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Most-Recorded Tunes of the 1960s

This list ranks the top 10 most-recorded tunes during the 1960s. By carefully comparing the 706 individual tune recordings dated as from the 1960s which appear on the indexed recordings, I identified a total of 508 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.

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RankNumber of
Recordings
Explanation
Rhythm
Title (and link to tune details)
16Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Rakish PaddyRakish Paddy
26Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BallisodareBoys of Ballisodare
35Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Flogging ReelFlogging Reel
45Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Star of MunsterStar of Munster
55Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss McLeodMiss McLeod
65Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mountain RoadMountain Road
75JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Battering RamBattering Ram
84Air
Dear Irish Boy
94Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bird in the BushBird in the Bush
104Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Woman of the HouseWoman of the House