For all the new come irish traditional music lovers, this is a list of the world’s most common played session tunes, gathered from thesession.org site statistics and based on how many tunebooks have been collected by users.
Listen to your favorite players playing these tunes but mind that a tune can have many titles, the melody can be varied and please don’t stick to the score and be aware that Irish traditional music is about rhythm, ornamentation, going to a session and listen.
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Always remember to have a lot fun!

REEL

  1. Brenda Stubbert’s
  2. Castle Kelly
  3. Cooley’s
  4. Drowsy Maggie
  5. Farewell To Erin
  6. Greig’s Pipes
  7. Jennie’s Chickens
  8. Julia Delaney’s
  9. Miss McLeod’s
  10. Music For A Found Harmonium
  11. Over The Moor To Maggie
  12. Rakish Paddy
  13. Rolling In The Ryegrass
  14. Saint Anne’s
  15. Sporting Paddy
  16. The Ashplant
  17. The Banshee
  18. The Bucks Of Oranmore
  19. The Concertina
  20. The Congress
  21. The Cup Of Tea
  22. The Dunmore Lasses
  23. The Earl’s Chair
  24. The Foxhunter
  25. The Glasgow
  26. The Glass Of Beer
  27. The Gravel Walks
  28. The Maid Behind The Bar
  29. The Maids Of Mt. Kisco
  30. The Man Of The House
  31. The Mason’s Apron
  32. The Merry Blacksmith
  33. The Morning Dew
  34. The Mountain Road
  35. The Musical Priest
  36. The Otter’s Holt
  37. The Pigeon On The Gate
  38. The Red Haired Boy
  39. The Salamanca
  40. The Sally Gardens
  41. The Ships Are Sailing
  42. The Silver Spear
  43. The Sligo Maid
  44. The Star Of Munster
  45. The Swallow’s Tail
  46. The Tarbolton
  47. The Teetotaler’s
  48. The Wedding
  49. The Wind That Shakes The Barley
  50. The Wise Maid
  51. Toss The Feathers (E min)
  52. Toss The Feathers (D mix)

JIGS

  1. Banish Misfortune
  2. Calliope House
  3. Donnybrook Fair
  4. Garrett Barry’s
  5. Haste To The Wedding
  6. Jim Ward’s
  7. Merrily Kissed The Quaker
  8. Morrison’s
  9. My Darling Asleep
  10. Out On The Ocean
  11. Saddle The Pony
  12. The Atholl Highlanders
  13. The Blackthorn Stick
  14. The Blarney Pilgrim
  15. The Cliffs Of Moher
  16. The Connaughtman’s Rambles
  17. The Dusty Windowsills
  18. The Irish Washerwoman
  19. The Jig Of Slurs
  20. The Kesh
  21. The Lark In The Morning
  22. The Lilting Banshee
  23. The Mist On The Mountain
  24. The Monaghan
  25. The Rambling Pitchfork
  26. The Road To Lisdoonvarna
  27. The Rolling Waves
  28. The Rose In The Heather
  29. The Swallowtail
  30. The Tenpenny Bit
  31. Tripping Up The Stairs

SLIP JIGS

  1. A Fig For A Kiss
  2. The Butterfly
  3. The Foxhunter’s
  4. The Kid On The Mountain
  5. The Rocky Road To Dublin

HORNPIPE

  1. King Of The Fairies
  2. Off To California
  3. The Boys Of Bluehill
  4. The Cork
  5. The Rights Of Man

WALTZ

  1. Ashokan Farewell
  2. Give Me Your Hand
  3. Inisheer
  4. Si Bheag Si Mhor

POLKAS

  1. Egan’s
  2. Ryan’s
  3. The Britches Full Of Stitches