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 24,272. 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
Reel10,90144.9%bar
Double jig4,87020.1%bar
Hornpipe1,7707.3%bar
Song1,3935.7%bar
Polka1,1084.6%bar
Slide6942.9%bar
Air6712.8%bar
Slip jig6052.5%bar
Piece3561.5%bar
Barn dance2621.1%bar
March2441.0%bar
Waltz2250.9%bar
Set dance2050.8%bar
Single jig2000.8%bar
Fling1770.7%bar
Highland1360.6%bar
Strathspey850.4%bar
Mazurka690.3%bar
Schottisch560.2%bar
Other320.1%bar
Single reel250.1%bar
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