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Most-Recorded Tunes of the 1970s

This list ranks the top 10 most-recorded tunes during the 1970s. By carefully comparing the 2,802 individual tune recordings dated as from the 1970s which appear on the indexed recordings, I identified a total of 1,470 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)
114Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
211Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bunch of KeysBunch of Keys
311Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of College GrovesCollege Groves
411Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bucks of OranmoreBucks of Oranmore
510Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Star of MunsterStar of Munster
69Air
Blackbird
79SetD
Transcription of first 2 bars of BlackbirdBlackbird
89Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Green Groves of ErinGreen Groves of Erin
99Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tear the CalicoTear the Calico
109Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán Reid'sSeán Reid's