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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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700 people are represented here, after excluding members claiming less than five tunes in their current repertoire. 430 of the people represented here gave their location (see map), 572 of them entered ten or more tunes, and 184 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)
1411Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kesh JigKesh Jig
2347Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Out on the OceanOut on the Ocean
3345Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cooley'sCooley's
4339Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
5312Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morrison's JigMorrison's Jig
6310Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaughtman's RamblesConnaughtman's Rambles
7306Slip jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of ButterflyButterfly
8289Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Banish MisfortuneBanish Misfortune
9284Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lilting BansheeLilting Banshee
10282Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Drowsy MaggieDrowsy Maggie
11275Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BluehillBoys of Bluehill
12272Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain RoadMountain Road
13266Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of BansheeBanshee
14265Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Blarney PilgrimBlarney Pilgrim
15257Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Harvest HomeHarvest Home
16255Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid behind the BarMaid behind the Bar
17240Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rights of ManRights of Man
18223Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Wind that Shakes the BarleyWind that Shakes the Barley
19223Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Musical PriestMusical Priest
20221Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of My Darling AsleepMy Darling Asleep

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.