.

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David Elkin

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