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Most-Recorded Highlands
The Top Ten Highlands of the Century

This list ranks the top ten most-recorded highlands out of the 68 distinct highlands 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)
111
Transcription of first 2 bars of MoneymuskMoneymusk
211
Transcription of first 2 bars of WatchmakerWatchmaker
39
Transcription of first 2 bars of Gurren's CastleGurren's Castle
48
Transcription of first 2 bars of Jimmy Lyon'sJimmy Lyon's
56
Transcription of first 2 bars of Fermanagh HighlandFermanagh Highland
65
Transcription of first 2 bars of Low HighlandLow Highland
74
Transcription of first 2 bars of Donegal LassiesDonegal Lassies
84
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss CrawfordMiss Crawford
94
Transcription of first 2 bars of 21 Highland21 Highland
104
Transcription of first 2 bars of Neilie Boyle's HighlandNeilie Boyle's Highland