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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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426 people are represented here, after excluding members claiming less than three tunes in their current repertoire. 252 of the people represented here gave their location (see map), 295 of them entered ten or more tunes, and 88 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)
1212Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kesh JigKesh Jig
2187Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
3173Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cooley'sCooley's
4170Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Out on the OceanOut on the Ocean
5161Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaughtman's RamblesConnaughtman's Rambles
6161Slip jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of ButterflyButterfly
7157Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morrison's JigMorrison's Jig
8155Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Drowsy MaggieDrowsy Maggie
9147Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Blarney PilgrimBlarney Pilgrim
10147Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Banish MisfortuneBanish Misfortune
11146Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lilting BansheeLilting Banshee
12146Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain RoadMountain Road
13141Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BluehillBoys of Bluehill
14139Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of BansheeBanshee
15135Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid behind the BarMaid behind the Bar
16129Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Harvest HomeHarvest Home
17128Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rights of ManRights of Man
18123Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Wind that Shakes the BarleyWind that Shakes the Barley
19120Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Musical PriestMusical Priest
20117Reel
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.