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The Top 100 Tunes of the Century

This list ranks the top 100 most-recorded tunes on the indexed recordings. By carefully comparing the 25,998 individual tune recordings there, I identified a total of 7,110 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)
165Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
256Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Flogging ReelFlogging Reel
348Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bucks of OranmoreBucks of Oranmore
446Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rakish PaddyRakish Paddy
546Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss McLeodMiss McLeod
645Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Star of MunsterStar of Munster
741Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of George White's FavouriteGeorge White's Favourite
841Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
940SetD
Transcription of first 2 bars of BlackbirdBlackbird
1040Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BallisodareBoys of Ballisodare
1140Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Galway RamblerGalway Rambler
1239Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Woman of the HouseWoman of the House
1338JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaughtman's RamblesConnaughtman's Rambles
1438Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bonnie KateBonnie Kate
1538Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid of Mount KiscoMaid of Mount Kisco
1637Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Heather BreezeHeather Breeze
1737Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of CopperplateCopperplate
1837Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sligo MaidSligo Maid
1936JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Scatter the MudScatter the Mud
2035Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Colonel FraserColonel Fraser
2135Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mason's ApronMason's Apron
2234Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Stack of BarleyStack of Barley
2334Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Wind that Shakes the BarleyWind that Shakes the Barley
2434Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Hand Me Down the TackleHand Me Down the Tackle
2534JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rambling PitchforkRambling Pitchfork
2634Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Abbey ReelAbbey Reel
2733Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SteampacketSteampacket
2833Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bunch of KeysBunch of Keys
2933JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Frieze BreechesFrieze Breeches
3033Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lucy CampbellLucy Campbell
3133Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Farrell O'GaraFarrell O'Gara
3233Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Collier's ReelCollier's Reel
3333Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain RoadMountain Road
3432Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Duke of LeinsterDuke of Leinster
3532Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss MonaghanMiss Monaghan
3632Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning StarMorning Star
3732Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of the LoughBoys of the Lough
3832Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bag of SpudsBag of Spuds
3932Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain TopMountain Top
4031Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bird in the BushBird in the Bush
4131Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tom Ward's DownfallTom Ward's Downfall
4230Air
Dear Irish Boy
4330Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of ShaskeenShaskeen
4430Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kiss the Maid behind the BarrelKiss the Maid behind the Barrel
4530Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kerry ReelKerry Reel
4630Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of New-Mown MeadowsNew-Mown Meadows
4730JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Garrett Barry'sGarrett Barry's
4829Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lord Gordon'sLord Gordon's
4929JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cailleach an AirgidCailleach an Airgid
5029Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of London LassesLondon Lasses
5129Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Old BushOld Bush
5229JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trip to AthloneTrip to Athlone
5329Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of My Love Is in AmericaMy Love Is in America
5429Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sporting NellSporting Nell
5528Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Swallow's TailSwallow's Tail
5628Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SalamancaSalamanca
5728Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green Groves of ErinGreen Groves of Erin
5828JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty's RamblesKitty's Rambles
5928Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor on the RockSailor on the Rock
6028Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dunphy's HornpipeDunphy's Hornpipe
6128Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dublin ReelDublin Reel
6228Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning DewMorning Dew
6328Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trim the VelvetTrim the Velvet
6428Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mullin's FancyMullin's Fancy
6528JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Black RogueBlack Rogue
6628Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Man of the HouseMan of the House
6727Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rights of ManRights of Man
6827Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boyne HuntBoyne Hunt
6927Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Paddy Ryan's DreamPaddy Ryan's Dream
7027JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Butcher's MarchButcher's March
7127JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ship in Full SailShip in Full Sail
7227Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of College GrovesCollege Groves
7327JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid in the MeadowMaid in the Meadow
7427Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Craig's PipesCraig's Pipes
7527Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty Gone a MilkingKitty Gone a Milking
7627Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán Reid'sSeán Reid's
7727Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sally GardensSally Gardens
7827JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Battering RamBattering Ram
7927Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Toss the FeathersToss the Feathers
8027Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Drag Her around the RoadDrag Her around the Road
8126Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ladies' PantalettesLadies' Pantalettes
8226Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Plains of BoylePlains of Boyle
8326JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rose in the HeatherRose in the Heather
8426Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green MountainGreen Mountain
8526Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Come West along the RoadCome West along the Road
8625Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Fermoy LassesFermoy Lasses
8725Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid behind the BarMaid behind the Bar
8825Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Five-Mile ChaseFive-Mile Chase
8925Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dairy MaidDairy Maid
9025Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Milliner's DaughterMilliner's Daughter
9125Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Red-Haired LassRed-Haired Lass
9225Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lord McDonald'sLord McDonald's
9325Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor's BonnetSailor's Bonnet
9425JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pipe on the HobPipe on the Hob
9525Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lady on the IslandLady on the Island
9625Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Jenny's ChickensJenny's Chickens
9725Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SkylarkSkylark
9825Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán sa CheoSeán sa Cheo
9924Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Farewell to ErinFarewell to Erin
10024Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Derry HornpipeDerry Hornpipe