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The 50 best Irish songs of 2019

The 50 best Irish songs of 2019


2019 Best of | Best international albums | Best Songs | Best Irish albums | Best Irish songs | Guest selections

One song from each artist (bar features) make up our top 50 Irish songs of 2019 this year with a 100-strong playlist on the last page.

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Davy Kehoe

The Pilot Part One

Nine minutes of expansive Suicide-esque kraut noise, ‘The Pilot’ is thrill-ride for its entire duration with nods to industrial, and minimal electro with a suspended rolling rhythm that creates its own angles, a void for the music and Kehoe’s howls to exist. Underneath, a buzzed bassline and reverbed harmonica adds some mangled rock’n’roll country twang to proceedings. Apparently inspired by a trip to New Orleans, ‘The Pilot Part One’ is among the most expansive and brilliant pieces of music released from this country this year.




PREMIERE: ELLLL - Febreeze [First Second Label]

‘Febreeze’ is a sparkling slab of intricate bliss. ELLL’s attention to detail results in an ever-changing, dynamic seven minutes of ethereal, wordless storytelling that stands out as one of the Berlin-based Cork producer’s strongest tracks to date.


Elaine Howley

Song for Mary Black

Cork musician known for her work with Altered Hours, Crevice and Morning Veils goes solo on a beautiful enveloping song built on an emotional ambient loop from the recent Wacker That compilation.


Tebi Rex

Lotus Eaters

Tebi Rex - Lotus Eaters (Official Video)

The best track from the Maynooth duo’s debut album The Young Will Eat The Old. A moody, down-tempo lo-fi hip-hop cut complete with the sound of rain and an earworm hook.


7th Obi



An atmospheric production from under-rated beatmaker LHK powers 7th Obi’s most infectious and polished cut to date. A promising pair to watch out for in 2020.



Would You Let Me In?

Lush and soulful, April’s ‘Would You Let Me In?’ takes the hallmarks of bedroom pop towards a realised, polished direction. Fans of Frank Ocean will love this sparsely arranged downtempo modern pop song.



Why Can’t You Stay?

A chilled neo-soul R&B standout from the Cork band’s self-titled debut record dripping in comfort and desire.



Love Tonight (feat. C Cane)

SOULÉ - Love Tonight ft. C Cane

‘Love Tonight’ was unavoidable this summer thanks to its primetime Love Island placement and it is well deserved. Deliciously polished and infectious, this is the sound of a future major pop star.




22 year-old musician and producer’s ‘Headroom’ is a semi-autobiographical account about excuses and avoidance set to tuned-down grungy guitar lines and thrashing drums.

DOI: Site owner Niall has started managing Skinner since this tune came out.




Scrappy and lo-fi, ‘Mayday’ is a taster of everything that makes Powpig so exciting. It’s fun, witty and channels 90s riotgrrl into a loose and laidback package made for listening to whilst jumping around your bedroom.

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