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Most-Recorded Airs
The Top Ten Airs of the Century

This list ranks the top ten most-recorded airs out of the 323 distinct airs on the indexed recordings. The tunes are ranked in descending order of number of recordings. When tunes have the same number of recordings, tunes having the oldest recordings appear first. Note that reuses of a particular cut in later anthologies are counted, which is fair, since the popularity of a recording is a good indicator both of the popularity of the tune and of the likelihood that musicians will learn the tune from that recording.

Of related interest:
RankNumber of
Recordings
Tune (and link to tune details)
130
Dear Irish Boy
222
Blackbird
320
Coolin
417
An Buachaill Caol Dubh
517
Lord Mayo
614
Ar Éirinn ní Neosfainn Cé Hí
713
Sliabh na mBan
813
Anach Cuain
912
O'Donnell's Lament
1012
Easter Snow