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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 28,530 individual tune recordings there, I identified a total of 7,583 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)
173Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
264Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Flogging ReelFlogging Reel
356Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bucks of OranmoreBucks of Oranmore
453Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss McLeodMiss McLeod
552Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Star of MunsterStar of Munster
650Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rakish PaddyRakish Paddy
746Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bonnie KateBonnie Kate
845Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid of Mount KiscoMaid of Mount Kisco
944JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaughtman's RamblesConnaughtman's Rambles
1044Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Galway RamblerGalway Rambler
1144Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of George White's FavouriteGeorge White's Favourite
1243SetD
Transcription of first 2 bars of BlackbirdBlackbird
1343Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
1442Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bunch of KeysBunch of Keys
1542Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of CopperplateCopperplate
1641Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Heather BreezeHeather Breeze
1741Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BallisodareBoys of Ballisodare
1841Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Woman of the HouseWoman of the House
1939Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mason's ApronMason's Apron
2039Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Hand Me Down the TackleHand Me Down the Tackle
2139Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sligo MaidSligo Maid
2238Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Colonel FraserColonel Fraser
2338Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Stack of BarleyStack of Barley
2438Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of the LoughBoys of the Lough
2538JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rambling PitchforkRambling Pitchfork
2637Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Wind that Shakes the BarleyWind that Shakes the Barley
2737JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Scatter the MudScatter the Mud
2837Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bag of SpudsBag of Spuds
2937JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cailleach an AirgidCailleach an Airgid
3036Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of ShaskeenShaskeen
3136Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kiss the Maid behind the BarrelKiss the Maid behind the Barrel
3236Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SteampacketSteampacket
3336JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trip to AthloneTrip to Athlone
3436JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Garrett Barry'sGarrett Barry's
3535Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Duke of LeinsterDuke of Leinster
3635Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lord Gordon'sLord Gordon's
3735Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kerry ReelKerry Reel
3835Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Collier's ReelCollier's Reel
3935Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain RoadMountain Road
4035Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Abbey ReelAbbey Reel
4134Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss MonaghanMiss Monaghan
4234Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning StarMorning Star
4334JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Frieze BreechesFrieze Breeches
4434Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bird in the BushBird in the Bush
4534Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain TopMountain Top
4634Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lucy CampbellLucy Campbell
4734Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dublin ReelDublin Reel
4834Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trim the VelvetTrim the Velvet
4933Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Farrell O'GaraFarrell O'Gara
5033Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tom Ward's DownfallTom Ward's Downfall
5132Air
Dear Irish Boy
5232Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SalamancaSalamanca
5332JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Butcher's MarchButcher's March
5432Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dunphy's HornpipeDunphy's Hornpipe
5532Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of New-Mown MeadowsNew-Mown Meadows
5632JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Black RogueBlack Rogue
5731Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Swallow's TailSwallow's Tail
5831Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor on the RockSailor on the Rock
5931Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of College GrovesCollege Groves
6031Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Old BushOld Bush
6131Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green MountainGreen Mountain
6231Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of My Love Is in AmericaMy Love Is in America
6331Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sporting NellSporting Nell
6430Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boyne HuntBoyne Hunt
6530Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Paddy Ryan's DreamPaddy Ryan's Dream
6630Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of London LassesLondon Lasses
6730Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning DewMorning Dew
6830Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán sa CheoSeán sa Cheo
6930Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Man of the HouseMan of the House
7029Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ladies' PantalettesLadies' Pantalettes
7129Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rights of ManRights of Man
7229JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty's RamblesKitty's Rambles
7329Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss Thornton'sMiss Thornton's
7429Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Five-Mile ChaseFive-Mile Chase
7529Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mullin's FancyMullin's Fancy
7629Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Jenny's ChickensJenny's Chickens
7729Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sally GardensSally Gardens
7829JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Battering RamBattering Ram
7929Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Come West along the RoadCome West along the Road
8029Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Toss the FeathersToss the Feathers
8129Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Drag Her around the RoadDrag Her around the Road
8228Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green Groves of ErinGreen Groves of Erin
8328Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Plains of BoylePlains of Boyle
8428Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Hare's PawHare's Paw
8528Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lord McDonald'sLord McDonald's
8628Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor's BonnetSailor's Bonnet
8728JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rose in the HeatherRose in the Heather
8828Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Craig's PipesCraig's Pipes
8928Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty Gone a MilkingKitty Gone a Milking
9028Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Spike Island LassiesSpike Island Lassies
9127JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tatter Jack WalshTatter Jack Walsh
9227JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ship in Full SailShip in Full Sail
9327JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid in the MeadowMaid in the Meadow
9427Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Broken PledgeBroken Pledge
9527Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ah SurelyAh Surely
9627Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SkylarkSkylark
9727Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán Reid'sSeán Reid's
9827Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Jenny Picking CocklesJenny Picking Cockles
9927Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Last Night's FunLast Night's Fun
10026JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid on the GreenMaid on the Green