IrishCentral voters name best Irish-American and Best Irish albums of decade


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The votes are in on IrishCentral's dual music polls — one for Best Irish-American Album of the Decade, and the other for Best Irish Album of the Decade.

The contest drew thousands of votes — as well as the biggest response to any IrishCentral poll in any category or on any topic.

The Best Irish-American Album of the Decade drew the most votes, and came right down to the wire. But in the end, Black 47's "Trouble in the Land" came in on top with 37% of the votes, compared with close runner-up, Enter the Haggis' "Casualties of Retail," with 32 percent.

The next pair was also a battle to the end, between Pierce Turner's "3 Minute World" and The Prodigals' "Needs Must When the Devil Drives." The final tally: Turner nabbed third place with 15% and The Prodigals came in fourth with 11%.

"Blackout," by Dropkick Murphys, came in fifth and last with just 3 percent of the vote.

The final results in the Best Irish Album of the Decade was something of a surprise, with four albums facing off against the favorite, U2's "All That You Can't Leave Behind."

But in a major upset, the world-touring, top-selling U2 came in third with just 17 percent of the vote.

"VH1 Presents The Corrs: Live From Dublin" handily took the top honors with a commanding 43 percent of the vote. Saw Doctors' "The Cure" was a solid second, with 32 percent.

The fight to stay out of last place toggled back and forth throughout the run of the contest, but in the end, Afro Celt Sound System's "Further in Time" pulled in 3 percent of the vote to put controversial singer Sinead O'Connor's "Throw Down Your Arms" at the bottom, with 2%.


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