"Top 40" Irish Tunes

Summary
These are the top 40 tunes of all time. The first 20 are totally killer. Except for the waltzes, these tunes are all played with strong rhythmic emphasis.

by Eric Armstrong

These are the top 20 kick-butt tunes of all time. Definitive recordings are listed, as well.

  1. Calliope House
  2. Congress Reel
  3. Dick Gossip's Reel
    (Castle Reel)
  4. Banish Misfortune
  5. Cooley's Reel
  6. Drowsy Maggie
  7. Flogging Reel
  8. Gravel Walk
  9. Jenny's Chickens
  10. Julia Delaney
  11. Mountain Road
  12. Musical Priest
  13. Temperance Reel
    (Teetotaler's Reel)
  14. Rights of Man
  15. Smash the Windows
    (Roaring Jelly)
  16. Sweeney's Buttermilk
  17. Tam Lin Reel
    (Tamlinn, Howling Wind)
  18. Tommy Peoples
  19. Toss the Feathers
  20. Trim the Velvet
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  2.    +--Lord of the Dance fiddle set. (video)
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  5. Altan: Best of.
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  14. Michael O'Domhnail ("Mih-hail O'Donnel"): Celtic Christmas IV.
  15. Steel Eye Span: Time. Gaelic Storm: Gaelic Storm.
     
  16. Altan: Best of.
  17. The Corrs: Forgiven, Not Forgotten.

Here are another 15 that totally rock.

  1. Apples in Winter
  2. Banshee (McMahon's)
  3. Chicago Jig (Dusty Windowsill)
  4. Cup of Tea
  5. Eavesdropper
  6. Eibhlin Ni Riordan's ("eileen")
  7. Emyvale [Altan: Best of]
  8. Gallagher's Frolics (Follies)
  9. Heaton Chapel [Lunasa: Otherworld.]
  10. Kid on the Mountain
  11. Martin Wynne's #2
  12. Morning Dew
  13. Morrison's Jig
  14. Mug of Brown Ale (Clare Jig)
  15. Trip to the Cottage

Here are three more strong, popular session tunes.

  1. Kesh Jig
  2. St. Anne's Reel
  3. Wind that Shakes the Barley

And to round out the list, 2 wonderful waltzes:

  1. Innis Seer ("inn-is sheer")
  2. Si Bheag Si Mohr ("she bag shi more")

And, for a bonus:

  1. Dunsmore Lasses (aka Road to Knock)

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