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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 24,775 individual tune recordings there, I identified a total of 6,909 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)
163Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
254Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Flogging ReelFlogging Reel
347Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bucks of OranmoreBucks of Oranmore
444Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rakish PaddyRakish Paddy
544Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss McLeodMiss McLeod
643Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Star of MunsterStar of Munster
740Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BallisodareBoys of Ballisodare
840Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
939Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Woman of the HouseWoman of the House
1039Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Galway RamblerGalway Rambler
1139Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of George White's FavouriteGeorge White's Favourite
1237SetD
Transcription of first 2 bars of BlackbirdBlackbird
1336Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid of Mount KiscoMaid of Mount Kisco
1435JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaughtman's RamblesConnaughtman's Rambles
1535Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mason's ApronMason's Apron
1634Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Colonel FraserColonel Fraser
1734Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bonnie KateBonnie Kate
1834JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Scatter the MudScatter the Mud
1934JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rambling PitchforkRambling Pitchfork
2034Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of CopperplateCopperplate
2134Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Abbey ReelAbbey Reel
2233Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Stack of BarleyStack of Barley
2333Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SteampacketSteampacket
2433Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Heather BreezeHeather Breeze
2533Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sligo MaidSligo Maid
2633Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain RoadMountain Road
2732Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Duke of LeinsterDuke of Leinster
2832Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning StarMorning Star
2932Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Wind that Shakes the BarleyWind that Shakes the Barley
3032Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Hand Me Down the TackleHand Me Down the Tackle
3131Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bunch of KeysBunch of Keys
3231JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Frieze BreechesFrieze Breeches
3331Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain TopMountain Top
3431Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lucy CampbellLucy Campbell
3531Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Farrell O'GaraFarrell O'Gara
3630Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss MonaghanMiss Monaghan
3730Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of the LoughBoys of the Lough
3830Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Collier's ReelCollier's Reel
3929Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of ShaskeenShaskeen
4029Air
Dear Irish Boy
4129Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kiss the Maid behind the BarrelKiss the Maid behind the Barrel
4229Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bag of SpudsBag of Spuds
4329Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bird in the BushBird in the Bush
4429JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cailleach an AirgidCailleach an Airgid
4529Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kerry ReelKerry Reel
4629Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of New-Mown MeadowsNew-Mown Meadows
4729Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tom Ward's DownfallTom Ward's Downfall
4829JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Garrett Barry'sGarrett Barry's
4928JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty's RamblesKitty's Rambles
5028Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lord Gordon'sLord Gordon's
5128Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor on the RockSailor on the Rock
5228Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of London LassesLondon Lasses
5328Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dunphy's HornpipeDunphy's Hornpipe
5428Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of My Love Is in AmericaMy Love Is in America
5527Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SalamancaSalamanca
5627Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of College GrovesCollege Groves
5727Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dublin ReelDublin Reel
5827Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning DewMorning Dew
5927Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trim the VelvetTrim the Velvet
6027Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Craig's PipesCraig's Pipes
6127JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trip to AthloneTrip to Athlone
6227Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Toss the FeathersToss the Feathers
6327Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Drag Her around the RoadDrag Her around the Road
6426Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rights of ManRights of Man
6526Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green Groves of ErinGreen Groves of Erin
6626Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boyne HuntBoyne Hunt
6726JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Butcher's MarchButcher's March
6826JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ship in Full SailShip in Full Sail
6926Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Plains of BoylePlains of Boyle
7026Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mullin's FancyMullin's Fancy
7126Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Old BushOld Bush
7226Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty Gone a MilkingKitty Gone a Milking
7326JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Black RogueBlack Rogue
7426Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Man of the HouseMan of the House
7525Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ladies' PantalettesLadies' Pantalettes
7625Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Swallow's TailSwallow's Tail
7725Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Paddy Ryan's DreamPaddy Ryan's Dream
7825Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Five-Mile ChaseFive-Mile Chase
7925JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid in the MeadowMaid in the Meadow
8025Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Red-Haired LassRed-Haired Lass
8125Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green MountainGreen Mountain
8225Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán Reid'sSeán Reid's
8325Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sporting NellSporting Nell
8425Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sally GardensSally Gardens
8525JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Battering RamBattering Ram
8625Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Come West along the RoadCome West along the Road
8724Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid behind the BarMaid behind the Bar
8824Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Farewell to ErinFarewell to Erin
8924Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss Thornton'sMiss Thornton's
9024Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Milliner's DaughterMilliner's Daughter
9124Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Broken PledgeBroken Pledge
9224JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rose in the HeatherRose in the Heather
9324Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Jenny's ChickensJenny's Chickens
9424Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maud MillerMaud Miller
9524Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Old Maids of GalwayOld Maids of Galway
9624Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dogs among the BushesDogs among the Bushes
9724Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lady on the IslandLady on the Island
9824Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dan Breen'sDan Breen's
9924Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán sa CheoSeán sa Cheo
10023Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Scotch MaryScotch Mary