6. Danny Boy
This heartfelt ballad uses the tune of “The Londonderry Air” and holds special meaning for the Irish. No one is certain whether it is the story of a parent sending a son off to war or sending the son away as part of the terrible regret felt because of the Irish diaspora.
More than one source declares the song was written by a blind harpist. There are other interpretations, too, but one thing is for sure, it evokes great sadness and love. It’s been sung by every famous singer from Judy Garland to Renee Fleming (opera) to Eric Clapton and Judy Collins and is familiar worldwide.