The Boys Are Back in Town (4:27)

Cover of Jailbreak

From Jailbreak and 166 other releases

“The Boys Are Back in Town” is a single from Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy. According to the The Boys Are Back In Town Songfacts, the song was inspired by Thin Lizzy’s fans. The group wrote it after noticing that their shows were full of working-class guys looking to get out and have some fun. Their fans also had a tendency to drink heavily.

The song came out in 1976 on their album Jailbreak. It was honoured with the 499th position among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Rolling Stone praised lead singer Phil Lynott’s “Gaelic soul” and called the “twin-guitar lead by Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson” used “crucial to the song’s success”. The song is played at most Irish Rugby matches. In March 2005, Q magazine placed “The Boys Are Back in Town” at number 38 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.

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