Discogs SPIN Drive

S.P.IN. Around the World

S.P.IN, the Discogs September Pledge INitiative, is here. We’re taking a different approach this year, focusing less on leaderboard spots and more on thanking YOU, Discogs’ valuable contributors, for the incredible work you’ve all done throughout the years.

To show our appreciation for the contributors that meticulously tag releases with genres and styles, we studied decades-old forum posts to connect the more than 500 official music styles in the Discogs Database with the region that they originated in. From there, we plotted them on a map, creating a visual representation of the distribution of style tags for the first time ever.

Each circle on the maps links to a Database page that contains information such as the top contributors, most-collected releases, what’s trending, earliest releases, and descriptions of the style. It’s a bonafide treasure trove of music discovery, and we hope you enjoy exploring the styles as much as we loved learning about them.

We were able to connect no less than 300 styles to their country or region of origin. Many are classical or traditional music styles, but there are plenty of modern ones as well.

What is perhaps most surprising is the unequal distribution of the tags. Take, for example, the difference between Cuba (17 styles) with China (1 style.) At Discogs, our mission is to “build the biggest and most comprehensive music database and marketplace,” and the maps are clear – we are falling short in some parts of the world.

If you have been a Discogs contributor for long enough, this shouldn’t be news to you. A major theme of 2018 S.P.IN. was filling in the gaps in the Discogs Database. Despite previous efforts, we still have a long way to go.

Found something missing in the Database but have no clue where to start with a submission? Check out our S.P.IN hub for beginner guides, tips and tricks, and interviews with some of our top contributors. If you know of a regional music style that should be in the Discogs Database, review the criteria and submit an official request in this forum thread. Style verification and adding them to the code can take some time, so thank you in advance for your patience.

Thank you all again for your tireless work contributing to the Discogs Database. None of this would be possible without the collective effort of thousands of people over nearly 20 years. Happy adventures and happy S.P.IN!

Regions

Click on a region to navigate to its regional map.

South & Central America

Caribbean

Africa

Asia & Middle East

Europe

Music of Azerbaijan

Music of Belgium

Music of the Czech Republic

Music of Eastern Europe

Music of Finland

Music of France

Music of Germany

Music of Greater Europe

Music of Scandinavia

Music of Greece

Music of Hungary

Music of India

Music of Ireland

Music of Italy

Music of Poland

Music of Portugal

Music of Scotland

Music of Spain

Music of Sweden

Music of The Netherlands

Music of Turkey

Music of the United Kingdom

Oceania

North America

Music of the United States