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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 2,230 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)
159
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
251
Transcription of first 2 bars of Flogging ReelFlogging Reel
345
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bucks of OranmoreBucks of Oranmore
444
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss McLeodMiss McLeod
542
Transcription of first 2 bars of Star of MunsterStar of Munster
639
Transcription of first 2 bars of Woman of the HouseWoman of the House
739
Transcription of first 2 bars of Galway RamblerGalway Rambler
839
Transcription of first 2 bars of George White's FavouriteGeorge White's Favourite
939
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
1038
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rakish PaddyRakish Paddy