Famous Irish American Singers & Musicians

Irish Americans brought their gift of song, dance and musicianship from Ireland centuries ago and have profoundly altered the American music landscape ever since.

Irish American singers and Irish American musicians have topped the charts in just about every musical genre over the last century and a half.  The following is a list of famous Irish American singers and Irish American musicians since the late 19th century.

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Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys | R&B singer/songwriter whose debut album, Songs in A Minor, sold over 12 million copies worldwide

Amy Lee | Lead singer of the rock band, Evanescence

Anastacia | Singer and songwriter whose debut album, Not That Kind, achieved multi-platinum sales in Australia, New Zealand and much of Europe

Andy Hurley | Drummer for Chicago rock band, Fall Out Boy

Aubrey O'Day | Singer of the pop band, Danity Kane, the first female group in Billboard history to debut their first two albums at the top of the charts

Benjamin Burnley | Lead singer of rock band, Breaking Benjamin

Benji Madden | Lead guitarist of the rock band, Good Charlotte

Bianca Ryan | Singer and guitarist who won the debut season of NBC's America's Got Talent

Billie Joe Armstrong | Lead singer/guitarist of the punk rock band, Green Day

Billy Corgan | Singer and lead guitarist of the grunge rock band, The Smashing Pumpkins

Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby | Legendary singer and movie star who sold over half a billion records

Bradley Nowell | Lead singer and guitarist for the ska-influenced rock band, Sublime

Brendon Urie | Lead singer of the alternative rock band, Panic At The Disco

Britney Spears | Pop singer and dancer who has sold over 100 million albums worldwide

Bruce Springsteen | Singer, songwriter and rock musician who has sold over 200 million albums worldwide

Bunny Berigan
Bunny Berigan | Jazz trumpeter during the swing era whose 1937 classic jazz recording "I Can't Get Started" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1975

Carly Smithson | Former American Idol finalist and lead singer of the gothic metal band, We Are the Fallen

Carmel Quinn | Entertainer who has appeared on Broadway, television and radio and was only the second woman to receive the prestigious John F. Kennedy Award for excellence

Celtic Spring | Irish-American dance and fiddle band from California

Chester Bennington | Lead singer of rock band, Linkin Park

Chris Byrne | Founder of Celtic rock band, Black 47

Chris Cornell | Lead singer of the Seattle grunge rock band, Soundgarden

Chris Daughtry | Lead singer of the rock band, Daughtry and former American Idol finalist

Chris Kirkpatrick | Singer and founding member of the pop boy band, ‘N Sync

Chris Trousdale | Broadway performer and former singer for the boy band, Dream Street

Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera | Grammy Award-winning R&B singer

Christopher "Kid" Reid | Rapper and actor who appeared in the House Party film series

Danny Hutton | Lead vocalist of the 1970s rock band, Three Dog Night

Dave King | Lead vocalist and primary songwriter and lyricist for the Irish-American punk band, Flogging Molly

Demi Lovato | Singer/songwriter who came to fame as a Disney actress

Dennis Casey | Guitarist and vocalist for Celtic rock band, Flogging Molly

Dexter Holland | Lead singer and guitarist for the punk/pop band, The Offspring

Eileen Farrell
Eileen Farrell | Soprano who performed opera for nearly 60 years in concerts, theatre, radio and television

Everlast | Singer/songwriter of acoustic-based rock/rap music

Fergie | R&B singer and lead vocalist in the pop band, The Black Eyed Peas

George M. Cohan | Singer/songwriter of vaudeville and Broadway whose life was portrayed in the 1942 film, Yankee Doodle Dandy

Gerry Mulligan | Jazz musician, composer and arranger who was known as one of the leading baritone saxophonists in jazz history

Greg Graffin | Singer/songwriter for the punk band, Bad Religion

Helen O'Connell | Singer, actress, and dancer who sang with the Jimmy Dorsey band and achieved bestselling records in the early 1940s

Howie Dorough | Singer for the pop boy band, The Backstreet Boys

James Hetfield | Lead singer and guitarist for the hard rock band, Metallica

Jeanette MacDonald
Jeanette MacDonald | Singer and actress of 1930s musical films who sold numerous gold records and appeared in several Oscar-nominated movies

Jessica Sutta | Actress and singer for the pop band, The Pussycat Dolls

Jim Morrison | Singer/songwriter for the 1960s rock band, The Doors

Jimmy Dorsey | 1940s jazz musician, composer, and big band leader

Jimmy McHugh | One of the most prolific songwriters from the 1920s to the 1950s whose songs were recorded by some of the top singers of his era

John McCormack
Joel Madden | Lead singer for the rock band, Good Charlotte

John Fogerty | Singer/songwriter for the 1960s/70s rock band, Creedence Clearwater Revival

John McCormack | World-famous early 20th century Irish tenor singer

Jonas Brothers | Grammy Award-winning boy band who gained fame on The Disney Channel

Judy Collins | Folk singer/songwriter who came to fame in the 1960s

Judy Garland
Judy Garland | Legendary singer and actress who came to fame as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

Julianne Hough | Country music singer, ballroom dancer and two-time winner of ABC's Dancing with the Stars

Katharine McPhee | Singer, songwriter and runner-up on season 5 of American Idol

Kelly Clarkson | Grammy award-winning pop singer and inaugural winner of American Idol

Ken Casey | Bass player and vocalist for the Boston-based punk rock band, Dropkick Murphys

Kevin Richardson | Singer for the pop boy band, The Backstreet Boys

Kirk Hammett | Guitarist for the hard rock band, Metallica

Kurt Cobain | Lead singer of Seattle grunge band, Nirvana

Larry Kirwan | Lead singer of the Celtic rock band, Black 47

Lee DeWyze | Winner of the ninth season of American Idol

Lorna Luft
Lorna Luft | Singer/performer of stage, television and film who is the daughter of Judy Garland and half-sister of Liza Minnelli

Mandy Moore | Singer and actress who has sold over 10 million albums worldwide

Mariah Carey | Grammy Award-winning R&B singer

Meaghan Jette Martin | Singer and actress who gained fame on Disney Channel movies

Michael Barber | Musician who founded ECP Music Group and invented the Messy Music Genre

Michael Flatley | Hosted the Irish dance shows Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Feet of Flames, and Celtic Tiger

Michelle Branch | Singer/songwriter and guitarist of top-selling albums, The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper

Mike McColgan | Former lead singer of the punk rock band, Dropkick Murphys

Miranda Cosgrove | Pop recording artist and actress who became the highest paid child actress ever for her role in the Nickelodeon network show, iCarly

Morton Downey
Morton Downey | Famous pop singer of the 1930s and 1940s who was known as "The Irish Nightingale"

Natalie Merchant | Singer/songwriter and former lead vocalist for the rock band, 10,000 Maniacs

Nick Carter | Singer for the pop boy band, Backstreet Boys

Patrick Stump | Singer and songwriter for the Chicago rock band, Fall Out Boy

Red Foley | Country singer, musician, and radio and TV personality who sold over 25 million albums

Rihanna | R&B recording artist who has sold over 20 million albums worldwide

Robert Pollard | Lead singer and songwriter of the rock band, Guided by Voices

Rosemary Clooney
Rosemary Clooney | Singer and actress who came to prominence in the early 1950s with the hit "Come On-a My House"

Shania Twain | Grammy Award-winning country singer

Stuart Michael Thomas | Music composer, producer and arranger for major films and television shows

Taylor Swift | Grammy Award-winning country singer

The Clancy Brothers | Irish folk music singing group during the 1960s who are widely credited with popularizing Irish traditional music in the United States

The McGuire Sisters
The McGuire Sisters | Biggest selling female vocal group of the 1950's

Tim McGraw | Country music singer who has sold over 40 million albums

Tommy Dorsey | 1940s jazz musician, composer, and big band leader

Tommy Makem | Celebrated Irish folk musician who was best known as a member of The Clancy Brothers

Tori Amos | Singer, songwriter and musician who has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards

Victor Herbert | Composer, cellist and conductor who composed many successful operettas that premiered on Broadway from the 1890s to World War I

Virginia O'Brien | Actress, singer, and radio personality known for her comedic roles in 1940s MGM musicals