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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 391 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)
118
Transcription of first 2 bars of Toormore #1Toormore #1
216
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid of ArdaghMaid of Ardagh
314
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lakes of SligoLakes of Sligo
413
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ballydesmond PolkaBallydesmond Polka
512
Transcription of first 2 bars of Merry GirlMerry Girl
612
Transcription of first 2 bars of Jimmy Doyle's PolkaJimmy Doyle's Polka
712
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maggie in the WoodMaggie in the Wood
812
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tom Morrison'sTom Morrison's
911
Transcription of first 2 bars of Denis Murphy's PolkaDenis Murphy's Polka
1011
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tripping to the WellTripping to the Well