Useful resources outside of Discogs
From The Unofficial Discogs Wiki
If it isn't noted, the site is written in English.
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
- BMI (USA)
- ASCAP (USA)
- SESAC (USA)
- GEMA (Germany) - search for writer/composer/publisher info, usually by title & optional writer/composer
- SACEM (France)
- SUISA (Switzerland)
- APRA (Australasia)
- BUMA/STEMRA (Netherlands)
- SABAM (Belgium) - search on Artist and/or Title / available in Dutch, French and English
- SIAE (Italy)
- SGAE (Spain) available in Spanish only
- OSA (Czech Republic)
- Copyright Catalog (USA) - From 1978 to the present
- Library of Congress Authorities (USA)
- ISWC Database
Cover songs databases
- The Originals - a cover songs database
- Second Hand Songs - a cover songs database
- Covers Project - like Second Hand Songs, but more interested in covered-by chains and not too complete
- 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, ...)
- CHARM - Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music - Has recording details for loads of classical recordings.
- Famous artists' discographies on net - Collection of many discographies of classical artists
Country and Western
Electronic genres and styles
- Roll Da Beats - Drum'n'Bass, used to be Tarzan.spoox.org
- KDJ Eurodance Encyclopaedia (there is a different layout found here)
- Euroflash » The Voice Of... - Italodisco database, by artist
- PsyDB - PsyTrance database
Folk & Traditional
- Cultural Equity - Alan Lomax recordings
- Folkstreams - Streaming of video documentaries about American folk
- 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 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.
Rock, Metal, Punk
- Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives - lots of info, lots of inaccuracies
- T-DT-B - resource on independent, underground, alternative, D.I.Y. labels and bands
- The BlackCat Hall of Fame
- Firestream Music Vault - Christian rock and metal
- Prog Archives
- The History of Rock and Roll - Database for rock from 1954 to 1963
- The Doo-Wop Society
- Doo-Wop Biography, Groups & Discography - Doo-wop & rhythm and blues, groups, bands, pictures, pics & discography
Reggae, Dance Hall, Soca and associated styles
- Jamrid Jamaican Riddim Directory - two combined directories, all searchable
- NiceUp Jammin Reggae Archives - awful layout, good information
- Riddim Base - searchable database with samples
- Roots Archive - Jamaican Roots Reggae Albums from 1970 to 1985
- Soca Base - detailed database for soca music, with some samples
- Smokeyroom's Rythm Shower the most in-depth (Rainford Hugh) Lee Perry site
- Tapir's Reggae Discographies - for UK releases on specific reggae labels
- 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
- 78 Discography
- 78 rpm Record Labels and Companies
- The 78rpm Record Home Page
- Excavated Shellac
- Helmut Weber's Gramophone Hobby Page - Informations for dating 78rpm records
- Dictionary Of Brazilian Popular Music - Authoritative resource for all Brazilian Music including biographies and discographies. In Portuguese & English.
- Danpop - Danish releases. Comprehensive discography for national labels as well as Danish versions of international labels releases, 1950's and 1960's only.
- Database of The Finnish Institute of Recorded Sound 1901 - 1999 - In Finnish & English
- Fono - Database of the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation YLE - In Finnish & Swedish
- Finnmusic - Database for Finnish music - Focused on Finnish punk rock, but has spread to cover other genres as well. In Finnish & English.
- Discographie du rock français - French rock, in French
- Rock Made in France - In French
- BNF catalogue général - The National Library of France
- Instromania - Instrumental rock, in French
- Discografia Nazionale della Canzone Italiana - In Italian
- ManiaDB - In English/Korean
- Dutch Rock & Pop Institute (NL) - Holland Rocks (English), though they actually release more than Rock and Pop in conjunction with Conamus
- KPPG - Strona główna (PL) - Polish vinyl records site
- Archiwum Polskiego Rocka (PL) - Polish rock archive
- 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)
- Marmalade Skies - British psychedelia of the 60s. Also occasional Prog Rock, Folk-Rock, Glam-Rock and Australasian psych.
- Ohio Soul Recordings - R&B, soul and funk recordings made on 45 RPM records in the state of Ohio after 1965, and other music from Ohio labels
- (North and South) Carolina Soul - same format as Ohio Soul Recordings, different states
- Stefan Wirz' American Music - Stefan Wirz's excellent discography of early blues, folk, Cajun, Old Timey, and Gospel music.
- Discographies of Bay Area groups - Discographies of groups from the San Francisco Bay Area, 1965-1973
- Bay Area Music Venues 1965-1972 - Resource for locating live recordings made in or near San Francisco
Label-specific discographies and info
Sites covering multiple labels
- Both Sides Now Album Discographies - quite in-depth listing of a variety of labels, mostly US based
- 7tt77 - Label discographies
- EMI Music - Ireland and UK Music Catalog
- All Record Labels - label information, not discographies
- VinylBeat Label Guide - Shows the evolution of approx. 300 labels.
Single label discographies
- Don't Forget the Motor City - The Ultimate Guide to Motown (and related) recordings, 1956 - 1972, database structured around songs
- WEA Group 'target'-design CDs - original editions of Warner/Elektra/Atlantic CDs from 1983-1984
- Global Dog Productions - 7" records discographies for the majority of 50's and 60's record labels, mainly US releases.
- Sonet 7" Discography - Useful for finding release year not on record
- Vertigo Swirl - Discography of all swirl Vertigo releases
- Victor Discography
- RCA Victor Red Seal Labelography
- RCA Label Guide
- Supraphon - This is actually just Supraphon's online store, but all track data of their own releases (incl. former Panton and early Bonton) is fetched from Supraphon's internal database.
- Decca Classical Discography
- Deutsche Grammofon online catalog
- A Disney Discography
- Elektra Records Master Discography
- The Famous Charisma Label Museum
- Capitol 6000
- 45 Discography for Mainstream Records
- Nonesuch Records Listing
- The International Artists Discography
Sites covering multiple artists
- Lazlo's Discography Machine - ABC, The Beloved, Colourbox and M/A/R/R/S, Michael Cretu, Enigma, Sandra, Trance Atlantic Air Waves, and Hubert KaH...
- The Music Discographies of bjbear71.com - Kai Winding, Claudio Slon, Walter Wanderley, Henry Mancini, João Donato, Antonio Carlos Jobim...
- Hank Williams Discography - Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Carter Family, Kitty Wells
Single artist discographies
- Björk - 77ísland, the official discography and the Bootography - Björk bootleg site, out of date (last updated in 2000)
- Depeche Mode Discography and Value Guide - with loads of release details
- Depeche Mode Remix Collector's Reference - database of official, promo and bootleg
- Pink Floyd CDs - Hans Gerlitz' Floyd CD Discography split into 47 PDFs
- Pink Floyd Archives
- Pink Floyd Bootlegs - Pink Floyd RoIO Database
- The Prodigy Discography - official, bootleg, fakes, freebies, and anything else
- Pet Shop Boys Discography
- New Order Discography
- Searching For A Gem - Bob Dylan Discography
- London Symphony Orchestra Discography
- Academy of St Martin in the Fields Discography
- elvisrecords.us - The Elvis Presley Record Research Database
- Grateful Dead Family Discography - Discographies of Grateful Dead, their members and related groups and musicians
- Bunk Johnson Discography - via Wayback Machine
- Another Bunk Johnson Discography - PDF
- Ellingtonia - Duke Ellington discography
- MilesAhead - Miles David discography
- Charlier Parker Sessions - Charlier Parker discography
Assorted other sites of information
- Wolf's Kompaktkiste (DE/EN) - Electronic music info reference, covering a variety labels and artists
- The-Breaks.com AKA the (Rap) Sample FAQ - more fun than functional for most Discogs
- UK purchase tax codes
- EAN Country Codes
- GS1 Prefix List
- List of SID Codes - In German
- List of SID Codes - In English
- International standard abbreviation for instruments
- Billboard @ Google Books
- List of label codes - in German
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
- Reddit/translator - translation help at Reddit
Other useful tools
- Online OCR - Free optical character recognition software]
- TypeIt - Type accent marks, diacritics and other characters
- Windows Alt Key Codes
- Shapecatcher - Unicode character recognition
- Jing - Allows screen grabs with diagrams and publishes content with one click to either a public or private folder, automatically adding the hyperlink to your clip board.
- PhotoFiltre - Free easy to use image editor
- URL Clean - Extract a direct link from a Google result URL.