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Most-Recorded Tunes of the 1980s

This list ranks the top 10 most-recorded tunes during the 1980s. By carefully comparing the 2,135 individual tune recordings dated as from the 1980s which appear on the indexed recordings, I identified a total of 1,494 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)
110JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaughtman's RamblesConnaughtman's Rambles
28Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Hand Me Down the TackleHand Me Down the Tackle
36Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
46Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Flogging ReelFlogging Reel
56Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Mullin's FancyMullin's Fancy
66Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Collier's ReelCollier's Reel
76Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Sally GardensSally Gardens
86JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Out on the OceanOut on the Ocean
96Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of High ReelHigh Reel
105Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Star of MunsterStar of Munster