Who all has recorded a song?

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The site looks great - haven't seen the new format. In the old days when I was a DJ, I could type in the name of a song and get a list of everyone who had recorded it. Is that still possible? Thanks so much! Ron in Colorado
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Ron Fundingsland

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Posted 6 years ago

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Chrysta Cherrie

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Hi Ron,
This was one of my favorite features, and continues to be a common question. The short answer is that it's something we'd like to bring back but for various is a lot more complex an issue than you may think.

Thanks for the feedback.
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I think that answer was too vague to be satisfying, so let me interject my take on what's happening.


  • There are many songs with the same or similar titles

  • The best way to differentiate them is by composer credits

  • AMG does little to no research beyond an album's liner notes and many don't list songwriter credits

  • For various reasons, many songs currently in the database have the wrong composer credits.



Bottom line, there's is no way to accurately identify who has covered which song.
I use these two sites for the information you're seeking. There are others, but I don't have them bookmarked.
The Covers Project
Second Hand Songs

Much as I'd like to see AMG become the definitive resource for all things musical, they don't seem to have a very big staff. Before AMG tackles larger projects it would be nice if they perfected what they already had. For that reason, I use other websites to find cover songs, discographies, album art, etc. It's a pain to navigate through many small specialists but each does a better job with their portion of the pie.
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Thanks Andy. I just remember the convenience of being able to type in a song title or artist/composer and scrolling through long lists and I usually found what I was looking for. I'll check out those sites. Much appreciated.
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Another thing to consider is that we currently have more than 34 million tracks in our database. (34,591,977 to be precise).

We've long talked about creating a "Song Object" within the database and tying all versions of that song to one ID but in many many cases, the information in liner notes and via the digital feeds we receive are just not complete enough for us to confidently determine that everyone named "Smith" is Robert Smith.

Our data team has made some educated guesses in the past and applied rules for auto-linking composers to songs with mixed results (many good links, some false positives...your aforementioned "For various reasons, many songs currently in the database have the wrong composer credits") and with 34 million tracks to go through, it is a daunting task to hand-link that many songs to composers and then figure out which ones are variations, live versions, extended mixes, remastered versions etc.

Additionally, where the rubber hits the road: The large cleanup project and manual verification of this process is not a project that our data customers are asking for. The companies that license our metadata have a vested interest in making sure that new album releases get reviewed and biographies for popular artists are well-covered.

Archival cleanup projects like this are things that our data folks would love to dig into and ensure that all versions of "That's All Right" written by Arthur Crudup and performed by Elvis Presley (not to be confused with "That's Alright" "Thats AllRight" "That's All Right Mama" "That's Alright Mama" "That's AllRight Momma" "That's All Right, Mama" by Arthur Crudup, A. Crudup, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and performed by Elvis Presley or Elvis Presley & The Jordinaires) are properly attributed. Unfortunately with 34 million tracks and the old crutch of limited resources with specific priorities, it may remain on our wishlist for a while to come.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
website is lamer than before.


In the old days, it was very easy to see all the artists that had performed a certain song. now it is impossible. how do I see what artists have recorded a version of Gary Numan's "Are 'Friends' Electric?" ????
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We've been putting some back-end effort into generating a database of cover versions of songs.

Some detail is here:
https://getsatisfaction.com/allmedianetwork/topics/improved-song-pages-on-allmusic