The Dropkick Murphys story is quite interesting. They started playing in a basement in a friend’s barbershop and later began to tour and record. Dropkick Murphys are well known for their loud, energetic live shows. The band was named after Dr. John “Dropkick” Murphy’s alcohol-detoxification facility. Dropkick Murphys have managed to enhance their reputation locally through their numerous tours and performances. In 2007, the band opened its own label, Born & Bred, and released its sixth album, The Meanest Of Times. The band’s first mainstream hit, “Tessie,” was one of their biggest charting singles to date. The Dropkick Murphys have a strong relationship with the AFL-CIO and are known for supporting American laborers and union cases. In the course of their musical career, the band has released a total of ten studio albums, three live albums, three compilation albums, sixteen extended plays, thirty singles, and twenty-nine music videos. Here are the ten best Dropkick Murphys songs of all time.
10. The Dirty Glass
The number ten song on our list of the ten best Dropkick Murphys songs of all time is “The Dirty Glass.” This Dropkick Murphys hit single was released in 2003. “The Dirty Glass” is a form of metaphor about the guy (Murphy) falling for the barmaid (Darcy). The lyrics of the song are deep, and the melodies are incredible.
9. Amazing Grace
“Amazing Grace” is our number nine song on our list of the ten best Dropkick Murphys songs of all time. The track is a touchy track that was released in 1999 and is contained in the band’s self-titled album, The Gang’s All Here. The song’s major contributors are Al Barr, Rick Barton, Ken Casey, and Matt Kelly.
8. The Green Fields Of France
The number eight song on our list of the ten best Dropkick songs of all time is “The Green Fields Of France,” which was written in 1976 by Eric Bogle. This song is one of the most emotional and moving hits known to connect so deeply to many individuals. “The Green Fields Of France” is about the horrors of the first world war. It majorly focuses and reflects on the grave of a young man (Willie McBride) of many who died before their time.
7. Worker’s Song
The Dropkick Murphys are one of America’s greatest bands, and the ‘Worker’s Song” is good proof. This song was released in 2003. The song was included on Dropkick Murphys 2010 Live on Lansdowne DVD. “Worker’s Song” is about the working class in America. It focuses on how they are oppressed by society and the government. The workers are subjected to low pay and being the first to be sent to war. This track is a great source of encouragement to workers and thus popular to their fans.
6. The Season’s Upon Us
“The Season’s Upon Us” was released in 2013. It was released as the second single of Dropkick Murphys eighth studio album, Signed And Sealed In Blood. “The Season’s Upon Us” portrays a clear picture of a typical family reunion during the Christmas festivities. According to the song, although the festivities should be happy and merry, they can be a burden or a drag to some. The track contains some raw and powerful lyrics that make it a great song for dysfunctional families.
5. Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya
The number five song on our list of the ten best Dropkick Murphys songs of all time is the song “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya.” This song is a popular traditional song written by Joseph B. Geoghegan. This track is considered as a powerful anti-war song. The Dropkick Murphys recorded this Classic Irish anti-war song in 2007, which has brought the band massive success. “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya” is contained in the band’s album, The Meanest Of Times. The track has remained a concert favorite and a great song to rock out.
4. The Warrior’s Code
“The Warrior’s Code” is a song that Dropkick Murphys released on their own as a single in 2006. The song was featured in the Oscar-winning movie, The Departed, after which it became a hit. ‘Warrior’s Code” was first the fifth studio Dropkick Murphys album. It was released in 2005 and apparently is the band’s best-selling album. The album features one of the band’s biggest and most well-known singles, “I’m Shipping Up To Boston”.
3. The State Of Massachusetts
“The State Of Massachusetts” was one of the 100-most-played songs on U.S modern rock radio when it was released back in 2008. The song is contained in the band’s sixth studio album, The Meanest Of Times. The song highlights the effects that drugs have on individuals and their families. The song was #83 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 best songs of 2007. “The State Of Massachusetts” got the privilege to be the theme song to the MTV show Nitro Circus.
2. Rose Tattoo
The number two song on our list of the ten best Dropkick Murphys songs of all time is the song “Rose Tattoo,” which also happens to be one of the band’s most influential songs. The song’s lyrics are deep, and they stir up many emotions whenever I listen to the song. The guitar tunes are quite incredible, and I bet most of us have a rose tattoo in remembrance of a lost loved one.
1. I’m Shipping Up To Boston
The number one song on our list is “I’m Shipping Up To Boston,” whose lyrics were written by the folk singer Woody Guthrie and performed by the Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys. The song was re-recorded for the band’s gold-certified 2005 album, The Warrior’s Code. The single is the band’s most successful hit to date. It was certified double platinum and reached #1 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.