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Top Session Tunes

Top-20 lists of the most popular Irish session tunes worldwide, based on how many members of currently play a tune. Updated daily.

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472 people are represented here, after excluding members claiming less than three tunes in their current repertoire. 274 of the people represented here gave their location (see map), 328 of them entered ten or more tunes, and 97 of them a hundred or more.

Top 20 Session Tunes Overall

RankHow many members
play this tune
Explanation
Rhythm
Tune (and link to tune details)
1237Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kesh JigKesh Jig
2209Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
3197Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cooley'sCooley's
4192Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Out on the OceanOut on the Ocean
5183Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaughtman's RamblesConnaughtman's Rambles
6177Slip jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of ButterflyButterfly
7173Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morrison's JigMorrison's Jig
8167Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Drowsy MaggieDrowsy Maggie
9165Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain RoadMountain Road
10164Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Banish MisfortuneBanish Misfortune
11161Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lilting BansheeLilting Banshee
12156Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Blarney PilgrimBlarney Pilgrim
13153Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of BansheeBanshee
14151Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid behind the BarMaid behind the Bar
15148Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BluehillBoys of Bluehill
16138Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Wind that Shakes the BarleyWind that Shakes the Barley
17137Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rights of ManRights of Man
18134Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Harvest HomeHarvest Home
19132Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Musical PriestMusical Priest
20131Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Merry BlacksmithMerry Blacksmith

About the sort order: Tunes that are tied with the same number of people playing them are then ranked with the oldest tunes first, based on the post-1900 publication histories of the tune, as documented in .

Caveat: The accuracy of these "session" statistics depend on how carefully each contributor was about entering his or her repertoire. There are known cases when users have hastily grabbed at a wrong tune only because it happens to have the same title as the intended tune, without bothering to read more closely. This behavior should only have a minor effect on these "most popular" lists.