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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 24,440 individual tune recordings there, I identified a total of 6,874 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)
160Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
251Reel
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 Miss McLeodMiss McLeod
543Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rakish PaddyRakish Paddy
642Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Star of MunsterStar of Munster
739Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Woman of the HouseWoman of the House
839Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Galway RamblerGalway Rambler
939Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of George White's FavouriteGeorge White's Favourite
1039Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
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
1834JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rambling PitchforkRambling Pitchfork
1934Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Abbey ReelAbbey Reel
2033Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Colonel FraserColonel Fraser
2133Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Stack of BarleyStack of Barley
2233Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SteampacketSteampacket
2333Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of CopperplateCopperplate
2432Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Wind that Shakes the BarleyWind that Shakes the Barley
2532Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Heather BreezeHeather Breeze
2632Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain RoadMountain Road
2731Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Duke of LeinsterDuke of Leinster
2831Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning StarMorning Star
2931Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Hand Me Down the TackleHand Me Down the Tackle
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
3430JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Frieze BreechesFrieze Breeches
3530Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain TopMountain Top
3630Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Farrell O'GaraFarrell O'Gara
3730Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Collier's ReelCollier's Reel
3829Air
Dear Irish Boy
3929Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kiss the Maid behind the BarrelKiss the Maid behind the Barrel
4029Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bag of SpudsBag of Spuds
4129Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bird in the BushBird in the Bush
4229JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cailleach an AirgidCailleach an Airgid
4329Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kerry ReelKerry Reel
4429Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of New-Mown MeadowsNew-Mown Meadows
4529Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tom Ward's DownfallTom Ward's Downfall
4629JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Garrett Barry'sGarrett Barry's
4728Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of ShaskeenShaskeen
4828JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty's RamblesKitty's Rambles
4928Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lord Gordon'sLord Gordon's
5028Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor on the RockSailor on the Rock
5128Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of London LassesLondon Lasses
5228Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dunphy's HornpipeDunphy's Hornpipe
5327Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bunch of KeysBunch of Keys
5427Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of College GrovesCollege Groves
5527Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning DewMorning Dew
5627Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Craig's PipesCraig's Pipes
5727Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of My Love Is in AmericaMy Love Is in America
5827Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Drag Her around the RoadDrag Her around the Road
5926Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of SalamancaSalamanca
6026Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rights of ManRights of Man
6126Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boyne HuntBoyne Hunt
6226JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Butcher's MarchButcher's March
6326JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ship in Full SailShip in Full Sail
6426Hpipe
Transcription of first 2 bars of Plains of BoylePlains of Boyle
6526Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trim the VelvetTrim the Velvet
6626Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mullin's FancyMullin's Fancy
6726Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Old BushOld Bush
6826JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Trip to AthloneTrip to Athlone
6926Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty Gone a MilkingKitty Gone a Milking
7026Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Toss the FeathersToss the Feathers
7125Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Ladies' PantalettesLadies' Pantalettes
7225Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Swallow's TailSwallow's Tail
7325Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid behind the BarMaid behind the Bar
7425JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid in the MeadowMaid in the Meadow
7525Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dublin ReelDublin Reel
7625Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Red-Haired LassRed-Haired Lass
7725Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán Reid'sSeán Reid's
7825Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sally GardensSally Gardens
7925JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Black RogueBlack Rogue
8025JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Battering RamBattering Ram
8125Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Man of the HouseMan of the House
8224Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green Groves of ErinGreen Groves of Erin
8324Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Paddy Ryan's DreamPaddy Ryan's Dream
8424Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Milliner's DaughterMilliner's Daughter
8524JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rose in the HeatherRose in the Heather
8624Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Jenny's ChickensJenny's Chickens
8724Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Old Maids of GalwayOld Maids of Galway
8824Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Dogs among the BushesDogs among the Bushes
8924Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sporting NellSporting Nell
9024Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green MountainGreen Mountain
9124Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Come West along the RoadCome West along the Road
9223Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Scotch MaryScotch Mary
9323JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid on the GreenMaid on the Green
9423Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Blackberry BlossomBlackberry Blossom
9523Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Fermoy LassesFermoy Lasses
9623JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tatter Jack WalshTatter Jack Walsh
9723Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Hare's PawHare's Paw
9823JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Geese in the BogGeese in the Bog
9923Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss Lyon's FancyMiss Lyon's Fancy
10023Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sailor's BonnetSailor's Bonnet