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Most-Recorded Songs
The Top Ten Songs of the Century

This list ranks the top ten most-recorded songs out of the 860 distinct songs 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
Raibh Tú ag an gCarraig?
217
An Páistín Fionn
314
Bean Dubh an Ghleanna
413
A Stór Mo Chroí
513
Táimse im' Chodladh
613
Sliabh Geal gCua na Féile
713
May Morning Dew
810
Seán Ó Duibhir an Ghleanna
910
Cailín Deas Crúite na mBó
109
Geaftaí Bhaile Buí