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Most-Recorded Set Dances
The Top Ten Set Dances of the Century

This list ranks the top ten most-recorded set dances out of the 44 distinct set dances 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)
137
Transcription of first 2 bars of BlackbirdBlackbird
212
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rodney's GloryRodney's Glory
311
Transcription of first 2 bars of Humors of BandonHumors of Bandon
411
Transcription of first 2 bars of Job of JourneyworkJob of Journeywork
511
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ace and Deuce of PiperingAce and Deuce of Pipering
611
Transcription of first 2 bars of Garden of DaisiesGarden of Daisies
710
Transcription of first 2 bars of HuntHunt
87
Transcription of first 2 bars of Madame BonaparteMadame Bonaparte
97
Transcription of first 2 bars of An Suisin BánAn Suisin Bán
106
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bonaparte's RetreatBonaparte's Retreat