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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 4,292 individual tune recordings dated as from the 2010s which appear on the indexed recordings, I identified a total of 2,979 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 Cailleach an AirgidCailleach an Airgid
27Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Hare's PawHare's Paw
37Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of New-Mown MeadowsNew-Mown Meadows
47JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Battering RamBattering Ram
57JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Winnie Hayes's JigWinnie Hayes's Jig
66Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Pigeon on the GatePigeon on the Gate
76Air
Dear Irish Boy
86Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Beauty SpotBeauty Spot
96JigD
Transcription of first 2 bars of Kitty's RamblesKitty's Rambles
106Reel
Transcription of first 2 bars of Wheels of the WorldWheels of the World