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Most-Recorded Reels
The Top Ten Reels of the Century

This list ranks the top ten most-recorded reels out of the 2,293 distinct reels 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)
165
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
255
Transcription of first 2 bars of Flogging ReelFlogging Reel
348
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bucks of OranmoreBucks of Oranmore
445
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rakish PaddyRakish Paddy
545
Transcription of first 2 bars of Star of MunsterStar of Munster
644
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss McLeodMiss McLeod
741
Transcription of first 2 bars of George White's FavouriteGeorge White's Favourite
840
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BallisodareBoys of Ballisodare
940
Transcription of first 2 bars of Galway RamblerGalway Rambler
1040
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear