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Most-Recorded Tunes of the 2010s

This list ranks the top 10 most-recorded tunes during the 2010s. By carefully comparing the 3,227 individual tune recordings dated as from the 2010s which appear on the indexed recordings, I identified a total of 2,368 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)
18Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Old Maids of GalwayOld Maids of Galway
26JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Cailleach an AirgidCailleach an Airgid
36Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of New-Mown MeadowsNew-Mown Meadows
46Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Wheels of the WorldWheels of the World
56JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Battering RamBattering Ram
66Slide
Transcription of first 2 bars of Star above the GarterStar above the Garter
75Air
Dear Irish Boy
85Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Morning StarMorning Star
95Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Beauty SpotBeauty Spot
105JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty's RamblesKitty's Rambles