Rhythm Distribution in Recordings
(All Recordings)

This list ranks rhythms by how often they occur on commercial recordings of Irish traditional music. The total number of individual tune recordings considered here is 28,530. Since it ignores whether a tune recording is distinct tune or not, it reveals how often each tune type has been recorded. For example, even if one particular reel was recorded by ten different musicians over time, it still counts that as ten "votes" for the reel rhythm.

This report, since it considers all indexed recordings, is slightly different from the report Rhythm Distribution in Recordings (In Fully Irish Albums). Compare also Rhythm Distribution of tune types among all distinct tunes, as well as Rhythm Distribution in Session Tunes.

RhythmNumber of
instances
% of
total
Bar graph
Reel12,82344.9%bar
Double jig5,76520.2%bar
Hornpipe2,1817.6%bar
Song1,6965.9%bar
Polka1,2804.5%bar
Air7982.8%bar
Slide7952.8%bar
Slip jig7142.5%bar
Piece4301.5%bar
Barn dance3041.1%bar
March2971.0%bar
Waltz2710.9%bar
Set dance2470.9%bar
Single jig2300.8%bar
Fling2120.7%bar
Highland1790.6%bar
Strathspey930.3%bar
Mazurka870.3%bar
Schottisch630.2%bar
Other400.1%bar
Single reel250.1%bar
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