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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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515 people are represented here, after excluding members claiming less than three tunes in their current repertoire. 300 of the people represented here gave their location (see map), 351 of them entered ten or more tunes, and 105 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)
1262Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kesh JigKesh Jig
2225Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
3214Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cooley'sCooley's
4208Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Out on the OceanOut on the Ocean
5194Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaughtman's RamblesConnaughtman's Rambles
6194Slip jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of ButterflyButterfly
7189Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morrison's JigMorrison's Jig
8184Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Drowsy MaggieDrowsy Maggie
9176Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Banish MisfortuneBanish Misfortune
10173Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain RoadMountain Road
11171Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lilting BansheeLilting Banshee
12166Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Blarney PilgrimBlarney Pilgrim
13165Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid behind the BarMaid behind the Bar
14162Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BluehillBoys of Bluehill
15161Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of BansheeBanshee
16149Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Harvest HomeHarvest Home
17147Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rights of ManRights of Man
18146Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Musical PriestMusical Priest
19144Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Wind that Shakes the BarleyWind that Shakes the Barley
20136Reel
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.