March 13, 2014 1:29 pm
Updated: March 13, 2014 1:43 pm

St. Patrick’s playlist: 17 songs for getting your Irish on

St. Patrick's Day revelers in Dublin in March 2013.

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TORONTO — Break out the Shamrock Shakes and the Guinness — this is the weekend Canadians are celebrating the Irish holiday, St. Patrick Day.

According to Statistics Canada, a little more than 4.5 million Canadians claim Irish ancestry — making the Irish the fourth-largest ethnic group in the country.

On and around March 17, though, millions of people of all backgrounds don their green apparel and down some pints. (St. Patrick would likely not object, given that he wasn’t Irish either.)

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Of course, no celebration would be complete without a playlist of songs evoking the Emerald Isle or simply inducing the raising of so many glasses that you wake up the next morning wondering who’s your Paddy.

Here are 17 tracks — not all Irish — that are sure to bring a tear to your eye or a spring to your step this St. Patrick’s Day weekend (and no, there’s nothing from Green Day):

The Irish Rover – The Pogues

Song for Ireland – Mary Black

Guinness – The Sunday Punchers

An Irish Lullaby – Kate Smith

Danny Boy – The King’s Singers

When Irish Eyes are Smiling – The Irish Tenors

Buy Us A Drink – The Irish Rovers

Fiddler’s Green – Irish Rovers

The Black Velvet Band – The Dubliners

Drunken Lullabies – Flogging Molly

Ireland Mother Ireland – Frank Patterson

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary – John McCormack

Irish Celebration – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

My Irish Molly O – Mary Culloty O’Sullivan

Barrett’s Privateers – Irish Descendants

My Wild Irish Rose – Daniel O’Donnell

Come Back Paddy Reilly – Louise Morrissey

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