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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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1,000 people are represented here, after excluding members claiming less than five tunes in their current repertoire. 598 of the people represented here gave their location (see map), 834 of them entered ten or more tunes, and 287 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)
1598Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kesh JigKesh Jig
2528Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cooley'sCooley's
3524Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Out on the OceanOut on the Ocean
4513Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
5472Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaughtman's RamblesConnaughtman's Rambles
6459Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morrison's JigMorrison's Jig
7431Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Banish MisfortuneBanish Misfortune
8428Slip jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of ButterflyButterfly
9427Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lilting BansheeLilting Banshee
10403Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Drowsy MaggieDrowsy Maggie
11402Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BluehillBoys of Bluehill
12398Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Blarney PilgrimBlarney Pilgrim
13393Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain RoadMountain Road
14392Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of BansheeBanshee
15380Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid behind the BarMaid behind the Bar
16352Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rights of ManRights of Man
17351Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Musical PriestMusical Priest
18351Hornpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Harvest HomeHarvest Home
19347Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cliffs of MoherCliffs of Moher
20344Double jig
Transcription of first 2 bars of My Darling AsleepMy Darling Asleep

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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.