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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 24,002 individual tune recordings there, I identified a total of 6,803 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)
159Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
251Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Flogging ReelFlogging Reel
345Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bucks of OranmoreBucks of Oranmore
442Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Star of MunsterStar of Munster
542Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss McLeodMiss McLeod
639Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Woman of the HouseWoman of the House
739Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of George White's FavouriteGeorge White's Favourite
839Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
938Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Galway RamblerGalway Rambler
1037Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rakish PaddyRakish Paddy
1137SetD
Transcription of first 2 bars of BlackbirdBlackbird
1237Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BallisodareBoys of Ballisodare
1336Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid of Mount KiscoMaid of Mount Kisco
1435Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mason's ApronMason's Apron
1534JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaughtman's RamblesConnaughtman's Rambles
1634Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bonnie KateBonnie Kate
1734JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Scatter the MudScatter the Mud
1834Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Abbey ReelAbbey Reel
1933Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Colonel FraserColonel Fraser
2033Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Stack of BarleyStack of Barley
2133JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rambling PitchforkRambling Pitchfork
2232Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Wind that Shakes the BarleyWind that Shakes the Barley
2332Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SteampacketSteampacket
2432Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of CopperplateCopperplate
2532Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain RoadMountain Road
2631Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Duke of LeinsterDuke of Leinster
2731Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning StarMorning Star
2831Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Hand Me Down the TackleHand Me Down the Tackle
2931Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Heather BreezeHeather Breeze
3031Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lucy CampbellLucy Campbell
3131Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sligo MaidSligo Maid
3230Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss MonaghanMiss Monaghan
3330Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of the LoughBoys of the Lough
3430Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Farrell O'GaraFarrell O'Gara
3529Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kiss the Maid behind the BarrelKiss the Maid behind the Barrel
3629Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bird in the BushBird in the Bush
3729JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cailleach an AirgidCailleach an Airgid
3829Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of New-Mown MeadowsNew-Mown Meadows
3928Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of ShaskeenShaskeen
4028Air
Dear Irish Boy
4128JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty's RamblesKitty's Rambles
4228Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lord Gordon'sLord Gordon's
4328Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bag of SpudsBag of Spuds
4428Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain TopMountain Top
4528Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kerry ReelKerry Reel
4628Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tom Ward's DownfallTom Ward's Downfall
4727Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of College GrovesCollege Groves
4827Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of London LassesLondon Lasses
4927Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dunphy's HornpipeDunphy's Hornpipe
5027Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning DewMorning Dew
5127Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Craig's PipesCraig's Pipes
5227Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Collier's ReelCollier's Reel
5327JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Garrett Barry'sGarrett Barry's
5427Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Drag Her around the RoadDrag Her around the Road
5526Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SalamancaSalamanca
5626Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rights of ManRights of Man
5726Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bunch of KeysBunch of Keys
5826JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Butcher's MarchButcher's March
5926Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor on the RockSailor on the Rock
6026JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Frieze BreechesFrieze Breeches
6126Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mullin's FancyMullin's Fancy
6226JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trip to AthloneTrip to Athlone
6326Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty Gone a MilkingKitty Gone a Milking
6426Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of My Love Is in AmericaMy Love Is in America
6525Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ladies' PantalettesLadies' Pantalettes
6625Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Swallow's TailSwallow's Tail
6725Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boyne HuntBoyne Hunt
6825Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid behind the BarMaid behind the Bar
6925JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ship in Full SailShip in Full Sail
7025JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid in the MeadowMaid in the Meadow
7125Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dublin ReelDublin Reel
7225Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Red-Haired LassRed-Haired Lass
7325Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trim the VelvetTrim the Velvet
7425Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Old BushOld Bush
7525JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Black RogueBlack Rogue
7625Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Toss the FeathersToss the Feathers
7724Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green Groves of ErinGreen Groves of Erin
7824Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Plains of BoylePlains of Boyle
7924JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rose in the HeatherRose in the Heather
8024Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Jenny's ChickensJenny's Chickens
8124Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Old Maids of GalwayOld Maids of Galway
8224Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sally GardensSally Gardens
8324JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Battering RamBattering Ram
8424Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green MountainGreen Mountain
8524Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Come West along the RoadCome West along the Road
8624Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Man of the HouseMan of the House
8723Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Scotch MaryScotch Mary
8823JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid on the GreenMaid on the Green
8923Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Blackberry BlossomBlackberry Blossom
9023Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Fermoy LassesFermoy Lasses
9123Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Paddy Ryan's DreamPaddy Ryan's Dream
9223JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Geese in the BogGeese in the Bog
9323Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Milliner's DaughterMilliner's Daughter
9423Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor's BonnetSailor's Bonnet
9523Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BluehillBoys of Bluehill
9623Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maud MillerMaud Miller
9723Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lady on the IslandLady on the Island
9823Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sporting NellSporting Nell
9923Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Humours of TullaHumours of Tulla
10022Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Over the Moor to MaggieOver the Moor to Maggie