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Most-Recorded Tunes of the 1950s

This list ranks the top 10 most-recorded tunes during the 1950s. By carefully comparing the 480 individual tune recordings dated as from the 1950s which appear on the indexed recordings, I identified a total of 343 musically distinct tunes. The top ten of those tunes are listed below, in order of how many albums they appear on. When tunes have the same number of recordings, tunes having the oldest recordings appear first. Note that reuses of a particular cut in other 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.

Of related interest:
RankNumber of
Recordings
Explanation
Rhythm
Title (and link to tune details)
16Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Woman of the HouseWoman of the House
25Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mason's ApronMason's Apron
35Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bonnie KateBonnie Kate
45Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss McLeodMiss McLeod
55Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of CopperplateCopperplate
64Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Fermoy LassesFermoy Lasses
74Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain TopMountain Top
84Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning DewMorning Dew
94Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Music in the GlenMusic in the Glen
104Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear