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Most-Recorded Polkas
The Top Ten Polkas of the Century

This list ranks the top ten most-recorded polkas out of the 374 distinct polkas 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)
117
Transcription of first 2 bars of Toormore #1Toormore #1
215
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid of ArdaghMaid of Ardagh
313
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ballydesmond PolkaBallydesmond Polka
413
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lakes of SligoLakes of Sligo
512
Transcription of first 2 bars of Merry GirlMerry Girl
611
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tripping to the WellTripping to the Well
711
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maggie in the WoodMaggie in the Wood
811
Transcription of first 2 bars of Knocknaboul PolkaKnocknaboul Polka
911
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tom Morrison'sTom Morrison's
1011
Transcription of first 2 bars of I Have a Bonnet Trimmed with BlueI Have a Bonnet Trimmed with Blue