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This article is about the Thin Lizzy song. For other uses, see The Boys Are Back in Town (disambiguation).

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"The Boys Are Back in Town"
1991 Re-release UK 7" single
Song by Thin Lizzy
from the album Jailbreak
B-side"Emerald", "Jailbreak" or "Sarah"
ReleasedApril 17, 1976
June 23, 1991 (re-release)
GenreHard rock, blues rock
Length4:29 (Album version)
4:53 (Full version)
3:11 (Single version)
Songwriter(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.


It was given 499th position among the 2004 Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,[1] though it was not included in the 2010 update.[citation needed] 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]

Chart performance[]

Chart (1991 reissue) Peak
Ireland[11] 16
UK [12] 63

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.[12] 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.[13]

Appearances in other media[]

At the 2012 Republican National Convention, the song was used to introduce Vice-Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan on stage. This unauthorized use of the song caused controversy. Both Lynott's mother, Philomena Lynott, and Thin Lizzy lead guitarist Scott Gorham criticised its use, suggesting that Lynott would have not wanted his music used for any political use, including endorsing politicians, and furthermore would likely have objected to the policies of Ryan and his running mate Mitt Romney.[14][15]

The song has appeared in many TV commercials. It appeared in a 2005 ad for Wrangler jeans, a 2012 ad for Chase,[16] and a 2016 ad for Nissan's Heisman House, which features Heisman Trophy winners.[citation needed]

In 2007, it was covered by the 10 eliminated contestants during the final of the BBC talent search series Any Dream Will Do.[17] Later that year during the crossover Christmas special When Joseph Met Maria, it was performed again by 5 of the ADWD finalists along with series winner Lee Mead.[18]

The song was used in the trailer for Toy Story[19] and the teaser trailer for Toy Story 2.[20]


  1. "The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (1-500)". Rolling Stone. 9 December 2004. Archived from the original on 30 March 2009.
  2. "News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  3. "Comic Relief does Fame Academy - Home". BBC. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  4. " Magazine Lists". Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  5. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)
  7. Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN: 0-89820-089-X
  8. "Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  11. "Irish Charts - Thin Lizzy". Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "The Boys Are Back in Town (1991) Record details". Retrieved 17 June 2011.
  13. Bailie, Stuart – Jailbreak album sleeve notes
  14. McDonald, Henry (3 September 2012). "Phil Lynott's mother objects to Mitt Romney using Thin Lizzy's music". The Guardian.
  15. "Scott Gorham hits out at Mitt Romney's use of 'The Boys Are Back In Town' | Music | News". Hot Press. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  16. "Chase Sapphire Commercial - What's That Song". Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  19. "Toy Story". Pixar Animation Studios. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  20. "Toy Story 2". Pixar Animation Studios. Retrieved 21 May 2017.

External links[]

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