Editor Discussion Guideline Update October 2006 7 Tracklisting




Discogs Submission Guidelines - Track listing

By default,
four tracks are entered. Should you need more, use the "Add Tracks"
button, or the "Insert Track" link. Should
you need less, remove empty tracks with the
"Delete Track" link. Do not leave empty
tracks behind, only add as many as you need.


The position numbering of the track on
the release. Do not use spaces in the track position.

Standard positions encountered at Discogs

Without sides - CD etc:


With sides - LP, 12", 7", cassette etc:


For multiple 12", LP, etc, just continue
the letters: ...C1, C2, D1, D2 etc. Side specification is mandatory.

If the release is a one-sided vinyl or cassette (or is a set containing
such an item) you must mention it in the Release Notes.

Multiple CDs etc:


On multi-disc CD releases any format
which differentiates each disc is accepted (CD1-01, 1.01, CD1.01, etc).
Prefixing positions with zeroes is not required.

For Enhanced CDs containing Video
material, use Video (or Video1, Video2 etc. with no space between Video
and the number) in the Track Position field. Enter the Video tracks
after the audio material. In the Release Notes, mention any specific
software included in order to view the Video material and/or the
technology required to view the Video material (e.g. "Video material
viewable on PC and Mac. Videos launched automatically in a new Window")


vinyl releases with a single track per
, trailing numbers are not required (e.g. you can use A
instead of A1), but they are acceptable. Preference goes to the way it
is listed on the physical release.

It is not
unusual for vinyl albums to list tracks sequentially, regardless of
sides (e.g. A1, A2, B3, B4, C5, C6, D7, D8): this is fine but
should be clarified in Release Notes.

Some labels
use lowercase letters, or list the sides in some other way (calling the
sides X and Y, for example); this is fine. Submit in a way that is
consistent with the label's practice. Keep in mind that the aim is that
the user be able to easily match what the release reads with what
Discogs reads. As always use Release Notes and Moderator Notes to make
unusual configurations as clear as possible.

creative track positions such as "Up, Down" (for example) are acceptable
if under fifteen characters long, and listed like that on the release.
However, track positions such as this can only be used if they
distinguish the sides clearly enough. For this reason, position names
such as "This Side, That Side" are NOT a good candidate for this field.
In this case, please use the standard positions, and mention the special
position numbering in the Release Notes.





This field is only to be used when the
release contains tracks by more than one main artist. It is also
possible to use more than one artist per track by clicking the "+"
button. Use the Join Field to add in the relevant separator (e.g. &,
vs., / etc.). The same guidelines apply as to the main artist.


The title of the track. Discogs requires
full track titles, and where a track is appended with a version title
(e.g. remix title, instrumental, etc.) the standard format is: "Title Of
Track (Title Of Version)". Where versions of
tracks are included which have the same track title but do not have
version titles, mention this in Release Notes.
Abbreviations and
case follow the usual

All tracks on a release must be listed, including locked grooves, short
bonus tracks and so on. Detail special features (locked grooves, double
concentric groove, hidden tracks, inside-out cut, etc.) in Release
Notes, not in the track listing.
information on hidden tracks should be added to Release
An untitled locked groove should be
"Untitled" and Release Notes mention "Track xx is a locked groove".

Extra Artist

This field can be used to add any extra
artists for this track. It is possible to use as many extra artists as
required by clicking the "+" button. The same guidelines apply as to the
Credits. This field should not be filled in or even added if no extra
artist is present on a track.


Track durations are optional but should
be entered whenever available. The only accepted format is 0:00.
Durations must be entered for all tracks or none at all.
When submitting track durations for non-digital
formats (e.g. vinyl, cassette etc.) please mention in Moderator Notes
and if appropriate Release Notes from where the durations were derived.

Index Tracks

Index Tracks are used to denote groups of
tracks (for example: movements in a musical piece, or where a range of
tracks are given a collective title).

Index tracks should never be used 'on
their own’; they should always refer to a group of audio tracks directly

Index Tracks should only be used only
when the release itself divides the tracks into named sections in some
way. Index Tracks should not be used for denoting the sides, track
positions, or separate media of a release (the track numbers are used
for this), or for adding incidental information
(e.g. bonus tracks) which belongs in the
Release Notes.

For Index Tracks that only apply to some
tracks in the middle of an otherwise normal list of tracks, it is
necessary to add a blank Index Track containing a single dash (-)
between the last track in the group and above the subsequent tracks
which are not part of the group.