Useful resources outside of Discogs

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Originally started in the mod forum thread of the same name, started by MR_E. Current thread is here.

If it isn't noted, the site is written in English.


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Sources for writing credits and the like

You can look up songwriters and composers via these online databases. These databases are not always a 100% match for what's printed on a release; they show the names of people who are currently designated to collect royalties. When searching, you may have better luck searching for partial matches, and experiment with omitting punctuation.

Performing rights organizations
Other catalogs
Cover songs databases


Genre-specific discographies

  • hotdiscomix: Remix Services - selected services like Disconet, Hot Tracks, Ultimix, etc.
  • Wangdangdula - Selective but very comprehensive 7" artists and labels discographies in blues, R&B, and early rock'n'roll.
  • Color Radio - Database for music from the 50's/60's (doo wop, 60's rock, rhythm & blues, soul, ...)
Avantgarde
Classical
Country and Western
Blues
Electronic genres and styles
Folk & Traditional
Hymns
  • NetHymnal - A very comprehensive database linking hymn writers to their hymns along with thousands of biographies and images.
  • Hymnary - A comprehensive database detailing hymn writers, hymns and more. Many thousands of entries exist here.
Jazz
  • Jazz Discography Project - Discography and complete sessionographies for selected major jazz artists and labels, 1950's til present.
  • Jazz Standards - lyrics and music credits, limited to the standards (a standard is a composition that is held in continuing esteem and is commonly used in musical repertoires, e.g., as the basis of jazz arrangements and improvisations)
  • Redhotjazz - 78 RPM Jazz discographies, searchable by label and bands.
  • LondonJazzCollector
Rock, Metal, Punk
Reggae, Dance Hall, Soca and associated styles
Soul, R&B
  • The Holy Hip Hop Database - A database focusing on Hip Hop and Rap in the Christian market (as of 2014, over 3,000 releases and almost 1,000 artists have been cataloged)
  • Soulfulkindamusic - Mainly 7" records discographies for major, classic era soul & R&B artists, groups and labels.


Format specific discographies

78s
45s
Edison


Location-specific discographies

Belgium
Brazil
Denmark
  • Danpop - Danish releases. Comprehensive discography for national labels as well as Danish versions of international labels releases, 1950's and 1960's only.
Finland
France
Germany
Italy
Korea
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Sweden
  • ANORMUS A Nordic Music Guide (SE/EN) - by Popöga, Swedish music zine since 1990, covering music from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden or the Faeroes
  • Progg.se (SE) Alternativ Musik I Sverige 1967-1984
  • Punktipset (SE) Svensk Punk, Powerpop, Ska, NY Vag Och Rock 1977-1986
  • Svensk Mediedatabas - The Swedish Media Database (SMDB) - search service for the audiovisual collections at the National Library of Sweden (KB)
USA


Label-specific discographies and info


Chart databases


Artist discographies


Assorted other sites of information


Other research tools

  • Archive.org - home to the Wayback Machine, moderately useful for finding additional information on slightly older submissions, from websites that are now defunct or have removed useful pages.
  • Free Translation - including the major European languages, Russian, Japanese, and both Simplified and Traditional Chinese
  • Google language tools
  • Babelfish by Altavista; like google's, but better
  • Word Reference - good for trying to figure out odd words, if automagic translation systems don't do well, or English isn't your native tongue
  • Dictionary.Reference.com - helpful for figuring out some odd credits
  • Merriam-Webster Online - another dictionary


Other useful tools

Personal tools