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The Boys Are Back in Town

"The Boys Are Back in Town"
1991 Re-release UK 7" single
Single by Thin Lizzy
from the album Jailbreak
B-side "Emerald", "Jailbreak" or "Sarah"
Released April 17, 1976
1991 (re-release)
Format 7", 12", CS, Picture disc
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 4:29 (Album version)
4:53 (Full version)
3:11 (Single version)
Label Vertigo
Writer(s) Phil Lynott
Producer(s) John Alcock

"The Boys Are Back in Town" is a single from Irish hard rock band Thin Lizzy. The song was originally released in 1976 on their album Jailbreak.


  • Reception 1
  • Charts 2
  • Single release information 3
  • Cover versions 4
  • Appearances in other media 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


It was given 499th position among the 2004 Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, though it was not included in the 2010 update.[1] 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".[2] The song is played at most Irish Rugby matches.[3] In March 2005, Q magazine placed "The Boys Are Back in Town" at No. 38 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.[4]


Single UK US IRL
"The Boys Are Back in Town" (1976) 8[3] 12[2] 1[3]
"The Boys Are Back in Town" (1991 reissue) 63[5] 16[6]

Single release information

The original 1976 UK single release featured album track "Emerald" as a B-side, although in some territories "Jailbreak" was chosen. The single was remixed and re-released in several formats in March 1991, after the success of the "Dedication" single, reaching No. 63 in the UK.[5] The 12" EP featured the extra tracks "Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed", "Black Boys on the Corner" and a live version of "Me and the Boys". There are many theories regarding the inspiration behind "The Boys Are Back in Town", although none has been verified.[7]

Cover versions

Appearances in other media


  1. ^ The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time : Rolling Stone
  2. ^ a b The Boys Are Back in Town : Rolling Stone
  3. ^ a b c BBC - Comic Relief does Fame Academy - Home
  4. ^ Q lists - page3
  5. ^ a b "The Boys Are Back in Town (1991) Record details". Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Irish Charts - Thin Lizzy". Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  7. ^ Bailie, Stuart – Jailbreak album sleeve notes
  8. ^ McDonald, Henry (3 September 2012). "Phil Lynott's mother objects to Mitt Romney using Thin Lizzy's music". The Guardian. 
  9. ^

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