Song of the Year 2016 Shortlist Announcement

The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Song of the Year 2016, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced today on RTÉ 2fm’s Tracy Clifford Show. The shortlist is as follows:

The Coronas – What a love (Island)
Hare Squead – If I Ask (Sony)
Heroes in Hiding – Hospital (Self Released)
Niall Horan – This Town (Capitol)
James Vincent McMorrow – Rising Water (Faction)
Picture This – Take my Hand (Warner Music)
Raglans – Who Knows (Self Released)
Saint Sister – Tin Man (Communion)
Soulé – Love No More (Diffusion Labs)
Walking on Cars – Ship Goes Down (Virgin/EMI)

The winner of Song of the Year 2016 will be chosen by public vote. Cast your vote here.

Once again, RTÉ 2fm is celebrating the announcement of the shortlist across its schedule all day today with All Irish Music All Day from 6am to midnight. A special event featuring exclusive performances from both Song of the Year and Album of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin this evening in the Workman’s Club with 2fm’s Cormac Battle reporting live from the event for the Conor Behan Show, 8-10pm.

The winning song will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 9th March.


The 12th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate and acknowledge the best in Irish recorded music. The prize has become one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar since its inception in 2005 and is awarded to the Irish Album of the Year, as chosen from a shortlist of ten releases by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.

The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.

RAAP, Culture Ireland, The BAI & Golden Discs are also official project partners.

Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 9th while Golden Discs are featuring special stands showcasing the RTÉ Choice Music Prize nominees across their stores nationwide.

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and at priced €26.50 including booking fee. The event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2fm in a special four-hour extended programme from 7-11pm. RTÉ2 will broadcast a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize TV programme, approximately one week later.