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Most-Recorded Barn Dances
The Top Ten Barn Dances of the Century

This list ranks the top ten most-recorded barn dances out of the 109 distinct barn dances 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)
114
Transcription of first 2 bars of James Gannon'sJames Gannon's
214
Transcription of first 2 bars of If There Weren't Any Women in the WorldIf There Weren't Any Women in the World
312
Transcription of first 2 bars of GlenbeighGlenbeigh
411
Transcription of first 2 bars of Belle of the BallBelle of the Ball
58
Transcription of first 2 bars of Hayes' FavouriteHayes' Favourite
68
Transcription of first 2 bars of Gypsy PrincessGypsy Princess
76
Transcription of first 2 bars of John Mc Kenna'sJohn Mc Kenna's
86
Transcription of first 2 bars of Jimmy Duffy'sJimmy Duffy's
96Transcription of first 2 bars of Hills of TaraHills of Tara
105
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ballroom Favourite #2Ballroom Favourite #2