The Key To Music Discovery Is Discogs Collections & Filters

Ever wanted to know what the most popular Hip Hop Soundtracks on CD from 1998 are? Or the most beloved Alternative Rock records out of the US in the 2000s? We can tell you these, and as many other hair-splittingly detailed variations you wish. Or I could show you. It’s easier than you might think and once you have the formula, you’ve got the ultimate partner in music discovery.

Discogs’ Collection  is one of our most loved features for serious and casual record collectors alike. It’s a serious asset for building out our collections, and bringing a little more order to the chaos of our crates.

All those ‘Add To Collection’ clicks add up to give us a good idea of what’s popular among the Discogs Community – it’s a pretty reliable proxy. You can test that theory by looking at the Most Collected Master releases on Discogs. It’s almost indisputably the list of classic albums from the past 50 years – maybe not necessarily in the order you’d put them in, but they’re there.

Besides using your Collection as your private corner of Discogs to save your releases, another way you can benefit from this feature is by seeing what other music fans and collectors are adding to their music collections. Algorithms are getting pretty good at music recommendations, but the human touch remains unrivalled. And when it comes to music knowledge, the Discogs community is better than most. Whether you’re looking for an entry point into a genre or style you’ve yet to get stuck into, or seeking gems you’ve previously overlooked, filtering through Most Collected view in the Discogs Database is a surefire way to discover some essential tunes.

All items in the Database
Starting from Explore All under the Explore dropdown from the top navigation, you’ll see a complete overview of all the releases ever submitted to Discogs by the Community. The default view here is all items added, sorted by those most recently added. From here you can use the filters on the left-side, tabs along the top, and the sorting dropdown options at the top-right, to narrow down on what you want to see.

Finding the Most Collected Master Releases on Discogs
Use the tabs along the top of the page and click ‘Master’. Use the dropdown menu at the top-right to select ‘Most Collected’. Et voila, you’ve got the Masters that are in the most Collections on Discogs in descending order of popularity. Chances are you probably got a few of these yourself – if they’re in your Collection on Discogs you’ll see a green skittle on the cover to reflect that.

If you’re interested in exactly how many fans have a particular album or Master in their Collection, click on it and check out the statistics in the right column of the page.

Most Collected Release
Like finding most collected Masters, all you have to do is click the ‘Release’ tab along the top and make sure the dropdown menu at the top-right is set to ‘Most Collected’. This shows you the most collected individual versions of a release. For example, the most collected release on Discogs is the 2013 Columbia / Sony 2xLP version of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories, with over 36,000 people having this specific edition in their collections.

Most Collected Artist and Label
On its own, this is a little less interesting than Most Collected Masters or Releases but still interesting as it’s the cumulative number of items from these artist and labels in fans’ Collections. It gives you an idea of how many releases an artist is credited on and how influential an artist or label is.

Most Collected Albums By Genre
This is where things start to get a bit more interesting. We’re bringing in the filters in the left-hand column to narrow things down a bit. Pick a genre you want to check out the Most Collected records for in the left column. I usually stick with Master here to give a full overview of which albums are most popular, but if you prefer to look at Releases, get down with your bad self.

Things to keep in mind: Many Masters and Releases will have more than one Genre ascribed to them. If you filter on Blues, you might not get strictly Blues records – it could be one of many genres the item was submitted as.
Secondly, Genres are decided by the Contributor(s) who added the item to the database, or consensus was reached among the community. You might not always agree, but that’s democracy.

You can apply more than one Genre filter (e.g. Blues and Funk / Soul). The resulting list will be releases with both of those genres. Same goes when adding Styles to the mix. You can filter on them separately or pair them up with Genres and other Styles.

Most Collected by Decade
Get a glimpse of what the most popular albums of an era by filtering on decade. You can drill down further on a specific year. If you’re looking at Masters, you’ll only get albums and singles the year they were originally released, but if you’re looking at Releases, you’ll get reissues from that year as well. Make it as specific as you want by pairing up Decade and Year with Genre and Style filters. Add Country as well if you want to find something like the Most Collected French Hip Hop from 1997.

Most Collected by Format
You know the way by now, but let’s do this one final time. You might be interested in seeing if collectors of different formats have distinct taste, or how musical trends and technology of the same era intersect to influence the Most Collected albums on that format. For example, Most Collected CDs have a strong 90s bent. Most Collected Cassettes are decidedly 80s (with a helping of 2010s hipster).

Now you know how to find the most popular albums and singles on Discogs according to our Most Collected data. You could lose hours on this page trying different combinations of filters and discovering new records. Make sure your Collection is up to date so it’s counted whenever the Most Collected view is used. Check out more good stuff you can do with your Collection here.

 


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2 Comments
  • May 25,2020 at 11:42

    Trying your suggestions but… “if they’re in your Collection on Discogs you’ll see a green skittle on the cover to reflect that”. What’s a “green skittle”? I’m looking at a list of filtered releases and I have a few shown in my collection here on Discogs, but I sure don’t see a “skittle”. Is this functional??

    • May 25,2020 at 16:42

      Hi ShockPop1,
      It’s a little hard to see, but if you look at the first image in this post where I’ve highlighted the tabs across the top, I’ve also drawn an arrow on the cover of The Beatles White Album pointing out the green circle with a 1 in it at the top-right of the cover. We use the term ‘skittle’ as they look a bit like the colored candy. Hope this helps but let me know if you don’t see them!

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