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Most-Recorded Tunes of the 2000s

This list ranks the top 10 most-recorded tunes during the 2000s. By carefully comparing the 7,243 individual tune recordings dated as from the 2000s which appear on the indexed recordings, I identified a total of 3,606 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)
115Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Galway RamblerGalway Rambler
215Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of George White's FavouriteGeorge White's Favourite
314Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Lucy CampbellLucy Campbell
413Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
513Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Maid of Mount KiscoMaid of Mount Kisco
613JigSl
Transcription of first 2 bars of Little Fair CannavansLittle Fair Cannavans
713JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of LuachrachánLuachrachán
812Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Flogging ReelFlogging Reel
912JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Scatter the MudScatter the Mud
1012Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Silver SpearSilver Spear