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Most-Recorded Tunes of the 1990s

This list ranks the top 10 most-recorded tunes during the 1990s. By carefully comparing the 7,235 individual tune recordings dated as from the 1990s which appear on the indexed recordings, I identified a total of 3,460 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)
116Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Bucks of OranmoreBucks of Oranmore
215Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
314Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Miss McLeodMiss McLeod
414Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Master McDermott'sMaster McDermott's
513JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Connaughtman's RamblesConnaughtman's Rambles
613Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Boys of BallisodareBoys of Ballisodare
713Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Tom Ward's DownfallTom Ward's Downfall
812Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Craig's PipesCraig's Pipes
912Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear
1012Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Seán sa CheoSeán sa Cheo