I'm Irish American. I dentify very strongly with my heritage, because my parent immigrated to America from Ireland about 30 some-odd years ago, and it's been a part of who I am since the day I was born.
Due to this, I've had a weird love-hate relationship with Paddy's Day. On the one hand, I love being able (encouraged, even) to celebrate my culture and my heritage, but on the other hand, it always feels like an event that cheapens my whole culture to being all about the drink.
Personally, I'll skip the green beer in flavor of some Jameson.
Either way, these are some songs that will put a kick in your ass and have you ready for celebrating Paddy's Day properly.
Streams of Whiskey - The Pogues
Let's be real, here. For many of you, Paddy's Day is a day to go out and get absolutely fucking wrecked on cheap booze. Why dodge around the idea? Well this song is right up you're alley today, as it's all about heading for where the whiskey is. Throw this song on, then throw back a few pints.
Come Out Ye Black and Tans - Dominic Behan
Here's a real good shit-kicker to get you up and ready to fucking throw down. At least, if you're Irish. This song was originally penned by Dominic Behan, brother of the legendary Brendan Behan, one of the greatest Irish writers in history. The song is a tribute to Irish Nationalism, and it reflects the attitudes of Irish Republicans in the face of their British aggressors.
This song riles up all the Irish blood in my body, and though I was born after the Troubles, and in America, it still makes me feel prouder than any other tune.
The Auld Triangle - Dropkick Murphys
Here's one for the Irish American crowd. It's another traditional Irish folk tune, but it's been rock n' roll-ed up by the Dropkick Murphys. Really, the song is a real sad one penned by Brendan Behan, about being trapped in Mountjoy Prison awaiting execution. Dropkick Murphys took the bones of the song and turned it around into a shit-kicking anthem, and it'll get you ready to go.
Honorable mention: Shipping off to Boston
Oro se do Bheatha Bhaile - The Dubliners
Pronounced Oro-shay-dvahah-wallya, this song is a traditional Irish Folk song, and one that also came to new significance for the Irish Republican Army. Padraig Pearse, iconic rebellion figure and poet, gave new lyrics to the song and it became another of the anthems for the rebellion in Ireland. A little more somber-sounding than say Come Out Ye Black and Tans, it still hearkens to feelings of Irish pride and tradition.