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Most-Recorded Waltzes
The Top Ten Waltzes of the Century

This list ranks the top ten most-recorded waltzes out of the 172 distinct waltzes 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)
17
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mrs. Kenny'sMrs. Kenny's
26
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tommy Bhetty's WaltzTommy Bhetty's Waltz
34
Transcription of first 2 bars of Old Time WaltzOld Time Waltz
44
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seamus McManusSeamus McManus
54
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maguire & Patterson's [Maguire and Patterson's]Maguire & Patterson's [Maguire and Patterson's]
64
Transcription of first 2 bars of Josefin's WaltzJosefin's Waltz
73
Transcription of first 2 bars of Liza Lynn WaltzLiza Lynn Waltz
83
Transcription of first 2 bars of Margaret's WaltzMargaret's Waltz
93
Transcription of first 2 bars of Barnacle RedowaBarnacle Redowa
103
Transcription of first 2 bars of Far AwayFar Away