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Most-Recorded Tunes
The Top 100 Tunes of the Century

This list ranks the top 100 most-recorded tunes on the indexed recordings. By carefully comparing the 27,254 individual tune recordings there, I identified a total of 7,355 distinct tunes, from which this list is drawn. The tunes below are ranked in descending order of number of recordings. When tunes have the same number of recordings, tunes having the oldest recordings appear first. Note that reuses of a particular cut in later anthologies are counted, which is fair, since the popularity of a recording is a good indicator both of the popularity of the tune and of the likelihood that musicians will learn the tune from that recording.

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RankNumber of
Recordings
Explanation
Rhythm
Tune (and link to tune details)
170Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
260Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Flogging ReelFlogging Reel
351Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss McLeodMiss McLeod
449Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bucks of OranmoreBucks of Oranmore
548Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rakish PaddyRakish Paddy
647Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Star of MunsterStar of Munster
744Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid of Mount KiscoMaid of Mount Kisco
842Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Galway RamblerGalway Rambler
942Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of George White's FavouriteGeorge White's Favourite
1042Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
1141JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaughtman's RamblesConnaughtman's Rambles
1241Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bonnie KateBonnie Kate
1340SetD
Transcription of first 2 bars of BlackbirdBlackbird
1440Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BallisodareBoys of Ballisodare
1539Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Heather BreezeHeather Breeze
1639Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of CopperplateCopperplate
1739Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Woman of the HouseWoman of the House
1838Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sligo MaidSligo Maid
1937Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mason's ApronMason's Apron
2037JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Scatter the MudScatter the Mud
2136Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Colonel FraserColonel Fraser
2236Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Wind that Shakes the BarleyWind that Shakes the Barley
2336Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bunch of KeysBunch of Keys
2436Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Hand Me Down the TackleHand Me Down the Tackle
2535Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Stack of BarleyStack of Barley
2635Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SteampacketSteampacket
2735JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rambling PitchforkRambling Pitchfork
2835Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain RoadMountain Road
2935Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Abbey ReelAbbey Reel
3034Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Duke of LeinsterDuke of Leinster
3134Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of ShaskeenShaskeen
3234Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning StarMorning Star
3334Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of the LoughBoys of the Lough
3434Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bag of SpudsBag of Spuds
3534JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cailleach an AirgidCailleach an Airgid
3634Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain TopMountain Top
3733Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss MonaghanMiss Monaghan
3833Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kiss the Maid behind the BarrelKiss the Maid behind the Barrel
3933JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Frieze BreechesFrieze Breeches
4033Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lucy CampbellLucy Campbell
4133Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Farrell O'GaraFarrell O'Gara
4233Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tom Ward's DownfallTom Ward's Downfall
4333Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Collier's ReelCollier's Reel
4433JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Garrett Barry'sGarrett Barry's
4532Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bird in the BushBird in the Bush
4632Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kerry ReelKerry Reel
4732Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of New-Mown MeadowsNew-Mown Meadows
4832Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dublin ReelDublin Reel
4932Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trim the VelvetTrim the Velvet
5032JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trip to AthloneTrip to Athlone
5131Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lord Gordon'sLord Gordon's
5230Air
Dear Irish Boy
5330Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Swallow's TailSwallow's Tail
5430Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boyne HuntBoyne Hunt
5530Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of College GrovesCollege Groves
5630Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of London LassesLondon Lasses
5730Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dunphy's HornpipeDunphy's Hornpipe
5830Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Old BushOld Bush
5930Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sporting NellSporting Nell
6029JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Butcher's MarchButcher's March
6129Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor on the RockSailor on the Rock
6229Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Five-Mile ChaseFive-Mile Chase
6329Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning DewMorning Dew
6429Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green MountainGreen Mountain
6529Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of My Love Is in AmericaMy Love Is in America
6629JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Black RogueBlack Rogue
6729Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Come West along the RoadCome West along the Road
6829Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Man of the HouseMan of the House
6928Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SalamancaSalamanca
7028Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rights of ManRights of Man
7128Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green Groves of ErinGreen Groves of Erin
7228JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty's RamblesKitty's Rambles
7328Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Paddy Ryan's DreamPaddy Ryan's Dream
7428Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mullin's FancyMullin's Fancy
7528JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rose in the HeatherRose in the Heather
7628Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty Gone a MilkingKitty Gone a Milking
7728Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán sa CheoSeán sa Cheo
7828Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Toss the FeathersToss the Feathers
7928Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Drag Her around the RoadDrag Her around the Road
8027JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ship in Full SailShip in Full Sail
8127JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid in the MeadowMaid in the Meadow
8227Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lord McDonald'sLord McDonald's
8327Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Craig's PipesCraig's Pipes
8427Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Jenny's ChickensJenny's Chickens
8527Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán Reid'sSeán Reid's
8627Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sally GardensSally Gardens
8727JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Battering RamBattering Ram
8826Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ladies' PantalettesLadies' Pantalettes
8926Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid behind the BarMaid behind the Bar
9026Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Plains of BoylePlains of Boyle
9126JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pipe on the HobPipe on the Hob
9225JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid on the GreenMaid on the Green
9325Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Fermoy LassesFermoy Lasses
9425Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Harvest HomeHarvest Home
9525Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Farewell to ErinFarewell to Erin
9625Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Down the BroomDown the Broom
9725Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Derry HornpipeDerry Hornpipe
9825Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss Thornton'sMiss Thornton's
9925Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Hare's PawHare's Paw
10025JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Geese in the BogGeese in the Bog