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.
Originally published 2001
These are the top 20 kick-butt tunes of all time. Definitive recordings are listed, as well.
Here are another 15 that totally rock.
- Apples in Winter
- Banshee (McMahon’s)
- Chicago Jig (Dusty Windowsill)
- Cup of Tea
- Eibhlin Ni Riordan’s (“eileen”)
- Emyvale [Altan: Best of]
- Gallagher’s Frolics (Follies)
- Heaton Chapel [Lunasa: Otherworld.]
- Kid on the Mountain
- Martin Wynne’s #2
- Morning Dew
- Morrison’s Jig
- Mug of Brown Ale (Clare Jig)
- Trip to the Cottage
Here are three more strong, popular session tunes.
- Kesh Jig
- St. Anne’s Reel
- Wind that Shakes the Barley
And to round out the list, 2 wonderful waltzes:
- Innis Seer (“inn-is sheer”)
- Si Bheag Si Mohr (“she bag shi more”)
And, for a bonus:
- Dunsmore Lasses (aka Road to Knock)
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