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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 26,683 individual tune recordings there, I identified a total of 7,227 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)
169Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
257Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Flogging ReelFlogging Reel
349Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bucks of OranmoreBucks of Oranmore
448Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rakish PaddyRakish Paddy
548Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss McLeodMiss McLeod
646Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Star of MunsterStar of Munster
742Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of George White's FavouriteGeorge White's Favourite
842Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
941JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaughtman's RamblesConnaughtman's Rambles
1041Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Galway RamblerGalway Rambler
1141Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid of Mount KiscoMaid of Mount Kisco
1240SetD
Transcription of first 2 bars of BlackbirdBlackbird
1340Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BallisodareBoys of Ballisodare
1439Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bonnie KateBonnie Kate
1539Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Heather BreezeHeather Breeze
1639Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Woman of the HouseWoman of the House
1738Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of CopperplateCopperplate
1837JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Scatter the MudScatter the Mud
1937Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sligo MaidSligo Maid
2036Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Colonel FraserColonel Fraser
2136Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mason's ApronMason's Apron
2236Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Wind that Shakes the BarleyWind that Shakes the Barley
2335Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Stack of BarleyStack of Barley
2435JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rambling PitchforkRambling Pitchfork
2535Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain RoadMountain Road
2634Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bunch of KeysBunch of Keys
2734Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Hand Me Down the TackleHand Me Down the Tackle
2834Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Abbey ReelAbbey Reel
2933Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss MonaghanMiss Monaghan
3033Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning StarMorning Star
3133Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SteampacketSteampacket
3233Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of the LoughBoys of the Lough
3333Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bag of SpudsBag of Spuds
3433JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Frieze BreechesFrieze Breeches
3533JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cailleach an AirgidCailleach an Airgid
3633Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lucy CampbellLucy Campbell
3733Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Farrell O'GaraFarrell O'Gara
3833Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Collier's ReelCollier's Reel
3933JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Garrett Barry'sGarrett Barry's
4032Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Duke of LeinsterDuke of Leinster
4132Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain TopMountain Top
4232Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of New-Mown MeadowsNew-Mown Meadows
4332Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tom Ward's DownfallTom Ward's Downfall
4432JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trip to AthloneTrip to Athlone
4531Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of ShaskeenShaskeen
4631Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kiss the Maid behind the BarrelKiss the Maid behind the Barrel
4731Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lord Gordon'sLord Gordon's
4831Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bird in the BushBird in the Bush
4930Air
Dear Irish Boy
5030Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Swallow's TailSwallow's Tail
5130Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kerry ReelKerry Reel
5230Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sporting NellSporting Nell
5329Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of College GrovesCollege Groves
5429Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of London LassesLondon Lasses
5529Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Old BushOld Bush
5629Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green MountainGreen Mountain
5729Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of My Love Is in AmericaMy Love Is in America
5829Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Come West along the RoadCome West along the Road
5929Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Man of the HouseMan of the House
6028Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SalamancaSalamanca
6128Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rights of ManRights of Man
6228Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green Groves of ErinGreen Groves of Erin
6328JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty's RamblesKitty's Rambles
6428Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Paddy Ryan's DreamPaddy Ryan's Dream
6528JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Butcher's MarchButcher's March
6628Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor on the RockSailor on the Rock
6728Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dunphy's HornpipeDunphy's Hornpipe
6828Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dublin ReelDublin Reel
6928Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning DewMorning Dew
7028Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trim the VelvetTrim the Velvet
7128Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mullin's FancyMullin's Fancy
7228JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Black RogueBlack Rogue
7328Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Drag Her around the RoadDrag Her around the Road
7427Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boyne HuntBoyne Hunt
7527JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ship in Full SailShip in Full Sail
7627JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid in the MeadowMaid in the Meadow
7727JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rose in the HeatherRose in the Heather
7827Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Craig's PipesCraig's Pipes
7927Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty Gone a MilkingKitty Gone a Milking
8027Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán Reid'sSeán Reid's
8127Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sally GardensSally Gardens
8227JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Battering RamBattering Ram
8327Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Toss the FeathersToss the Feathers
8426Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ladies' PantalettesLadies' Pantalettes
8526Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Plains of BoylePlains of Boyle
8626Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Five-Mile ChaseFive-Mile Chase
8726Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán sa CheoSeán sa Cheo
8825Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Fermoy LassesFermoy Lasses
8925Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Harvest HomeHarvest Home
9025Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid behind the BarMaid behind the Bar
9125Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Derry HornpipeDerry Hornpipe
9225JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Geese in the BogGeese in the Bog
9325Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dairy MaidDairy Maid
9425Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Milliner's DaughterMilliner's Daughter
9525Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Red-Haired LassRed-Haired Lass
9625Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lord McDonald'sLord McDonald's
9725Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor's BonnetSailor's Bonnet
9825Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Broken PledgeBroken Pledge
9925JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pipe on the HobPipe on the Hob
10025Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lady on the IslandLady on the Island